A London bus crossing Westminster Bridge by Big Ben and the houses of Parliament

Study & Intern in London

  1. Program Details

    Live and study in London. Participate in an internship in almost any field, sample cuisine from around the world, ride on the London Eye, and master the London Underground.

    Location London, United Kingdom
    Term Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    Housing Apartment, Homestay
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5 (2.8 minimum required for internships)
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  3. About Study & Intern in London

    Once the seat of an empire, today’s London has reinvented itself as an artistic, financial, and intellectual power. An extraordinarily multicultural city, London is home to royalty and immigrants, the working class and the avant-garde. It is Medieval, Victorian, and modern, interspersed with expansive parks and charming gardens. London is Europe’s largest city—in area and population—yet easily explored by the extensive underground network of the legendary “Tube.” As the capital city, it is the center of political issues, such as Britain’s relationship with the European community, increasingly assertive nationalities of Scotland and Wales, and the political complexities of Northern Ireland.

    The Study and Intern in London program offers courses that deepen your understanding of British culture. The strength of the program is the internship experience, which allows you to integrate with British people, experience the culture firsthand, and gain professional work experience.

    Housing & Meals

    Housing is provided in comfortable, well-equipped apartments or homestays. All students find out their housing placements about 2 weeks prior to departure


    Between 5 and 7 students usually share apartments, which include single or double bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry. Meals are not included for students who choose this option, but each apartment has a full kitchen. There are also numerous pubs and cafes within a short walk or "tube" (subway) ride from the residence.


    Students who choose the homestay option have a room to themselves. Breakfast and dinner are included during the week; students are responsible for lunch and meals on weekends.

    All students receive an Oyster Card (tube pass) for the term included in the program fee.


    Cultural field trips in London, a theatre production, a full-day excursion to Bath and Stonehenge, and you choice of an excursion to  Stratford-upon-Avon, Brighton, or Oxford are included in the program fee.

    On the semester program, students also receive a social membership to the University of London Imperial College student union, allowing access to a restaurant, pub, library, recreation rooms, and over 100 clubs.

    Students can also take advantage of My Global City events, a calendar of events centered around key themes that provides students a tool to help personalize their experience in London.


    For those taking the the group flight, specific arrival instructions will be sent out prior to your departure.
    For immigration purposes, you should purchase a round-trip ticket, since you must be able to show your entry and exit dates from the United Kingdom.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students having participated in the Study & Intern in London program will:

    • Deepen cross-cultural understanding through interaction with local community through internships and service learning
    • Increase independence and self-reliance through learning to successfully navigate British society
    • Gain British and international perspectives on academic disciplines
    • Develop awareness of and challenge assumptions about British culture, their own culture, and how their own culture is viewed by others
    • Gain knowledge and insight into a professional career through internships and service-learning

    Faculty & Staff

    The Centres for Academic Programmes Abroad (CAPA) provides housing, program classrooms and study areas. CAPA also arranges on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. Classes are taught by British faculty who are specialists in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  4. Program Structure

    Program Type Study Abroad Center
    Program Level Upper-division coursework on British area studies, history, theater, literature, marketing, finance, economics, politics, and many more

    13–18 credits for fall or spring semester, 6 credits for summer session

    Courses are with other American college students and are held at the CAPA London Center located in the Kensington district of West London. 

    Students gain professional work experience by participating in an unpaid internship or service-learning placement and taking courses in art, business, cinema, communication, government, marketing, sociology, and more. Semester, spring quarter, and summer study abroad options include courses with local visits, internships and service-learning, and special lectures related to your study abroad experience: all designed to engage you in critical thinking and challenge you to pursue subjects through academic and field research. 

    This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of British culture, need to fulfill liberal arts requirements, and want to participate in an internship related to their field of study.


    Check the course list for more information and syllabi.

    All students participating in an internship will enroll in the Global Internship Program course and work 20 hours per week. The 6-credit internship will require additional projects, assignments and activities that make up the additional contact and work hours spent on the course. Students participating in the 6-credit internship are eligible for a 12 credit reduced course-load due to the time commitment required for the internship. Students have the option of participating in a 3-credit internship, but the preference is for students to complete the 6-credit internship. Students participating in the 3-credit option are not eligible for the 12-credit reduced course load. If you anticipate taking 12 credits, rather than 13 or more, the Learning Abroad Center recommends that you submit a “13 Credit Exemption Request” to your college advising office. This form can be found on the One Stop Student Services website

    The reduced credit load approval does not alter standards of eligibility established for financial aid awards (loans, grants, scholarships), student-athletics, visa status, or any other agency requiring enrollment of 13 or more credits. It is your responsibility to consult with the appropriate office to ensure that a reduced credit load will not adversely affect your eligibility or student status. Your college will review your 13-credit exemption request and will ultimately determine if your request is approved.

    Course Options

    See the course options for each term.

