Application Deadline: Friday, June 17, 2016. Please contact your campus coordinator for more information about spending the fall in London.
Program Dates: Saturday, September 24 – Friday, December 2, 2016
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.
“Living with an English family made the trip for me. It was an experience I will cherish my whole life” -Ryan Smith, 2000
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.
Tobias Peterson earned BAs in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. While there, he was a participant in the school’s first Tracking Cultures study abroad program. This allowed him to trace literary influences from the flooded deserts of North Africa (Morocco) through the ornate cathedrals of Spain and on to the ancient temples of central Mexico. He then went on to receive an MA in English Literature from George Mason University and an MFA in Poetry from Texas State University. After completing his formal education, he returned to Europe to teach creative writing in a study abroad program in Cambridge, England – with forays to London, Paris, and Venice. He’s now a tenure-track instructor of English at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. The son of a British mother, he looks forward to sharing his bicultural experience with his students in the WCCCSA London program in the fall of 2016.
Leena Shah received her PhD from the University of Idaho in Political Science. She grew up in India where she completed her BA in History and Political Science. Having come to the U.S. as a student, she has a keen appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism. She has been an advisor to the Model United Nations program and has accompanied students to New York in this endeavor. She is an avid traveler and loves new cultural experiences. She is passionate about working out and enjoys salsa dancing. Having travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, Leena recommends and encourages every student to take advantage of this opportunity to study in London. She has taught at several colleges in the Seattle area. Currently, Leena teaches interdisciplinary courses in Political Science, American Studies, and History at Bellevue College.
COURSES Students register for their courses at the home campus. See your study abroad advisor for course offering.
British Life and Culture (5 credits) is required of all students and provides an introduction to the culture. This course is taught by qualified local guest lecturers, focusing on historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of contemporary Britain.
English 121: “Our Words’ Worth,” Introduction to Creative Writing
Henry James wrote that “London is on the whole the most possible form of life. I take it as an artist […] as one who has the passion of observation and whose business is the study of human life.” In this class, students will be taking their cue from James: exploring London with a passionate artist’s eye for observation.
In doing so, students will be taking their place in a long line of writers who have drawn inspiration from this city—its sights, its sounds, its people. We’ll be exploring other writers’ visions of London (in poetry and short fiction), with the goal of giving students a full range of tools to express their own visions.
More than just technical know-how, though, students will leave this class with a dynamic record of their time abroad. The term’s work will be spent spinning the straw of their daily experiences into the gold of their writing. Their final portfolios will offer proof of the fact that there is no inspiration quite like travel, and no destination quite like London.
English 272: “Shakespeare: On the Scene,” Introduction to Shakespeare
He may have come from Stratford, but Shakespeare made his name in London. The Globe Theater, which sits on the banks of the Thames, is one such sign of the Bard’s legacy. But a closer look reveals that Shakespeare drew his inspiration from many parts of London: its people, its places, and—importantly—its politics.
That inspiration resulted in a host of plays, including Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I and II), Henry V, and Richard III. The class will explore these works together, overcoming the challenge of Shakespeare’s language to focus on the scheming, striving, and plotting that dominates these stories, drawn from the real-life events of London’s history.
In doing so, we’ll encounter a rich tapestry of intrigue that served as The Game of Thrones of Shakespeare’s time. When possible, we’ll also venture into the city to visit the scenes of these stories, from the Tower of London to the taverns of Eastcheap. The goal is to transform the plays from two-dimensional puzzles lying flat on the page into three-dimensional experiences, filled with meaning and relevance for today’s day and age.
History 230: Revolutions in the Modern World
In this course we will look at the long term causes of revolutions. What are the immediate triggers that precipitate the outbreak of the revolutions? We will study the forces that produce significant changes in a nation’s social, economic, or political ideas and institutions.
In particular we will look at the Industrial Revolution in the U.K., exploring how and why it was a precursor to our modern day technology. The Industrial Revolution was one of the major transformations in history. Britain was the first society to undergo this transformation. The Industrial Revolution brought fundamental changes which had an immense economic, social, cultural, political, and artistic impact locally and internationally. We will study each of these aspects.
In addition, we will discuss the Hard Times (Charles Dickens) that came with the Industrial Revolution and the beginnings of the era of Romanticism (Wordsworth and Blake). We will integrate history, politics, art, and literature in our class. This course might include a tour of the British Financial Center, The British Library, The London Docks, the house that Dickens lived in, and a visit to The British Museum to view the various exhibits of this era.
Political Science 204: Comparative Politics
How do societies and cultures organize their political, economic, and social lives? Through comparison of political systems, students discover unique characteristics, challenges, and opportunities as well as how political authority operates focusing on policy process, the economy, the role of citizens, and overall performance in a time of globalization.
It looks at the similarities and differences in the domestic political systems of different states and the theoretical debates which seek to explain them. This course, with its emphasis on the U.K., will examine the differences between a Parliamentary and a Presidential system. We will study the 2015 Parliamentary elections and compare and contrast it with the 2016 Presidential elections. Students will look into how the British media investigates the American elections.
We will also delve into a comparison of public policy issues like education, healthcare, and immigration in the U.K. and the U.S. Students will most likely attend a session of the Parliament and watch the question time of the British Prime Minister. A visit to local schools and non-profit organizations will also be included.
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.
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 daytrips (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 5-day, 4-night excursion to Scotland will be offered for a supplemental fee of $595 per participant. Included in the price is 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 and 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.
DATES & DEADLINES
Program Dates: Saturday, September 24 – Friday, December 2, 2016
- Deposit of $450 due with application by Friday, June 17, 2016 to AIFS – if Scotland tour is selected, $50 is also due at this time.
- AIFS will then bill the student for the remaining balance of $6,875 plus a $250 refundable damage deposit which are both due by Friday, July 29, 2016 – if Scotland tour is selected, $545 is also due at this time.
- Students applying after the application deadline date of Friday, June 17, 2016 can only be accepted on a space-available basis
** At least $150 is non-refundable; please check the London brochure and AIFS application for full refund policy guidelines.
Program Fees: $7,395 based on a minimum of 40 participants. Does NOT include the $250 refundable damage deposit
- Accommodation in a twin room homestay
- Roundtrip airport transfers to the student homestays on the program arrival and departure days.
- Continental breakfast Monday -Friday and dinners Monday – Thursday in homestay
- Access to homestay kitchen for the preparation of other meals
- 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).
- $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
- 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. Applications are due on or before June 17, 2016. Requirements include a 250 word essay answering the following question: “What do you believe to be the value in studying abroad? When you look back on your study abroad, what do you hope to say that you have gained from the experience, academically, personally, and professionally?”
To apply send completed applications Scholarship Application Study Abroad London 2016 to Cory Anthony email@example.com on or before June 17, 2016. This scholarship is open to all students applying to the WCCCSA London Fall 2016 program.
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.