Global Business and Economics in London with Internship

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, United Kingdom, England
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

Prepare yourself for a future in global business and economics by studying and interning in London, one of the leading financial centers of the world.

This program offers the opportunity to gain real international work experience in the field of economics and business and earn major satisfying upper division Business Administration and/or Economics credit, all while immersing yourself in one of the most significant and fascinating international cities in the world. Gain practical and professional experience  in an individualized internship placement in a variety of industry sectors. This intensive program in a fast-paced city will require you to balance your academic, work, and personal responsibilities while allowing you to make progress towards your educational, professional, and personal goals by experiencing all that London has to offer.

Note: if you participate in an internship, you must apply for a Visa to the UK. This will require applying to UKVI for a student visa, going to a biometric appointment at a USCIS office (Portland has the only one in Oregon), and then sending your passport to New York to get the visa pasted in.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Spring Quarter 2024 10/15/2023 11/15/2023 3/31/2024 6/08/2024

Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program (Summer 2024 and beyond) to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Academic Details

You will enroll in two or three courses along with your internship placement and required internship seminar.  

  • Global, Legal, Social Environment of Business (BA 325)
  • Cross Cultural Business Communication (BA 361)
  • Leadership and Communication (BA 308)
  • Economic Integration of the European Union (equivalent to EC 300 level elective)
  • Monetary Economics (EC 470)
    • (NOTE: EC 311 and EC 313 are prerequisites for EC 470)
  • Contemporary Britain in a Global Setting (GLBL 388)

All courses and internship placements are recognized and approved for academic credit by the University of Oregon and the Lundquist College of Business. Courses can satisfy major or minor requirements within Lundquist College of Business, Economics, and General Social Sciences. 
London will serve as a classroom as much as the center itself. Academic activities are integrated with excursions, giving you an inside look into the vibrant business culture of the United Kingdom. Courses are taught by British faculty who have experience teaching US students as well as considerable practical experience in the related field they are teaching. Visits to several well-known cultural locations in the city and surrounding area are also planned. All instruction is in English. Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are included in the program fee. Students should be prepared for a rigorous academic experience and a busy schedule. Classes and internship placements will run Monday-Friday every week. 
This program satisfies the Lundquist College of Business global context requirement with academic advisor approval. 
Classes and internship placements will run Monday-Friday every week, view this sample timetable.

Internship Details

London internships are available in many fields, such as the Arts, Business, Start-ups, Marketing/PR, Financial Services, Hospitality & Tourism, HR, Politics, NGOs, Education, Technology and more! The internship placement requires additional application steps, please click here to learn more about the process. Students participating in an internship can expect the following support during their program:

  • Individualized pre-departure consultation meeting
  • Pre-Departure Webinar
  • On-site Orientation        
  • Skills-based workshops and networking events 
  • Mid-term review (student and internship supervisor)          
  • Final Evaluation (student and internship supervisor)

 Due to the competitive nature of internships, it is recommended to work with a study abroad and/or career center advisor to review your resume and prepare for an interview in advance. Some examples of past placements have included:

  • Politics: Members of Parliament in Westminster, NGOs, campaigning, research, media
  • NGOs and Charities: International and domestic focus, human rights, environmental, marginalised populations (homeless, refugee women, children/youth, former prisoners) 
  • Health Services: Policy, health clinics, children’s care, medical device sales
  • Media: Film festival, production studios, international channel
  • Public Relations: Fashion PR, media PR
  • Publishing, Literature and Journalism: Publishers, magazines, webzines
  • Museums and Galleries: History, art, music, archives
  • Performing Arts: House management, stage management, arts management, costuming, lighting, children, orchestra management
  • Entrepreneurial Business: Start-up companies in sport, hospitality, technology, graphic design, PR
  • Fashion: Clothing designers, bridal, couture, millinery, fancy dress

Course Equivalencies

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

Non-UO students: 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.

Housing Description

Students will be living in shared housing in Central London. Students will be housed in twin rooms in either apartments or studios with shared living spaces. The housing will be conveniently located in either Zone 2 or Zone 3 in London. Students will be within walking distance of the Tube network, local supermarkets, restaurants and cafes.

The housing will be fully furnished and the cooking spaces will be fully equipped with utensils, plates, glasses and cookware. All apartments have Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, linens and 24/7 emergency support.

Your program application will have a housing questionnaire to gather information and assist with roommate assignments. Please note that students may share an apartment with students of a different gender.