    Term Take the Following


    Study Center Courses Only

    Take the Following
    4–5 Area Studies Courses

    Internship Program

    Take the Following
    LNDN 3375: Global Internship Program
    2–3 Area Studies Courses


    3 Credit Internship and Course

    LNDN 3375: Global Internship Program (3 credits)
    and choose

    1 Area Studies Course

    2 Credit Courses

    2 Area Studies Courses
  5. Instructions for the Course Selection Form

    Fall or Spring Semester

    • If you are doing an internship and courses, select LNDN 3375: Global Internship
      Program for 6 credits and 2-3 additional courses.
    • If you are doing a service-learning and courses, select LNDN 3975: Social
      Dynamics of London: Contemporary Issues through Service-Learning and 2-3 additional courses.
    • If you are not doing an internship, select 4-5 courses.
    • List optional Global Identity course for 1 credit
    • Enrollment should total 13 to 16 credits


    • If you are doing an internship and a course, select LNDN3375: Global Internship
      Program for 3 credits and 1 additional course.
    • If you are not doing an internship, select 2 courses.
    • Total registration should equal 6 credits.

    Course Planning Links


    20th Century British History
    LNDN 3757
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    An understanding of the history of the UK is vital to make sense of current events. From the loss of
    Empire, to wars, through immigration—Britain’s history is a fascinating, and richly complex subject to
    study in country. This course examines how Britain has responded to political, economic, social, and
    cultural forces during the 20th Century and how it is developing in the 21st Century. Topics analyzed
    and discussed will include: changing perceptions about the role of the state; the decline of empire; the
    effect of 2 world wars; economic strategies; multiculturalism, and gender. Using interdisciplinary
    examinations of social, economic, and political history, the course will evaluate how the lives of
    ordinary British people have changed during the past century.

    Syllabus for 20th Century British History (PDF)

    Approved for the Historical Perspectives core and Global Perspectives theme.

    Analyzing & Exploring the Global City: London, Modernity, Empire,
    & Globalization
    LNDN 3613
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2
    3 Credits

    This course focuses on the development of one of the greatest of these global cities, London, from the
    19th through to 21st Century and investigates the nature and implications of its "globality" for its
    built environment and social geography. Examine how the city has been transformed by the forces of
    industrialization, imperialism, and globalization and consider the ways in which London and its
    inhabitants have been shaped by their relationships with the rest of the world. Students gain insight
    into London’s changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city’s
    imperial, post-imperial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and
    global intertwine in the capital.

    Syllabus for Analyzing & Exploring the Global City: London

    Approved for the Social Sciences core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    Arts Administration: The Creative Industries in a Digital World
    LNDN 3240
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    Arts and culture are rapidly growing sectors of the economy in the UK and worldwide. This course will
    focus on the ways in which the Creative industries are structured, and how arts administrators
    successfully share creativity with the public and lever-age the commercial opportunities of creative
    production. Key topics to be explored will include the arts as a business; managing financial
    imperatives and the artistic process; promoting and presenting cultural products. Case studies will be
    drawn from a variety of fields such as film, digital media, gaming, theatre, museums, and publishing,
    and students will have the opportunity to engage directly with practitioners successfully working in
    various fields of arts and culture and those managing the interface between creativity and business in
    London. It is an industry that is growing year on year, but it can be a difficult market to navigate and
    capture economical value, as ‘cultural goods’ are less fixed, or less concrete than other measurable
    areas of ex-change.

    Students will examine the history of the Creative Industries to understand the current environment in an
    historical context. They will focus specifically on the shifting creative industries in a digital world
    with the advent of social media, streaming services, revolutionary marketing techniques, crowd-sourcing,
    and audience creation. Students will explore key concepts and theories, but they will also explore the
    practical applications of the industries in action. They will gain a deeper understanding of the media
    they consume via interaction with professionals, venues, and event opportunities highlighted in this
    module. Throughout this course, students will be encouraged to explore their own interests of the
    Creative Industries. By bringing personal experience and interest into an analytical environment, this
    module will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of media artifacts, and provide them with the
    tools and skills to expand their understanding and engagement with their chosen sectors.

    Syllabus for Arts Administration: The Creative Industries in a
    Digital World (PDF)

    Approved for Global Perspectives and Technology and Society.

    Campaigners, Activists, & Radicals: Citizenship & Gender
    in Modern Europe
    LNDN 3614
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    This course analyses women’s claims for citizenship throughout the twentieth century from a variety of
    European perspectives. This course charts the ways in which women have adapted to and attempted to
    challenge the ideological, political, and material conditions of citizenship in 20th Century Europe.
    Topics examined include: citizenship and warfare, women and the welfare state, the feminist movements of
    the 1960s and 1970s, sexuality and reproductive rights, prostitution and labor movements, the effect of
    Communist regimes in Eastern and Central Europe, the impact of Thatcher upon women in Britain, and the
    effects of multiculturalism upon citizenship.

