Washington State Community College Consortium For Study Abroad

London, England FALL 2018

Posted by Virginia Gabby On November - 30 - 2017


  • Application Deadline:Please contact your campus coordinator for more information about spending the fall in London.
    • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (for students wishing to purchase the group flight)
    • Friday, July 27, 2018 (for students wishing to purchase their own flight)
  • Program Dates: September 22 – December 1, 2018



London, England – Loved and respected for its architecture, theatres, museums, galleries and academic institutions, London has something for everyone. Along with earning a full quarter of transferable college credits, students live with British families and immerse themselves in day to day British Life.  Frequent field trips and travel opportunities enable students to experience the culture and history of this great city as well as the beautiful countryside of England. The teaching team tailors courses to the European environment and structures the coursework around several themes common to the locale.



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Classrooms are located in the University of London Union in Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury is a fashionable residential quarter for merchants and aristocrats in the 18th century. It is very much a university area, with the main buildings of the University of London at its center. Bloomsbury also provides a wealth of interesting shops on its side streets as well as numerous restaurants. The British Museum is close at hand as are many of the colleges of the University of London. Within easy walking distance are Oxford Street, one of London’s main shopping areas, and Soho, Covent Garden and the West End, London’s evening entertainment sector.


  • Classrooms are air-conditioned with whiteboards
  • There is access to audio-visual equipment including LCD projectors, overhead projectors, televisions, US/UK
  • VCR and DVD players.
  • Flexible format ranging from lecture to seminar style



  • Students will have access to the wireless enabled student computer lab (27 PCs) located in the AIFS Student Centre with free Internet access and printing facilities.
  • Students will have access to the AIFS Student Centre and the services of an experienced AIFS Program Coordinator  and AIFS Student Advisors for information, personal advising/counseling
  • Fax, mail services and 24-emergency contact service
  • Membership of the University of London Union –  Students are provided membership to the University of London Union which gives them access to student clubs and societies and (at a reasonable additional cost) to sports facilities including a swimming pool, health spa, multi-gym and squash courts.


Student will be issued the London Transport travel pass, valid for unlimited use on buses and underground trains in travel zones 1, 2 and 3 for the duration of the program.



Primary Faculty – Colleen Stahl, North Seattle College

Colleen Stahl takes a student-centered, interactive approach to learning, wherein she provides the framework and resources for students to learn, and as much as possible has them learn by doing – through simulations, case studies, discussions, field trips, real world research, etc. Colleen also strongly believes that studying other cultures provides an important reflection on one’s self, and always helps students to connect the course material to their own lives, their immediate environment, and global issues that affect us all. Although she grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Colleen went abroad to study anthropology at McGill University in Canada, and then at the University of Sheffield and the University of Oxford in England. She is back now in the PNW teaching at a variety of different institutions – North Seattle College, Seattle University, Everett Community College – but Colleen understands how transformative living in another culture can be, and is looking forward to returning to the UK to share London with her students in the WCCCSA program!



Anthropology 204 – Archaeology: Archaeology is the study of cultures, typically those in the past, through the analysis of the physical remains they leave behind. This course focuses on the methodology of archaeology – how do archaeologists do what they do and how do we know about the past from this source? Topics range from the nitty gritty of excavating an archaeological site to the complexities of interpreting belief systems from ancient remains. We’ll explore the cultures of past societies, but also how our own cultural perspective impacts understandings of the past and how the past is used in modern social and political agendas.

England, of course, has a very deep archaeological history as humans have lived on what is now England for as far back as 42,000 years ago. The island has weathered several invasions by different cultures, each creating a new layer of archaeological interest. In learning about the methods of archaeology, this course will use the archaeology of the United Kingdom for illustrations and examples, drawing upon the richness of its museums and archaeological sites. While not necessarily a chronological walk-through of the prehistory and history of England, the course would touch on a wide range of different time periods and cultures.


