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Semester in London

Location

London, England

Program Description

London is your classroom when you study with JMU. In the Semester in London Program you'll study the great works and examine those great works in context, exploring how history influences the present in Europe's most cosmopolitan city. Our professors take you there, giving you the background and resources to inform your own discovery. Here you will find an extensive resource for students and parents interested in finding out more about our program, as well as helping students in the program prepare for their semester abroad.

Spring 2015 Orientation Meeting Dates:

  • Sunday, September 21 following the General Orientation

  • Sunday, November 16, 5-7 p.m, Harrison Hall 0118

Program Dates

Fall 2014 Interns: September 3 - December 6, 2014

Fall 2014: September 5 - December 6, 2014

Spring 2015: January 23 - April 25, 2015

Spring 2015 Interns: January 21 - April 25, 2015

Summer 2015 Interns: May 20 - July 18, 2015

Summer 2015: May 22 - July 18, 2015

Director

Dietrich Maune, maunedx@jmu.edu, 540-568-3039

Living in London

What's going on in London? Want a firsthand look at the study abroad experience? JMU student, Katie George, studied in London during the Fall of 2010. Read Katie's blog and share in the adventure, enlightenment and wonder of the study abroad experience.

Accommodations

Students in the Semester in London Program live in Madison House, very near the British Museum, in the Bloomsbury district of central London. Not only is this area convenient to your classrooms, it is also within walking distance of 80 percent of London's major attractions.

Nearby you will find Regent's Park, a huge complex of gardens, ponds, playing fields and walking/jogging paths. Though it is quiet and safe, Madison House is also only a short walk from such varied experiences as the pulsating night life of Piccadilly Circus and SoHo, the Bohemian and punk world of Camden Market, Covent Garden and the West End theatre district, the pin-striped and bowler-hat dignity of the Inns of Court, and the shoppers' paradise of Oxford Street.

Academics

The Semester in London academic program includes courses, outings, and internships. All courses meet twice a week, once in a classroom and once on an outing. Our professors take their students to the source to learn about London by experiencing London. Outings include visits to museums, galleries, theatre performances, important historical and political sites in London, and other relevant sites. You may join most classes on their weekly outings, even if you're not in that class.

-London Internships

University students in the United States are living in an increasingly interdependent world. At JMU we are committed to preparing our graduates to interact professionally and personally in the global community.

The JMU Semester in London program offers students the unique opportunity to complete an internship overseas. Partnered with the Centers for Academic Programs Abroad (CAPA), JMU is able to offer students placements in one of more than 200 professional sites in London. Positions are widely varied and available in nearly every field. This option allows students to build essential life and career skills while experiencing the British lifestyle firsthand. Students can earn up to six internship credits in the fall, spring or summer semester. After participating in these carefully planned and closely supervised practical studies experiences, students return to the United States with a clearer view of their place in the world, a deeper understanding of other cultures and a stronger sense of where their skills and talents can take them.

-Minor in British Communication and Media in Conjunction with Semester in London

The interdisciplinary British Communication and Media Minor enables students to expand their knowledge of communication and media in Great Britain, and to enhance their appreciation of the impact culture has on communication and media. Students must participate in JMU’s Semester or Summer In London program to complete this minor. The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, chosen from courses offered both at JMU and in London. Students may double count a maximum of 6 credit hours towards both a major and this minor.

Courses and Credit Hours:

Required Courses                     

6 credits  

  • SCOM 248 Intercultural Communications *
  • SCOM/SMAD/WRIT 360L British Media and Society **

Elective Courses 
- Select at least four of the following courses:

12  credits     

  • SCOM 347L Communication, Diversity & Pop Culture in the U.K. **
  • SMAD 301L Culture by Design ** OR SCOM/WRIT 351L Visual Rhetoric **
    OR
    ARTH 389 Topics in Art History – The Media Arts: Culture by Design **
  • WRIT 320L Writing in the Public Sphere **
  • ENG/SMAD 463L Film Adaptations: British Literature and Film ** OR
    SCOM 395 Film Adaptations: British Literature and Film **
  • SCOM/SMAD 472L Media and Politics ** OR
    POSC 371L British Media and Politics **
  • THEA 449/ENG 412N The London Theatre **
  • IDLS 486 Internship **
  • Appropriate Independent Studies, Directed Projects, and Semester in London Faculty Member in Residence courses may be counted as part of the minor with approval by the minor coordinator. Students studying in London during the summer will need to complete one additional course, approved by the minor coordinator, following the student’s return to JMU.

