Liberal Arts in London with Internship
Building on a quarter-century of academic excellence, the London Centre offers multi-disciplinary courses in the liberal arts and humanities with an emphasis on experiential learning supplemented by local outings and excursions. Internship placements are also available to qualified students who are committed to gaining a unique perspective into British life. The internship placement contains both the practical element of working in the organization and a reflective element through the accompanying Internship Seminar. In addition to the internship placement, you will enroll in two to three other GEO courses. If you plan to enroll in an internship placement you will need to be flexible and committed to the internship schedule and responsibilities entailed from both a professional and personal standpoint. Because of the time commitment required, you may sometimes have to forgo a program activity, excursion, or personal weekend away in order to fulfill your responsibilities to the organization. PLEASE NOTE: Visa is required for internship students.
Spring Quarter 2021 ONLY:
Subject to UO Travel Approval, students will arrive in London on Sunday, March 28 and take classes remotely while in quarantine for two weeks. Students will begin attending classes in-person on Monday, April 12.
Health & Safety
Students must quarantine for two weeks upon their arrival. They will receive details regarding grocery delivery services, as they should try to arrange this service prior to arriving in London. Students will be required to maintain 6-feet of distance from staff and faculty at all times. They will also be expected to follow all other social distancing requirements with their peers including those that limit group sizes and certain social activities.
*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.
You will enroll in two to four courses in addition to the Internship Seminar and placement. All courses offered in London 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. For UO students internship credits are calculated at a ratio of 30 hours to 1 quarter credit. GEO partner university students should check with their home campus study abroad office to confirm how many contact hours are required for internship credits.
In your internship placement, you will work side by side with British nationals, allowing you a unique insight into the professional life of Londoners. You will be expected to dress and conduct yourself appropriately to the standards of the placement organization. In placing students, GEO will try to ensure that you will have a variety of challenging tasks throughout your term; however, you should also expect to help in menial office tasks as well.
London will serve as a classroom as much as the center itself, with visits to London’s exceptional museums, galleries, and the House of Commons. In addition, you will enjoy theater and concert productions often complemented by private talks with directors or prominent actors. 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—including professional actors, artists and the founder of the European Policy Information Centre. Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are included in the program fee.
Please click here to see a sample weekly schedule for the program - please note most internships take 2-3 of the listed courses and all courses/times are subject to change.
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
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.
For Spring Quarter 2021, students will be staying in apartments to comply with proper social distancing measures. Students will be housed in single rooms with shared living spaces (kitchen, bathrooms, common space). The apartments will be conveniently located in zones 2 or 3 in London. Students will be within walking distance of the London Tube, local grocers, restaurants, and cafés. Each apartment is fully furnished with beds, desks and a kitchen table and chairs. The kitchens are equipped with refrigerator, stove, microwave utensils, plates, glasses, and cookware. All apartments have wireless internet access, a washing machine, bed linens, and 24/7 emergency support.
Homestays may resume for Fall Semester 2021. Homestay families are carefully screened and provide good, affordable accommodation, offering you the opportunity to develop your independence and social skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Many cherish their homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of the London program experience and remain lifelong friends with their homestay family. Your homestay family will provide furnished accommodation with linens plus seven breakfasts (self help) and four dinners per week in addition to two weekly washloads of laundry. Normally, two students are housed together in single or double bedrooms. All requests (i.e., dietary, allergies, medical) are taken into consideration. Please note that roommate requests cannot be accommodated. You will live in the London suburbs experiencing the typical London commute of between 45-75 minutes each way. Accommodation ranges from a bedroom in an apartment to terraced, semi-detached, or detached houses with easy access to shopping centers, libraries, parks and leisure and sports facilities.
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