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group by big benLondon, one of the most culturally diverse and most fascinating cities in the world, is a city steeped in history that has inspired artists, writers, and students for centuries. As a participant in this program you can spend a summer studying and living in the historic Bloomsbury district of London in close proximity to some of the world's finest museums and cultural sites.  In the London study abroad program, you will live in the part of this great city that has housed William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolfe, and other great writers.  You will be minutes away from the theatre district and Trafalgar Square, and within walking distance of the British Museum and its extraordinary collections.  You can explore London's vast and beautiful parks- Hyde Park, St. James, and Green Park- and walk along the Thames toward Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament.  London also offers quick access to all major cities in Europe.

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Program Dates, Structure and Course Structure

The group departs for London June 26th, 2014 and returns to Atlanta July 30 2014. Students can take one or two three-hour courses. Courses will meet in the classroom twice a week and students will participate in required field trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will have three day weekends to travel in England or other European countries

Program Costs

The package cost of $5000 for the five-week program includes:  Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to London, transportation from the airport to the UCL campus and return to the airport, lodging at UCL, an excursion by train to Hampton Court the first weekend of the program, a health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses, and a pass for unlimited travel on the London Underground and bus systems. Students will have a chance to participate in day excursions to other parts of England and in London walks, including a ‘Jack the Ripper’ walk.

The package cost does not include tuition, additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above. Typically there are additional expenses for theater classes.

Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad.Phone booth

Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.

Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. 

No special immunizations are needed to enter England, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.


Passports and Visas

 Everyone who travels to Britain must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it of takes more than 3 months to get a passport. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.

star warsHolders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Britain for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by April 8th, 2014 to avoid a $50 late fee.

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Students have a private room at the University College of London (UDL), with a hall bath on each floor. A towel and bed linens are furnished. A security guard is always on duty when the building is open and the front desk is staffed twenty-four hours a day. The program package includes Lunch on Mondays and Wednesday, five meals for the first weekend, and a Tesco grocery card with £25 each week. Each room contains a refrigerator, allowing students to store food for easy, affordable meals and snacks. Each floor of the dorm has a small communal kitchen. london love

The London Study Program is based at the University College London, in central London.  Four London underground stations are within a walk of 5-10 minutes, offering quick access to the entire city.  The location is also a short walk from Oxford Street and its fashionable shops.  Cafes, restaurants, pubs, and grocery stores surround the UCL campus.

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group by fountainCourses in the 2014 London Study Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid.

The package cost of $5000 for the five-week program includes: 

  • Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to London
  • Transportation from the London-Heathrow airport to the UCL campus and return to the airport
  • Lodging at UCL for five weeks
  • Two meals per week and a Tesco grocery card each week for 20£
  • An excursion by train to Hampton Court the first weekend of the program
  • Health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses
  • Metro pass for unlimited travel on the London Underground and bus systems.
  • Students will have a chance to participate in day excursions to other parts of England and in London walks, including a ‘Jack the Ripper’ walk.

The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees to some field trips that are not included with cost of program, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $2,000 for extra meals, entrance fees, and evening entertainment. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Some course excursions might involve additional fees and this is especially true for students in theater classes; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation on May 17.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Payment Schedule: 

March 3, 2014
Application form and $200 application fee due
March 10, 2014
 First payment of $2,400 due
April 8, 2014
Final payment of $2,400 due

Abby RoadStudents’ application fee, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that the $200 application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.


Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

REFUND Schedule

Withdrawal before Feb 3
all but $200 will be refunded
Withdrawal between Feb 2 and Feb 18
all but $400 will be refunded
Withdrawal between Feb 19 and March 1
all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 2 and March 30
all but $2000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after March 30
No money will be refunded
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Students should plan to budget a minimum of $200 per week for additional meals. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Some course excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply prior to departure at the mandatory student orientation on May 17, 2014.
Important deadlines:

Application Due- March 3rd (Spaces available on a first come, first serve basis and students are encouraged to apply early)

First Payment- March 10th

Final Payment- April 8th 

-2 passport photos due April 8th ($50 late fee if not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date). Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information.


-An electronic copy of your passport is due April 8th. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. ($50 late fee if not received by email by 5pm on this date)

-There is an all-day*Mandatory* student orientation on May 17th in Milledgeville at the Georgia College & State University Campus. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare

Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to London sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare however in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by April 8th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after April 8th will be denied.

