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 major political and art 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

You will enroll in two of four courses offered for a total of eight quarter credits or six semester credits. Each course will be offered in two different sessions, Track A and Track B, and will run over the same dates.

The courses offered are:

  • Arts Journalism in London: Learn about the profound diversity of London's art scene spanning theatres, opera houses, dance companies, orchestras, concert halls and lively popular independent music scene along with a burgeoning film industry. Explore how arts journalists are uniquely skilled at writing for different media, broadcasting, print and online sources and how they tailor their work to a specific demographic. 
  • 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? 
  • The Culture of Sport and Sports Journalism in the UK: Britain is currently in the middle of what has been called its 'Decade of Sport'. Analyze the perceived benefits of hosting major sporting events, and look into the culture of sport and why it matters so much to so many people. You will delve into the techniques used by sports journalists compared with other news journalists, attend key sporting events, and explore the connections between gender, race, class, and sports. 
  • 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. 
  • Visual Journalism: The landscape of broadcast journalism is changing with bewildering speed, but the essential principles that underpin the creation of high quality video journalism seem - so far - to have survived this upheaval. In this course, you will hone your skills and techniques for producing broadcast standard vidual journalism and spend time in TV news studios and the headquarters of the BBC. By the end of the course, you will have created your own TV programme. 

Please note: Arts, Sports, International News, and Visual Journalism will be taught by local UK faculty.

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

Please note that students in Track A will only take courses with other Track A students. The instructor, course readings, and assignments will be the same in courses offered in both Track A and B. Some excursions may combine both tracks. Track and course selection will be based on preference and date of deposit paid for the program and cannot be guaranteed in advance.

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.

Please click here to see a sample weekly schedule for the program.

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

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 extensive 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.

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

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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.