University of Oregon

English Spring in London

Program Overview

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.

Academic Details

You will enroll in approximately three to four courses. All courses offered in London are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO 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.
Each year spring quarter, two courses are taught by a visiting professor from the University of Oregon’s English Department, with additional courses being 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 visits to 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.

Housing Description

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 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 seven breakfasts 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.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Quarter201612/1/20151/30/20164/3/20166/18/2016
Spring Quarter20171/01/20172/01/20174/2/20176/22/2017

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

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.