Study & Intern in London

Study & Intern in London — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Study abroad center, classes taught by British faculty
Program Level Upper-division coursework on British area studies, history, theater, literature, marketing, finance, economics, politics, and many more
Courseload 12–18 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.

Coursework

Check the course list for more information and syllabi.

Students participating in the 6-credit internship will enroll in the Global Internship Program course and work 20 hours/week. They are eligible for a 12-credit reduced course-load due to the time commitment required for the internship. Note: This policy excludes Carlson School of Business students who are required to be enrolled in a minimum of 13-credits. Students have the option of participating in a 3-credit internship, but the preference is for students to complete the 6-credit internship. Students participating in the 3-credit option will enroll in the Global Internship Program course and work 15 hours/week but 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.

Internships

Learn more about the internships on this program on the Internship tab. All internships are for resident credit and are unpaid.

Service-Learning

Service-Learning is an academic experience with a strong educational philosophy that utilizes community service, community-based research, and other civic engagement activities along with regular reflection to meet course goals and community needs. Students will be placed in groups of 2–4 students with nongovernmental organizations and other community service organizations.

The course is made up of 3 hours of class time and 8–10 hours group placements per week (for 10 weeks). The class will meet for the first 3 weeks in 3 hour sessions for an intensive series of lectures, training, and discussions. In week 3 the representatives from the sites will come together with students for training and discussion. After this introductory period, group placements begin and classes continue as 1.5 hour weekly seminars (or out-of-class visits and activities) prior to project work, followed by 1.5 hour discussion sessions post project work. The final week will consist of final site work, visits, and a 3-hour class meeting for final presentations and reflection on the projects attended by site representatives.

Unlike in an internship, where the focus may be on professional development, the primary focus is to serve local communities and to develop the themes of the course while reflecting on the project goals in an academic setting. The service-learning placements and projects will meet needs identified by the community, as determined by the professor and the organization. Students will benefit both personally and academically from this experience in terms of reciprocity and co-learning. While there may be opportunities to gain professional skills at the placement, the primary focus will always be on the communities being served.

Course Options

Select the term and, where applicable, the number of semesters (or equivalent) of language instruction you will have completed by the time you start the program.

 

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