Study Abroad in London, England
Fall or Spring Semester Program Building on a quarter-century of academic excellence, the GEO (Global Education Oregon) London Centre offers multi-disciplinary courses in the liberal arts and humanities. Each course places an important emphasis on experiential learning, transforming the entire city of London into your classroom by incorporating several local outings and excursions. Courses take advantage of the world class galleries and museums like the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, the Cabinet War Rooms, the Churchill Museums and, of course, the British Museum, which is just a short walk from the GEO London Centre. Each term, students have the opportunity to experience London’s rich theater options, from the West End productions to smaller, fringe productions with big name actors like Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Patrick Stewart, as well as younger stars like David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The program is administered by GEO (Global Education Oregon) through the University of Oregon.
Liberal Arts and Communication (Spring) with an opportunity for an internship. PLU students have earned credit in English, Political Science, History, Art, Literature, Theatre, Communication and GenEd.
Students typically enroll in three to four courses, though students choosing the internship option enroll in two or three courses in addition to their internship seminar and placement. Courses are taught by British faculty who have experience teaching US students as well as considerable practical experience in the related field they are teaching—including professional actors, artists and the founder of the European Policy Information Centre. Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are included in the program fee. For example, theatre courses come to life by not only dissecting the texts but also watching all the plays in London as part of the course.
Learn More About Courses (syllabi available on GEO website)
PLU Course Equivalency
Use the online Interactive Guide to see how students have used study away credit from the London GEO at PLU. This tool serves as a starting point for academic planning. If a course equivalency is not listed, it may be requested from the appropriate academic department.
Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU’s Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.
Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.
In addition to the experiential learning in the courses, all students in the program get to experience other areas as part of the program. Depending on the semester and compelling events, the program may visit:
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
- Stratford and Warwick
- Wales and the English Borders
Note: These are sample study tours, and they are subject to change. There is also time for independent travel.
Read more about possible study tours here.
Homestay families are carefully screened and provide good, affordable accommodation, offering you the opportunity to develop your independence and social skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Many cherish the homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of the London program experience and remain lifelong friends with their homestay family. Your homestay family will provide furnished accommodation with linens plus seven breakfasts (self help) and four dinners per week in addition to two weekly washloads of laundry. Normally, two students are housed together in single or double bedrooms. You can choose to be housed alone. All requests (i.e., dietary, allergies, medical, preferences) are taken into consideration. You will live in the London suburbs experiencing the typical London commute of between 45-75 minutes each way. Accommodation ranges from a bedroom in an apartment to terraced, semi-detached, or detached houses with easy access to shopping centers, libraries, parks and leisure and sports facilities.
Read more about student housing here.
The PLU comprehensive fee for Fall semester covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing, most meals (included in homestay), study tours, study abroad insurance, and visa fees*). To find the current comprehensive fee for one semester, divide the total full-year cost listed on the Admissions website by two. Please note that the comprehensive fee varies each year, and the cost of this program will be based on the year in which you study away. Financial aid applies.
*The Wang Center will reimburse you for your visa fees up to $300; such fees can include: visa processing fees, consulate fees, online application fees. Reimbursement does not include: domestic travel costs for in-person submission, postage costs.
Some air travel, books/supplies, personal excursions, meals not provided by host family, domestic travel*/postage for visa processing, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.
*Be sure to research your visa requirements as you may have to go in-person to a consulate or visa processing center. Depending on the country, there may or may not be a local consulate, and you may have to fly to another US state.
GEO offers 3 types of scholarships:
- GEO Ambassador Scholarship
- London Center Scholarship – Spring semester only
- Map Your Future Scholarship – First Year students only – Apply in your first year at PLU to use the scholarship later on when you go on the program. If you’re awarded this scholarship there is no obligation to participate in the program, it’s just available if you end up participating in the program.
Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.7 G.P.A. Must be a student in good standing.
Fall and Spring applications are due March 15
A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application.
Each academic year the current application is made available during International Education Week in November.
- Short essays
- Faculty Recommendation Form
- $50 Non-refundable Application fee
- Advising appointment
- Online applications for both PLU and GEO
NOTE – When you apply for the program through PLU and GEO, make sure to choose the same program option, either Liberal Arts in London or Liberal Arts in London with Internship.
Learn about GEO London
Visit GEO’s website for more information.
Reflections on the Program
Learn about PLU student Rachel Diebel’s experience studying in London during Spring 2014 as an English Literature major.
Check out our Flickr Photo Gallery to see pictures from past participants in the London GEO program.
- Fall or Spring Semester
- Live with a host family in London
- Classes take advantage of the city to bring content to life
- Attend plays, museums, concerts and more
- The internship option provides a professional opportunity of a lifetime