    Syllabus for Citizenship & Gender in Modern Europe (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Sciences core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    Child Development in a British Context
    LNDN 3536
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2
    3 Credits

    This course takes a sociocultural approach to contemporary issues of child development. Develop an
    understanding of life in the UK and explore how it shapes children’s development. Issues such as
    children’s early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, the role of
    play, and the origins of disturbing behavior are examined.

    Syllabus for Child Development in a British Context (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Science core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    COMMUNICATE: Basic Acting Techniques for Confidence-Building and
    Better Presentations
    LNDN 3247
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    Communicate introduces the student to the basic skills of acting and shows how acting techniques can be
    used to improve self-confidence, presence, and vocal presentation in a range of different work and life
    scenarios. Over the semester, students will learn to improvise, undertake creative challenges, and begin
    to master a range of techniques. Students will keep a developmental journey during the semester and also
    perform a dramatic monologue. For the final assessment, students will write a 5- to 10-minute speech
    about something they feel passionate about, then deliver it at Hyde Park’s famous Speaker’s Corner to
    fellow students and an audience of Londoners.

    Syllabus for COMMUNICATE: Basic Acting Techniques for
    Confidence-Building and Better Presentations (PDF)

    Community Engagement: Service-Learning in London
    LNDN 3248
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This is an interdisciplinary course providing a unique opportunity to become directly involved in the
    realities of community engagement and grassroots activism and project work. It is designed to stimulate
    critical thought and reflection on the challenges and opportunities of community service and support
    students’ personal and professional development, as well as introducing students to topical debates
    about how best to manage and respond to the challenges of a diverse, unequal city. The course will
    explore the historical, sociological, and political context of community and service in the United
    Kingdom and theories and models of leadership, organisational behaviour, and management in the context
    of community work.

    Syllabus for Community Engagement: Service-Learning in London

    Comparative Healthcare Systems
    LNDN 3245
    Summer 1, Summer 2
    3 Credits

    Healthcare systems are having to respond to the number of competing challenges. The pressures of
    globalisation, aging populations, increasing patient demands, and the rising costs of research and
    medical treatments are forcing us to look more critically at how healthcare is delivered to devise
    changes for the future. Changes made to health systems are often based on economic and political
    rationale and with many countries currently experiencing significant changes to the way in which
    healthcare systems have historically been funded and delivered. This course will introduce students to
    the healthcare system in the UK and the context within which it operates. It will start by looking at
    the introduction of the National Health System (NHS) in 1948 and take students through the key changes
    that have taken place right up to the present day. Drawing on a series of cases studies, students will
    be able to compare the UK model of healthcare with the healthcare system in the USA.

    Syllabus for Comparative Healthcare Systems (PDF)

    Contemporary British Film
    LNDN 3218
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1
    3 Credits

    The course will chart the development of British film during the period 1994-2012 through the critical
    study of key films, and will examine the way that these films both emerge from and transform the earlier
    British cinema tradition. Readings will focus on the critical reception of the films and the manner in
    which they have been absorbed into the canon. There will also be particular focus on the political and
    social context of the films.  

    Syllabus for Contemporary British Film (PDF)

    Approved for the Arts and Humanities core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    Creative Connections: Advertising & Marketing in Britain
    LNDN 3531
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    This course will introduce students to the knowledge and skills required to create and implement
    integrated advertising and public relations activities. This course analyses the main forms of
    advertising and public relations techniques used by organizations to communicate with the various
    stakeholders of a business. It seeks to develop the theoretical constructs of the discipline and to
    develop analytical skills and managerial competencies that are needed to plan and control an integrated
    program of communications within an organization. Topics include consumer motivation and appeal, media
    structures and effectiveness, target audiences, print and broadcast production, budgeting, and promotion
    mix planning. Students are required to design, cost, and implement their own advertising campaign and to
    project the likely success rates of their efforts.

    Syllabus Advertising & Marketing in Britain (PDF)

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

    Detective Fiction: Crime & the City
    LNDN 3222
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    This course addresses the development of the modern detective novel, British and American, from the late
    19th the most popular forms of narrative, appealing to writers and readers with widely diverse
    interests and ideologies. It can offer intense action, intellectual challenge, access to criminal
    underworlds, political and social critique, and exploration of the psyche. The focus in this version of
    the course will be on cities (London and Los Angeles) as sites of criminal imagination, and on
    detectives as explorers of the city’s hidden connections.  Whether or not they bring about
    “justice” will be an open question. Our approach will be broadly historical, from the British amateur
    sleuths of Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, through the American “hard-boiled” private eye, to the
    contemporary “police procedural” in television and film as well as fiction century into the 21st

    Syllabus for Detective Fiction (PDF)

    Approved for the Literature core and Global Perspectives theme.

