- Language Requirement: None
- Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
- GPA Requirement: 2.5 or above
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*Starting with Summer 2014 programs, you may 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. 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 AHA 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.
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 3-4 courses. 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.
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.