* Must be taken in Harrisonburg at JMU
** Must be taken in London

For further details, contact Dietrich Maune, Coordinator, at 540-568-3039 or maunedx@jmu.edu.

Courses

ARTH 316: Masterpieces of British Art
Survey of painting and sculpture in Britain (1530 to 1860) concentrating on 18th and 19th-century painting. British art is viewed in the context of European civilization. Weekly visits to London museums, including the Portrait Gallery, Sir John Soane's House, the Wallace Collection and the Tate Gallery. Satisfies GenEd Cluster Two, Group II.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

ENG 302L: The London of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I
This course will seek greater understanding of London and of English Renaissance literature by reading plays of Shakespeare and writings by and about Queen Elizabeth that concern London. No prerequisites.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall

ENG 412L / GHUM 200L / THEA 449: The London Theatre / Great Works: The London Theatre
Study of London theatre. Consideration given to current productions of classic and contemporary works. Emphasis on production elements including acting, directing, design, writing and economic considerations. Note: There will be an additional $400 course materials fee billed to those students taking this course. GHUM2 00L satisfies GENED Cluster Two, Group III. To receive this GENED credit student must register for the course as GHUM 200L. You may not receive credit for both GHUM 200L and Theatre 449.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

HIST 382L: Europe in the 20th Century
An examination of European history following WWII, from a British perspective. Weekly outings to museums and sites of historic interest.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

POSC 371L/SCOM 472L/SMAD 472L: Topics in Comparative Politics: British Media and Politics/British Media and Politics
A study of the media's role in political campaigns, concentrating on past/present elections, the media's role in covering political parties and coverage of the governing process. Discussion of electronic and print media will occur. Topics to be examined include campaign videos, CSPAN, political ads, editorial cartoons, TV debates, convention coverage and radio talk show commentary.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SCOM 347L: Communication, Diversity & Popular Culture
Study of the rhetorical dimension of communication practices and texts found in popular culture. Emphasis on issues of diversity as they are manifested in the communication practices found in popular culture. Emphasis on strategic communication choices in a diverse, multicultural world. Emphasis on critical thinking, self-reflexivity and communication analysis.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SMAD 301L / SCOM 351L / WRTC 351 / ARTH 389: Culture by Design (Visual Rhetoric)
Study of how mediated communication molds perception and influences cultural change. Emphasis on how language and imagery, sound and music are combined in current media to create meaning. Consideration of emerging media and their implications for cultural design.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SMAD 360L / SCOM 360L / GHUM 251L / WRTC 360L: British Media and Society / Modern Perspectives: British Media and Society
Study the history, nature, and impact of mass media in the United Kingdom. Emphasis on the impact modern media has on society, and society has on media. Consideration of similarities and differences in mass media in the United States and Great Britain. Consideration of the relationship between mass media and the arts. Focus on 20th century mass media in London, one of the world's pre-eminent and most influential media centers. GHUM 251L satisfies GENED Cluster Two, Group I. To receive this GENED credit student must register for the course as GHUM 251L.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

SMAD 463L/ENG 463L / SCOM 395: Film Adaptations
The study of the process of adapting literature into feature films. Consideration is given to the original literary work, as well as to the changes undergone in its adaptation to film. There will be an additional $200 course materials fee billed to those students taking this class.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

