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Combine your study abroad experience in London with your desire for a meaningful, purpose-driven career. Whether you are headed for a career in science, research, medicine, or the private sector, you'll build a professional community and gain a deeper understanding of the skills necessary to thrive in a life science career. Take classes that explore the intersection of the world's wicked problems through a wide range of topics, and engage in an optional internship or directed research opportunity to further your experiential learning. This affordable program concludes with an IFSA-exclusive professional competency certificate issued by The Leadership Edge, a leading talent development firm specializing in the life sciences.
If you like this program, but you’d like to take a lab-based science class while you study abroad, check out the Life Science Career Accelerator Plus program.
As part of IFSA’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence, our London Global Flagship organizes affinity groups. These groups provide opportunities for students with underrepresented identities to meet to discuss their experiences at home and abroad. We extend the invitation to all students, so they may voluntarily self-identify and participate. At least three opportunities are arranged throughout the semester in order to build community and deepen dialogue. Events may include exchanges with local students or associations, colloquia or lectures addressing identity topics, or specific activities that focus on viewing identity from multiple perspectives in the London context.
In addition to the IFSA core class, select four IFSA electives. One of those classes may include a credit-bearing internship or directed research.
IFSA CORE CLASS
Beyond the Lab: Leadership in the Life Sciences
IFSA LIFE SCIENCE ELECTIVE CLASSES
Bioinformatics: Technology in the Life Sciences
The disciplines of biology and information technology are intersecting with increasing frequency, most notably in the emerging field of bioinformatics. Bioinformatics has been fueled by the advent of large-scale genome sequencing projects, which has generated enormous sets of “mineable” data representing an invaluable resource for biologists. Biology and computer science students in the course will gain a working knowledge of the basic principles of the others’ discipline, then collaborate on bioinformatics projects. Topics include pairwise and multiple sequence alignments, phylogenetic trees, gene expression analysis, and personalized medicine.
As the core science of public health, epidemiology is the study of disease and illness through the lens of social determinants of health, as well as research methods, data management, and subsequent communication. The course is designed to enable students to gain foundational knowledge of epidemiological principles, the basic models for disease occurrence, and skills to design and interpret studies that measure variables both accurately and ethically. Students will explore timely topics such as the impact of socioeconomic factors and lifestyle on disease occurrence, its changing patterns including recent pandemics, and the potential for prevention and intervention on a population basis.
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.
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.
ADDITIONAL 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 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.
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.
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.
Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context
This class covers intercultural communication skills, intercultural learning theories, tools for intercultural analysis and the development of personal strategies for engaging with differences of any kind following the study abroad experience. This is the ideal course for students who seek transferable skills and specific competencies for successful work in the global marketplace.The unique global cohort structure places you in an online learning group with students studying in IFSA locations in other parts of the world. So, you’ll not only have the opportunity to compare and contrast your values, attitudes, beliefs and traditions with those of your host culture, but you’ll join your group members in a discussion of their experiences.
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.
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.
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.
Internship and Methodology Seminar
IFSA offers a wide array of competitive internship opportunities in diverse disciplines for the semester in the bustling city of London. Students will complete at least 120 hours in their placement throughout the term, as well as a weekly seminar meeting for 15 hours. The IFSA Global Flagship will sponsor professional development and networking sessions throughout the semester.
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: From Jack the Ripper to Julian Assange
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.
As part of our academic support services, students will have the option for a semester-long affiliate membership to the University of London system’s Senate House Library and its extensive resources. Students undertaking modules with IFSA’s partner institutions will benefit additionally from the full range of partner student support services and library resources.
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 Program Advisor.
Internships are available in a variety of fields. Interns work for eight hours per week and attend the Internship Methodology Seminar every week. When applying for the program, you should complete the Internship Intent Form, and be prepared to interview for your internship placement in the first or second week of the program. Internships are jointly supervised by your site supervisor and Internship Methodology Seminar instructor, and coordinated by the resident director.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit 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.
Other activities will include visits to London’s sites “off the beaten path” and regular extra-curricular and social/professional networking events will also happen throughout the semester.
Students selecting the Internship and Methodology Seminar will need to apply for a Tier V visa.
Students selecting the Internship and Methodology Seminar will need to apply for a Tier V visa.
Students selecting the Internship and Methodology Seminar will need to apply for a Tier V visa.
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“I chose IFSA because I wanted to live with a host family and direct enroll in university as well. I also wanted a more focused program that would be able to help and communicate closely with me as an individual.“
“IFSA allowed me to take classes taught by Chinese professors from several local universities while also directly familiarizing us with urban China. I also got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel around central China through an IFSA-led trip!“
“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
Student, New Zealand
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
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