IFSA London Program

IFSA Study in London

Program Overview

OUR MOST AFFORDABLE LONDON OPTION WITH ACCESSIBLE GPA REQUIREMENTS

Live and learn in cosmopolitan London with an affordable program that welcomes you to explore relevant topics in politics, economics, business, communications, life science, and social or environmental issues. Round out your UK experience with excursions beyond the city to icons such as Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Brighton.

 

Eager to learn with other local and international students? Check out IFSA Study in London Plus, which adds the option to enroll in one elective class at a prestigious London institution.

 

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

Minimum GPA

2.00

Credit load

12-15

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

You may select five electives.

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.

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. Students will take advantage of our London location, exploring sites important to these works including the Harry Potter studio tour, and feature guest speakers who have worked on text adaptations.

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.

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.

COMING FALL 2023 - Entrepreneurship: Creating a Plan of Action

Entrepreneurship is widely understood as engaging in a process to seek out or create opportunities for the purpose of starting a business; yet there is a gap between what entrepreneurs actually do to start a business and what some investors actually want prior to investing their money in entrepreneurs and their businesses. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to teach students how to do both: 1) think through and engage in the creation of a start-up and 2) develop and communicate a business plan to potential investors. In order to do the first, students will learn about and follow the “lean start-up” methodology, and to do the second, students will learn how to prepare a traditional business plan.

COMING FALL 2023 - Ethical Decision-Making

This class invites students to examine ethical issues revolving around the economic order by understanding the context in which business agents operate. This allows students to analyze the role and responsibilities of business enterprises, such as corporations. The aim of this class is to identify, clarify, and analyze some of the ethical issues in the area of commerce that leaders and managers face, to understand choices available, and actions taken. From empirical and normative perspectives, students engage with theory from moral philosophy, organizational behavior, economics and management, with cases that illustrate the ethical issues in the business environment.

COMING FALL 2023 - Global Politics of Health and Disease

This class will study the relationship between health and international relations. Students will develop a critical understanding of the current global health crisis and the political dilemmas faced by those responsible for the development and implementation of solutions to it. Topics will include people movement, infectious disease, the business of health, the consequences of war, inequality, health governance and health security. Throughout the class, students will participate in a range of global health events in London such as guest lecturers, visits to health industry businesses and political ministries, career events and film screenings.

COMING FALL 2023 - International Political Economy

Political and economic development are increasingly intertwined with international and global integration. In this class, students will explore theoretical issues and illustrative case studies related to international political economy. Students will read about and discuss the ways domestic and international politics affect relations between states by examining the role of government in the production, distribution, and consumption of resources. Trade policy, exchange rate policy, foreign investment policy, and migration are points of focus in this class which positions economics and politics as inextricably linked concepts.

COMING FALL 2023 - 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.

COMING FALL 2023 - 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.

COMING SPRING 2024 - Directed Research

This course offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to delve deeply into meaningful research of their own design. The process of research and discovery is supported by the IFSA Global Flagship’s network of local experts, including social entrepreneurs, academics, artists, journalists, business leaders and policymakers who serve as our team of faculty guides. Students conducting independent research projects meet with faculty guides regularly to discuss the formation and execution of their research plans. At the end of the semester, students present a formal research paper and may have the opportunity of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

ACADEMIC RESOURCES

As part of our academic support services, you will have the option for a semester-long affiliate membership to the University of London system’s Senate House Library and its extensive resources.

RELATED PROGRAM

You may also wish to check out the IFSA London Plus program. It offers all the same features of the IFSA London program, plus you may enroll in one elective class at a prestigious London institution.

COMING SPRING 2024 - DIRECTED RESEARCH

Engage in individualized field research with faculty experts in London 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. For more detailed information and examples of previous student placements, contact your IFSA Admissions Counselor.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

  • Not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.

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TRANSCRIPT

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.

Excursions

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 our control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.

Activities

  • London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
  • London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
  • Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.

Excursions

  • The Square Mile Tour: The City of London, also known as the Square Mile, is just over one mile of the capital city. But what a mile it is. The Square Mile is the oldest part of London, dating back to 43 A.D. when the Romans christened it Londinium. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to Borough Market, the Bank of England to Tower Bridge, this walking tour will give you an exclusive glimpse into the London of old and new.
  • London Graffiti and Street Art Tour: Get ready to experience the very best London has to offer in street art and graffiti during our urban street art adventure through the amazing painted streets of Shoreditch, East London and the surrounding areas. See work by some of the world’s most famous street artists including Banksy, Ben Eine, Obey, Roa, C215 and 100s more. We introduce you to all the various types of street art from street sculpture to stencils, wheat pastes and stickers. In addition to schooling you in graffiti art and explaining the different styles of lettering and techniques used in street art, the tour will really open your eyes to the graffiti/street art around you, as well as the meaning behind the graffiti.
  • Stonehenge and Bath Visit: Stonehenge has stood on Salisbury Plain for around 5,000 years and it’s still unknown how the prehistoric monument came to rest there! Make up your own mind during this visit and discover the fascinating theories behind these rocks. You’ll learn about Stonehenge from the fascinating exhibits and be able to enjoy a virtual sunrise as it rises over the prehistoric stones! Afterward, travel to the Roman city of Bath for a walking tour of this World Heritage city once home to Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Gainsborough, Lord Nelson, and Beau Nash. Then prepare to travel back 2,000 years to the Roman era with a visit to the Roman Baths.
  • Piers and Queers Brighton Trip: Since the 18th century Brighton has become a cosmopolitan place of recreation, escape, and freedom. A destination for people who didn't conform. With an LGBTQ+ population now estimated at 15%, Brighton celebrated England's first civil partnerships, and hosts the UK’s largest Pride event as well as Europe's first Trans Pride, rightly earning its title as the LGBTQ+ Capital of Britain. Peers and Queers is a tour of Brighton from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer perspective, in a colorful 90-minute walk along the beach and historic city center taking in more than 200 years of history including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life, and political activism. Afterward, there’s time for a walk on the pier and fish and chips, just watch out for seagulls!
  • Windsor Castle and Eton College Tours: Take a full-day tour to the beautiful Berkshire towns of Windsor and Eton. Visit the king’s home at Windsor Castle which has more than 900 years of royal history and is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. After lunch it will be on to Eton, home of the world-famous Eton College founded in 1440. Eton has educated generations of British and foreign aristocracy and members of the Royal family including Princes William and Harry, and British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and David Cameron.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

You will live in centrally located, fully furnished student residences in London. Bedrooms are arranged either in apartment or clusters, or on communal corridors. You will share a bedroom with ensuite bathroom with another IFSA student and can expect to share kitchen facilities, too, ranging from in-unit kitchenettes to larger communal kitchen and dining areas. There is no meal plan so you will need to either purchase your meals or cook for yourself. Communal cooking and dining is a great way to manage your budget and get to know other students! Other communal spaces may be available within the residence depending on the building and location, to be confirmed in your prearrival materials.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Fall 2023

Early September 2023

Mid-December 2023

$15,795

May 1

Spring 2024

Early January 2024

Late April 2024

$15,795 (estimated)

November 1

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Early September 2023

Term ends

Mid-December 2023

Program costs

$15,795

Application deadline

May 1

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Early January 2024

Term ends

Late April 2024

Program costs

$15,795 (estimated)

Application deadline

November 1

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