Learning Abroad Center
Thames in London at sunset

Study & Intern in London

Europe
LAC Program

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.

Program Details

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
Student Year
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite

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Study & Intern in London

Program Locations

Kenilworth Castle

Excursion included in the program fee.

Latitude
52.348500
Longitude
-1.591300
Stonehenge

Excursion included in the program fee.

Latitude
51.178900
Longitude
-1.826200
Stratford-upon-Avon

Excursion included in the program fee.

Latitude
52.191700
Longitude
-1.708400
Bath

Excursion included in the program fee.

Latitude
51.376000
Longitude
-2.361000
CAPA London Center

Students will have their courses at the CAPA Center.

Latitude
51.494800
Longitude
-0.188000
Imperial College London

Semester students will receive an Imperial College student pass which will allow them to participate in university clubs, sports, and access some university facilities. It is a great way to connect with local students.

Latitude
51.500400
Longitude
-0.178100
Camden Market
Latitude
51.540100
Longitude
-0.143000
Gloucester Road Tube Station

Closest tube station to CAPA.

Latitude
51.494500
Longitude
-0.183600
Buckingham Palace
Latitude
51.501400
Longitude
-0.141800
Big Ben

London's iconic timepiece

Latitude
51.500700
Longitude
-0.124600
The Globe Theater
Latitude
51.508100
Longitude
-0.096800
Tower of London
Latitude
51.508100
Longitude
-0.076100
Tate Modern
Latitude
51.507600
Longitude
-0.099300
King's Cross Station
Latitude
51.532000
Longitude
-0.123300

About

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

Apartment

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.

Homestay

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.

Excursions

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.

Flight

The Learning Abroad Center works with Village Travel, a local travel agency, to arrange a coordinated flight for program participants. The flight is optional, and is arranged for those who want to fly with other program participants. Group flight information is typically available by the program application deadline, if not before.

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 community engagement
  • 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 community engagement

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.

Program Structure

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

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

Coursework

Check the course list for more information and syllabi.

All students participating in an internship will enroll in the Global Internship 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

Semester

Program Take the Following
Study Center Courses Only 4–5 Area Studies Courses
Internship Program LNDN 3375: Global Internship Course
2–3 Area Studies Courses

Summer

Program Take the Following
3 Credit Internship and Course LNDN 3375: Global Internship Course (3 credits)
1 Area Studies Course
2 Credit Courses 2 Area Studies Courses

Full Course List

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 3248W: Community Engagement: Service-Learning in London for 3 credits and 3-4 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

Summer

  • 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

Writing the City: London

Course ID
LNDN 3217W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
  • Writing Intensive

Contemporary British Film

Course ID
LNDN 3218
Terms
  • Spring
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

London Across History, Literature, & Film

Course ID
LNDN 3219
Terms
  • Fall
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

Writing a Play: The Art & Craft of Making Theater

Course ID
LNDN 3221W
Terms
  • TBD
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: The Art & Craft of Making Theater

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Civic Life and Ethics
  • Social Sciences
  • Writing Intensive

Detective Fiction: Crime & the City

Course ID
LNDN 3222
Terms
  • TBD
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: Crime & the City

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature

International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour

Course ID
LNDN 3224
Terms
  • TBD
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

Global Workforce Management

Course ID
LNDN 3227
Terms
  • TBD
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

Managing Global Supply Chains

Course ID
LNDN 3228
Terms
  • 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 environment.

Syllabus for Managing Global Supply Chains

Modern Art in London: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous?

Course ID
LNDN 3232
Terms
  • 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 practice.

Syllabus for Modern Art in London: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous?

