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Location

London, England

Program Description

This 3+ week-long program in London, UK allows students to explore and experience one of the world’s greatest cities while completing two General Education classes (covering clusters 2 and 3). These classes share a common objective: exploring the way that the Age of Enlightenment (ca. 1660-1818) radically changed the way people think about their world—specifically, how a new, profound adherence to reason shaped how people thought about politics, religion, law and justice, economics, race and gender, the arts, and medicine.

We will explore this change through trips to some of London’s most revered and popular sites, such as Kensington Palace, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey—and through trips to some of London’s other great (but less-traveled) historic sites, such as the Sir John Soane Museum, Kenwood House, the Wallace Collection, and Charles Darwin’s home in Kent.

We will meet as a class several times during the spring term, prior to departure for London, and students will complete some of their coursework at JMU prior to the end of the spring semester. Other work (including worksheets to be completed during our various site visits) will be completed whilst in London.

Our hotel provides a hot (or cold, your choice) breakfast daily, and students are provided a weekly stipend for other meals. Collectively we will enjoy at least three meals together—an opening dinner, a closing dinner (at the historic George Inn in Southwark), and afternoon tea at the Wolseley on Piccadilly.

Location Description

We will spend 3+ weeks in the world’s greatest city—London, UK! We’ll lodge in a family-owned and run hotel in Bloomsbury, just a few minutes' walk from the British Museum and within easy walking distance of Covent Garden and Soho—popular shopping and nightlife areas. The hotel is also close to two different Tube lines (the Northern and Piccadilly lines) on the London Underground, so getting around the city is easy. A month-long Underground card will be provided to all program participants, so students will be able to take the Tube as often as they like.

During our program, we’ll visit various sites around the city, including Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the British Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, Greenwich Royal Observatory (by boat along the River Thames), Kensington Palace, Kenwood House in Hampstead, and much more.

We’ll also take two trips out of London: one to Kent, where we’ll visit the home of Charles Darwin; the other to Salisbury, where we’ll visit the famed Salisbury Cathedral and spend a day in that lovely city.

Students will have plenty of opportunities to sample “local” cuisine, including afternoon tea at The Wolseley. Students will also have plenty of free time, including a “free” weekend, to explore the city, other destinations in the UK, or even to travel “abroad” to Ireland or Europe.

Director

Howard Lubert | luberthl@jmu.edu | Political Science

Caroline Lubert | lubertcp@jmu.edu | Mathematics and Statistics

Accommodations

We will stay at a hotel (family-owned) just a few blocks from the British Museum, centrally located in London. Students will be in shared double rooms. Breakfast is provided in the hotel. There is easy access to the London Underground, for which a monthly Tube card will be provided.

Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend that covers approximately 14 meals per week. There will also be opening and closing dinners, as well as one afternoon tea.

Additional Items to Consider

While in London, students will be given "Oyster cards" (ie passes for the London underground), the cost of which will be covered in the Program Fee. Entrance fees to all museums etc that we'll explore together will also be included in the Program Fee, as will all expenses associated with trips out of London (to Stonehenge and Salisbury, and Down House in Kent). All required books and notes will be provided, together with a map of London. Many of the places you'll want to explore on your own - museums, parks, art galleries etc- are also free and are within walking distance or our hotel, or easily accessible by public transportation.

Students who have already completed clusters 2 and 3 for Gen Ed. can still participate in the program and take the courses (HUM 250 and ISCI 101) to count towards the 120 credit hours needed for graduation. This is provided they have not already been taken.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

Open to first years, sophomores, and juniors of all majors 

Application Process

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

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay
  • Interview with Program Director

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

Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

HUM 250: Foundations of Western Culture (3 credits)

ISCI 101: Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience (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.

Cost

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