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European Council London, England
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: European Council 
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Education Abroad
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Language of Instruction:
English
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Housing Option:
Dormitory
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Fields of Study:
International Business
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Minimum GPA:
2.0
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Eligibility:
Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
Program Description:
About the Program | Program Information & Course Structure Payment & Refund Schedule | Deadlines & Late Fee Schedule Course Descriptions | How to Apply to the Program Insurance & Passport Information | What Students Have to Say | Contact Us Find Your Campus Representative List of all 2019 European Council Classes: Courses by Program | Courses by Subject 

About the Program

London, 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.

Dates: June 27 - August 1, 2019.
Cost: $5,300* *Price may fluctuate and will be finalized by September 10th. The package cost of $5,300 for the five week program includes:
    • Round-trip airfare between Atlanta and London
    • Accommodations at University College London
    • Free three-day weekends
    • Weekly Tesco grocery card
    • Train excursion to Hampton Court
    • Jack the Ripper walking tour
    • Dinner Cruise
    • Unlimited travel on the London metro system
    • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses
  The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, 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.
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Program Information & Course Structure

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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 which connects students 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. To visit UCL’s website go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ Courses in London carry three semester hours of credit. Students take one or two three-hour courses with courses meeting in the classroom twice a week and required field trips on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students will have three day weekends to enjoy the London life, travel to other cities in England or explore other European countries. France, Ireland, and Scotland are just few hours away!

Accommodations

Students have a private room at the University College of London (UCL), 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. 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 kitchens as well. The program package includes a weekly Tesco grocery card which allows students to purchase food they enjoy eating that can easily be cooked in the dorms. {Back to Top}

Costs

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Courses in the 2019 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. 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 held at Middle Georgia State University on Saturday, May 11, 2019. 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 15, 2019 Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due.
March 15, 2019 First payment of $2500 due
April 8, 2019 Final payment of $2500 due
TOTAL PAYMENT: $5,300*

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Program deposits and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; this fee can not be transferred to a subsequent year. 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, europeancouncil@valdosta.edu AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.
Withdrawal before March 15 All but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 15 and March 18 all but $500 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1 all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30 all but $2,000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30 No money will be refunded
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Important deadlines:

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      • March 15th  - Deadline for application fee & application form.
      • March 15th- First Payment
      • April 8th - Final Payment
      • March 29th- 1 passport photo is due  (late fees apply, see below for details). 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. http://travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotoreq/pptphotoreq_5333.html
      • March 29th - An electronic copy of your passport is due. Faxed and Mailed copies are not accepted. (see late fee schedule below)
      • March 29th- Deadline for separate airfare waiver or flight deviation; see below for details.
      • May 11th- There is an all-day *Mandatory* student orientation in Macon at Middle Georgia State University. 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.
Late Fees for Passports & Photo
Items received between Mar 31 - Apr 13 $25 late fee
Items received between Apr 14 - Apr 28 $50 late fee
Items received between Apr 29 - May 12 $75 late fee
Items received on May 13 - May 20 $100 late fee
Items received on May 21 or after $100 plus $5 per additional day

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 March 29th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 29th will be denied. {Back to Top}

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Course Descriptions

Students may choose to take one or two classes unless their home institution requires two classes. Those who take two courses must chose one class in the morning, and one class in the afternoon. See your campus representative for your institutions course equivalency. UD- Upper Division     LD-Lower Division

 

Morning Courses

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History of Computers and Security (LD/UD) Dr. Herb Mattord (Kennesaw State)

The class is the study of the history of computing and information security and the role of computing in society. The course will allow students to learn the history, present practices, and future trends found in computing and security. It has planned excursions to various historical and modern institutions and organizations that study and use IT and security related computing systems. Thematic approaches include: Green Computing, Business Uses of Information Systems, Social Impact of Computing, and the History of Computer Science. This course may be taken at the graduate level depending on the student’s program of study.

Abby Road Child Psychology (LD) Dr. Teddi Cunningham (Valdosta State)

The findings and applications of child psychology in the context of development in physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains.

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Literary Genre (Science Fiction: It's Steampunk!) (UD)
Dr. Carola Mattord (Kennesaw State)

This course is a study of the development and history of a particular literary form, such as narrative, poetry, or drama, through the exploration of representative works. Particular attention is given to the evolution of new strategies for the creation and reception of the genre and to the aesthetic, historical, and cultural conditions that shape those strategies.

In this course, we’ll be studying the literary culture of Steampunk. You will read important nineteenth and twentieth century literary works of this widely popular genre. Literary works to be read will range from Frankenstein to Infernal Devices and Steampunk fairy tales.

