January 11, 2024
June 1, 2024
MORE ACADEMIC OPTIONS TO MATCH YOUR AMBITIONS
Learn along with students from the UK (and around the world) with a class at Queen Mary University of London, and explore today’s relevant topics with your IFSA classmates. Your centrally located apartment makes it easy to explore the best of London, from Camden Market to West End theatres to Hyde Park. With excursions to UK icons like Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Brighton, this affordable program has it all.
More London Options: Check out IFSA Study in London. It's the same great program, without the option to take a class at a local university, so it’s even more affordable.
Fall: April 15
Spring: Oct. 15
Select one direct-enroll class at Queen Mary, University of London. Some popular options are listed below, but you will have access to any class available to visiting students. Then, enroll in IFSA elective classes to complete your schedule.
FEATURED DIRECT-ENROLL MODULES
Arts & Social Sciences
Business & Economics
Students who enroll in fall term modules within the School of Economics and Finance or the School of Biological and Behavioral Sciences will complete final assessments online in January. Queen Mary does not allow alternate arrangements to be made for either full degree or study abroad students, including IFSA students.
IFSA ELECTIVE CLASSES
Contemporary British Politics: Brexit and Beyond
This class introduces the government and contemporary politics of the UK. Students examine the UK’s central political institutions and consider the extent to which they have been affected by voter apathy, devolution, and the fragmentation of the party system. On this foundation, the class then delves into today’s most pressing political issues, such as the prospect of Scottish succession, the complexities of Brexit, and the economic pressures of globalization and inequality. Students will gain deeper insights into how the British system of government works and the major challenges it faces, as well as the wider implications of Brexit in Europe.
This class offers a unique opportunity for students to delve deeply into host context research projects. Students will be guided through projects that are both feasible in the study abroad context and relevant to their broader intellectual interests. The class is structured through regular individual meetings with a faculty mentor to discuss the formation and execution of a research plan and, depending on the specific project, the possibility to conduct field- or internet-based research. At the end of the semester, students present a formal research paper.
Fantasy in the Real World: Literature through the Sociological Lens
Fantasy literature has great power – but does it also have great responsibility? This course looks at mainstream and fringe fantasy literature from the past century and the power that it has in modern society at large. We will examine its creation, consumption, and its ability to impact the real world. Using works such as Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, The Lord of the Rings, and The Game of Thrones, as well as lesser-known writings, we will embrace the fantasy genre as a safe space to explore sociological topics that are difficult to clarify in the real world, such as race, gender, class, and political processes.
Intercultural Communication for the Global Workplace
Designed to improve students’ abilities to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, this course utilizes intercultural theory, verbal and non-verbal communication, personal beliefs and values, and strategies for building cultural intelligence and adaptability. Examination of British and European work environments, professional practices, and business etiquette underpin the course. Guest speakers representing such areas as multicultural team leadership and international young professionals will augment the learning.
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Since the 1960s artificial intelligence (AI) has been applied to complex programs that could achieve tasks considered very complicated even for humans. This class introduces key concepts of intelligent agents, including behavior and environment as well as their role in problem solving and knowledge and reasoning representation. Modeling intelligent behavior designed to solve problems can be approached via logical, probabilistic, and/or neural methods. Students evaluate their common points and differences and investigate examples from natural language processing in the machine learning context.
Performing Arts and Social Change in London
From the Globe Theatre and the West End musicals, to Bollywood dance troupes and stand-up comedy in East End alleys, this class introduces students to London’s rich theatrical legacy and how its contemporary performing arts scene seeks to elevate the diverse voices of a multicultural urban center. To what extent have the arts historically addressed social justice themes, and how can they continue to drive change in our communities? Through visits to theaters, non-profits, and sprawling suburbs, students will gain a deeper understanding of how the arts influence culture, as well as the role that the London performing arts scene plays on the world stage. Note: This course will have a supplemental fee of $250 to cover the costs of theater tickets.
The Psychology of Crime and Justice in the UK
This class will follow the historical evolution of forensic psychology from Jack the Ripper to Julian Assange. Is a criminal mind born as such, or is the criminal a product of their environment? What role do governments and societies play in facing crime? Students will gain a foundation in relevant areas of psychology and psychoanalysis and then examine how that science interacts with real-world judicial systems. Additional topics will include punishment, treatment, and rehabilitation; assessment and intervention; and how dimensions of privilege can impact perceptions of crime and justice in both conscious and subconscious ways.
A comparison of familiar social settings with unfamiliar social norms and behaviors abroad, this class explores the basic theory and research of social psychology – studying the interaction between individuals and social groups and how the behavior of groups and individuals within them is mutually affected. Students will demonstrate and discuss the pillar concepts of social psychology, including conformity, conflict, persuasion, helping, perceptions, and social identity. Students will expand on the roots of feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and behavior locally and globally and explore your own attitudes and identity.
This class focused on the two dimensions essential for successful software development: software engineering proper, which includes software architecture selection and other technical details, and project management, including its planning stage. Students learn how to model software processes and analyze clients’ needs to design a suitable solution, including representations via Unified Modeling Language (UML). Throughout the term, progressive exercises survey requirements for system architecture, emphasize an object-oriented approach, and analyze methods for testing and evaluation.
Sustainability and the Global City
This class introduces urban sustainability from multiple disciplinary perspectives. It aims to provide students with the theoretical and methodological tools with which to evaluate potential for sustainable urbanism. Focusing on London alongside comparative global case studies, students will be exposed to urban planning and both natural and build environments in order to evaluate the common challenges and successes related to sustainability efforts. Through experiential learning opportunities, students will develop first-hand context as they examine various facets of sustainable urbanization in London.
Trends Start Here: New Media and Behavior
As individuals increasingly consume news from sources of personal choice and become producers of news through social media engagement, this class investigates communication patterns and human action. The relationship between media reporting and its impact on the psyche and decision-making provides a basis for course discussions. How does social networking affect our views of ourselves and others? How does our personal selectivity in news media consumption impact our choices and communications behavior?
Urban Identities: Gender, Race, and Class in London
Drawing from anthropology and sociology, this course utilizes intercultural learning theories to foster awareness of one’s own perspectives as well as those of the myriad communities that comprise London. Multiple approaches to framing the multicultural city and appreciating common and contested spaces as inherent to urban diversity are included. This course will examine the role, function, and effects of identity as it relates to the lived experiences of Londoners. While case studies examine gender, race, and class specifically, the course will approach identity from the perspective of intersectionality, in which the dimensions of diversity are understood as the simultaneous interplay of multiple factors.
Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
Engage in individualized field research with faculty experts on a contemporary issue of interest. Regular meetings with faculty will assist in the formation and execution of research plans, and they will guide you on how to thoughtfully and critically integrate academic research with experiential learning. You will sharpen your written and oral communication skills through the development of articulate and comprehensive research that is respectful to the sensitivities of the local culture.
If you chose to research live human subjects, live animals or another topic that is deemed by IFSA to be required to be reviewed by the Institutional Research Board (IRB) at your home institution, then you will have to file your project with your home institution’s IRB board and submit your result to IFSA. Your IFSA Enrollment Counselor will review your application materials to help determine if you must file with IRB.
For more detailed information and examples of previous student placements, contact your IFSA Enrollment Counselor.
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.
Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
January 11, 2024
June 1, 2024
Early Sept. 2024
January 11, 2024
June 1, 2024
Early Sept. 2024