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UD- Upper Division     LD-Lower Division


Cultural Diversity (UD & Graduate)

Prof. Julia Rux (Georgia Perimeter College)

This is a survey course focusing on the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends while embedded in vivo in a multicultural and diverse society. Knowledge, understanding, and awareness of cultural diversity will be the major focus of the planned activities and pedagogy application and will be experienced first-hand. Skills for effectively interacting in a culturally diverse environment will be explored, expanded, and practiced.


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World Literature II (LD)

Prof. Gautam Kundu (Georgia Southern University)

This course offers a wide range of literature from the Western canon since the European Enlightenment, as well as from the diverse Afro-Asian traditions that explore the literary "postcolonial." It engages with the construction and representation of cultural identity while paying particular attention to such topics as the national imaginary, gender, race, and class and the various ways in which they relate to one another. Students will read selections from Rousseau and Voltaire; English Romantic poetry; Matthew Arnold and T.S. Eliot; Rabindranath Tagore, Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emechetta, and Salman Rushdie. In order to locate some of these writers and texts in their native environment, the students take field trips to historic and cultural sites in and around London that will deepen their multi-cultural awareness, including libraries, museums and art galleries, the theater district, and ethnic neighborhoods.

Economics and the Global Society (LD) 

Prof. Sunita Manian (Georgia College & State University)

The course will provide an analysis of the use of resources in the production, exchange, and distribution of goods and services in the global economic system, with an emphasis on the development and use of marginal reasoning.  Topics covered will include governmental control of prices, international trade, growth, unemployment and inflation.  Field trips will expose students to the global nature of the British economy, from London’s role as a commercial center during the time of the Romans to present-day Britain’s membership in the European Union.

Understanding Art & Visual Culture (LD)

Prof. Sandra Trujillo (Georgia College & State University)

The goal of this course is to give you the vocabulary and tools to appreciate art and the world around you and to some extent de-mystify your art viewing experience. The course will be part classroom work, part museum experience work, and part hands-on exercises in drawing that will focus on developing your skills in direct observation.  You will write about artists as well as document and draw what you see in your visual and cultural experiences.  Through the exploration and discovery of two & three-dimensional art forms, my hope is that you will begin to comprehend the social, emotional and psychological impact of visual art while experiencing a new culture. London

Theater Production & Performance History in London (UD)

Prof. Sally Robertson (Georgia Perimeter College)

London offers a unique opportunity to study current performances and the history of productions in the heart of the country that gave us some of the greatest actors, directors and writers in theatre history. We’ll see several plays in and around London and maybe take a backstage tour of a local theatre. For our final class project we will have fun rehearsing a scripted reading of a short British play that all class members get to be involved as actors, technicians or designers. There may be additional costs for theatre courses due to the costs of the theatre tickets.


Age of Reason: Society, Politics, and Culture (UD)

Prof. Ruth McClelland-Nugent (Georgia Regents University)

The 17th and 18th centuries were an era when scientific discovery co-existed with witch hunts, when absolute monarchs found their power confronted by new ideas of human rights, and increasingly wealthy elites disconnected from downwardly mobile peasants. See the palaces and splendor of this world, and walk the streets where Oliver Cromwell faced down the doomed Charles I, where Newton discovered gravity, and where Revolutionary France challenged monarchical Britain. Particular focused on England and Grand, this course considers the politics of the period in the context of the arts, social change, and scientific revolution.

Tours of London in Literature and Visual Culture (UD)

Prof. Leigh Dillard (University of North Georgia)

This course focuses on the British literature and visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, allowing students to encounter historical remnants of London’s past through a series of pedestrian rambles recorded in both words and images. Primary source materials will include such works as Hogarth’s narrative visual series, Microcosm of London, Life in London, and Sketches by Boz. These works from our past will be reinforced by ramblings among the streets of modern-day London and its environs.

White Cliffs of DoverHistory of Computing & Security (UD)

Prof. Herbert Mattord (Kennesaw State University)

This class is a study of the history of the computing disciplines. It will include the history of information security and the role of computing in society. The course will allow students to select a themed approach to the subject where each student can explore the history, present practices, and future trends found in computing and/or security. It has planned excursions to various historical institutions and organizations that study and use IT and security related computing systems. 