Queer Studies & LGBTQ Life in London & the Global World

Course ID
LNDN 3233
Terms
  • TBD
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

Witchcraft & Magical Performance in London

Course ID
LNDN 3235
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
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

Theater in the City

Course ID
LNDN 3239
Terms
  • Spring
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

Arts Administration: The Creative Industries in a Digital World

Course ID
LNDN 3240
Terms
  • 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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Technology & Society

Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action

Course ID
LNDN 3242
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The course critically examines the history and development of concepts of human rights and the philosophies underpinning them, as well as current frame-works of international human rights law and the relationship among current debates in human rights, political power and social injustice. Topics to be covered will include human rights and international relations; humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect; postcolonial and feminist critiques of human rights; the intersection of human rights with gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class; the relationship between human and civil rights; women’s, children’s and indigenous peoples’ rights; and the practical implementation and enforcement of human rights.

Syllabus for Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action

London Museums: Introduction to British Museology, Society & Culture

Course ID
LNDN 3243
Terms
  • TBD
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
  • Civic Life and Ethics

Comparative Healthcare Systems

Course ID
LNDN 3245
Terms
  • Summer
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

COMMUNICATE: Basic Acting Techniques for Confidence-Building and Better Presentations

Course ID
LNDN 3247
Terms
  • TBD
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

Community Engagement: Service-Learning in London

Course ID
LNDN 3248W
Terms
  • Fall
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

Experiencing Globalization: Society, Space and Everyday Life in London

Course ID
LNDN 3249
Terms
  • 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

Strategic Communications and Social Media

Course ID
LNDN 3251
Terms
  • TBD
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

Childhood's Books

Course ID
LNDN 3252
Terms
  • TBD
3
Credits

This course examines writing for young people, with a focus on children’s books about cities. We will consider how representations of childhood in literature change over time and in response to specific historical and cultural events, with special focus on literary representations of children in urban environments and the role of the city in the development of children’s literature as a genre. We will explore the relationship between books for children and the historical experiences of children in London.

Syllabus for Childhood's Books

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature

Contemporary Issues through Community Engagement: The Social Dynamics of London

Course ID
LNDN 3253W
Terms
  • TBD
3
Credits

This is an interdisciplinary course with a sociological focus, as well as a unique opportunity to become directly involved in the realities of community engagement and grassroots politics. It is designed to stimulate critical thought and reflection on urban inequalities in London and to introduce students to topical debates about how best to manage the challenges of a diverse city. The course will explore the historical, sociological, and political context of community and service in the United Kingdom (UK). It will also examine in depth forms of social, economic, and political exclusion, such as uneven access to health care, education, financial resources and political representation, and analyze the social dynamics within and between the multiple communities which co-exist in London.

The course therefore combines classroom learning with practical exposure in placements to foster knowledge and understanding of community service in the UK today. Weekly seminars and readings enable participants to understand contemporary social dynamics and illuminate such issues as the history of welfare provision, urban regeneration, political power, social deprivation, and the interplay of class, gender, and ethnicity in the city.

Syllabus for Contemporary Issues through Community Engagement: The Social Dynamics of London

Introduction to Science Fiction

Course ID
LNDN 3254W
Terms
  • TBD
3
Credits

What lies beyond “The Final Frontier”? Why does it matter if androids dream of electric sheep? What will our future look like and who will be there to enjoy it? What role do technology, ethics, and/or politics play in imagining our future? Why has science fiction become such a central metaphor for our daily, lived experiences? Introduction to Science Fiction discusses them all. This course is designed to expose students to a broad spectrum of science fiction. We will examine representative texts from each of the modern, roughly defined as the 20th and 21st Centuries, “periods” of the genre. The class will discuss the ongoing debate surrounding the “work” performed by the genre, as well as its themes, and stylistic movements.

Syllabus for Introduction to Science Fiction

Moving Image Editing: Theory and Practice

Course ID
LNDN 3255
Terms
  • TBD
3
Credits

Moving images are ubiquitous. As one of the most pervasive manifestations of the digital age, they broke out with the confines of the cinema theatre and show up on the multitude of screens around us. Just as we are surrounded by many forms of the audio-visual, we also encounter a multitude of editing practices. From blockbusters to YouTube videos, we experience images that are carefully selected and artfully cut in a way that is entertaining, persuasive, or simply moving.

