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
    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.


    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.

    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. Course Enrollment Instructions

    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


    • 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
    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.

    Analyzing & Exploring the Global City: London, Modernity, Empire, & Globalization
    LNDN 3613
    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 (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Sciences core.

    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 Technology and Society theme.

    Campaigners, Activists, & Radicals: Citizenship & Gender in Modern Europe
    LNDN 3614
    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.

    Child Development in a British Context
    LNDN 3536
    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 (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Science core.

    Childhood's Books
    LNDN 3252
    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 (PDF)

    Approved for Literature core.

    COMMUNICATE: Basic Acting Techniques for Confidence-Building and Better Presentations
    LNDN 3247
    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 3248W
    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 (PDF)

    Comparative Healthcare Systems
    LNDN 3245
    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
    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.

    Contemporary Issues through Community Engagement: The Social Dynamics of London
    LNDN 3253W
    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

    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)

    Detective Fiction: Crime & the City
    LNDN 3222
    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.

    Ethics in the Media
    LNDN 3530
    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.

    European Government & Politics
    LNDN 3432
    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 (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Science core.

    Experiencing Globalization: Society, Space and Everyday Life in London
    LNDN 3249
    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 Course
    LNDN 3375
    Fall, Spring, Summer
    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 - 3 credits (PDF)

    Syllabus for Global Internsthip Program - 6 credits (PDF)

    Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action
    LNDN 3242
    Fall, Summer
    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

    Global Workforce Management
    LNDN 3227
    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)

    International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour
    LNDN 3224
    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 (PDF)

    International Economics
    LNDN 3753
    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.

    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)

    International Marketing
    LNDN 3752
    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 (PDF)

    Introduction to Science Fiction
    LNDN 3254W
    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 to Introduction to Science Fiction

    Islam, Politics, & Britain: A Case Study of London's East End
    LNDN 3759
    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, and Civic Life and Ethics 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)

    London Museums: Introduction to British Museology, Society & Culture
    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, and Civic Life and Ethics 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 environment.

    Syllabus for Managing Global Supply Chains (PDF)

    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 practice.

    Syllabus for Modern Art in London (PDF)

    Moving Image Editing: Theory and Practice
    LNDN 3255
    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

    Post-War British Popular Culture
    LNDN 3343W
    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 (PDF)

    Approved for Historical Perspectives core, and Writing Intensive requirement.

    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
    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.

    Strategic Communications and Social Media
    LNDN 3251
    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
    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.

    Understanding Modern Britain
    LNDN 3333
    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.

    Witchcraft & Magical Performance in London
    LNDN 3235
    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 (PDF)

    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, and the Writiting Intensive requirement.

    Writing the City: London
    LNDN 3217W
    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 (PDF)

    Approved for the Literature core, and the Writing Intensive requirement.

    Optional Online Course

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3332
    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 (PDF)

  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. 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*
    Spring 2021 May 1 Nov 1
    Arrive in London Jan 28
    Departure from London Apr 30
    Summer 2021 Aug 1 Mar 1
    Arrive in London Jun 3
    Depart from London Jul 17
    Fall 2021 (Study & Intern) Dec 18 May 1
    Arrive in London Sep 2
    Depart from London Dec 11
    Fall 2021 (BFA Program) Dec 18 Apr 15
    Arrive in London Sep 2
    Depart from London Dec 11

    *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
    BFA/Guthrie Fall 2020 Friday, April 17, 2020, 3:00 p.m. online
  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.

    Fall 2019 BFA Actor Training

    Spring 2021

    Summer 2021

    Fall 2021 - Homestay

    Fall 2021 - Apartment

    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


    May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

    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 for each application you submit.

    Apply Now

    Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

    All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

    Apply Now


    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.

  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 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.

  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