University of Oregon

Advancing Your Academic Success: Pre-Freshman Studies in London

Program Overview

Can’t wait for college to begin? Get a head start on your University of Oregon academic career while studying in one of the most diverse cities in the world on Global Education Oregon’s study abroad program: Advancing Your Academic Success: Pre-Freshman Studies in London.

Your experience starts in Eugene during IntroDUCKtion (registration included in program fee) where you’ll meet your fellow future Ducks, academic advisors, and have priority registration for your Fall Term courses at University of Oregon.

Upon arrival in London, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Oregon Duck as the city becomes your classroom. Your classes will meet at the GEO in London Centre, a beautiful early Georgian town house in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. Number 6 Great James Street was completed in 1721, and the wood paneling and ornate mahogany columns are original.

In addition, you’ll join your professors on excursions to historical sites and theatre performances to see your course materials come to life. Guest speakers from all walks of life will share their knowledge and passion for London. All program-related textbooks, excursions, performances, and local transportation are included in the program fee.

Program Itinerary:

  • July 6-7, 2017: IntroDUCKtion session on campus in Eugene
  • July 8, 2017: Depart for London from Eugene
  • July 9, 2017: Arrive in London
  • August 5, 2017: Depart London

Minimum Age Requirement: Please note that due to United Kingdom laws, students must be 18 years or older by the London program departure date (July 8, 2017).

Academic Details

This is a four-week summer program for Fall 2017 freshmen students that allows you to earn nine credits towards your University of Oregon degree in an international setting. Courses include Advancing Your Academic Success, The Play’s the Thing (four credits towards UO Arts & Letters requirement), and London: Biography of a City (four credits towards UO Social Science requirement).

Students should be prepared for a rigorous academic experience. You will be expected to demonstrate maturity and critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom. Courses will meet for several hours at a time, three to four times each week, with additional mandatory excursions and performances. You should be prepared for class meetings on all weekdays. 

We also encourage you to follow the GEO in London Centre on social media to see what current London students are learning about throughout the year!

Please click here to see a sample weekly schedule for the program.

Faculty and Staff

Your faculty leader will be professor Kathie Carpenter from the UO Department of International Studies. Professor Carpenter will teach Advancing Your Academic Success and prepare you for the transition from high school to college with effective, research-based study methods. 

The Play’s the Thing, and London: Biography of a City are taught by British faculty who have experience teaching US students as well as considerable practical experience in the related field they are teaching. 

In addition, your program will be supported by three full-time staff members at the GEO in London Centre as well as a London Resident Assistant who will live with you in International Hall.

Housing Description

You will join a community of residents from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as part of life in College Hall, one of the University of London residence halls. The hall is located in central London, a short walk from the GEO Centre, the British Museum and the Russell Square Tube station.

You will have your own single study bedroom and share bathrooms with other residents. All single rooms have a hand basin, fitted furniture consisting of bed (including linens), desk, chair, and extensive storage for clothes and books. Rooms are fitted with a telephone, Wi-Fi, and data socket. 

College Hall has common rooms and laundry facilities available to students. Breakfast and dinner are included in the program fee, and are taken in the hall's cafeteria. Shared refrigerators, microwaves, and kettles  are also available in the hall common areas and there are grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance.

Additional Requirements

Program participants must be 18 or older as of July 8, 2017. 

Please note this program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee.

Dates and Deadlines

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Course Equivalencies

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.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.