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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.

Dates: June 29 to Aug 2

Cost: $5350

The package cost of $5350 for the five week program includes:

    • Round-trip airfare between Atlanta and London
    • Accommodations at University College London
    • Free three-day weekends
    • Weekly Tesco grocery card
    • Train excursion to Hampton Court
    • Jack the Ripper walk
    • Unlimited travel on the metro system
    • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses

 

The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

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Program Information & Course Structure

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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 which connects students 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.

To visit UCL’s website go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/

Courses in London carry three semester hours of credit. Students take one or two three-hour courses with courses meeting in the classroom twice a week and required field trips on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students will have three day weekends to enjoy the London life, travel to other cities in England or explore other European countries. France, Ireland, and Scotland are just few hours away!

Accommodations

Students have a private room at the University College of London (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. Each room contains a refrigerator, allowing students to store food for easy, affordable meals and snacks. Each floor of the dorm has a small communal kitchens as well. The program package includes a weekly Tesco grocery card which allows students to purchase food they enjoy eating that can easily be cooked in the dorms.

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Costs

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Courses in the 2017 London Study Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid.
Students should plan to budget a minimum of $2,000 for extra meals, entrance fees, and evening entertainment. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Some course excursions might involve additional fees and this is especially true for students in theater classes; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation on May 13.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

****APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 17TH****

Payment Schedule: 

March 2, 2017
Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due
March 9, 2017
 First payment of $2,525 due
April 7, 2017
Final payment of $2,525 due

Total: $5350 
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Students’ program deposit, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; it cannot be transferred to a subsequent year.

Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at bbreeland@valdosta.edu AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

 

Refund Schedule

Withdrawal before Feb 2 all but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between Feb 3 and Feb 18 all but $500 will be refunded
Withdrawal between Feb 19 and March 2 all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 3 and March 30 all but $2000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after March 30 No money will be refunded

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Important deadlines:

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      • March 2nd – Application Due (spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis and students are encouraged to apply early)
        ***APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 17TH***
        March 9th– First Payment
      • April 7th – Final Payment
      • March 28th – 1 passport photo is due  (late fees apply, see below for details). Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information.
        http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html
      • March 28th – An electronic copy of your passport is due. Faxed and Mailed copies are not accepted. (see late fee schedule below)
      • March 28th– Deadline for separate airfare waiver or flight deviation; see below for details.
      • May 13th– There is an all-day *Mandatory* student orientation in Macon Middle Georgia State College. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

Late Fees for Passports & Photo

Items received between Mar 29 – Apr 12 $25 late fee
Items received between Apr 13 – Apr 27 $50 late fee
Items received between Apr 28 – May 11 $75 late fee
Items received on May 12 – May 19 $100 late fee
Items received on May 20th or after $100 plus $5 per additional day

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare


Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to London sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare however in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 28th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 28th will be denied.

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Course Descriptions

Students may choose to take one or two classes unless their home institution requires two classes. Those who take two courses must chose one class in the morning, and one class in the afternoon. See your campus representative for your institutions course equivalency.

UD- Upper Division     LD-Lower Division

Morning Courses

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Mixed Media Drawing (UD)

Prof. Valerie Aranda (Georgia College & State University)

Set inside the city of London, this upper division art course will focus on drawing as a vehicle to explore the artistic process, record one’s travels, and create new art works.  Through media experimentation and subject exploration students will gain an appreciation for art making and London, its people, architecture, culture and art collections. Using various drawing media such as: pencil, ink and watercolor, color pencils, pastels and a travel size sketchbook, students will work on location and in the studio while learning about traveling exhibitions, contemporary art, and permanent art collections of London.  Students will be encouraged to complete artworks while working on location on fieldtrips to build speed and confidence.  Some artworks may be further developed during the class time and free time.  This course is designed for intermediate level through advanced levels.  Site visits include: Saatchi Gallery, Tate Britain, Natural History Museum, Marlborough Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery, and the Design Museum.

Abby RoadIntroduction to Psychology (LD)

Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore (University of West Georgia)

The fascinating topic of psychology explores the human mind and behavior. In this course, students will learn about the history of psychology and gain a unique understanding of the different ways in which psychologists have tried to understand human behavior and thought. Over the course of 5 weeks, students will learn about research methodology, psychoanalysis, behaviorism, social psychology, personality psychology, abnormal psychology, biological psychology, cognitive psychology and humanistic and transpersonal psychology as illustrated and informed by examples in British culture.

