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London, England

Program Description

Organizational Communication Culture in the UK is a 3-week study abroad program that offers students an opportunity to observe and learn about organizational theory and culture in the context of the most populous city in the UK and Europe, London. Coursework will include a collection of readings focusing on workplace culture, on-site lectures by the program director as well as lectures and workshops organized by communication professionals and leaders in the amazing city that is London.

Topics under consideration include but are not limited to, types of organizational culture, levels of organizational culture that include artifacts, espoused values including goals, strategies and mission statements of organizations as we compare UK organizations to the United States.

This course can be taken by any SCOM or university student.

The course will be experiential and take full advantage of London as you will see first-hand examples of workplace culture ranging from such areas of commerce as Banking, Finance, Retail, Government, Not for profit, Religion and Sports. We will be visiting at least one example of each type of commerce as well as others. Students will learn the history, cases and trends as they will observe first hand. Examples of dynamic culture (and members of the Top 10 Places to Work in London) will be location focused through field trips.

Location Description

With a history spanning almost two millennia, London is a city teeming with history and modernity. Even a look at the skyline will reveal the ancient architecture of Westminster Abbey with the modern streamlines of the "Gherkin."

Participants in this program will study organizational culture theory in the context of London commerce and organizations in all kinds of industry including sports, commerce, retail, religion and government

Not only will you be able to visit iconic locations, museums and art galleries where the centuries old meets the modern society of today, but you will be given the opportunity to learn about London organizations’ culture and how it relates to culture theory while also comparing the workplace culture to that of the United States. You will be invited to meet with professionals in the city and talk to them about how their workplace culture was formed and how they sustain it.

Although the British Isles and the US share a common language, much differs in the way of customs, attitudes and even what side of the road you drive upon. While examining the differences in workplace culture, students will also see the unique and interesting differences of culture in this metropolitan city. While having down time you may visit such famous main attractions as The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Madame Tussaud’s waxwork collection, as well as world class museums like the Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert or simply walk through Trafalgar Square.


Toni S. Whitfield | | SCOM


Accommodations will be provided for students through furnished flats. Students will be housed in centrally located housing close to easily accessibly underground transportation stops (the Tube). Cabs, buses, and Uber are possibilities for other city travel. Flats will have access to full kitchens and laundry facilities. Students should expect to share double rooms.

Students should plan to spend their own money each day. Group dinners that bring all of us together will occur 1-2 times per week.

Additional Items to Consider

Students with U.S. passports do not need visas for the British Isles. Students with non-U.S. passports are encouraged to contact Dr. Whitfield if unsure about obtaining a visa. Any reasonable accommodation will be made in order to ensure that students are assisted with their visa applications should visas be necessary.

This program is best intended for any SCOM majors and minors, Sports Com, Political Science, and or Business majors.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite: SCOM 121, 122 or 123

Sophomore, junior or senior standing 

Open to all majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SCOM 318: Organizational Communication Culture in the UK (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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