The course is designed to introduce students to the theory, practice, and art of editing. It intertwines historical accounts of editing practice with media analysis and hands-on exercises. Each of the first nine sessions is devoted to one of the key concepts that illuminates intersections between media and culture: conversation, gaze, action, persuasion, story, beat, humor, metaphor, and voice. Each session is then divided into three distinctive parts. The first uses film excerpts to showcase editing devices employed in relation to the theme of the class. The second introduces a theoretical understanding of the pertinent editing procedures and instigates a discussion around them. In the last part of the session, students will use a pre-selected set of clips to create their own edit. The course is based on an innovative approach to editing techniques that sees them in a close dialogue with the underlying cultural phenomena that shape the current media landscape.

Syllabus for Moving Image Editing: Theory and Practice

Shakespeare & London

Course ID
LNDN 3323
Terms
  • Spring
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature

Understanding Modern Britain

Course ID
LNDN 3333
Terms
  • TBD
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 Modern Britain

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Post-War British Popular Culture

Course ID
LNDN 3343W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Writing Intensive

Global Internship Course

Course ID
LNDN 3375
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3 or 6 Credits

The Global Internship Course (GIC) 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 GIC 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 GIC 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 Course - 3 credits (PDF)

Syllabus for Global Internship Course - 6 credits (PDF)

European Government & Politics

Course ID
LNDN 3432
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Ethics in the Media

Course ID
LNDN 3530
Terms
  • Fall
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Civic Life and Ethics

Creative Connections: Advertising & Marketing in Britain

Course ID
LNDN 3531
Terms
  • 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 for Creative Connections: Advertising & Marketing in Britain

Child Development in a British Context

Course ID
LNDN 3536
Terms
  • Spring
  • Summer
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Analyzing & Exploring the Global City: London, Modernity, Empire, & Globalization

Course ID
LNDN 3613
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
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, Modernity, Empire, & Globalization

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Campaigners, Activists, & Radicals: Citizenship & Gender in Modern Europe

Course ID
LNDN 3614
Terms
  • TBD
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 Campaigners, Activists, & Radicals: Citizenship & Gender in Modern Europe

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

International Finance

Course ID
LNDN 3733
Terms
  • 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

International Marketing

Course ID
LNDN 3752
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
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

International Economics

Course ID
LNDN 3753
Terms
  • Fall
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

20th Century British History

Course ID
LNDN 3757
Terms
  • 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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Historical Perspectives

Islam, Politics, & Britain: A Case Study of London's East End

Course ID
LNDN 3759
Terms
  • Fall
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: A Case Study of London's East End

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Civic Life and Ethics
  • Social Sciences

Global Identity

Course ID
OLPD 3332
Terms
  • Online (all terms)
1
Credit

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

Syllabus for Global Identity

Language Taught In
  • English

Internships

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. 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.

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

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 Orientation Date/Time
Summer 2021 April 12, 2021 from 3-5pm
Fall 2021 - Orientation Part 1 May 20, 2021 from 3-5pm
Fall 2021 - Orientation Part 2 July 8, 2021 from 3-5pm

Summer 2021

Application Open Date: August 1, 2020
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Schedule Date
Arrive in London June 3, 2021
Depart from London July 17, 2021

Fall 2021

Fall 2021 - Study & Intern

Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020
Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

Schedule Date
Arrive in London September 2, 2021
Depart from London December 11, 2021

Fall 2021 - BFA Program

Application Open Date: December 18, 2021
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Arrive in London September 2, 2021
Depart from London December 11, 2021

Spring 2022

Application Open Date: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Arrive in London January 13, 2022
Depart from London April 23, 2022

Fees

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

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.

Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

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.

You can apply for additional scholarships and funding opportunities through CAPA, in addition to the University of Minnesota. Check eligibility requirements and deadline dates for all CAPA scholarships and financing options.

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.

