- Language Requirement: None
- Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
- GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above
- Other Requirements: Students applying for an internship placement will be required to submit additional application materials
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*Complete all pre-decision materials by the priority deadline to receive a $75 credit toward your summer program fee or a $100 credit toward your academic year program fee.
Inside the Program
Building on a quarter-century of academic excellence, the London Centre offers multi-disciplinary courses in the liberal arts and humanities with an emphasis on experiential learning supplemented by local outings and excursions. Internship placements are also available to qualified students who are committed to gaining a unique perspective into British life. The internship placement contains both the practical element of working in the organization and a reflective element, through the accompanying Internship Seminar. In addition to the internship placement, students will enroll in 2-3 other AHA courses. Students wishing to enroll in an internship placement need to be flexible and committed to the internship schedule and responsibilities entailed from both a professional and personal standpoint. Because of the time commitment required, students may sometimes have to forgo a program activity or excursion in order to fulfill their responsibilities to the organization. PLEASE NOTE: Visa is required for internship students.
In Spring 2015, Professor Elizabeth Bohls of the University of Oregon will teach two literature courses in London. The first, The Novel and Colonialism in the Long Eighteenth Century, studies the importance of the British Empire to the development of early prose fiction, ranging from Robinson Crusoe's involvement with slavery and colonization to the "internal colonialism" of England's relationship with Scotland in Scottish novels by Walter Scott and James Hogg. The second course, Monster City: London, Monsters, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel, will consider the "monstrosity" of the rapidly growing metropolis and examine various monsters in Victorian literature, from Mary Shelley's creature and Dickens' grotesque gangsters to Oscar Wilde's Dorian Grey and Alan Moore's neo-Victorian graphic novel about Jack the Ripper. Excursions in London and around the UK, including a trip to Scotland, will add first-hand experience of some of the novels' settings and the historical issues they raise.
Credit Explanation / Academic Details
Students typically enroll in 2-3 courses in addition to the Internship Seminar and placement. All courses offered in London are recognized and approved for academic credit by various AHA partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information, in particular how many contact hours are required for internship credit.
In your internship placement, you will work side by side with British nationals, allowing you a unique insight into the professional life of Londoners. You will be expected to dress and conduct yourself appropriately to the standards of the placement organization. In placing students, AHA will try to ensure that you will have a variety of challenging tasks throughout your term; however, you should also expect to help in menial office tasks as well.
AHA courses are taught by British faculty who have experience teaching U.S. 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. London will serve as a classroom as much as the Centre itself, if not more, with students visiting London’s exceptional museums, galleries, the House of Commons and numerous plays and theater productions often accompanied by private talks with directors or prominent actors. Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are provided as part of the program fee.
Students have two choices for housing in the academic year: homestay or independent housing.
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. Homestay living is ideal for students who seek the comfort and security of family life, with the strength and depth of relationships depending on the degree of your adaptability. Many students cherish their homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of their London experience and remain lifelong friends with their homestay family. Your homestay family will provide furnished accommodation with linens plus 7 breakfasts (self help) and 4 dinners per week in addition to 2 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.
INDEPENDENT HOUSING: If you choose independent housing, you will be responsible for completing all arrangements on your own and must have signed a lease by the deadline, or you will be placed in an AHA homestay and charged the AHA housing fee. For questions about independent housing, please contact AHA Student Services.
Past placements have included:
Politics: Members of Parliament in Westminster, NGOs, campaigning, research, media
NGOs and Charities: International and domestic focus, human rights, environmental, marginalised populations (homeless, refugee women, children/youth, former prisoners)
Health Services: Policy, health clinics, children’s care, medical device sales
Media: Film festival, production studios, international channel
Public Relations: Fashion PR, media PR
Publishing, Literature and Journalism: Publishers, magazines, webzines
Museums and Galleries: History, art, music, archives
Performing Arts: House management, stage management, arts management, costuming, lighting, children, orchestra management
Entrepreneurial Business: Start-up companies in sport, hospitality, technology, graphic design, PR
Fashion: Clothing designers, bridal, couture, millinery, fancy dress