Advancing Your Academic Success: Pre-Freshman Studies in London
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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.
Your experience starts in Eugene during IntroDUCKtion, where you’ll meet your fellow future Ducks, academic advisors, and have priority registration for your Fall Term courses at University of Oregon.
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 31, 2021: Depart for London
- Sunday, August 1, 2021: Arrive in London
- Saturday, August 28, 2021: Depart London
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 31, 2021).
Scholarship Opportunity. Several program scholarships will be awarded to students accepted into the Advancing Your Academic Success: Pre-Freshman Studies in London program. Most scholarships will be in the range of $500-$1,000. Scholarship awards will be based on financial need as well as overall quality of applicants’ study abroad applications. The scholarship application is within the program application; speak with your GEO advisor for more information. The deadline for this scholarship is 4/15.
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 email@example.com.
This is a four-week summer program for Fall 2021 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.
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.
Kate Mondloch is the Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Oregon, where she is also Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory. Her research fields include media art and theory, installation art, feminism, new media, science and technology studies, and the digital humanities. She is especially interested in theories of spectatorship and subjectivity, and in research methods that bridge the sciences and the humanities. She received the University of Oregon's Faculty Excellence Award in 2013. Professor Mondloch earned her MA and PhD in art history from UCLA.
Listen to Professor Mondloch discuss the Pre-Freshman program on the April 5th episode of the Flock Talk podcast!
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.
Program participants must be 18 or older as of July 31, 2021.
Please note this program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee.
All participants must be enrolled at University of Oregon starting fall term 2021, as of May 1, 2021.
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