About the Program

London, one of the most culturally diverse and most fascinating cities in the world, is a city steeped in history that has inspired artists, writers, and students for centuries. As a participant in this program you can spend a summer studying and living in the historic Bloomsbury district of London in close proximity to some of the world's finest museums and cultural sites.  In the London study abroad program, you will live in the part of this great city that has housed William Shakespeare, Charles dickens, Virginia Woolfe, and other great writers.  You will be minutes away from the theatre district and Trafalgar Square, and within walking distance of the British Museum and its extraordinary collections.  You can explore London's vast and beautiful parks- Hyde Park, St. James, and Green Park- and walk along the Thames toward Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament.  London also offers quick access to all major cities in Europe.

Program Dates, Structure and Course Structure

The group departs for London June 27th and returns to Atlanta July 31st 2013. Many classes are offered, representing a range of upper and lower-level courses, each course carrying three semester hours of credit. Students take one or two three-hour courses, with class sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Half the courses meet in the morning and half meet in the afternoon. Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for required field trips.

Program Costs

The package cost of $4,950 for the five-week program includes:  Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to London, transportation from the airport to the UCL campus and return to the airport, lodging at UCL, an excursion by train to Hampton Court the first weekend of the program, a health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses, and a pass for unlimited travel on the London Underground and bus systems. Students will have a chance to participate in day excursions to other parts of England and in London walks, including a ‘Jack the Ripper’ walk.

The package cost does not include tuition, additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above. Typically there are additional expenses for theater classes.

Program Location and Accommodations

 The London Study Program is based at the University College London, in central London.  Four London underground stations are within a walk of 5-10 minutes, offering quick access to the entire city.  The location is also a short walk from Oxford Street and its fashionable shops.  Cafes, restaurants, pubs, and grocery stores surround the UCL campus.

Students have a private room at UCL, with a hall bath on each floor.  A towel and bed linens are furnished. A security guard is always on duty when the building is open and the front desk is staffed twenty-four hours a day.

The program package includes most meals the weekend of arrival, and a pre-paid grocery card for breakfast items. Lunch is provided on class days.  Each room contains a refrigerator, allowing students to store food for easy meals and snacks.  Each floor of the dorm has a small communal kitchen.

Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care insurance that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available in Paris. Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician’s assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.

Passports and Visas

Everyone who travels to France must have a valid passport. Participants who have old passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately; it sometimes takes six to eight weeks to get a passport. Local post office have information on where to get application forms and directions for obtaining a passport.

Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter France for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they will need to acquire a visa.

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Course Descriptions

Intro to Psychology (LD)- Dr. Heather Kelley 

This course provides a broad survey of theories, perspectives, and research findings associated with psychology and human life-span development including physical, cognitive, emotional, and social factors. Emphasis will be placed on students increasing their self-knowledge and understanding variables that impacted their development. Students will interpret individual and group differences from multiple points of view, employing perspectives that consider psychological and biological principles as well as the broader social, cultural, political, and historical context.  

Cultural Diversity (UD & Graduate)- Dr. Heather Kelley 

This is a survey course focusing on the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends while embedded in vivo in a multicultural and diverse society. Knowledge, understanding, and awareness of cultural diversity will be the major focus of the planned activities and pedagogy application and will be experienced first-hand. Skills for effectively interacting in a culturally diverse environment will be explored, expanded, and practiced. 

Survey of British Literature (LD)- Dr. Leigh Dillard 

Since students will have the opportunity during their stay in London to experience both the capital city and the surrounding areas, this survey of British literature will explore the theme of travel as it intersects with urban and rural life. Travel narratives take many forms, allowing us to select from a range of poetry, prose, visual works, and drama through the end of the eighteenth century. Primary source materials will include such works as Canterbury Tales, Aphra Behn’s The Rover, accounts of Captain James Cook’s voyages, and The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. 

Prerequisites: None 

Tours of London in Literature and Visual Culture (UD)- Dr. Leigh Dillard 

Prerequisites: ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102, Intermediate Composition, and Standard English Grammar 

This course focuses on the British literature and visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, allowing students to encounter historical remnants of London’s past through a series of pedestrian rambles recorded in both words and images. Primary source materials will include such works as Hogarth’s narrative visual series, Microcosm of LondonLife in London, and Sketches by Boz. These works from our past will be reinforced by ramblings among the streets of modern-day London and its environs. 

