Intro to Global Leadership: Pre-Freshman Studies in London

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Incoming UO Freshmen
Location: Europe, United Kingdom, England
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Can’t wait for college to begin? Get a head start on your University of Oregon business academic career while studying in one of the most diverse cities in the world on Global Education Oregon’s study abroad program: Advancing Your Academic Success: Business Pre-Freshman Studies in London.

Watch a Zoom info session with a past Pre-Freshman student and faculty leader!

Upon arrival in London, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Oregon Duck as the city becomes your classroom. Your classes will meet at the GEO in London Centre, a beautiful early Georgian town house in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. Number 6 Great James Street was completed in 1721, and the wood paneling and ornate mahogany columns are original.

In addition, you’ll join your professors on excursions to historical sites and theatre performances to see your course materials come to life. Guest speakers from all walks of life will share their knowledge and passion for London. All program-related textbooks, excursions, performances, and local transportation are included in the program fee.

Program Itinerary (subject to change):

  • Saturday, August 20, 2022: Depart for London 
  • Sunday, August 21, 2022: Arrive in London
  • Saturday, September 10, 2022: Depart London

Minimum Age Requirement: Please note that due to United Kingdom laws, students must be 18 years or older by the London program departure date (August 20, 2022).

IntroDUCKtion: For Summer 2022, students going to London may participate in any IntroDUCKtion session before or after the Pre-Freshman program that does not conflict with the London program dates. Please register for IntroDUCKtion at this site:

Please note credits earned on this program are through the University of Oregon's Community Education Program. Therefore this program is not eligible for federal financial aid, including federal student or parent loans.

Application Instructions: To create an application for this program, please click the “apply now” button. If you are on a computer, this will be in the upper right hand of the screen, and if you are on your mobile, it will be at the bottom. You will be brought to the login page, where you can create an account. Please take the following steps:

  • Choose “I do not have login credentials to this site.”
  • Choose “I am not currently registered at an institution. You are not yet a UO student, and therefore should not plan on using any UO information.
  • Fill out the following form requesting your name, date of birth, gender, and email.

When you submit this form, an account will be generated for you, and an email will be sent to you with your login and password information. If at any point you have issues with this process, please contact

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.

Academic Details

This is a three-week summer program for Fall 2022 for business and pre-business freshmen students that allows you to earn five credits towards your University of Oregon degree in an international setting. Courses include:

  • Advancing Your Academic Success (1 credit)
  • Global Leadership (4 credits) - fulfills one Global Context requirement (View Syllabus)

Students should be prepared for a rigorous academic experience. You will be expected to demonstrate maturity and critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom. Courses will meet for several hours at a time, three to four times each week, with additional mandatory excursions and performances. You should be prepared for class meetings on all weekdays. 

We also encourage you to follow the GEO in London Centre on social media to see what current London students are learning about throughout the year!

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.

Additional requirements

Program participants must be 18 or older as of August 19, 2022. 

All participants must be enrolled at University of Oregon starting fall term 2022, as of May 1, 2022. 

Application process

This program has a rolling admission application processGEO staff (and the program faculty leader, if applicable) will complete a review of the application materials of complete applications in the order that they are submitted (“first come, first serve”). Decisions about acceptance will be made shortly after you submit a complete application. There are some programs that fill fast, some even before the deadline. Students are encouraged to complete applications and commit to programs early.

Faculty and Staff

Eric Boggs has led several study abroad program to London and other parts of the world.

Wilderness expeditions lead Boggs to his career in teaching and the discipline of leadership. Through backpacking and sea kayaking adventures in remote corners of the world, ranging from Arctic Scandinavia to Chilean Patagonia, Boggs discovered the incredible transformation of individuals and teams capable of resilience, community-building and great achievements. These powerful experiences catalyzed his passion for teaching and fascination with leadership development.

Boggs has worked in the field of leadership development for 20 years in contexts ranging from outdoor adventures, working on trail crews with adjudicated youth, teaching high school, and designing and facilitating corporate leadership workshops for companies like Google, Avamere, and the Technology Association of Oregon.

Housing Description
Experience life in Central London living in shared apartments with 1-2 other students on the program. You’ll be within walking distance of the London Tube, local grocers, restaurants, and cafés. Each apartment is fully furnished with beds, a desk, and chairs. You and another student on the program will share a studio apartment with a small kitchenette. The kitchens are equipped with refrigerator, microwave, utensils, plates, and glasses. All apartments have wireless internet access, bed linens, and 24/7 emergency support.

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

To learn more about COVID regulations while studying abroad, visit our FAQ page.