The Houses of Parliament, London, England

Impact of the London Olympics: 1908,1948, 2012

  1. Program Details

    Hosting the Summer Olympic Games on three separate occasions has put London in a category of its own. Through this program, learn first-hand the impact of these games on the city, the country and the world.

    Location London, United Kingdom
    Term Spring Break
    Housing Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor College of Education and Human Development

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate Students
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Impact of the London Olympics: 1908,1948, 2012

    The city of London, England has hosted the Summer Olympic Games on three separate occasions (e.g., 1908, 1948 & 2012). This is more than any other city in the history of the modern Olympics!  But, more important than this simple fact of hosting three Olympic Games; the timing of these Olympic Games in relationship to the history of the United Kingdom.

    1. The first London Olympic Games were in 1908 and England was at the height of its influence on the world. The British Empire was so vast that the sun never set on it. This is a unique time in history to study London and the British Empire.
    2. The second London Olympics was in 1948 and was the first Olympics after World War II. London was still recovering from the extensive bombing compeign that Germany inflicted on it during the War. Food rationing was still in effect and morale for London and the country was at a very low point. Even with all of these problems London managed to host the Olympic Games.
    3. In 2012 London hosted the Olympic for a third time. Given the financial problems facing the world most thought having the Olympics in London was a bad idea. However, the London Olympic Organizing Committee planned to use these Olympic Games to revitalize the east side of London and ultimately provide a legacy for the future generations of London children.

    These three Olympic Games not only had an effect on London and the United Kingdom, but also had an effect on the world, not only in terms of sport but other issues such as role of women and individuals with physical disabilities.

    Housing & Meals

    Students will stay in hotels in London. One lunch and one dinner will be provided.

    Application Deadline

    December 1, 2019

    Program Dates

    March 6 - 15, 2020

    This course is an embedded course that will be offered Spring with a spring break travel experience to London. Students will have regular classes in the spring semester before and after travel. 

    Academics

    KIN 4520

    This course will explore the impact of each of these Summer Olympic Games as well as contribution that these games have had not only on society in the United Kingdom, but also the world. In addition, this course will explore the changes in sport that have occurred during this time span.

    Objectives: Through this course, students will

    1. Master a body of knowledge concerning the 1908, 1948 and 2012 London Olympic Games.
    2. Describe the impact that the London Olympic Games have had on the World since 1908 London Summer Olympic Games to the present 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
    3. Describe the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States during the three London Summer Olympic Games.
    4. Communicate effectively the differences in the 1908, 1948 and 2012 Olympic Games.

    This course is an embedded course that will be offered Spring with a spring break travel experience to London. Students will have regular classes in the spring semester before and after travel. This course is designed to meet the Liberal Education Global Perspectives theme at the University of Minnesota.

    Program Leader

    Don Dengel is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. He has led students from the University of Minnesota on study aboard programs to London to study the various Olympic sites and learn about the three London Olympic Games. he was also an exercise physiologist for various US Olympic Teams with research laboratories at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

    Excursions

    • Wimbledon
    • Olympic Park/Velodrome
    • Copper Box Arena
    • British Museum
    • Museum of London

    Program Fee

    The program fee for 2020 is $4,440 and includes registration fees, orientation, international health insurance, airfare, housing, excursions, and two meals. Students will need to budget for their passport and visa fees, meals that are not included, and personal spending money.

    See the Spring Break 2020 Cost of Participation

    More Information

    Please contact Don Dengel or Oliver Ferguson for more information about this program.

  3. Prepare

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term Spring Break 2020
    Program Name Impact of the London Olympics: 1908,1948, 2012
    Track Name Impact of the London Olympics: 1908,1948, 2012
    Country United Kingdom

    Note: If the specific track and term of the affiliated program you wish to apply to cannot be found within the application system, select “Program Not Found” on the application, and enter your specific application information in the fields given to request an application. Our staff will review your application and update your program, track, and term information.

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

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

    When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • First Step session
    • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

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

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

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

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

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program. Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    Next Steps

    1. You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
    3. Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
    4. The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
      • Health Information Form
      • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
      • Online Health & Safety Orientation
    5. Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    6. Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
    7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.