Politics of the British Isles: Great Britain and Ireland in an Era of Change (UD) 

Dr. Christopher Lawrence (Middle Georgia University)

An overview of contemporary politics in the British Isles, including both the national governments of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland as well as the major devolved governments within the UK (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and London), as well as the evolving place of the British Isles within the European Union and the prospect of Scottish independence. Students will visit the Houses of Parliament, Supreme Court, Runnymede, and other sites associated with British politics and government. (Prerequisite: American Government or its equivalency)


London HistoricalSurvey of World History II: From 1500 to Present (LD)

Dr. Fang Zhou (Georgia Gwinnett College)

The specific focus of this course will be the rise of the British Empire and how the British became the dominant political, economic, military, and cultural superpower during the 18th and 19th centuries. This course will seek to answer why the British Empire was able to colonize much of the world and why the Industrial Revolution occurred in Britain. In class discussions, we will focus on how European nations were able to colonize and monopolize wealth and power, and the roles of nationalism and national identity in global politics. Fieldtrips may include Parliament, British Museum, V&A, Winston Churchill Museum and War Rooms, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace.

Voice, Diction, and British Dialects for Speakers & Performers (UD)

Prof. Sally Robertson (Georgia State University)

This fun, informative course is for all students to gain a new awareness of the importance of speech habits in daily life as well as how dialects and vocal habits can contribute to the impressions people create. In addition to learning about speech and voice in general, we will explore the concept of “sonic awareness” in both everyday communications and in theatrical performances. We will also have a chance to study the local dialects in and around London. Field trips may include Victoria and Albert Theatre Collection, Open Air Theatre Performance (Regent’s Park), British Library Sound Archives, Fringe performance or other similar performance, Theatre Cabaret/Music Hall performance.  There will be additional fees for theater courses due to the costs of theater tickets; typically around $120.

Principles of Public Speaking (LD)

Dr. Michelle Groover (Georgia Southern University)

This course is designed to introduce you to the study and application of principles and practices of public speaking. Most of you will be called upon to give public speeches in your careers, both during and after your collegiate experience. You will be provided multiple opportunities to meet these objectives through various speaking and communication experiences. Research, organization, and practice are required. Field trips will include museums to critique and learn from speeches given by tour guides, as well as one play on the West End. Additional fees may be charged due to the price of theater tickets. (Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 with a C or better)

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World Literature I: Travel & Discovery

Dr. Leigh Dillard (University of North Georgia)

Discovery and travel have long shared a common space, even well before our modern understanding of literature as a way to convey meaning. This survey course investigates these broad concepts in a sampling of world of literature from its beginnings through the end of the seventeenth century, providing students an understanding of narrative models and techniques that resound in the works we enjoy today. Readings will include The Epic of Gilgamesh, Canterbury Tales, and Don Quixote along with works from beyond the Western tradition. (Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 with a C or better)

History of Computing & Security (UD)

Prof. Herbert Mattord (Kennesaw State University)

The class is the study of the history of computing and information security and the role of computing in society. The course will allow students to learn the history, present practices, and future trends found in computing and security. It has planned excursions to various historical and modern 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. This course may be taken at the graduate level depending on the student’s program of study.

Afternoon Courses

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Art Appreciation

Prof. Valerie Aranda (Georgia College & State University)

While developing a range of skills in comprehension, analysis and artistic production of the richness of visual culture, students will investigate their own relationship to the dynamic tradition of international art and culture.  Through visual analysis and study of world art from ancient to contemporary and the local traditions and artistic development of London, students will develop a vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of art.  Included in this course: hands-on art making, reading assignments, discussions and firsthand exposure to contemporary international artist exhibitions in museums set within the arts and culture hub of London.  Included in our study abroad are visits to the Tate Britain Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria Albert Museum, The Saatchi Gallery and Marlborough Gallery.

The Psychology of British Ghosts & Mediums (UD)Stonehenge

Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore (University of West Georgia)

The British Isles are steeped in history and are a melting pot for myths, folklore and anomalous experiences. There are stories of witches, mythical creatures, miraculous healings, and sightings of ghosts, and folkloric characters (such as goblins and fairies). Several famous mediums have emerged from British culture. Their experiences include: entering altered states of consciousness, claims of contact with those who are no longer living and the production of creative works. This course will critically explore the psychology of these anomalous experiences, including personality and other correlates of experiences, dissociation and altered states, creativity, synesthesia, hallucinations, earth lights and more. (Prerequisites: Introductory Psychology with a C or better)

Introduction to Comparative Politics: Who Governs and How? (LD)

Dr. Christopher Lawrence (Middle Georgia University)

An introduction to the government and politics of countries around the world, including comparisons between democratic, democratizing, and non-democratic states. Countries considered will include France, Germany, China (PRC), and Great Britain. Students will visit the British Parliament and other government buildings in London and beyond. (Prerequisites: American Government or its equivalency)

History of the Industrial Revolution (UD)

Dr. Fang Zhou (Georgia Gwinnett College)

Why did the Industrial Revolution take place in Britain before anywhere else? What are the specific conditions- political, economic, cultural, and social that allowed the British Empire to become the first country in the world to industrialize, and becoming the leading superpower of the world during the 18th and 19th centuries. We will analyze geography, environment, natural resources, political institutions, universities, legal system, cultural values, etc. that allowed the British to transform their economy from an agrarian society to a highly industrialized society beginning in the 18th century. In order to understand the Industrial Revolution, we will focus on the Scientific Revolution earlier and how the Scientific Revolution laid the foundation for British industrialization and global hegemony. Field trips may include Tower Bridge and Tower of London, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Brunel Museum, and Parliament.