    Ethics in the Media
    LNDN 3530
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    This course will address the principal ethical issues facing print and broadcast journalism. It will
    consider the practical dilemmas reporters and editors have to deal with and relate them to a moral
    framework. The focus will be on the real-time arguments that arise almost daily in media coverage of
    matters of public controversy—crime, war, privacy, and the like. The course objectives are to learn how
    to evaluate the performance of the media and to help students develop their own ethical philosophy.
    Problems of regulation and codes of practice will also be examined. Students will be able to take
    advantage of London’s global importance as a media hub and the distinctive media culture of the UK
    through a program of case studies, visits, and guest lectures by practitioners.

    Syllabus for Ethics in the Media (PDF)

    Approved for Civic Life and Ethics theme and the Global Perspectives theme.

    European Government & Politics
    LNDN 3432
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2
    3 Credits

    Study the political systems and processes of the West European democracies. This course introduces
    students to the history, concepts, and structures of politics and government in Western Europe. Students
    will gain knowledge on the debates, disagreements, problems, and changes in Western European government
    and politics and will be able to think critically on these issues as well as defend their ideas on them.

    Syllabus for European Government & Politics (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Science core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    Experiencing Globalization: Society, Space and Everyday Life in
    LNDN 3249
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    What is globalization? How is it transforming the world and everyday life, and why has it become so
    controversial? Who are the winners and losers in a globalizing world and what are the implications for
    our shared global future? How do developments in London relate to major shifts in the workings of the
    world over the last four decades? As a city with complex global connections, London has been enmeshed in
    deepening global social, political and ecological crises, as well as becoming an important arena of
    conflict over efforts to address them. This course critically explores these issues by examining the
    city’s complex relationship with the forces of globalization and the ways in which everyday life and
    experience in London, as well as its people, institutions, and organizations, have been shaped by—and
    are contributing to—global change. Emphasis will be placed on critically examining the effects of
    neoliberal globalization, the growing (though uneven) global dominance of projects promoting increasing
    freedoms for capital under the banners of “free markets” and “free trade.” This course also highlights a
    variety of collective challenges to these projects, some of which operate largely within the confines of
    London, others organized along trans-local and transnational lines. Their economic, political, cultural,
    and ecological aspects will be analyzed, examining the importance of class dynamics and their
    intersection with gender, ethnicity and other processes of hierarchical ordering. Theoretical and
    conceptual concerns will also be addressed, such as relations between the local and the global, the
    workings of power and contestation under neoliberal conditions, the interplay of space, class, and
    gender, and questions of responsibility within and beyond the limits of community and place.

    Syllabus for Experiencing Globalization: Society, Space and Everyday
    Life in London (PDF)

    Global Internship Program
    LNDN 3375
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2
    3 or 6 Credits

    The Global Internship Program (GIP) is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their
    internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring
    experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning
    academic credit. The GIP fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning
    (GNL), whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement
    and the host region and country, as well as other GIP themes, through comparative global analysis. At
    times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Master classes given by leading
    professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their
    active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of
    work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.

    A variety of teaching and learning activities will be used, for example: lecture, workshop, discussion,
    informal and formal presentations, and mock (recorded) interviews. The assessment mechanisms are all
    designed to support learning, using the internship and living abroad experience as a vehicle. Above all,
    the on-site CAPA sessions give students the opportunity to listen to individual experiences, compare and
    contrast activities with others, and consider the experience in terms of their personal and professional
    development - at the beginning we focus on self-reflection and at the end of this process we challenge
    each student to focus on self-projection. The 6-credit internship class has a specialized focus on the
    latter by engaging students in an internship/industry related research project to develop each student's
    connection between their internship and time abroad with possible postgraduate study and career
    opportunities. It is, therefore, our intention that students will treat these on-site sessions with the
    same dedication and professionalism that we expect the students to display at their internships.
    Students will undertake an intensive orientation session to help them prepare for and integrate into
    their placements. Additional resources and readings to aid students' personal and professional
    development will be provided.

    Syllabus for Global Internship Program (PDF)

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

    Global Workforce Management
    LNDN 3227
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    This course provides an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges that
    are associated with effective workforce management around the world. As more and more companies try to
    leverage the benefits of a global labour market, it is critical to understand the challenges that
    managers must deal with as they try to coordinate work practices across country settings and prepare
    individuals for global assignments. Toward that end, we will examine how international labour markets
    compare in terms of labour costs, labour supply, workplace culture, and employment law. High-profile
    news events from developed and emerging economies will be used to illustrate the complex cultural and
    regulatory environment that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance
    management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing and industrial relations. The last segment will focus on
    the individual and organizational factors that promote successful global assignments.