Prerequisites: Engl 1101, Engl 1102, Engl 2230 (intermediate composition) and Engl 2050 (grammar)  

World Lit II (LD)- Mr. Gautam Kundu (GASOU) 

This course offers a wide range of literature from the Western canon since the European Enlightenment, as well as from the diverse Afro-Asian traditions that explore the literary "postcolonial." It engages with the construction and representation of cultural identity while  paying particular attention to such topics as the national imaginary, gender, race, and class and the various ways in which they relate to one another. Students will read selections from Rousseau and Voltaire; English Romantic poetry; Matthew Arnold and T.S. Eliot; Rabindranath Tagore, Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emechetta, and Salman Rushdie. In order to locate some of these writers and texts in their native environment, the students take field trips to historic and cultural sites in and around London that will deepen their multi-cultural awareness, including libraries, museums and art galleries, the theater district, and ethnic neighborhoods. 

Post-Imperial/Postcolonial Literatures in English- Mr. Gautam Kundu (GASOU) 

London, as the former “heart of the Empire” and as a contemporary “world city,” still wields significant political, cultural, and literary influence; it also has a remarkable multicultural diversity that is evident everywhere. Consequently, it features prominently in the postcolonial imaginary, given the number of colonial and postcolonial authors who have come to live and write in London during the era of decolonization. This 3-credit hour upper-division course will focus on the diverse ways in which London is experienced and portrayed as a transnational space by these diasporic and expatriate migrants. We will read a series of works set in postcolonial London, which grapple with ideas like “hybridization,” “creolization,” the “native,” and where notions of home, nation, and homeland are perpetually revisited and revised, often to interrogate the extent to which (in the words of Susheila Nasta),“the English visions of the national have been built on migrant and diasporic, colonial and postcolonual identities.”  Thus, we will consider how a range of authors from Africa, the Caribbean, and south Asia have entered into and shaped an ongoing conversation about the place of the immigrant in Western / English society, about life in a diasporic community, and, especially, about the definition of what constitutes Englishness. Finally, we will consider the imaginative transformations of London by African, Asian, and Caribbean writers since the 1970s, and on occasions, even before.   

US History to 1877 (LD)- Dr. Ruth McClelland-Nugent (GRU) 

Study early America in Britain and gain a rich understanding of the global context for American history. Walk the halls of parliament where “No Taxation without Representation” was debated, and see the London that Ben Franklin saw. Visit the docks where sugar and slaves help spark the abolitionist movement, and see the way industrialization changed 19th century cities- and the world. This course emphasizes a hands-on approach, connecting history with the present day. 

Age of Reason: Society, Politics, and Culture (UD)- Dr. Ruth McClelland-Nugent (GRU) 

The 17th and 18th centuries were an era when scientific discovery co-existed with witch hunts, when absolute monarchs found their power confronted by new ideas of human rights, and increasingly wealthy elites disconnected from downwardly mobile peasants. See the palaces and splendor of this world, and walk the streets where Oliver Cromwell faced down the doomed Charles I, where Newton discovered gravity, and where Revolutionary France challenged monarchical Britain. Particular focused on England and Grand, this course considers the politics of the period in the context of the arts, social change, and scientific revolution.  

Prerequisites: junior or senior standing 

Theater Appreciation- Ms. Sally Robertson (GPC) 

Beautiful London is the perfect place to study the historical and cultural contexts of theatre around the world. We will attend several professional play productions, tour Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, dine on fish-n-chips at a Pub Theatre, and maybe even try our luck on Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station. Home to the 2012 Summer Olympics, London will offer a unique opportunity to study the essential elements of theatre, the collaborative artistic process, and a unique cultural experience of diversity and history. There may be additional costs for theatre courses due to the costs of the theatre tickets.  

Theater Production & Performance History in London- Ms. Sally Robertson (GPC) 

London offers a unique opportunity to study current performances and the history of productions in the heart of the country that gave us some of the greatest actors, directors and writers in theatre history. We’ll see several plays in and around London and maybe take a backstage tour of a local theatre. For our final class project we will have fun rehearsing a scripted reading of a short British play that all class members get to be involved as actors, technicians or designers. There may be additional costs for theatre courses due to the costs of the theatre tickets. 

Economics & Global Society (LD)- Dr. Sunita Manian (GCSU) 

The course will provide an analysis of the use of resources in the production, exchange, and distribution of goods and services in the global economic system, with an emphasis on the development and use of marginal reasoning.  Topics covered will include governmental control of prices, international trade, growth, unemployment and inflation.  Field trips will expose students to the global nature of the British economy, from London’s role as a commercial center during the time of the Romans to present-day Britain’s membership in the European Union. 

Global Economic Crisis & the Euro (UD)- Dr. Sunita Manian (GCSU) 

This course will trace the origins of the current global economic crisis and its implications for the European Union.  Students will learn about the crisis in the Euro, its implications for the British Pound Sterling and the British economy.  Students will critically analyze the European response to the crisis, including austerity programs.  Field trips will include visits to NGOs and charitable organizations working with those most adversely affected by the crisis, as well as think-tanks that are looking for solutions to the current crisis. 