Anthropology 206 – Cultural Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology is a method for understanding cultures around the world today (and in the very recent past) through in-depth qualitative analysis – talking to people, working with them, living with them – in order to get a rich and nuanced perspective on their lives. This course walks students through the theories and methodology of cultural anthropology, covering topics such as ethnographic fieldwork, subsistence patterns, family systems, etc. Students will be exposed to a range of traditional and indigenous cultures around the world, paying close attention to how these cultures are adapting to globalization and changing worldwide economic and cultural shifts.

In addition to studying worldwide cultures, students will be given the opportunity to use their experiences in London to build an in-depth study of an aspect of London culture (or of its many subcultures). In one of the most dynamic, multicultural cities in the world, students will be able to put into practice the theories and methodologies they are learning in class to get a taste for the real sorts of work that anthropologists do in the world today.


Secondary Faculty (with enrollment of 40 or more student) – Catherine Berkenfield, Bellevue College

In college I spent a semester in Oaxaca, Mexico and have since sojourned in Temuco, Chile and San Jose, Costa Rica. These transformational experiences changed my life personally and academically. My educational background is in linguistics—the study of language forms and function; I am deeply fascinated with how languages and cultures interrelate and like to talk about grammar at parties. In 2000 I earned an MA in Linguistics from the University of New Mexico where I also supported the Zuñi and Picuris Pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Nation in their language revitalization programs. At UNM I received the Susan Deese Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the year on the basis of my teaching portfolio and student recommendations. After graduation I taught at Old Dominion University and Green River College before joining Bellevue College’s English Department where I am now an Associate Professor. I look forward to learning with and from students as we settle into our sojourn in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world. London is our classroom!



ENGL 112: Introduction to Fiction/ENGL 221: Popular Literature/ENGL 271/272: Expository Writing I/II

“Mind the Gap!”: The Literature of London’s Neighborhoods

When traveling by London tube, students will hear the directive “Mind the gap!” every day: a reminder to carefully cross the gap between the platform and train as they explore London’s neighborhoods. In this course, students will select and read two to three novels, each set in one of London’s distinctive neighborhoods. From Hampstead Heath to Brick Lane or from Angel to St. Paul’s, students will traverse the city and its microcultures by train and on foot to engage the literature of place. We’ll source literary analysis, pop culture theory, and historical, sociological, and ethnographic methods to create an interdisciplinary understanding of the city. In his London-based novel Neverwhere, best-selling author Neil Gaiman writes, “He had gone beyond the world of metaphor and simile into the place of things that are, and it was changing him.” Students will embed themselves as observers, readers, writers, and do-it-yourself publishers.


ENGL 201: The Research Paper/ENGL 219/220: World Literature I/II

Abolitionist Writing in London and the End of Slavery

This course explores the literary competition between the pro-slavery and abolitionist movements in London starting with the period of mercantile capitalism and continuing through the emergence of industrial capitalism and concluding in emancipation. As a hub for the transatlantic slave trade, the city of London is a living archive that documents this period of human trafficking in its museums, neighborhoods, coffeehouses, banks, and law-making bodies. While centering writers of the African diaspora like Briton Hammon, Ignatius Sancho, Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, and Olaudah Equiano, we will also study British-born abolitionist writers and British pro-slavery writers. These primary information sources will help “narrate” the physical city of London. We will critique and celebrate London’s role in emancipation.


This is an academic program and students are expected to enroll in a full-time course load. Failure to participate in the academic coursework may result in dismissal from the program. Students are encouraged to make the most of their classroom learning as it will enhance understanding of all the local area has to offer.

London 2012

Outside the University of London Union



On arriving in London, Students will attend a 2-day orientation program consisting of orientation meeting with AIFS staff, workshops on cultural differences, safety/security and travel. Students will receive an information packet to including a comprehensive student handbook and local area information. There will be a welcome reception and a half-day sightseeing tour of London by private coach with the services of a professional guide.

The AIFS staff will keep students informed about various cultural and social events in London and help students make individual plans that compliment academic interests. AIFS staff also organizes a cultural program of evening theater events and day-long excursions to places of interest outside London. Students pay an additional fee for some activities, but they are considerably subsidized by the program fee. The subsidized cultural program of events include 5 Friday day trips (to Oxford, Stonehenge and Salisbury, Bath, Brighton and Stratford-upon-Avon) 4 theatre events, a football or rugby match and a walking tour.


