Advancing Your Academic Success: Pre-Freshman Studies in London

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Incoming UO Freshman
Location: Europe, United Kingdom, England
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Can’t wait for college to begin? Get a head start on your University of Oregon academic career while studying in one of the most diverse cities in the world on Global Education Oregon’s study abroad program: Advancing Your Academic Success: Pre-Freshman Studies in London.

Watch a Zoom info session with a past Pre-Freshman student and faculty leader!

Upon arrival in London, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Oregon Duck as the city becomes your classroom. Your classes will meet at the GEO in London Centre, a beautiful early Georgian town house in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London. Number 6 Great James Street was completed in 1721, and the wood paneling and ornate mahogany columns are original.

In addition, you’ll join your professors on excursions to historical sites and theatre performances to see your course materials come to life. Guest speakers from all walks of life will share their knowledge and passion for London. All program-related textbooks, excursions, performances, and local transportation are included in the program fee.

Program Itinerary (subject to change):

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022: Depart for London 
  • Sunday, July 24, 2022: Arrive in London
  • Saturday, August 20, 2022: Depart London

In addition we're excited to offer a similar Pre-Freshman program in Siena, Italy this summer! Students can apply to both programs however can only attend one due to overlapping dates.

Minimum Age Requirement: Please note that due to United Kingdom laws, students must be 18 years or older by the London program departure date (July 22, 2022).

IntroDUCKtion: For Summer 2022, students going to London may participate in any IntroDUCKtion session before or after the Pre-Freshman program that does not conflict with the London program dates. Please register for IntroDUCKtion at this site: https://orientation.uoregon.edu/introducktion/freshman

Please note credits earned on this program are through the University of Oregon's Community Education Program. Therefore this program is not eligible for federal financial aid, including federal student or parent loans.

Application Instructions: To create an application for this program, please click the “apply now” button. If you are on a computer, this will be in the upper right hand of the screen, and if you are on your mobile, it will be at the bottom. You will be brought to the login page, where you can create an account. Please take the following steps:

  • Choose “I do not have login credentials to this site.”
  • Choose “I am not currently registered at an institution. You are not yet a UO student, and therefore should not plan on using any UO information.
  • Fill out the following form requesting your name, date of birth, gender, and email.

When you submit this form, an account will be generated for you, and an email will be sent to you with your login and password information. If at any point you have issues with this process, please contact geoinfo@uoregon.edu.

Dates and Deadlines
 
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2022 03/15/2022 04/15/2022 07/24/2022 08/20/2022

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.

Academic Details

This is a four-week summer program for Fall 2022 freshmen students that allows you to earn nine credits towards your University of Oregon degree in an international setting. Courses include Advancing Your Academic Success, The Play’s the Thing (four credits towards UO Arts & Letters requirement), and London: Biography of a City (four credits towards UO Social Science requirement).

Students should be prepared for a rigorous academic experience. You will be expected to demonstrate maturity and critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom. Courses will meet for several hours at a time, three to four times each week, with additional mandatory excursions and performances. You should be prepared for class meetings on all weekdays. 

We also encourage you to follow the GEO in London Centre on social media to see what current London students are learning about throughout the year!

View a sample weekly schedule for the program.

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.

Additional requirements

Program participants must be 18 or older as of July 22, 2022.

All participants must be enrolled at University of Oregon starting fall term 2022, as of May 1, 2022. 

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Trond Jacobsen is Director of Forensics and Instructor of Information Science at the University of Oregon and will be teaching the Advancing Your Academic Success course in Summer 2022 to help students achieve their academic goals in London and Eugene.

 

The Theatre and History courses in London will be taught by local British faculty at the GEO London Centre with decades of experience teaching study abroad students.

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.

Travel Advisories

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.

To learn more about COVID regulations while studying abroad, visit our FAQ page.