University of Oregon

Journalism in London

Program Overview

Immerse yourself in the communications and media scene in London during this five-week summer program. Designed to take advantage of opportunities to experience some of the unique communication headquarters in London, excursions include visits to BBC Television and Radio, the ITN News Headquarters, and attendance at major political and art events held throughout the summer. Courses are designed with special emphasis on journalistic skill building as well as theoretical analytical components.

Academic Details

You will enroll in either Journalism Track A or Journalism Track B, and take two of four courses in the track for a total of eight quarter credits or six semester credits. Track A and B will both run over the same dates. The courses offered are:

Journalism Track A

  • Arts Journalism in London
  • International News Journalism
  • The Culture of Sport and Sports Journalism in the UK
  • Visual Journalism

Journalism Track B

  • Arts Journalism in London
  • International News Journalism
  • The Culture of Sport and Sports Journalism in the UK
  • Political Journalism

Please note that while some courses are offered in both Track A and Track B they are separate classes, and students in Track A will only take courses with other Track A students. The instructor, course readings, and assignments will be the same in courses offered in both Track A and B. Some excursions may combine both tracks. Track and course selection will be based on preference and date of deposit paid for the program and cannot be guaranteed in advance.

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.

The first few days of the program will be spent in mandatory classes covering essential features of British political economy, society and cultural life and introducing key institutions such as the BBC. The courses are taught by British faculty who have extensive practical experience in the fields related to their courses, as well as experience teaching US students. Many classes will also be supplemented with guest lectures from British journalists and media coordinators. Courses usually meet two to three times each week, with additional mandatory excursions where London will be your classroom! You should be prepared for class meetings on all weekdays. We encourage students to be active in researching current events related to their courses prior to arriving in London. Here are a few publications that our faculty recommend:

BBC News

The Guardian

Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are provided as part of the program fee.

Housing Description

You will join a community of around 850 residents from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as part of life in the International Hall at the University of London residence hall. The hall is located in central London, just minutes 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 and data socket. Breakfast is included (throughout the week and weekend), and is taken in the hall's cafeteria. Shared kitchens are also available in the hall and there are grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer 20172/1/20173/1/20176/23/20177/30/2017

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.