    Syllabus for Global Workforce Management (PDF)

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

    International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour
    LNDN 3224
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1
    3 Credits

    Through this course, students will study how theories, research, and current issues in the field of
    organizational behavior apply in the context of international workspaces. This course will focus on the
    international application of core management theories (and strategies), and will depend on a broad base
    of interdisciplinary research, from fields including psychology, sociology, economics, political science
    and anthropology. Students will be expected to increase their understanding of human behavior within the
    setting of a global work environment, and across a variety of historical, as well as current issues.
    Students will also be expected to reflect critically on how theoretical frameworks can be applied and
    developed within the organizational setting.

    Syllabus for International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

    International Economics
    LNDN 3753
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the theoretical analysis of international
    trade and commercial policy. Students look at the pure theory of international trade as exemplified by
    comparative advantage and gains from trade in the classical and neoclassical models and explore
    alternative explanations of trade and development. The theory of customs unions and modern-day
    explanations of preferential trading arrangements are explored, and some of the principal unresolved
    theoretical and practical problems of free trade are examined.

    Syllabus for International Economics (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Science core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    International Finance
    LNDN 3733
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    Examine the theory and practice of corporate financial decision-making. This course focuses on corporate
    finance from an international perspective and allows the student to discover the financial challenges
    faced by businesses at an operational and strategic level.

    Syllabus for International Finance (PDF)

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

    International Marketing
    LNDN 3752
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2
    3 Credits

    Explore the international marketing strategies of European companies. Begin by examining why
    organizations wish to expand beyond national boundaries. By the end of the course, students can identify
    which markets to enter, methods of market entry, and management and control implications.

    Syllabus for International Marketing (PDF)

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

    Islam, Politics, & Britain: A Case Study of London's East End
    LNDN 3759
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    This course develops an in-depth understanding of democratic citizenship, identity, gender, and religion
    among young Muslims in London’s East End. It first examines the foundations of participatory democracy
    and their adaptation to an increasingly de-territorialized world. The course then illustrates the
    subsequent conflicts with an examination of Muslim migrant communities’ confrontation with Western
    democratic polities. We consider a range of explanations for sociopolitical alienation and introduce the
    concept of Apartism. Comparisons will be drawn with Muslim communities and identity in the US, in the
    light of events and attitudes in the 21st Century.

    Syllabus for Islam, Politics, & Britain (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Sciences core, the Civic Life and Ethics theme, and the Global
    Perspectives theme.

    London Across History, Literature, & Film
    LNDN 3219
    3 Credits

    The course is designed to introduce students both to canonical literary texts from Johnson to Conan Doyle
    and to contemporary representations of multi-cultural London. In the first half of the course we visit
    the places where famous literary projects were first conceived. In the second half of the course the
    class will be visited by an author or director working in contemporary London. This course takes its
    students on a historical tour of the capital with great writers and film-makers as our guides. We start
    with a boat trip from Westminster to Tower Bridge: a view of the city from the river on which it was
    built. Our first stop back on land is Samuel Johnson and the world of eighteenth century literary
    London. We look at some of the variety of Johnson’s writing and also visit the house in which he wrote
    his dictionary and the pub (The Cheshire Cheese) where he entertained his friends. We then move onto the
    Romantic poets and read poems about London by Blake, Wordsworth and Keats before visiting the Elgin
    Marbles at the British Museum. We then pass into the nineteenth century world of detective fiction and
    some of the stories of Sherlock Holmes. The second half of the course focuses on contemporary London and
    questions of class, race and culture. We read Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia and Zadie Smith’s
    NW and watch a series of films which show the changing face of London over the last fifty years.

    Syllabus for London Across History, Literature, & Film (PDF)

    Approved for Global Perspectives.

    London Museums: Introduction to British Museology, Society &
    LNDN 3243
    3 Credits

    In the early twenty-first century, museums are becoming increasingly more relevant to all parts of
    society, exhibition displays are often controversial and politically charged. This course is an
    introduction to both British society, culture and museology. The course considers museums as reflections
    of the British psyche, unique cultural constructs that help us understand ‘Britishness’. We will also be
    looking at museums as institutions of “global” heritage in the context of a global city, with a unique
    British perspective. As an introduction to museology, the course will look at the development of the
    modern museum and its operation, as well as interrogate the different types of museums. We will look at
    the impact British history, society and politics have had on London museums, their creation and their
    day to day operations and audiences. Taking advantage of our location, we will do field work in eight
    different museums, from the famous and vast ‘global’ British Museum to the small and privately-owned
    Saatchi Gallery.

