Gender, Race, and Class in London

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

Sustainable Goal: Gender EqualityWho we are and what we do, monarchies and museums, churches and brothels, detective novels and Shakespeare’ plays, all are shaped by gender. As one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, London is a great place to explore the workings of gender, race, and social class in history, society, art, architecture, science, and religion. From its ancient pagan religions to modern-day churches, mosques, and temples, from historical to contemporary monarchs, from the beginnings of the detective novel to today’s captivating crime dramas, London is a case study in interlocking social differences and structures of power. Studying in London offers opportunities not only to read about how gender and race work but to see and experience them through walking Jack-the-Ripper’s Whitechapel or discovering the untold LGBTQ stories behind artifacts in the Victoria & Albert Museum or taking afternoon tea in the posh Mayfair district or visiting the Buddhapadipa Temple.

*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.


Academic Details

You will enroll in three Gender Studies courses. Two courses will be taught by Dr. Susan Shaw, and one will be taught by Dr. Amanda Milburn.

You may also add a Liberal Arts in London course (Creative Writing in London, London: Biography of a City or The Play's the Thing). Your classes will combine classroom learning with experiential excursions that provide access to important locations and individuals within the United Kingdom.

Students who are interested in an international work experience have the option of swapping one of the courses for an academic internship. In your internship placement, you will work side by side with British nationals, allowing you a unique insight into the professional life of Londoners. For more details on the internship process, please see the Liberal Arts in London with Internship page. An additional fee will be charged to cover the cost of the internship 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. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

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.

Faculty and Staff

Susan Shaw is professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, where she teaches courses such as Gender, Race, and Pop Culture, Feminist Theologies in the US, and Global Feminist Theologies. Her books include Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide (with Grace Ji-Sun Kim), Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music (with Mina Carson and Tisa Lewis) and Reflective Faith: A Theological Toolbox for Women. She is also co-author of the introductory textbook, Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions, and she occasionally blogs for Ms. She has previously led study abroad classes in the UK, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, and she has also traveled in Botswana, Lesotho, India, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. In addition to traveling, she loves reading murder mysteries, watching TV crime dramas, going to musical theatre, and listening to Abba.

Housing Description

For Fall Semester 2021, students will be housed in apartments. Students will be housed in single rooms with shared living spaces (kitchen, bathrooms, common space). The apartments will be conveniently located in zones 1, 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 will resume for Fall Semester 2022. 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 the 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. You can choose to be housed alone. All requests (i.e., dietary, allergies, medical, preferences) are taken into consideration. However, 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.

Dates and Deadlines

*If you are interested in participating and the deadline has passed, please contact a GEO Advisor as there may still be spots available.


Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall Semester 2021 4/15/2021 5/1/2021 9/5/2021 12/11/2021

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.

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.