Program Overview

Spend a term in London taking upper division courses in journalism and media from faculty who are experts in their field. In this program, you will immerse yourself in the communications and media scene in the UK. Topics you will study include looking at how top news stories are reported across countries and platforms, examining the techniques used by various types of journalists, and exploring some of Britain's journalistic tractions from the BBC to the tabloids. 

Health & Safety
You may need to quarantine for two weeks upon their arrival depending on the country you are traveling from. You will arrive in London on January 3 and take classes remotely while in quarantine for two weeks. You will begin attending classes in-person on Monday, January 18. You will receive details regarding grocery delivery services, as you should try to arrange this service prior to arriving in London. You will be required to maintain 6-feet of distance from staff and faculty at all times, and you will also be expected to follow all other social distancing requirements with your peers including those that limit group sizes and certain social activities.

Academic Details

Study journalism and media in London, a major international communications centrer with a virtually unrivalled number of media outlets. You will select three to four courses in the subject areas of journalsim, communications and international studies. Course options include:

  • Contemporary Britain in a Global Setting
    This course examines contemporary British politics and society and is the core course of the GEO London semester. We will discuss the commanding themes in British politics and public life and look at their historical context. The course provides an introduction to the principal institutions, parties and issues in British politics. This will extend to consideration of key social issues - including race and diversity and aspects of popular culture from broadcasting to sport, from music to the monarchy.
  • International News Journalism
    In this course, students will examine the practice of international news journalism, and the manner in which it is being remolded by new digital platforms and increasing competition. The key requirement is that students are curious about the world and the way it is changing. Students will need to read widely about how the world is reported, and they will have the chance to write and report. The course will also look at the rise of citizen journalism and the impact this is having on news reporting, and at the growth of social news, everything from Facebook and Twitter to the news and lifestyle websites aimed at the young. We will take a look at how journalism is developing globally, not simply in Britain and the United States.
  • Media in the United Kingdom
    This course is designed to introduce students to the particularities of the British media market and the unique character of British journalism.  Along the way, we will explore some of Britain’s journalistic traditions, from the respectability of the BBC to the scurrilous tabloid press. We will look at some of the critical academic reaction to these institutions and the role and practice of journalism in Britain today. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast the British media to that of the USA. 
  • The Culture of Sport and Sports Journalism in the UK
    During this course we will analyze the perceived benefits of hosting major sporting events, and look into the culture of sport. Why does sport matter so much to so many people? We will delve into the practices of sports journalism, studying how the techniques used by sports journalists compare with those used by other news journalists. There will also be a very special focus on sports broadcasting. The course will finish with a broadcasting masterclass, with all students given the opportunity to record a TV broadcast with a professional cameraman. 


Certificate in Global Business

This intensive program will also help you satisfy the Area Studies requirements for the Certificate in Global Business in Lundquist College of Business. Completing this program will assist you in gaining competence in international business studies, developing a global mindset, acquiring an understanding of globalization, and obtain the skills necessary to work with others from around the world. To complete the program, you will take BA 252: Global Perspectives in Business taught remotely by business professors in Eugene, Oregon. You will then select an additional three to four classes from the above list to satisfy the Areas Studies /Global Systems requirement for the certificate.

Learn about British media, dive into current social issues, and explore the city as you learn. You must take a minimum of 12 credits in London. At the end of the program, you will have earned 16 to 20 credits, your Certificate in Global Business, and gained hands-on experience in the world of business.

Travel restrictions permitting, you will take a day trip to Bath and Stonehenge. There will also be some class trips to sites of interest throughout London.

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

Students will be housed in single rooms with shared living spaces (kitchen, bathrooms, common space). The apartments will be conveniently located in zones 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.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Winter Quarter20219/25/202010/25/20201/3/20213/13/2021

Travel Advisories

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