(elective for most Economics/Business majors.  Given the discussion of the European Union, this could also be listed as a Political Science or International Relations) 

History of Computing & Security (UD)- Mr. Herbert Mattord (Kennesaw) 

This class is a study of the history of the computing disciplines. It will include the history of information security and the role of computing in society. The course will allow students to select a themed approach to the subject where each student can explore the history, present practices, and future trends found in computing and/or security. It has planned excursions to various historical institutions and organizations that study and use IT and security related computing systems. Thematic approaches include: Green Computing, Business Uses of Information Systems, Social Impact of Computing, and the History of Computer Science. 

Prerequisites: Engl 2110 (world literature) 

Sketchbook Drawing (LD)- Sandra Trujillo (GCSU) 

The drawing course is a hands-on studio course that will focus on developing students’ skills in direct observation, conceptual development, rendering the human figure as well as media exploration.  Students will work to develop their artistic voice and sensitivity toward their subjects. 

Understanding Art & Visual Culture (LD)- Sandra Trujillo (GCSU) 

The goal of this course is to give you the vocabulary and tools to appreciate art and the world around you and to some extent de-mystify your art viewing experience. The course will be part classroom work, part museum experience work, and part hands-on exercises in drawing that will focus on developing your skills in direct observation.  You will write about artists as well as document and draw what you see in your visual and cultural experiences.  Through the exploration and discovery of two & three-dimensional art forms, my hope is that you will begin to comprehend the social, emotional and psychological impact of visual art while experiencing a new culture.   


Council institutions will identify courses and course numbers of their own that are comparable to the courses being offered by faculty members from other institutions. This will enable most students to register for courses through their home institutions. Students from non-member institutions, or from institutions that do not permit registration for certain courses, should contact the European Council Office at Valdosta State University for assistance. For students at institutions actively involved in the European Council, the first step in registration is meeting with the campus representative.

Note that the program package cost does NOT include tuition fees. Tuition is paid directly to the college or university where you are registering.

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Students have a private room at UCL, with a hall bath on each floor. A towel and bed linens are furnished. A security guard is always on duty when the building is open and the front desk is staffed twenty-four hours a day. The program package includes six meals per week – breakfast Monday through Thursday and lunch on class days. Each room contains a refrigerator, allowing students to store food for easy meals and snacks. Each floor of the dorm has a small communal kitchen.

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Apply to the Program

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Kennesaw students! Please contact your campus representative, Jan Morian, prior to paying the application fee. You can contact her at (770) 794-7629 or at .

Pay Application Fee here (must be paid before application will be processed)

Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program. Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia are admitted on a space-available basis and must enroll as transient students at a participating institution.

An application form is available on the European Council Website; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed on this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (to be paid online). Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $200 application fee are received.

Because of space limitations, acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee at the program office. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program. The application deadline for 2013 programs is March 1, 2013.

Students must be in good standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council. 

The package cost of $4,950 for approximately five-week program includes:

Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to London, transportation from the airport to the UCL campus and return to the airport, lodging at UCL, two meals per week with a stipend for students to purchase groceries on their own, an excursion by train to Hampton Court the first weekend of the program, a health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses, and a pass for unlimited travel on the London Underground and bus systems.

The package cost does not include tuition, additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above.

Advice from Previous London Students

  • Be open to everything! Have ideas in your head of what you want to do but don’t plan out every single day. You’ll make friends so make sure you do things as a group.
  • Work first, play later.
  • Save up your money.
  • Bring a good pair of shoes, and clothes that can be worn many ways.
  • Have fun! Do your homework, go to class, and enjoy your time in London! Don’t be a hermit and sit  in your room. Make friends and explore!
  • Take the walking tours & to try and go on the planned weekend trips.
  • You can truly wear whatever in London, just dress warmer.
  • Be smart with money.
  • Try to book trips in advance with people to save money and definitely get the Britrail; it saves me lots of money and also don’t over pack because you will buy a lot of souvenirs here.
  • Just go.

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If you do not have a campus contact or are unable to obtain the information that you need, please write or call Valdosta State University, the coordinating institution for the European Council, at the following address:

European Council

Beverly Vantine, EC Coordinator

Center for International Programs 

1500 N Patterson Street

Valdosta, Georgia 31698 

PH: 229-259-2591 or 229-333-7410 

FX: 229-245-3849

Program Directors:

Dr. Teddi Cunningham

Valdosta State University

For more information or a program booklet and application, please contact the European Council Representative from your home campus. If you are from a school that does not have a campus representative, please contact Beverly Vantine, the Coordinator of the European Council of the University System of Georgia. You may obtain more information from the European Council website.

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