Study Abroad Program Overview
UCEAP’s exciting 16-week fall semester program in London is designed by UC faculty and taught by experienced and engaging British professors from universities in the London area. The rigorous curriculum highlights London as a global crossroads of major social and cultural forces. Through a range of activities outside the classroom, you can actively engage some of the city’s unique resources to examine these dynamics.
In this program you will take one core course examining London as a global city. In addition, you will choose three elective courses exploring aspects of British society and London life.
One of the elective courses is an Internship plus Workforce course. Students can indicate on their application an area of work in which they are interested, and the program provider will look for an opening in that area. Due to the limited number of potential internships, students who choose the internship elective will also need to select an alternative course in case they are not placed in an internship. Students will be informed of their internship placement around the end of May; there may be a Skype interview prior to placement, as well.
The Internship plus Workforce course will require students to apply for and obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa before departure from the US. The visa application is expensive; the cost of the Tier 4 visa at the time of this posting was £328*, or about $480 US (visa application fees are subject to change). The visa application fee is non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of the application. Students should factor in the cost of this visa when considering total expenses for the progam. See further details regarding visa costs and application procedures at the UK Visa and Immigration site
Orientation in London:
UCEAP and ACCENT will provide a thorough orientation to show students how to cope with the challenges of living in the center of the largest city in the British Isles and in Europe.
- Welcome Reception
- Meet and bond with other students
- Learn what to do in matters of health, safety, emergency
- Topics include banking, communications, transportation, budgeting, food, housing contract
- Advice given on integration into the host country culture, etiquette
- Guidance on how to register your courses with both ACCENT and UC, to make sure you receive UC credit for courses taken abroad
- Information packet with map
- Walking tours of local neighborhoods
- Ongoing cultural and social activities
Participation in orientation sessions and events is mandatory; missing them could result in dismissal from the program.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late August to mid-December
The UC Center London Fall program requires you to live in a shared apartment prearranged by ACCENT. The housing is located approximately 10 minutes from the ACCENT office. The housing and classrooms are located in the select district of Bloomsbury, home of the British Museum.
You will live with other U.S. students only. No British students live in the apartments. Each bedroom in the apartments will be double- or triple-occupancy; each apartment has one to three bedrooms. The cost of double and triple rooms is different and you will be able to state your preference when you apply. As there is a limited number of each type of room, you may not get your first choice.
Apartments are fully furnished, including televisions and telephones (for incoming calls; all outgoing calls can be made only by using a calling card); bed linens, towels, dishes, and cooking utensils are provided. A basic weekly cleaning is also provided. All flats are self-catered. Laundry facilities are available, at no cost, either in the apartment or in a separate laundry room. All utilities except outgoing telephone calls are included in the UCEAP housing fees.
More Information on Housing
London is the capital of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and is one of the major financial, media, and cultural capitals of the world. Studying here offers you the chance to enjoy an immense range of historical sites, museums, art galleries, concert venues, sports events, shopping, and theaters all a short distance from your housing. Take advantage of the many walking tours and tour buses available. Kew Gardens, Canterbury Cathedral, South Downs National Park, and the town of Windsor are only a short train ride away when you need to escape the 24/7 activity of the cosmopolitan city.
You can purchase an associate membership in the University of London Student Union, or ULU, located a few blocks from the ACCENT office. Information about this option will be distributed at the ACCENT on-site orientation. Students from universities throughout London belong to the student union, so participating in ULU sports teams and student clubs is a great way to meet British students. The facilities include inexpensive dining options, a café, a copy center, and a popular venue for live music performances.
This program is administered jointly by UCEAP and ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad). Local ACCENT staff will provide studenst with support and information on housing, course registration, orientation, and cultural and social activities.
See the EAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
This program focuses on British history, society, politics, and culture from a variety of perspectives. The curriculum pays particular attention to London as a crossroads of large social and cultural dynamics, and it draws on the special resources of greater London to examine these dynamics.
You take one core course and choose three elective courses. Each course is worth 5 UC quarter units.
