Group Travel Available, Independent Travel Available
3 Credit Hours
London Mid-Summer June 23, 2024 - July 8, 2024
Program Base Price: $3,303
Airfare: $1,350 - $1,550
Dates: July 9, 2023 – July 24, 2023
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
London is a metropolis made up of hundreds of communities. Become part of the city while your explore the many secrets that make London special. The two-week program offers a wide selection of courses to meet your academic needs. Scheduled field trips and personal exploration time enable you to see London up close.
An optional day trip to Stonehenge/Salisbury will be offered.
Participants will reside at St. Giles London, one of the most centrally located hotels in London. Situated in the heart of the West End, St. Giles is just a few minutes walk from Oxford Street, Soho, Theatres, the British Museum, Covent Garden, and many other attractions. Tottenham Court Underground Station (Central and Northern lines) is just 2 minutes away, right around the corner from the hotel entrance.
Rooms are twin bedrooms (Classic Rooms), equipped with two single beds, desk and chair, storage cabinets and drawers, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, basin, mirror and toilet. An LCD TV, telephone, digital safe, fan and hairdryer are also included.
Students will be housed in twin bedrooms (Classic Rooms).
Faculty will be assigned to double rooms (Classic Rooms).
No triple rooms with three individual beds are available; only one double and one single.
Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the residence.
Daily full English breakfast is provided in the Sage & Chilli Restaurant.
NOTE: Past faculty and admin have emphasized the rooms are small. However, the location and other amenities (cleanliness, breakfast, staff, etc.,) make St. Giles a fine accommodation site. As one faculty put it, “The UK is an island and things are all smaller and, hence, the rooms will be small.”
Drop-off and self-serve options are available nearby.
Students will need to budget an additional £50 for local transportation costs.
An Oyster Card pre-loaded with £50 will be provided to each participant, but top-ups will be required (roughly £50 per week) over the course of the program. You may add more value/credit to your Visitor Oyster card by simply ‘topping up’ at:
Touchscreen ticket machines in the stations
Oyster Ticket Stops across London
Transport for London Visitor Centre
London Overground station ticket office
On average: 3 to 5 miles of walking each day. Wear real shoes - the city streets of London are rugged in and of themselves; flip-flops, thin sandals, or ballet flats are not allowed on field trip events. We will spend time out in the weather, not just in moving from venue to venue. Some of our activities take place outside, and in whatever weather is happening that day. July and August in London are often sunny and even hot, but you’ll still need to bring an umbrella with you each day.
Stonehenge & Salisbury
Saturday, June 29
Cost : TBD
Art & Design / Art History / Education
Contemporary Art Practices in London
Course Description: Imagine yourself walking down the streets of London. observing murals, street performers, and interesting architecture, while grabbing some food at a local market on your way to a world-class art museum, like the Royal Academy of Arts, the Tate Modern, or the Victoria and Albert Museum of Applied Arts, Decorative Arts and Design. At the same time, we will be exploring the current art scene, visiting local contemporary galleries, meeting with artists, and seeing art beyond traditional spaces. While this class may satisfy an art appreciation or art history requirement, it is also open to art and design majors seeking a unique experiential opportunity to enhance their skills.
“London has world-class museums, a rich history of art and design, and currently has a thriving art scene. It is easy to see why London is an amazing city to share with students. Our time together in London will inform and inspire a lifetime love of art and travel. We will be immersed in both historic and contemporary spaces, experiencing museums, galleries, and neighborhoods, together finding the hidden art gems happening on the city streets.” - Ilona Szekely
Legal Studies / History / English Language & Literature
Law in London: Exploring the Bedrock of British Legal Tradition
Course Description: This course will give participants the rare opportunity to experience first-hand the bedrock of the British legal tradition. We will take a step back in time to visit London’s storied Inns of Court where so many distinguished lawyers received their training and also witness wigged barristers in action today at the Old Bailey Criminal Court and the Royal Courts of Justice. Day trips to Oxford and Cambridge Universities will help students understand the academic and cultural context for British legal traditions. This class enables American students to recognize and articulate how American civil and criminal statutes have evolved from the English common law.