World Literature I: Travel and Discovery (LD) Dr. Leigh Dillard (North Georgia)

Discovery and travel have long shared a common space, even well before our modern under-standing of literature as a way to convey meaning. In the process, works from the written, visual, and oral traditions provided for their audience a sense not only of the societies from which they emerged but also of lessons learned by their characters. This survey course investigates these broad themes in world literature from its beginnings through the end of the seventeenth century, providing students an understanding of narrative models and techniques that resound in the works we enjoy today. Primary source materials will include such works  as The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Canterbury Tales, and Don Quixote along with writings from beyond the Western tradition.

Drama in Performance (UD) Prof. Pamela Sears (Georgia Southern) This course examines the relationship between the play in performance and the dramatic text with special attention to historical theories of acting and cultural factors which influence the literary works. Have you ever wondered why an actor did something the way he did?  Or why half of a scenic wall was cut out (did the theatre exhaust its funding?!)?  Combining literary arts with live performances, drama has united and disturbed its audiences, enriched communities and challenged norms.  To fully understand this dynamic art form, we will study a survey of plays that epitomize a variety of dramatic structures.  Students will also attend and appraise dramatic performances to consider the choices artists made for their productions on stage. Each week there will be a visit to observe play productions in various venues around greater London. As audience members, students will witness examples of techniques in theatrical production, including contemporary interpretations of classical literature, musicals, new scripts, physical theatre, or multimedia plays. All students are required to participate in oral discussions about each performance the class attends and to write two critical response papers on two of the productions attended.

Understanding Visual Art (LD/Arts 1105 Core) Prof. Sandra Trujillo (Georgia College and State)

The goal of this course is to give you the vocabulary and analytical tools to appreciate diverse perspectives in Art and the world around you.  Students will gain a broad range of experiences viewing and writing about global Art as well as learning basic Art concepts. This course may be used to fulfill one of the three required global perspectives overlay requirements at Georgia College.

During the course, you will be introduced to artistic compositions and designs, as well as style, voice, analysis and content.  Students in this course will work every day in world class Art museums and galleries in London.  Your insights gained from your daily experiences, readings and assignments will provide you with skills to develop independent and informed observations that consider diverse aspects of Art.  After five-weeks of studying primary art and artifacts, my hope is that you will begin to comprehend the social, emotional and psychological impact of visual art while experiencing a new culture.

Gender Studies (LD/UD) Dr. Dana Wiggins (Georgia State) WGSS 2010 (LD) is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Throughout the course we will think about gender and sexuality aspeUD) is an intensive treatment of above specified topics in women’s studies. This version of the course will have a research component. Introduction to Psychology (LD) Dr. Heather Kelley (Valdosta State) Introduction to Psychology is a general survey course designed to introduce the student to fundamental methods and content of contemporary psychology. This course offers students an insight into human behavior and development. Core topics include social behavior, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, learning, memory, and human development. In this course, psychological concepts are woven into experiences in London that are designed to make psychology applicable to everyday life and to create memorable experiences for students.
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Afternoon Courses

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Culture of International Business (UD)
Dr. Herb Mattord (Kennesaw State)

This course explores the cultural challenges of doing business in another country. It will focus on how to communicate, manage and lead individuals, conduct operations, and market products in countries with different languages, characteristics, customs, values and attitudes. Special emphasis will also be placed on the business culture of the United Kingdom. It will offer the student the opportunity for a multi-disciplinary study of the past present and future of business in the UK and Europe.

Stonehenge British Literature (LD) Dr. Carola Mattord (Kennesaw State)

This course introduces students to a broad range of British literary texts, from the Anglo-Saxon period to Contemporary times. The course will include literature from the genres of poetry, prose, and drama. Various literary works are drawn from England, Ireland, India, and the Caribbean. Given the tremendous historical impact the British Commonwealth had on many cultures around the globe, the course will also aim at introducing students to colonial and post-colonial literary writings, enabling students to establish meaningful connections between their own and other cultures.

18th and 19th Century British Literature: (Tours of London: Literature and Visual Culture) (UD) Dr. Leigh Dillard (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, Pepys’ Diary, Microcosm of London, Life in London, and Dickens’ Sketches by Boz. These works from our past will be reinforced by observations among the streets of modern-day London.

