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Program Overview


Studying in London affords an unparalleled opportunity to explore historical and contemporary events where they occurred and experience history coming alive as a subject. The Renaissance, the Reformation, and Early Modern Europe are three key periods and themes explored in one class through the texts of Shakespeare, Thomas More, Francis Bacon, and John Milton. The second class compares the American and European approaches to multiculturalism and DEI policies. Britain’s history and contemporary experience—and in particular, the record of life in a vividly and often controversial multicultural London—will occupy a prominent place in discussions.

This global seminar program is offered in partnership with the University of California San Diego. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

Apply for this program through UC San Diego, not the IFSA Student Portal. 

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Summer: Feb. 1 (early) | March 1 (regular)

Minimum GPA


Credit load

8 UCSD Quarter Credits


Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


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The curriculum includes the following two classes:

Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern Europe
This course examines the dynamic transformation of Western culture across three centuries of social, religious, political, and commercial change. We begin in the Renaissance and the revival of classical learning and values. Then we look at the intellectual and political consequence of the age of Global Convergence, the Protestant Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution. Throughout the course we will pay special attention to the development of new forms of cultural expression in art, literature, and philosophy. At the same time, through a close examination of critical texts we will consider emerging conceptions of selfhood, society, nature, and God.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the United States and Europe: Multiple Multiculturalisms
This class will explore, through a historical perspective, how government policy in the United States has variously fostered or hindered the inclusion of members of diverse groups in American society and determined the outcome of efforts to define and promote social equity. It will set the U.S. case in a larger comparative context by exploring the differences between American policy and the multiculturalist policies pursued by various European states and by the Canadian government. Students will be familiarized with the main lines of contemporary debates in the U.S. and abroad about key policies oriented toward concerns of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Patrick Patterson, Ph.D., has been teaching at UC San Diego since 2001, first for the Making of the Modern World program at Eleanor Roosevelt College, and more recently as a member of the History Department. His research focuses on the history of 20th-century Eastern Europe and the Balkans, with major emphases on everyday life and consumer culture and on the interplay of Islam, Christianity, and secular society. He teaches courses on everyday life under authoritarian rule, Islam and immigration in contemporary Europe, Americanization and anti-Americanism, law and religion, and the international law of war crimes and genocide. He earned his doctorate in history from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia, and an Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Princeton University.

You will earn 8 UC San Diego quarter credits for this program.

Visit the UC San Diego website for the Revelle in London program. Apply for this program through UC San Diego, not the IFSA Student Portal. 

Contact Alisha Harris, UC San Diego Global Intake Advisor, by email or phone at 858.534.1123 to apply and for any questions regarding the program, its content, or requirements.



  • 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) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.


Upon completion of your program, you may order a transcript online directly from the University of California San Diego.


Contact Tonia Pizer, UCSD Global Seminars Coordinator, by email or phone at 858.534.1123 with any questions regarding the program, its content, or requirements.


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.


  • London city tour
  • London Plague walking tour
  • Guided tour, educational workshop, and tickets to a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Museum of London visit
  • Hampton Court Palace visit
  • All Saints’ Church tour


  • Day trips to Oxford, Cambridge, and the Greenwich Royal Observatory.
  • Overnight trip to Salisbury, Stonehenge, and Bath including guided tours of Salisbury Cathedral, Roman baths, and Bath Abbey.

Housing and Meals


Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option




You will be housed a single ensuite room. Facilities include a common dining area and communal kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven, and stovetop. Internet access is included. There is no meal plan. You will purchase your meals or cook for yourself. However, a welcome lunch and farewell dinner are provided.

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Summer 2024
August 5, 2024
September 6, 2024
$9,578.09 (estimated)

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