University of Oregon

Music, Arts, and Culture in London

Program Overview

London’s vibrant cultural life and history provide the setting for an immersive three-week musical exploration throughout this world capital. From the serenity of Evensong to the raucousness of a West End musical, students will engage with a wide variety of musical genres spanning from Handel to Hendrix, famed artists who lived in the same London house, two hundred years apart. Students will learn to listen critically and analytically to music originating from a wide variety of historical eras and born from diverse circumstances. 

Academic Details

An interdisciplinary approach will encourage students to consider music in relation to the art and culture surrounding its creation. Designed to challenge music majors and non-majors, students will attend concerts, visit historically significant venues, and participate in highly interactive class sessions. Journaling will be an important component of this course, prompting students to interact with academic and musical material, art, and culture both inside and outside of the classroom.

The program will meet for a mandatory, three-hour class session on the University of Oregon campus during the Spring 2017 term.

Faculty and Staff

Sharon Paul is an award-winning professor at the University of Oregon's School of Music and Dance, where she teaches courses in choral conducting, repertoire, and pedagogy, and conducts the Chamber Choir and University Singers. The UO Chamber Choir, under her direction, has earned international acclaim at competitions in Estonia, Ireland, and Germany in recent years. Her work and research interests focus on the application of current  learning-science theories to the art and craft of music teaching, toward the goal of creating effective and engaging experiences in rehearsal and in the classroom.

Housing Description

You will join a community of around 850 residents from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as part of life in International 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. 

International Hall has study rooms, lounges, computer lab, and laundry facilities available to students. Daily breakfast is included in the program fee, and is 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.

Dates and Deadlines

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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.