Program Overview

Social entrepreneurship is an attempt to use business techniques to develop innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. England has a vibrant community of social entrepreneurs that will allow you to explore innovative solutions to some of the world’s seemingly intractable problems.

Academic Details

This program takes you on an exciting journey through the vibrant business culture of the United Kingdom, aiming to help you understand how social entrepreneurism is put into practice in places such as London and Cambridge. In addition, you will step inside the world of London Theatre and learn how it is a historical and contemporary reflection of this diverse city.
 Academic activities are integrated with excursions, giving you an inside look at many socially innovative companies. Visits to several well-known cultural locations in the city and surrounding area are also planned. All instruction is in English.

All students will take two, four-credit courses in London for a total of eight quarter credits. Social Entrepreneurship (BA 199) will be co-taught by University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business faculty and The Play’s the Thing will be taught by a London-based faculty.

All courses offered 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.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Collette Niland, Assistant Dean for the Lundquist College of Business, PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, former director and founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Institute at the University of Illinois.

Chris Bennett, Senior Associate Director of Career Development for the Lundquist College of Business. Chris has an MA in International Development from American University and has experience providing organizational capacity building consulting services to social enterprises and non-profit organizations and managing the Oregon University System’s international internship program. 

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.