    Students will analyze the ways in which imperialism and its legacy, as well as Britain’s global
    relationships have influenced museum development and how this gives rise to the politics of patrimony.
    We will look at questions of cultural appropriation and the political debate on repatriation versus
    protection. This debate has recently been energized by the depredations of IS on what many would call
    the global heritage of Iraq and Syria. We will also be looking at material culture and what it says
    about individuals and society. Students will examine the choices, ethics and political and social
    meanings of both creating material culture and collecting it, and the ethics of preservation and
    restoration. While the creation of material culture has specific psychological, social and often
    political meanings; collecting, preserving and displaying one particular object involves a very complex
    decision-making process which is influenced by the cultural values of the decision maker. We will
    examine, for example, the impact of the Classical period on British society in the past and present, its
    importance to class and education in Britain, and how this is reflected in museum collections. Students
    will also look at the complex decision making of conservators and restorers. These decisions have social
    and political impact, choosing to emphasize one period and use over another. The course will also look
    closely at decision makers and their role in the museum industry, the origins of museums from
    individuals to trade exhibitions and current museum professionals, as well as the impact museum
    audiences have on the work of museums. Students will also examine the impact of communities on museum
    development, on exhibition creation, how engaged museums are with their communities, and how the unique
    diversity of London is reflected (or not) in its museums.

    Syllabus for London Museums: Introduction to British Museology,
    Society & Culture (PDF)

    Approved for the Arts and Humanities core, the Civic Life and Ethics theme and the Global
    Perspectives theme.

    Managing Global Supply Chains
    LNDN 3228
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    The focus of this course will be on key issues within operations that are of relevance in a firm’s
    ability to remain competitive in a global economy.  Examples of companies collaborating across the
    globe will be used in the teaching and learning of SCM.  We focus mainly on the operational and
    tactical aspects of managing the network of multiple facilities, but we will also investigate their
    strategic implications.  Factors such as legal, ethical, operational, venture risk and reliability
    will be considered in addition to specialized topics in supply chain management within a global

    Syllabus for Managing Global Supply Chains (PDF)

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

    Modern Art in London: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous?
    LNDN 3232
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    This course examines modern works of art from the late nineteenth century through to the present. The
    course begins by analyzing the ways in which the seeds of Modern Art were sown at the end of the
    nineteenth century, before moving on to work made during the twentieth century - particularly art
    produced in response to the First and Second World Wars; and culminates with reference to contemporary

    Syllabus for Modern Art in London (PDF) 

    Post-War British Popular Culture
    LNDN 3343
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2
    3 Credits

    London is an important center for international popular culture from World War II to the present. This
    course compares British and American experiences of popular culture. Students draw on their previous
    educational and life experiences to examine the culture and history of the 2 countries. Topics of
    interest include oral cultures, popular and ethnic cultures, and social and religious movements.

    Syllabus for Post-War British Popular Culture (PDF)

    Approved for Historical Perspectives core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    Queer Studies & LGBTQ Life in London & the Global World
    LNDN 3233
    3 Credits

    This course analyses the relationship between sexuality and London’s history since the late nineteenth
    century to the present day. As a Queer Studies course, a central theme will be how understandings of
    sexuality have changed over the last one hundred years. We will particularly consider how western
    identity terms, such as bisexual, gay, lesbian, straight and transgender are relatively recent
    inventions and are largely the creation of colonial trajectories and the late nineteenth century western
    medical gaze. But we will also acknowledge how the terms LGBTQ have been reclaimed in the twentieth
    century as a result of the American civil rights movements, LGBTQ movements, Women’s movements as well
    as anti-colonial struggles. Most importantly, we will ask what is distinctive about Queer Studies in the
    London context and we will readily engage with contemporary Queer life and culture in London via an
    interdisciplinary approach to sexuality; the latter approach is characteristic of Queer Studies.

    Syllabus for Queer Studies & LGBTQ Life in London & the
    Global World (PDF)

    Shakespeare & London
    LNDN 3323
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2
    3 Credits

    For a portrayal of the variety and depth of human emotions, Shakespeare has never been equaled. In this
    course, a selection of plays will be studied in depth, with equal focus on the genres of comedy,
    history, and tragedy. Through visits to Shakespearean plays in performance, to the Globe theatre
    workshop, and through guest speakers, the plays will be examined not only textually but also as living
    plays that tell us as much about modern identity as the development of the early modern identity.
    Students examine the notion of Shakespeare as "timeless" to understand how vitally he moves from the
    concerns of his day to ours.

    Syllabus for Shakespeare & London (PDF)

    Approved for the Literature core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    Strategic Communications and Social Media
    LNDN 3251
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This class combines theoretical analysis, case studies, and hands-on practice to understand and execute
    traditional and online communications strategies. The course will begin with a literature review of
    theories and principles relevant to the practice of strategic communication and social media practices
    including media effects, Internet effects, and uses and gratification theory. Second, cases studies will
    be utilized to investigate the effectiveness of messaging strategies employed by not-for-profit and
    commercial organizations as well as individual actors such as businesses, politicians, and influencers.
    Finally, students will work for a real-world client and their own portfolios to formulate an overarching
    communication strategy inclusive of recommendations for messaging strategies across all platforms
    (traditional messaging, website, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, press releases, e-blasts, and speeches).