Introduction to Psychology (LD)

Prof. Julia Rux (Georgia Perimeter College)

This course provides a broad survey of theories, perspectives, and research findings associated with psychology and human life-span development including physical, cognitive, emotional, and social factors. Emphasis will be placed on students increasing their self-knowledge and understanding variables that impacted their development. Students will interpret individual and group differences from multiple points of view, employing perspectives that consider psychological and biological principles as well as the broader social, cultural, political, and historical context.

Global Economic Crisis & the Euro (UD)

Prof. Sunita Manian (Georgia College & State University)

This course will trace the origins of the current global economic crisis and its implications for the European Union.  Students will learn about the crisis in the Euro, its implications for the British Pound Sterling and the British economy.  Students will critically analyze the European response to the crisis, including austerity programs.  Field trips will include visits to NGOs and charitable organizations working with those most adversely affected by the crisis, as well as think-tanks that are looking for solutions to the current crisis.Harry Potter

Post-Imperial/Postcolonial Literatures in English (UD)

Prof. Gautam Kundu (Georgia Southern University)

The course will focus on the diverse ways in which London is experienced and portrayed as a transnational space by diasporic and expatriate migrants. We will read a series of works set in postcolonial London, which grapple with ideas like “hybridization,” “creolization,” the “native,” and where notions of home, nation, and homeland are perpetually revisited and revised, often to interrogate the extent to which (in the words of Susheila Nasta),“the English visions of the national have been built on migrant and diasporic, colonial and postcolonial identities.” 

Theater Appreciation (LD)

Prof. Sally Robertson (Georgia Perimeter College)

Beautiful London is the perfect place to study the historical and cultural contexts of theatre around the world. We will attend several professional play productions, tour Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, dine on fish-n-chips at a Pub Theatre, and maybe even try our luck on Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station. London will offer a unique opportunity to study the essential elements of theatre, the collaborative artistic process, and a unique cultural experience of diversity and history. There may be additional costs for theatre courses due to the costs of the theatre tickets.

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US History to 1877 (LD)

Prof. Ruth McClelland-Nugent (Georgia Regents University)

Students will study early America in Britain and gain a rich understanding of the global context for American history. Walk the halls of parliament where “No Taxation without Representation” was debated, and see the London that Ben Franklin saw. Visit the docks where sugar and slaves help spark the abolitionist movement, and see the way industrialization changed 19th century cities- and the world. This course emphasizes a hands-on approach, connecting history with the present day.

Survey of British Literature (LD)

Prof. Leigh Dillard (University of North Georgia)

Since students will have the opportunity during their stay in London to experience both the capital city and the surrounding areas, this survey of British literature will explore the theme of travel as it intersects with urban and rural life. Travel narratives take many forms, allowing us to select from a range of poetry, prose, visual works, and drama through the end of the eighteenth century. Primary source materials will include such works as Canterbury Tales, Aphra Behn’s The Rover, accounts of Captain James Cook’s voyages, and The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.

Sketchbook Drawing (LD/UD)

Prof. Sandra Trujillo (Georgia College & State University)

The drawing course is a hands-on studio course that will focus on developing students’ skills in direct observation, conceptual development, rendering the human figure as well as media exploration.  Students will work to develop their artistic voice and sensitivity toward their subjects.

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Directions on how to apply: 

  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here
  3. After you submit your application to your campus rep, please pay the $200 non-refundable application fee.

*Your application will not be processed until we receive BOTH your application and $200 deposit.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.

 Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.  Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

An application form is available above; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed on this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (to be paid online). Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $200 application fee are received.


Because of space limitations, acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee.  Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program.

The application deadline for the 2014 program is March 3, 2014.

Students must be in good standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council. 


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Advice from Previous London Students

Be open to everything! Have ideas in your head of what you want to do but don’t plan out every single day. You’ll make friends so make sure you do things as a group.

Work first, play later.

Save up your money.

Bring a good pair of shoes, and clothes that can be worn many ways.

Have fun! Do your homework, go to class, and enjoy your time in London! Don’t be a hermit and sit in your room. Make friends and explore!

Take the walking tours & to try and go on the planned weekend trips.Big Ben

You can truly wear whatever in London, just dress warmer.

Be smart with money.

Try to book trips in advance with people to save money and definitely get the Britrail; it saved me lots of money and also don’t over pack because you will buy a lot of souvenirs here.

Just go.

Contact Us

Beverly Vantine

European Council Coordinator


Dr. Teddi Cunningham (Valdosta State University)

London Program Director


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