Study abroad this summer in London with IFSA

IFSA Summer in London

Program Overview

With icons like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Tower of London all around you, you can’t help but absorb London’s many layers of tradition and history. It’s a setting that’s hard to top for exploring the impact of fantasy literature on life as we know it, with the Harry Potter novels, His Dark MaterialsThe Lord of the Rings, and more as your text. Multicultural London is also prime ground to see how gender, race, and class come into play in a sophisticated, worldly city.

Enroll in a single four-week session or take two sessions back to back with an eight-week stay.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

April 1

Minimum GPA

2.00

Credit load

3 - 6

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

During your IFSA Summer in London, customize your study abroad experience by taking a class during the four-week Session 1 or take a class during the four-week Session 2. You can also extend your studies by enrolling in both Session 1 and Session 2.

SESSION 1 CLASS

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. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

SESSION 2 CLASS

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 the Harry Potter novels, His Dark MaterialsThe Lord of the Rings, and 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. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

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.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

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 PandemicsPast 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.
  • Community Environment Initiatives & Urban Farming in London: This guest lecture explores London’s creative solutions to sustainability, food security, and community building with visit opportunities to three distinct case studies:
    • Up Above: Visit to Sky Garden
    • On the Ground: Visit to Calthorpe Community Garden
    • Down Below: Visit to Growing Underground
  • Homelessness in LondonA Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers Tamsen Courtenay, author of Four Feet Under: Untold Stories of Homelessness in London, and a case worker from the Centrepoint charity for youth homelessness. The discussion will be followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
Excursions
  • Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral Visits: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is a celebrated and iconic prehistoric monument of standing stones and burial mounds in Wiltshire. Afterward, travel along to Salisbury Cathedral to view one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
  • Seaside Brighton Trip: A site of significance to the 1960s rivalries between the mods and rockers, and widely recognized as the “gay capital” of the UK, Brighton features the Palace Pier, Brighton Royal Pavilion, historic streets, and bohemian shops. End the day with fish and chips by the seaside.
  • Harry Potter Studio Tour: Explore The Making of Harry Potter permanent exhibit which offers an authentic behind-the-scenes look into the making of the films along with an enchanting guest lecture.

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 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

Summer 2023 - Session 1

May 29, 2023

June 23, 2023

$4,975

April 1

Summer 2023 - Session 2

June 26, 2023

July 21, 2023

$4,975

April 1

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1 & 2

May 29, 2023

July 21, 2023

$9,225

April 1

Term

Summer 2023 - Session 1

Term begins

May 29, 2023

Term ends

June 23, 2023

Program costs

$4,975

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Summer 2023 - Session 2

Term begins

June 26, 2023

Term ends

July 21, 2023

Program costs

$4,975

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Summer 2023 - Sessions 1 & 2

Term begins

May 29, 2023

Term ends

July 21, 2023

Program costs

$9,225

Application deadline

April 1

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