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London Science


London, England

Program Description

The London Science program is designed for General Education and IdLS students to explore the scientific basis of our understanding of our physical universe, with an emphasis on British contributions. We will examine the scientific and social forces behind key scientific issues such as stem cell research, health care and climate change, focusing on differences between U.S. and U.K attitudes and responses. As resources, we will use selected readings from science magazines and videos, as well as visits to Stonehenge, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, Darwin’s residence, Cambridge University and City, and numerous London museums.

We will also take in numerous cultural events and attractions, including 3-4 theatrical and/or musical performances, art and history museums, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle and St Paul’s Cathedral, to name but a few. There will be some free time, including one free weekend, to further explore London or other nearby destinations on our own.

Our accommodations will be in the Bloomsbury area, within walking distance of the British Museum, Piccadilly Circus, the Oxford Street shopping area, Soho, Regents Park, inexpensive ethnic restaurants, cinemas, and Theatreland. With numerous nearby bus and tube stations and our tube and bus passes, the city is ours.

Location Description

Welcome to London, the capital of England, the U.K., and arguably the world! London provides unparalleled opportunities to examine first hand the contributions to modern society of past and current British scientists, including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Rosalind Franklin, Francis Crick, Alexander Fleming, Stephen Hawking, and many more.

There will also be time to explore London’s art, culture and 2000-year old history. Come live and learn in this global, historical, modern, and vibrant city. There is no better place to earn your GenEd Cluster 3 or IdLS science credits!


Deborah Warnaar | | Chemistry & Biochemistry


Accommodations will be provided for students through furnished apartments with free wireless internet access and full kitchen (laundry facilities are centrally located).. Students will be in shared double or triple rooms, typically with two bedrooms and two bathrooms per apartment. Housing accommodations are centrally located and public transportation is easily accessible. Grocery stores, restaurants, and cash machines are nearby.

Students will receive a weekly meal stipend that will cover approximately 14 meals per week, more if the kitchen facilities are used. In addition, there will be several group meals during the program.

Additional Items to Consider

The program fee will be around $2400 (tentative). In addition, students pay for 4 credits of JMU tuition, airfare, and spending money. Students are responsible for their own cell phones.

The program will provide:
Accommodations in the Bloomsbury district, with free wireless internet
A meal allowance sufficient to cover 2-3 meals per day plus several group meals
Admission to all program academic and cultural visits, and all tours
A central London tube and bus pass, plus all other program-related transportation in and around London

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Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Designed for students of any major who need General Education Cluster three Physical Principles with Lab, and IdLS 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 
  • 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. 

apply now Closed for 2016

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ISCI 101: Physics, Chemistry, Human Experience (3 credits)

ISCI 104: Scientific Perspectives (1 credit)

CHEM 280: International Experience in Physical Science (4 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.