Journalism in London

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

Immerse yourself in the communications and media scene in London during this five-week summer program. Designed to take advantage of opportunities to experience some of the unique communication headquarters in London, excursions include visits to BBC Television and Radio, the ITN News Headquarters, and attendance at events held throughout the summer. Courses are designed with special emphasis on journalistic skill building as well as theoretical analytical components.

Check out what Bethany had to say about her experience!

Academic Details

Summer 2021: All students will enroll in the following two courses:

Courses will meet 3-4 times per week along with possible excursions during the weekday/evening.


  • International News Journalism: Each week you will look at a topical news story and the different ways in which it is being reported across countries and platforms (TV, press, websites). Examine the practice of international news journalism, and how it is being remolded by new digital platforms, increasing competition and the rise of citizen journalism. Can journalists, should journalists, be impartial in the face of the increase in violence evident in may parts of the world? 


  • Social Media for Journalists: Social media has changed the way that both journalists and audiences find and share the news. Explore how these changes are affecting journalistic practice and what are the social media skills that journalists need today. Learn about the social media strategies of major news media outlets and journalists, and how to use social media to verify and manage content. 

Social Media for Journalists will be taught by Damian Radcliffe, Carolyn S Chambers Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon.

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.

The first few days of the program will be spent in classes covering essential features of British political economy, society and cultural life and introducing key institutions such as the BBC. The courses are taught by British faculty who have extensive practical experience in the fields related to their courses, as well as experience teaching US students. Many classes will also be supplemented with guest lectures from British journalists and media coordinators. Courses usually meet two to three times each week, with additional mandatory excursions where London will be your classroom! You should be prepared for class meetings four days a week. We encourage students to be active in researching current events related to their courses prior to arriving in London. Here are a few publications that our faculty recommend:

BBC News

The Guardian

Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are provided as part of the program fee.

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.

Housing Description

For Summer 2021, students will be staying in apartments to comply with proper social distancing measures. 

Students will be housed in shared rooms with shared living spaces (kitchen, bathrooms, common space) with other students on the program. The apartments will be conveniently located in zones 1 or 2 in Central 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.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Final Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021 05/21/2021 06/27/2021 07/31/2021

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.