Honors or graduate credit is available upon request.
“England has long been the bedrock of our legal system, where we will watch barristers in formal dress and wigs argue civil cases.” - Prof. Donna Bloemer
Business / Operations & Supply Chain Management / International Business
From Grain to Glass: Exploring Adult Beverage Industries
Course Description: This course explores all business aspects of the brewing, distilling, and wine-making markets in the United Kingdom. London is home to English Dry Gin, unique beer styles, many distributors (and other supply chain partners). This class examines the many factors that affect the supply chain and business decision-making in the alcoholic beverage industry, including the environmental, political, regulatory, and economic aspects impacting this industry now. Visits are planned to distilleries and breweries, as well as suppliers and distributors, from which students will gain a comparative perspective on how the American and British adult beverage industries manage similar issues and challenges.
“The focus of this class is to take a deep dive into the local and international businesses that make-up the supply chain of the various segments of the alcohol industry by going on-site to visit suppliers and manufacturers in-person, as opposed to a textbook or in the classroom.” - Aaron Judd
Finance / International Business / Business Administration
Green Money: Sustainable Finance in Action
Course Description: Explore the intersection of finance and sustainability in this unique London-based class, with visits to Fintech companies that are leading the way in sustainable finance. Learn about their environmental practices, including renewable energy investments, carbon pricing, and sustainable investing, that have led to London being ranked #1 in the Global Green Finance Index. Additionally, we will visit London's traditional financial institutions, such as the London Stock Exchange and the Canary Wharf financial district, to understand how they are adapting to low-carbon emissions and sustainability goals. This course provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain a hands-on understanding of the cutting-edge approaches and real-world applications of sustainable finance.
“Sustainable finance is an important tool in the battle against climate change, and London is leading the charge in this industry. Through the development of innovative solutions such as carbon markets, green financing, and environmental regulations, the city is meeting the UN's ambitious sustainability goals. It is impressive to witness the progress that the UK has made in this area, particularly in comparison to the United States.” - Dr. Pablo Calafiore
Prerequisite: Introduction to Finance (preferred). It may be substituted for a sophomore Introduction to Business class.
From Newton to Franklin: A Journey through British Science and Medicine
Course Description: Take an exciting journey through the history of British science and medicine in this experiential learning opportunity. We'll explore the fascinating stories behind some of science's greatest discoveries and explore their impact on our modern world. By visiting some of the most significant scientific locations in Britain, including universities, laboratories, museums, hospitals, breweries, and crime scenes, science will come to life, and you’ll gain a new appreciation for the ingenuity and persistence of some of Britain's greatest scientific and medical minds, as well as the historical, cultural, and social context for scientific breakthroughs and their practical application.
“Exploring the history and legacy of scientific breakthroughs and advancements that originated in London, such as the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming and the development of vaccination by Edward Jenner. Visiting key institutions and landmarks in London that are associated with the history of science and medicine, such as the Royal Society, the Natural History Museum, and the Wellcome Collection.” - Robert Shelton
Prerequisite:One year of undergraduate STEM coursework
Health through the Ages: Evolution of Healthcare in London
History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes. Explore how past understanding of health, disease, and medical treatment, public health policies, and healthcare practices continue to reverberate today. The city of London, dating back to AD 47 and the Roman empire, will serve as our backdrop providing historical insights through visits to sites such as Old Operating Theatre and the Florence Nightingale Museum. Perspectives on modern-day impacts will be gained from hospital visits and interactions with healthcare professionals, with attention to how the UK healthcare model compares/contrasts with the US. This course is designed for future healthcare professionals across disciplines.
"The city of London, dating back to AD 47, will serve as our classroom, showcasing how past understanding of health has been transformed into modern healthcare practices.” - Dr. Elizabeth Gordon