Optional Scotland Excursion
An optional 4-day, 3-night excursion to Scotland will be offered for a supplemental fee of $595 per participant.

Included in the price:

  • a round-trip train ticket between London and Edinburgh
  • 3 nights hostel accommodation with breakfast included (1 night in Edinburgh, 1 night in Loch Ness, 1 night on the Isle of Skye)
  • a 3-day guided bus tour to the highlands and islands of Scotland
  • entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • 2 evening meals
  • the services of an AIFS staff member throughout the excursion.



Use free weekends to travel in England and to Europe’s great cities including Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin and Edinburgh.  AIFS’s local staff will assist you in choosing your destination and transportation.



Students will live with local families in their homes. All families are carefully screened and selected by AIFS personnel overseas. The AIFS Local Organizer will use the information that students provide on their AIFS accommodation form to place students with local families.

Students will have accommodation in a twin room in a homestay within a residential neighborhood of London. Continental breakfast (cereals, toast, juice, tea/coffee) will be provided in the homestay five days a week (Monday through Friday) and dinner four days per week (Monday through Thursday). Students will have access to the kitchen for the preparation of any other meals. By living with a host family, students have a link to the local culture and customs. Students are encouraged to make the most of family life and community activities during their stay in London. Students are expected to respect the norms and customs of their host family.

AIFS will offer an optional meal money program whereby students can lodge money (in sterling) at the beginning of the quarter and be given it back every two weeks throughout the program. Information will be included in the student information packet and discussed at orientation meetings. This is to help students pace their spending.

COSTS: $7, 595



  • Accommodation in a twin room homestay
  • Continental breakfast Monday -Friday and dinners Monday – Thursday in homestay
  • Access to homestay kitchen for the preparation of other meals
  • Roundtrip airport transfers to the student homestays on the program arrival and departure days.
  • Two day on-site orientation with welcome reception
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of London by private coach with tour guide.
  • London Transport travel pass for unlimited use on buses and underground trains in travel zones 1, 2, and 3.
  • A subsidized cultural program of events
  • Access to the wireless enabled student computer lab with 27PCs in the AIFS Student Center with free Internet access and printing facilities
  • Access to  the AIFS Student Center and Student Services Staff
  • 24 hour emergency contact service
  • Membership of the University of London Union (allows students access to the Union facilities, subsidized rates to sports facilities and the opportunity to join University of London clubs and societies).
  • International Student Identity Card
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Student medical and program fee refund insurance policies
  • Pre-departure orientation


Optional Transportation Package On a space-available basis, students may purchase the optional transportation package consisting of round-trip airfare (Seattle – London – Seattle) and round-trip transfers overseas between the airport and the housing in London for an additional $TBC excluding mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges of $TBC (subject to change) for which students will be billed separately. A minimum of 10 participants must purchase the flight for it to be offered.  AIFS will reserve spaces at the above prices according to information on the student application form. Once airline tickets have been issued to students they can only be changed directly with the issuing agent- agent and airline-imposed penalties apply. AIFS cannot arrange airline tickets for students applying after TBD, 2014. Participants wishing to cancel from the flight must notify AIFS in writing by Friday, July 29, 2016. Cancellation penalties may apply. Tickets are non-refundable after this date.



  • $250 refundable damage deposit
  • Airfare
  • College tuition and fees
  • Course books or materials (unless specified)
  • Passport and visa fees if applicable
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not specified as included in the program
  • Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade


WCCCSA Scholarship:  WCCCSA London participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA Scholarship.



  • When: TBD
  • Where: TBD
  • Time: TBD

What to bring: Students need to bring (a) a signed copy of the Student Guidelines, (b) 4 passport photos, (c) a copy of your passport, (d) flight itineraries for students not on the group flight, (e) a notepad to take notes, and (f) questions. Student participants should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever they feel should attend with them.

Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.