London is an ideal place to study abroad. Whether it is walking down Piccadilly Circus for a famous West End play or immersing yourself in the many museums and art galleries that make up London, it truly is a leading Global City. London provides the environment for examining British culture, theatre, theology and art. With more than 7.8 million inhabitants, London is a city rich with cultures and religions, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries.
- Students live in the Kensington borough of London, which is in central London close to all the action.
- Only program that can include an internship as part of the program
- All students get a underground transportation card for use in Central London as part of program fee. It makes travel around London easy.
With our partnership with the Foundation for International Education (FIE) study center, the faculty consists of a CSB/SJU professor who accompanies the group and faculty from London universities and colleges taught at FIE Foundation House. To their lectures and assigned readings, these professors add study sessions at such sites as the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the British Museum, as well as day field trips outside of London. Having class with other CSB/SJU students, the focus is on a structured curriculum in classes with , always leaving room for the exploration of unique opportunities presented by the intellectual and cultural resources of England.
The program will broken up into 2 phases. Students will choose to complete the Study pathway or Internship pathway for this program. In phase 1, all students will take 2 required courses, which include British Life and Culture and the Study Abroad Seminar with the CSB/SJU faculty. In addition, students will take one or two additional electives from the following list available here with CSB/SJU Common Curriculum attributes. These courses are elective options possibilities in Art, Literature, Theatre, Global Business, Economics, Peace Studies, History, Political Science, Communication and other Humanities subjects.
During Phase 2, all students will continue to take the British Life and Culture and the Study Abroad Seminar with the CSB/SJU faculty, but the Internship pathway students will start their 3 day a week internship during this time. All internship placements are procured by FIE, so students will not need to find their own internship. During this same time, students not doing an internship will start a required Ethics course taught at FIE.
Experiential Learning and Activities
Students on this program have a lot of opportunities to get involved in the local community. Students can get involved with a volunteer organization or for a small fee, have the chance to stay with a UK host family for a weekend, or join clubs at the local college.
A highlight of this program is the optional international internship at FIE, which is a pre-professional, field-based experience coupled with an academic course. It is an experience through which students can begin to apply classroom theory to practice. An international internship provides an opportunity to experience working life in another country, and challenges pre-conceived notions of cultures and of the professional world. The work environments available to FIE interns cater to almost every major and include the various business sectors, not-for-profit, political, public sector and creative organizations. Through FIE's internship placements, students have the opportunity to build professional skills, increase industry knowledge and experience working in a different culture and in a major global city. To find out internship placement areas, click here.
Participants on the London program will live in furnished flats (apartments). In the flat, there are single sex bedrooms, but the kitchen and living rooms areas are shared by Johnnies and Bennies. 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 (e-mail and Internet) 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 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.