Study Abroad in London, England

Fall or Spring Semester Program One of PLU’s Featured Programs. Building on a quarter-century of academic excellence, the 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.

Focus

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.

Courses are taught by local experts with professional backgrounds in their field. Read about the faculty and guest lecturers to get a sense of the connections you will make in London!

Fall Course Options

  • Britain Today: Issues and Perspectives
  • Creative Writing in London
  • Global Leadership through Intercultural Learning
  • London: Biography of a City
  • Modern and Contemporary Art in London
  • Shakespeare the Dramatist
  • The Play’s the Thing: GEO Theatre Course
  • Internship option

Spring Course Options

  • Britain in the Age of Revolution and Reform
  • Britain Today: Issues and Perspectives
  • British Masters: Eighteenth Century to Present
  • Communication – Media in the UK
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century British Novel
  • Politics and Economics of the Eurozone: Economic Integration of the European Union
  • Shakespeare the Dramatist
  • Theatre, Audience, and Society: Tragedy and Beyond
  • Internship option

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.

Study Tours

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:

  • Bath
  • Oxford
  • Cambridge
  • Edinburgh
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
  • Stratford and Warwick
  • Wales and the English Borders
  • York

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

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.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee for Fall semester covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and some meal stipend, study tours, study abroad insurance, visa fees, and a $750 flight credit). 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.

Out-of-pocket Expenses

Some air travel, personal excursions, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

Global Scholar Award

All PLU Gateway & Featured Programs are Global Scholar Award eligible. This need-based award can cover out-of-pocket expenses up to $2,500 on PLU Gateway and Featured semester programs. For non-PLU students, please check with your home institution or sponsoring study abroad organization on program cost.

Contact Us

Brynn Smith
Study Away Advisor & Semester Program Liaison
smithba@plu.edu
253-535-7628

Pre-requisites

Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.7 G.P.A. Must be a student in good standing.

Application Deadline

Fall applications are due March 15

Spring applications are due May 1

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application. A $300 non-refundable program payment to confirm participation is required within 10 days of acceptance.

NOTE: Each academic year the current application is made available during International Education Week in November.

Application Components

  • Online application
  • Short essays
  • Faculty Recommendation Forms (2)
  • Application fee

Reflections on the Program

Learn about PLU student Rachel Diebel’s experience studying in London during Spring 2014 as an English Literature major.

Photo Gallery 

Check out our Flickr Photo Gallery to see pictures from past participants in the London GEO program.

London GEO Website

Learn more about the London Centre.

Visit London GEO’s website to learn more.

Program Highlights

  • 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