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Public Relations Crisis Communications (UD)

Dr. Michelle Groover (Georgia Southern University)

The course provides an understanding of how crises affect an organization’s public relations efforts. You will learn strategies for anticipating crises and developing appropriate responses to crises situations will be explored. Field trips may include visiting the Brands, Packaging, and Advertising, Abchurch Communications, BBC Broadcasting House, ABI Public Relations, and a West End play. Additional fees may be charged due to the price of theater tickets. (Prerequisites: Intro to Public Relations & Public Relations Writing)

Introduction to Theater (LD)

Prof. Sally Robertson (Georgia State University)

Dynamic London is the perfect place to study the historical and cultural contexts of theater around the world. We will attend several professional play productions, tours Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and dine on typical pub food at a Pub Theater. London offers a unique opportunity to study the essential elements of theater, the collaborative artistic process, and a unique cultural experience of diversity and history. There will be additional fees for theater courses due to the costs of the theater tickets; typically around $120.

Tours of London in Literature and Visual Culture (UD or Graduate)

Dr. Leigh Dillard (University of North Georgia)

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 material will include such works as Hogarth’s narrative visual series, Pepys’ Diary, Microcosm of London, Life in London and Dickens’ Sketches by Boz. These works from our past will be reinforced by observations among the streets of modern-day London and its environs.

Cultural Diversity (UD)

Dr. Teddi Cunningham (Vald0sta State University)

This is a survey course focusing on the cultural contexts of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society. The most important elements related to cultural diversity, knowledge, understanding, and awareness, will be the focus of the course. This course is designed to expand the student’s knowledge about cultural diversity and provide the skills necessary to effectively interact with and/or serve culturally diverse populations. This course is about self-understanding, other-understanding, and professional development as a counselor/service provider. Part of the content will be designed for you to gain knowledge related to diversity, different cultures, and influences on human development; however, the most important part of this course is for you to experiences what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes, metaphorically speaking—for you to have experiences that can lead to genuine empathy, tolerance, and acceptance, and to increase your ability to be authentic with your clients/students.

Summer 2017 Directors and Faculty

Directors

Cunnigham Teddi VSU tjcunnin@valdosta.edu
Mattord Herb KSU hmattord@kennesaw.edu

Faculty

Aranda Valerie GCSU valerie.aranda@gcsu.edu
Cunnigham Teddi VSU tjcunnin@valdosta.edu
Dillard Leigh UNG leigh.dillard@ung.edu
Groover Michelle Southern mgroover@georgiasouthern.edu
Lawrence Christopher MGA christopher.lawrence@mga.edu
Robertson Sally Ga State srobertson@gsu.edu
Simmonds-Moore Christine UWG csimmond@westga.edu
Zhou Fang GGC fzhou@ggc.edu

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Apply to the Program

Directions on how to apply:

  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here.
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $300 non-refundable program deposit at our payment page.

*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 $300 program deposit are received.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.

****APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 17TH****

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Eligibility

  • Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.
  • Students must be in good academic 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.
  • Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

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Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director.

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.

Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications.

No special immunizations are needed to enter England, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.

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Passports and Visas

Everyone who travels to England must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.

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

 

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 28th, 2017 to avoid late fees, please see “Deadlines” for details.

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/apply.html

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What Students Have To Say

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.

We really did get to see a lot of different things that most tours overlook. The teachers were able to incorporate their lessons with what we saw which livened up our learning experience.

Make sure you do the most you can, London is an unbelievable city Try and explore the city it doesn’t matter if you get lost it is part of the london love experience And most have the time of your life because you never know when you will be back

Save up your money.

Bring a good pair of shoes, and clothes that can be worn many ways.

Be smart with money.
The balance of field trips, classes, and free time was the perfect way to do this trip. It allowed us to see everything we wanted to see, but still gave us a different view of London through the field trips

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.

Try to book trips in advance with people to save money and definitely get the Britrail; it saved me lots of money and also don’t over pack because you will buy a lot of souvenirs here.

Just go.

 

Check out this video about one of the trip’s optional excursions to Dover!



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Contact Us

Beverly Vantine

European Council Coordinator

bbreeland@valdosta.edu

Dr. Teddi Cunningham (Valdosta State University)

London Program Co-Director

tjcunnin@valdosta.edu

Dr. Herb Mattord (Kennesaw State University)

London Program Co-Director

hmattord@kennesaw.edu

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