IDLS 486: Internship and Field Experience
This internship and seminar provides students with opportunities to experience life in London from the perspective of an individual working within an organization. Students are placed in agencies and workplaces in London; they participate in a concurrent seminar in which they are mentored by a faculty member and prepared for situations they will encounter in their work setting. Students who complete these internships will return home with a unique internship portfolio that documents their learning successes. There will be an additional fee of $400 billed to those students taking this class. -Internships in London All London internships will be arranged by CAPA (Centers for Academic Programs Abroad) and will include IDLS 486. Students wishing to satisfy departmental internship requirements much check with that department for approval and inform the Director of the Semester in London Program.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

IDLS 486: Internship and Field Experience
This internship and seminar provides students with opportunities to experience life in London from the perspective of an individual working within an organization. Students are placed in agencies and workplaces in London; they participate in a concurrent seminar in which they are mentored by a faculty member and prepared for situations they will encounter in their work setting. Students who complete these internships will return home with a unique internship portfolio that documents their learning successes. There will be an additional fee of $400 billed to those students taking this class.
Credits: 6
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Independent Study:
You may take an independent study, in your major, under the supervision of a JMU faculty member and with the approval of the Semester in London Program Director.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Culture

The London-based faculty members have been hired because of their expertise in fields that are relevant to our students’ interests and courses of study. These faculty members are adept at creating lectures and seminars that pique students’ interest, and then leading students on outings in the city that bring the course material to life.

In addition to the traditional London experiences provided in our extensive Orientation Program, such as exploring the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Greenwich, and the West End, students in the SIL Program accompany their faculty members to sites such as St. Paul’s, the Tate Museums, Parliament, the Old Bailey, the Cabinet War Rooms, Camden, the BBC, and numerous theatres. These course- and program-related excursions encourage students to experience London while attempting to create meaningful linkages between their course work and their life abroad.

Students also travel together with their Faculty Member in Residence to Edinburgh, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, and Stonehenge, and many participate in an optional trip to Paris. Faculty members join the group in Stratford and Paris to provide lectures, oversee theatre and museum visits, and help students further immerse themselves in the Semester Abroad experience.

Cost

Semester in London (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)

Tuition and fees for the Semester in London include full-time university tuition based on residency, room, board, and a supplemental program fee.  This combination of fees will cover full-time enrollment in classes, housing, board (most meals), excursion lodging and transportation, admissions and entry fees, books, and other program activities while abroad. 

Fees

Virginia Resident Fall

Virginia Resident Spring

Non-Virginia Resident Fall

Non-Virginia Resident Spring

Undergraduate Tuition

$4,831.00

$4,831.00

$12,261.00

$12,261.00

Room & Board

$4,414.00

$4,414.00

$4,414.00

$4,414.00

Study Abroad Program Fee:

$5,200.00

$5,500.00

$5,200.00

$5,500.00




Semester in London Cost:

$14,445.00

$14,745.00

$21,875.00

$22,175.00

Semester in London (Summer 2014)

Tuition and fees for the Summer Semester in London include University tuition for the required number of credit hours (12 credits) based on residency and a supplemental program fee. This combination of fees will cover enrollment in classes, housing, board (most meals), excursion lodging and transportation, admissions and entry fees, books, and other program activities. 

Fees

Virginia Resident

Non-Virginia Resident

Undergraduate Tuition  (12cr)

$3,876

$10,080

Study Abroad Program Fee:

$6,000

$6,000




Semester in London Cost:

$9,876

$16,080

Important Notes:

  • Study Abroad program fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation.
  • For additional explanation of fees, see our expanded tuition and fees page.
  • Before committing to the program, be sure to consult our deposit and cancellation policies related to fee structure. 

Application Deadline

November 1, 2014 for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Application Process

For priority, students must apply by the deadline. Applications received after November 1 will be accepted on a rolling, space-available basis until the program is full.

Application Materials

A completed Summer, Fall or Spring Semester Abroad Program application consists of the following components:

  • General Applicant Information

  • Essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choice of courses, program structure, city, or country, relates to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals.

  • Letter of Recommendation from a current or former JMU instructor or from your academic advisor

  • First-semester transfer students and non-JMU students are required to submit an Official Transcript from their previous or current unversity. 

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Director

Dietrich Maune, maunedx@jmu.edu, 540-568-3039