London, United Kingdom is an ideal place to study abroad. From the top of Big Ben to the bottom of the ever-flowing Thames River, London has a hustle of innovation that is hard to ignore. Whether it is walking down Piccadilly Circus for a famous West End play or immersing yourself in the over 170 museums and art galleries that make up London, it truly is a leading global & iconic city. Historical documents, the cradle of the English language, and technological frontiers melt in this charismatic, diverse city to bring you the best of the best.
- Students live in the Kensington borough of London, which is steps away from Hyde Park and Kensington Palace
- Develop a global perspective with the required internship placement on this program
- London is a city rich with culture and has more than 300 languages spoken within its boundaries
- All students get a transportation card for use of subway and buses in Central London as part of program fee. It makes travel around London easy.
With our partnership with the Foundation for International Education (FIE), all classes are held at a study center in the city’s Kensington district. There is not a CSB/SJU faculty who accompanies this study abroad program. On the program, students will take all courses taught by on-site faculty with other CSB/SJU students and other visiting students from US Universities. Learning excursions are included with each course to different areas of London like the National Portrait Gallery, Houses of Parliament, or the British Museum to compliment the coursework.
The semester program has 2 phases. In phase 1, all students will take British Life and Culture and two course electives from the FIE course list with CSB/SJU Common Curriculum attributes. These courses are elective options possibilities in Art, Communication, English, Economics, Global Business, History, Political Science, Sociology, and other academics subjects.
During Phase 2, all students will continue to take the British Life and Culture and possibly a course elective, but then students will have a 3 day a week internship or service internship placement and course. All internship placements are arranged by FIE.
For more details on courses and credits please refer to page 2 of the London brochure.
Experiential Learning and Activities
All students on this program will complete a 7 week, 165 hour internship or service internship, which is a pre-professional, field-based internship coupled with an academic course. The work environments available to FIE interns cater to a variety of majors and include the various business sectors, not-for-profit, political, public sector and creative organizations. Through FIE's internship placements, you have the opportunity to build professional skills, increase industry knowledge and experience working in a different culture and in a major global city. Learn more about available internship or service internship placement areas on the FIE website.
Students on this program have a lot of opportunities to get involved in the local community. Students have the chance to stay with a UK host family for a weekend for a small fee, or join clubs at the local college.
Housing is arranged for program participants by the Center for Global Education (CGE) in partnership with FIE. On this program, you live with other CSB/SJU students in furnished flats (apartments) or residential style housing with access to kitchen facilities. In the flat, there are single sex bedrooms, but the kitchen and living rooms areas are shared by Bennies & Johnnies. Also residing in the same building, are students from other US colleges and universities. Meals are not included in the program fee, but students have access to shared furnished kitchen facilities in their flats or student residence.
Students have use of the computer lab at Metrogate and access to the Kensington public library, the student union of the Imperial College of London. Wireless Internet access is available in all FIE buildings.
The approximate program dates for London are: early September to mid-December (fall semester) and mid-January to late April (spring semester).
For more information on the "Program Fees" for this program, please refer to the London Program Brochure for specific information. Another great resource is the Financing your Experience brochure. In this brochure, there are estimates of what past participants spent on this program. Also included in this brochure is information regarding scholarships and financial aid.
Program Advisor: Joy Ruis, Center for Global Education