London in a Global Context

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore
Location: Europe, United Kingdom, England
GPA: 2.75
Program Overview

This program is only open to current PathwayOregon first-year students (at least 12 UO credits completed in Fall 2023)

London has always been a major player on the global stage, impacting everything from theatre, music and fashion to finance, gastronomy and engineering. It is considered by many to be the greatest city in the world (it has officially won the title for the seventh consecutive year!) and is sometimes referred to as ‘the capital of capitals’. But what does all this mean?

This innovative program invites students to explore the history, politics and society of London through immersive classes in order to better understand its impact on and significance in today’s global context.

The London in a Global Context program is designed for PathwayOregon students who are current first-year students at the University of Oregon. Thanks to a generous donor, the program fee and estimated additional expenses (including flights) will be fully funded for each of the twenty participants selected to study in London. For more information, please refer to the program budget.

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Dates and Deadlines
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Academic Details

All students on the program will take three courses for nine credits total.

London in a Global Context (four credits, Global Studies 300-level elective) will investigate the complex anxieties around migration and change by analyzing a selection of histories, films, essays and poems.  Museum visits and walks will provide a link between the readings and the geography of London.

Britain Today (four credits, Global Studies 300-level) examines contemporary British politics and society and is the core course of the GEO London semester. We will discuss the commanding themes in British politics and public life and look at their historical context. This will extend to consideration of key social issues - including race and diversity and aspects of popular culture from broadcasting to sport, from music to the monarchy.

An Academic Success (1 credit) course tailored specifically for PathwayOregon students to help you thrive in London as well as prepare you for continued academic growth at the University of Oregon.

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.

Application process

This program is open to Pathway Oregon students who matriculated at the University of Oregon in Fall 2023. Due to high demand for this opportunity, all applications will be reviewed after the application deadline (in Winter 2024) and students will be notified of the review outcome. Details on application interviews and other next steps will be sent via email.

There are many other GEO programs available both in London and around the world open to all Pathway students, along with many scholarship opportunities and support. Learn more at the GEO programs page or connect with a GEO advisor.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Celena Simpson is a PathwayOregon advisor at the University of Oregon. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy and has taught philosophy courses on identity, political philosophy, and culture, in addition to academic support courses for BIPOC students. 

Dr. Katy Layton-Jones will teach London in a Global Context. She has been employed on a number of research projects and lecturing posts at Liverpool University, University of Leicester, and the Open University.

Dr. Andrew Whitehead will teach Britain Today. In addition to teaching at GEO London, Andrew has been the Editor of BBC World Service News, the BBC’s biggest radio network reaching more than forty million listeners around the world. 

Housing Description

You will join a community of residents from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as part of life in one of the University of London residence halls. The hall is located in central London, close to the GEO Centre, the British Museum and the London Tube.

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 storage for clothes and books. Rooms are fitted with a telephone, Wi-Fi, and data socket. 

The residence 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.