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Location

London, Manchester, Oxford, Edinburgh, England, Scotland

Program Description

Have you ever noticed the way an organization communicates its values? Have you ever interacted in an organization as a customer or employee and thought, “do they beat people here? They all seem to hate their jobs.” On the other hand, experiencing an organization that exudes happiness, care and concern for all the stakeholders is a breath of fresh air.

Organizational Communication Culture in the UK is a 3-week program that offers you the opportunity to observe, learn and experience the fascinating world of organizational culture in ancient, populous and unique cities in the UK, as well as provide you with tools for better assessing and understanding workplace organizations of all kinds...all in the mystery and awe of the United Kingdom.

Coursework will include readings focused on workplace culture, on-site visits to top business settings in numerous industries including: entertainment, retail, education, religion, sports, government, finance, and hospitality and include first-hand examples of workplace culture through tours, on site visits, presentations from business leaders, cases and trends. 

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, you will also see the unique and interesting differences of culture. While having downtime, you may visit such famous main attractions as The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and world class museums like the Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert or a simple stroll through Trafalgar Square. 

Location Description

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

A train trip north to Manchester, England, commonly known as England's second city, will introduce you to a large, urban city that goes back all the way to 79 AD. Manchester is famous for many nightclubs, libraries and sporting history and has quickly become home to numerous fortune 500 companies. 

Walking amongst the ancient city of Oxford and visiting the main colleges of Oxford University, strikes a chord of familiarity from films (including Harry Potter) and television shows (Black Mirror and Inspector Morse). Getting to walk the streets of higher education where J.R. R. Tolkein, Lewis Carroll, Stephen Hawking, Tony Blair and even US President Bill Clinton (to name a few) walked and studied, is a UK perspective that makes for an exciting and intriguing experience. 

The cobbled streets of Edinburgh, Scotland provide a striking contrast to the modern architecture of the Scottish Parliament. The Royal Mile is topped at one end by Edinburgh Castle where you can travel the streets of Old Town to the other end where the Palace of Holyrood, the summer home of the Royal Family resides.

Director

Toni S. Whitfield | whitfits@jmu.edu | SCOM

Accommodations

Housing accommodations will be provided for students through furnished apartments, dormitories with internet access and full kitchen and laundry facilities. Students will be in shared double rooms. Housing is centrally located and public transportation is easily accessible with most places a short walk away.

Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend that covers approximiately 14 meals a week. Group dinners in unique restaurants are a part of our weekly endeavors. Students should plan to spend their own money each day to cover the cost of lunch.

Additional Items to Consider

The itinerary includes in London, visits to The Globe Theatre, Wembley Stadium, The Bank of England, Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty, St. Paul's Cathedral, Innocent Drinks, Shri Swamniaryan Mandir Temple as well as a boat trip to Greenwich, England, home to the Prime Meridien at the Royal Observatory. Train rides to Manchester, Oxford and Scotland allow you to see the English countryside and the breathtaking views of the Scottish highlands.

You will need an up-to-date passport and proof of covid-19 vaccination. No visas are required. Cell phones will need a UK SIM card.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite: SCOM 121, 122 or 123

Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome

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 ($40 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Academic references
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Not open to non-JMU students

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

 

Program Full - Accepting Waitlist only

Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

SCOM 313L: 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.

Cost

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