- London: Society and Space: Explore the interrelated themes of modernity, power and equality, and culture and identity while examining London as a global city. Subject areas: Anthropology, History, Geography
Electives (choose three from the following):
- The London Music Scene: Study London’s role as a vibrant world center of popular music innovation, the inter-cultural dialogue between Britain and America, and the impact of genres such as blues, jazz, and rock’n’roll. Subject areas: Music, Sociology
- Britain and the E.U.: Analyze the processes of European integration and E.U. policies, in light of the peculiar and often problematic relationship between Great Britain and the E.U. Subject areas: Political Science
- London Museums: Examine the relationship between museum collections and key moments in the nation’s history through visits to both world-class and lesser-known London museums. Subject areas: Anthropology, Art History, Sociology
- Theater in London: Take advantage of life in one of the world’s preeminent theater capitals by studying and then attending and analyzing a series of plays currently in production in London. Subject areas: Dramatic Arts, English
- British Cinema: Get an insider’s view of British films through weekly viewings and discussions, while examining cinematic representations of the individual “nations” within the United Kingdom. Subject areas: Film and Media Studies
- Comparative Healthcare: UK and US: Compare the UK's National Health Service and the American health system. Explore differences in the way health systems are funded and delivered, and differences in health outcomes of the patients they serve. Examine recent health policy developments in the UK relevant to the American health system. Subject areas: Health Sciences
- Comparative Media: US and UK: Focus on the differing approaches and styles used by US and UK media. Learn about press and journalism business models, and examine cross national difference in terms of ethics, style of media content, and access to working in the creative industries in each country. Subject areas: Commuication, Film and Media Studies
- Internship plus Workforce Course: Work around six hours per week plus participate in the Workforce course - the schedule will not conflict with other courses and the internship work hours. The Workforce course may need to be scheduled on Friday mornings.
Subject areas: vary depending on placement
While there is no guarantee of placement in your top elective choices, the UC Center London staff will try to accommodate the elective course choices students have ranked in their UCEAP application.
To view course descriptions, visit the MyEAP Course Catalog. Note that course descriptions and syllabi are subject to change.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 20 quarter/13.3 semester UC units per semester; four courses.
Research and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not possible through this program with the exception of the Internship plus Workforce Course.
UC Center London
The UC Center London program is based in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury district, near the British Museum and the University of London. Bloomsbury is a vibrant, historic area of central London, well known for its formal garden squares. Before and after class, take the opportunity to explore Russell Square, Bedford Square, and many of the other lush gardens that surround you. The program facilities are run by the ACCENT staff in collaboration with UCEAP. The UCEAP London Study Center office is located nearby.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Marketing and Public Relations
- Administration in legal aid organizations and charities
- Event Management
- Museum Studies (Examples of possible internship placements include smaller museums, the British Library, The Georgian Group, and an 18th century garden being restored and used for school visits and for the local community. The bigger museums such as the British Museum or the National Gallery are not possible.)
- Descriptions of previous internship placements
Please note that when you express your areas of interest for an internship, do not limit yourself to the areas mentioned above. There is no guarantee you will be placed in an internship in your major. Be prepared to be flexible. Unforeseen opportunities might open up and a good match between you and an organization might be found.
Setting Up Your Internship
- During the application process, you indicate an area of work in which you are interested, and the program provider will look for an opening in that area.
- You are informed of your internship placement around the end of May; there may be a Skype interview prior to placement, as well.
- Due to the limited number of potential internships, students who choose the internship elective will also need to select an alternative course in case they are not placed in an internship.
- You are required to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa before departure from the U.S.
- There will be an additional program cost. Please see the Overview tab for more detail.
- You work around six hours per week plus participate in the Workforce course - the schedule will not conflict with other courses and the internship work hours. The Workforce course may need to be scheduled on Friday mornings.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Fall||17||20 - 20||13.3 - 13.3||$16,000 - 16,675||$5,450 - 5,800|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare from California
- UC fees
- Program course fees
- On-site orientation
Room and board
- Program excursions
- Local transportation
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for United Kingdom (England & Scotland)
AASAP Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship
BUTEX North American Scholarship Program
The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) awards scholarships to undergraduates from the USA or Canada to study at a BUTEX-affiliated UK university for a semester or year. Scholarships provide £500. Find out more.
Snowdon Awards Scheme for Students with Disabilities
This program provides funding for students with a physical or sensory disability who are studying at a college or university in the UK. Grants of up to £2,500 are awarded to help cover disability-related costs. Find out more
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: Good academic standing, as defined by your UC campus.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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