Fall 2021

Study & Intern in London

Apartment 1 - Apartment

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on campus tuition and fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable Deposit $400
Tuition & Educational Costs $14,574
International Health Insurance $200
Housing and/or Meals $3,936
Transportation (If required and included in program fee)London public transportation pass included in program fee $0
Total Program Fee $19,110
Program Discount for University of Minnesota & Big Ten Students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $18,110

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/Photos $150
Visa/Required Documents $500
Travel Clinic/ImmunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing Deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,150
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/Materials $500
Housing and/or Meals not included in program feeMeals only - full housing cost included in program fee $2,800
Essential Daily Living Expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,500

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students - compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,760
Spending Money & Personal Travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,200
Additional notes & information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in London

Homestay 1 - Homestay

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on campus tuition and fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable Deposit $400
Tuition & Educational Costs $14,574
International Health Insurance $200
Housing and/or Meals $3,936
Transportation (If required and included in program fee)London public transportation pass included in program fee $0
Total Program Fee $19,110
Program Discount for University of Minnesota & Big Ten Students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $18,110

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/Photos $150
Visa/Required Documents $500
Travel Clinic/ImmunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing Deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,150
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/Materials $500
Housing and/or Meals not included in program feeMeals only - full housing cost included in program fee $1,360
Essential Daily Living Expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $3,060

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students - compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $23,320
Spending Money & Personal Travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,200
Additional notes & information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Fall 2021 (BFA Actor Program)

Study & Intern in London: BFA Actor Program

Apartment 1 - Apartment

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on campus tuition and fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable Deposit $400
Tuition & Educational Costs $15,419
International Health Insurance $200
Housing and/or MealsStudents will receive a weekly food stipend $4,216
Transportation (If required and included in program fee)London public transportation pass included in program fee $0
Total Program Fee $20,235
Program Discount for University of Minnesota & Big Ten Students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $19,235

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,500
Passport/Photos $150
Visa/Required Documents $0
Travel Clinic/ImmunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing Deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,650
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/Materials $500
Housing and/or Meals not included in program feeMeals only - full housing cost included in program fee $2,800
Essential Daily Living Expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,500

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students - compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $25,385
Spending Money & Personal Travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,200
Additional notes & information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Spring 2022

Study & Intern in London

Apartment 1—Apartment

Spring Semester 2022

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $14,574
International health insurance $200
Housing and/or meals $3,936
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $19,110
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $18,110

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,700
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsUK student visa only required for students participating in an internship $500
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,350
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $500
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $2,800
Essential daily living expenses $1,200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,500

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,960
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,200
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

Due to COVID-19, current US passport processing times are significantly delayed. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now, and pay for expedited processing.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by the FDA and has been added to the list of required vaccinations for study abroad. We encourage you to complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now

Complete

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

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.

Visa

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.

Visa

Students who are not participating in the internship or community engagement 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 community engagement. 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.

Police Background Check

A police background check is required for all students doing an internship or community engagement. We will not be able to place you in an internship or community engagement site without this.  You can obtain a background check either online, in-person, or via US postal service (USPS)

Online

To complete your background check online, visit https://chs.state.mn.us and click "Search Public Criminal History". Enter your information (Name and DOB). Take a screenshot of the results, and be sure to include your name, birthdate, and full results page. This process is free of charge. Depending on the type of internship or community engagement placement you participate in, obtaining a more detailed background check via in-person visit may be required (and may incur a fee).

In-person

If you live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area you may obtain a printed copy of your background check in person by visiting the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. You can find detailed instructions at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website. For this process a valid government issued form of identification and an $8.00 processing fee is required. Depending on the type of internship or community engagement placement you participate in, this may be the required method to obtain the police background check. 

US Postal Service

You may request a printed copy of a background check by writing the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  You can find detailed instructions  at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website. Your request must be signed, dated, and your signature notarized. You must indicate that your request is for use outside of the United States. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request.

If you live outside the Minneapolis St. Paul Area you should check with a local government agency or a police department in your hometown.

Program Contact

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

Tim Dohmen or call at 612.625.5182

Contact Program Alumn

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