• Application & Deposit Deadline: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • Balance of Program Fees Due: Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Tuition Due: check your campus’s calendar
  • Program Dates: September 22 – December 1, 2018

Contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator for more information about spending the fall in London.



Loved and respected for its architecture, theaters, museums, galleries, and academic institutions, London has something for everyone. Along with earning a full quarter of transferable college credits, you will live with a British family and immerse yourself in day-to-day British Life. Frequent field trips and travel opportunities enable you 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 was a fashionable residential quarter for merchants and aristocrats in the 18th century. It is very much a university area now, with the main buildings of the University of London at its center.


  • Wireless enabled student computer lab (27 PCs) located in the AIFS Student Centre with free internet access and printing facilities
  • 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 to the University of London Union which gives 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
  • Whiteboards and audio-visual equipment including LCD projectors, overhead projectors, televisions, US/UK VCR and DVD players
  • Flexible format ranging from lecture to seminar style
  • Air-conditioned classrooms


You 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.


You will live with a local family in their home. All families are carefully screened and selected by AIFS personnel overseas. The AIFS Local Organizer will use the information you provide on your AIFS accommodation form to place you with a local family.

You 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 per week (Monday through Friday) and dinner four days per week (Monday through Thursday). You will have access to the kitchen for the preparation of any other meals.

By living with a host family, you have a link to the local culture and customs. You are encouraged to make the most of family life and community activities during your stay in London. You are expected to respect the norms and customs of your host family.


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.

If 40 or more students enroll, a second faculty will join the program.

Secondary Faculty – 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.


On arriving in London, you will attend a two-day orientation program consisting of an orientation meeting with AIFS staff, workshops on cultural differences, safety/security, and travel. You will receive an information packet 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 you informed about various cultural and social events in London and help you make individual plans that compliment your academic interests. AIFS staff also organizes a cultural program of evening theater events and day-long excursions to places of interest outside London. You pay an additional fee for some activities, but they are considerably subsidized by the program fee. The subsidized cultural program of events include five Friday day-trips (to Oxford, Stonehenge and Salisbury, Bath, Brighton and Stratford-upon-Avon), four theater events, a football or rugby match, and a walking tour.


An optional four-day, three-night excursion to Scotland will be offered for a supplemental fee of $595 per participant.

Included in the price

  • Round-trip train ticket between London and Edinburgh
  • Three nights hostel accommodation with breakfast included (one night in Edinburgh, one night in Loch Ness, one night on the Isle of Skye)
  • Three-day guided bus tour to the highlands and islands of Scotland
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Two evening meals
  • 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.

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
  • Round-trip airport transfers to the 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 27 PCs in the AIFS Student Centre with free internet access and printing facilities
  • Access to the AIFS Student Centre and Student Services Staff
  • 24-hour emergency contact service
  • Membership of the University of London Union (allows 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, you 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 $325 excluding mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges of $533 (subject to change) for which you 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 your application form. Once airline tickets have been issued they can only be changed directly with the issuing agent – agent- and airline-imposed penalties apply.  Participants wishing to cancel from the flight must notify AIFS in writing by Friday, July 27, 2018. 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 London participants are all eligible to apply for one of two $1,000 WCCCSA Scholarships. Applications are due on or before Wednesday, June 27, 2018.


  • Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Location: North Seattle College

What to bring:

  • Signed copy of the Student Guidelines
  • Four passport photos
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Flight itineraries for students not on the group flight
  • Notepad to take notes
  • And questions

You should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever you feel should attend with you. Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be included. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.