    Syllabus for Strategic Communications and Social Media (PDF)

    Theater in the City
    LNDN 3239
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1
    3 Credits

    Plays are written to be appreciated in performance, not only to be read; a play does not truly come to
    life until it appears on a stage. The course will introduce students to the current variety of theatre
    being produced in London. The course aims to provide multiple levels of theatre appreciation, and is
    therefore open to students who both have a background in theatre and those who have a general interest
    in expanding their knowledge.

    Syllabus for Theater in the City (PDF)

    Approved for the Arts and Humanities core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    Understanding Modern Britain
    LNDN 3333
    Fall & Spring
    3 Credits

    Gain an understanding of the social and cultural differences between Britain and the US. Students explore
    various aspects of British life including entertainment, sport, politics, religion, and social problems.

    Syllabus for Understanding the Modern Britain (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Sciences core and the Global Perspectives theme.

    Witchcraft & Magical Performance in London
    LNDN 3235
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1
    3 Credits

    This course will chart the representation of the occult in the city from the Early Modern period to the
    present day. Focusing particularly on the performance and presentation of occult and magical phenomena
    and its reception by the general public and social elites during specific time periods, the course will
    offer students the opportunity to understand why magic has fascinated us and continues to do so. Class
    study will be combined with site visits to venues such as the Society for Psychical Research or the
    British Magic Circle, and a live performance of the magical or ghostly in London.

    Syllabus for Witchcraft & Magical Performance in London

    Approved for Global Perspectives

    Writing a Play: The Art & Craft of Making Theater
    LNDN 3221W
    3 Credits

    This course will introduce the student to the variety of skills required to write a stage play. Beginning
    with a range of stimuli from their experience of London—people, places, events and ideas—students will
    develop their ideas into fully-fledged one-act plays. Focusing on a toolbox approach, and carefully
    considering the various elements of dialogue, characterization, structure and themes, the course will
    culminate in the presentation of a reading of each writer’s play at CAPA’s studio facility: The Street.
    Each play will be read by a group of professional actors.

    Syllabus for Writing a Play (PDF)

    Approved for Social Sciences core, Civic Life and Ethics theme, the Global Perspectives theme,
    and the Writiting Intensive requirement.

    Writing the City: London
    LNDN 3217W
    Fall, Spring, Summer 1
    3 Credits

    This course looks at the impact of the city on the craft of creative writing. It explores how various
    subjects like the river, urban spaces, solitude, ethnicity, or particular districts function in London
    narratives and examines the role of memory and experience in literary psychogeographic accounts of the
    metropolis. The course will provide a theoretical and practical platform to enable participants to
    develop an understanding of London and utilize the city as a character in their creative writing.
    Students will explore the urban landscapes and "write the city" for themselves.

    Syllabus for Writing the City: London (PDF)

    Approved for the Literature core, Global Perspectives theme, and the Writing Intensive

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3330
    Online, Optional
    1 Credit

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your
     is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your overseas
    experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on
    multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

  6. Over 1000 internship placements are available in almost any field. For internship applicants, second semester sophomore, junior, or senior status with a minimum 2.8 GPA is required. You will earn 3 summer or 6 semester credits through the internship combined with the Learning through Internships course. All students find out their internship placement about 2 weeks prior to departure. Students are required to submit additional application materials in order to apply for the internship. These materials can be found under the Apply tab. Please note that internships are not open to Freshmen.  

    Academic Credit

    All students participating in an internship will enroll in the Global Internship Program course and work 20 hours per week. The 6-credit internship will require additional projects, assignments and activities that make up the additional contact and work hours spent on the course. Students participating in the 6-credit internship are eligible for a 12 credit reduced course-load due to the time commitment required for the internship. Note: This policy excludes Carlson School of Business students who are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 13-credits. Students have the option of participating in a 3-credit internship, but the preference is for students to complete the 6-credit internship. Students participating in the 3-credit option are not eligible for the 12-credit reduced course load. If you anticipate taking 12 credits, rather than 13 or more, the Learning Abroad Center recommends that you submit a “13 Credit Exemption Request” to your college advising office. This form can be found on the One Stop Student Services website

    Applying for an Internship

    Within the CAPA application, students will indicate that they would like to participate in an internship. Students will provide CAPA with the required application materials and give them their top 3 areas of interests for potential placements. Students are encouraged to speak to CAPA directly or work with their academic advisers to determine their 3 choices. CAPA uses this information to find a placement. Students are informed of their placement 2 weeks prior to departure.

    Internship Placements

    Sample internship placements can be found here and information about the internship process can be found here. Past internships have been in the fields listed below, but this is not a complete list. If you do not see the field you are interested in, inquire at the Learning Abroad Center about the possibility of doing an internship in that field.