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Exploring Learning and Teaching/Education Psychology (Making the Grade: Discovering the Art and Science of Teaching and Learning) (LD)
Dr. Heather Kelley (Valdosta State)

Learning new information can be difficult and complicated at times—but it doesn’t always have to be! This course takes a psychological approach to teaching and learning by using research-based approaches to maximize learning potential, enhance performance, and master the art of teaching. Learning is a lifelong endeavor and this course will explore how people learn in both formal school settings and informal social or vocational settings. An emphasis on social, emotional, developmental, and cognitive processes will be studied with the goal of applying this knowledge to develop effective pedagogical techniques in order to enhance the learning of all students.(EDCU 2130/PSYC 3110)

U.S. History (Americans in London: A Survey of U.S. History with a British Twist) (LD)
Dr. Dana Wiggins (Georgia State)

Our class will explore the history of colonial North America and the United States from the first moments of sustained European contact with the American continent through the late 20th century.  Since we are covering a period of some five centuries, we will be taking a thematic approach that will focus on contact between Great Britain and the United States. Topics include colonization; the French and Indian War; the American Revolution; War of 1812; abolition; British involvement in the US Civil War; European immigration; US imperialism; suffrage; WWI and WWII; and England and the Cold War. (HIST 2110)

Theatre Appreciation (LD)
Prof. Pamela Sears (Georgia Southern) An introductory study of theatre as an art form and practical act, this course provides students with a foundation for the understanding and analysis of the theatrical event. Have you ever dreamt of witnessing the best shows London theatres have to offer?  Have you wondered how some of that stage magic happens? In this exciting course, students will explore theatre as a vibrant, collaborative art form.  Experiences will investigate the process and product of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and others involved in creating theatrical productions. Students will enrich their understanding of the behind-the-scenes efforts of theatre practitioners working in one of the hottest cities for live theatre in the world.

Sketchbook Drawing (UD)
Prof. Sandra Trujillo (Georgia College and State)

This special topics drawing class is a hands-on studio course that will focus on direct observation of Art with a global perspective.   The course is designed for students who wish to continue practicing drawing methods while studying abroad. Students will read and work each day in world class Art museums to learn and gain more experiences with drawing and analysis.  Through direct observation, students will develop insight into other artists’ working methods and possibly discover new paths for independent thought and creative research.

How can we learn from Art? In what way do historical works of art resonate within the culture or in us? These are a few questions that you will be asked to explore in your drawings and readings in London this summer.  By the end of the session, your sketchbooks will be filled with focused studies, queries, artistic references, and inspirations. Your direct observations and experiences will provide you with the means to develop informed groups of sketches that consider diverse aspects of seeing.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Understanding Cultural Diversity in London (UD)
Dr. Teddi Cunningham (Valdosta State)

Students will learn how to bloom while they are planted in London by learning how to understand, embrace, and thrive in a diverse society. This is a survey course focusing on the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends while embedded 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.

Summer 2019 Director and Faculty Director
Mattord Herb KSU hmattord@kennesaw.edu
Cunningham Teddi VSU tjcunnin@valdosta.edu
Faculty
Kelley Heather VSU hkelley@valdosta.edu
Mattord Carola KSU cmattord@kennesaw.edu
Wiggins Dana Georgia State dwiggins2@gsu.edu
Sears Pamela GA Southern psears@georgiasouthern.edu
Trujillo Sandra GA College & State sandra.trujillo@gcsu.edu
Dillard Leigh North Georgia leigh.dillard@ung.edu
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Apply to the Program

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 $300 non-refundable program deposit at our payment page.
*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 $300 program deposit are received. ** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as 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.
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Eligibility

  • 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 must be in good academic 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.
  • 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
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Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director. 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. London Platform 9 3/4

Passports and Visas

Everyone who travels to England 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 can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport. Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter London 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 March 29th, 2019 to avoid late fees, please see "Deadlines" for details. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/apply.html {Back to Top}

What Students Have To Say

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. We really did get to see a lot of different things that most tours overlook. The teachers were able to incorporate their lessons with what we saw which livened up our learning experience. Make sure you do the most you can, London is an unbelievable city Try and explore the city it doesn't matter if you get lost it is part of the london love experience And most have the time of your life because you never know when you will be back Save up your money. Bring a good pair of shoes, and clothes that can be worn many ways. Be smart with money. The balance of field trips, classes, and free time was the perfect way to do this trip. It allowed us to see everything we wanted to see, but still gave us a different view of London through the field trips 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. You can truly wear whatever in London, just dress warmer. 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.   Check out this video about one of the trip's optional excursions to Dover! [embed]http://www.youtube.com/embed/KWzu_SMFa70[/embed] {Back to Top}

Contact Us

European Council Coordinator europeancouncil@valdosta.edu (229) 259-2591
Dr. Herb Mattord London Program Co-Director hmattord@kennesaw.edu
Dr. Teddi Cunningham London Program Co-Director tjcunnin@valdosta.edu
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Summer 2019 03/15/2019 03/30/2019 06/27/2019 08/01/2019
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