    • Accounting, Business, or Economics
    • Advertising, Marketing, or Public Relations
    • Anthropology
    • Art, Film, or Photography
    • Communications, Journalism, or Broadcasting
    • Counseling
    • Criminal Justice
    • Music, Dance, or Theater
    • Education
    • Environmental Studies
    • Fashion
    • Health
    • Horticulture
    • Human Resources
    • Human Rights
    • Interior Design
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Psychology 
    • Social Work

    Review the CAPA Internship Handbook for additional information about the internship process and expectations.

  7. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Fall 2019 Dec 1 Apr 1
    Travel to London Sep 3
    Program begins Sep 4
    Orientation Sep 5 – 6
    Classes and internships begin Sep 9
    Add/drop period Sep 9 – 12
    Fall break Oct 21 – 25
    Program ends/Travel home Dec 14
    Spring 2020 May 1 Oct 15
    Travel to London Jan 7
    Program begins Jan 8
    Orientation Jan 9 – 10
    Classes and internships begin Jan 13
    Add/drop period Jan 13 – 16
    Spring break Feb 24 – 28
    Program ends/Travel home Apr 18
    Summer 1 2020 Aug 1 Mar 1
    Travel to London May 19
    Program begins May 20
    Orientation May 21 – 22
    Classes and internships begin May 25
    Add/drop period May 25 – 28
    Program ends/Travel home Jul 4
    Summer 2 2020 Aug 1 Apr 1
    Travel to London Jul 7
    Program begins Jul 8
    Orientation Jul 9 – 10
    Classes and internships begin Jul 13
    Add/drop period Jul 13 – 16
    Program ends/Travel home Aug 22

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2020 Monday, November 4, 2019, 3:30 p.m. TBD
    BFA/Guthrie Fall 2020 TBD TBD
  8. Fees for Study & Intern in London

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    Summer 2019 - Session 1 or Session 2

    Summer 2019 - Sessions 1 and 2

    Fall 2019

    Fall 2019 BFA Actor Training

    Spring 2020

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  9. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name Study & Intern in London
    Track Name Study & Intern in London
    Country United Kingdom


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.


    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Application Essay
    • CAPA Online Application
    • Transcript (Non-UofM students only)
    • Home Institution Nomination (Non-UofM students only)

    If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program, submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified once the items are added.

    If you are interested in participating in an internship, contact Ashley Metz before submitting your Low GPA materials.

    Applicants participating in the Internship must also submit the following items through CAPA's online application:

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Application Review Process

    After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

  10. Passport

    You must have a passport that is valid for the duration of the program, as well as up to 6 months after the end of the program, in order to enter the United Kingdom. If you do not have a passport, apply as soon as possible.


    Students who are not participating in the internship or service learning option will receive an entry letter from CAPA that should be carried along with their passports. 

    A visa is required if you are participating in an internship or service-learning. Those participating in the internship will be issued a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number to apply for a Tier-4 visa after confirmation on the program. Students who withdraw from the internship portion of the program after being issued a CAS will incur and be assessed a penalty of $500. Detailed visa application instructions will be emailed to you from CAPA about 60 days from the program start date. You should begin the visa application process as soon as you receive the instructions. Students who have completed their CAPA application and have confirmed their participation with the Learning Abroad Center by 90 days before the program start date will be eligible to receive their CAS and visa instructions approximately 80 days before the program start date. If you are unsure of your eligibility to receive a CAS at 80 days instead of 60 days, contact CAPA.

    Photos that meet the required UKBA photos regulations can be obtained at the UCard office on campus. 

    Note that the visa you will be applying for will allow you to be in the UK on the specific Tier 4 status during the official program dates only. Students with this visa are required to leave the UK within 7 days of the official program end date. Students who would like to stay in the UK longer are required to leave the British Isles and reenter the UK as a tourist. This can be done within the same day, and staff in London will advise various ways for you to do this. Student wishing to enter the country earlier than the dates for which there visa is valid must enter as a tourist, leave the British Isles, and then reenter on their Tier 4 visa. If you wish to arrive in the UK early or stay beyond the program dates, you will need to double-check the validity dates for your visa when you receive it, and should contact your CAPA program adviser for further instructions at that point.

  11. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Ashley Metz or call at 612.626.6380.

  12. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

    • Dan M. - Individualized Studies major, Spring 2019, internship with Adzuna, apartment
    • Becca S. - Graphic Design major, Fall 2018, internship with Dennis Publishing, apartment
    • Katrina R. - Finance & International Business major, Fall 2018, apartment
    • Maggie C. - Nutrition major, Spring 2019, internship with St. Hilda's East Community Centre, apartment
    • Olivia G. - Human Resources Development major, Spring 2019, internship with Fusion Lifestyle, apartment
    • Savannah W. - Political Science major, Spring 2019, internship with Baytree Centre, apartment