Semester in London

Location

London, England

Program Description

In the Semester in London Program, you will study and examine the great works while 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.

Students participating in this program will take 15 credits for the fall or spring semesters or 12 credits for the summer program. Students also have the opportunity gain international work experience by participating in an internship with a company or organization related to their desired career path. Class outings are also an essential part of this program as students visit museums and cultural attractions as part of every class. The program also consists of group travel to various locations in England, Scotland, and Paris.

• Art History • History
• Communications • Media Arts & Design
• English • Political Science
• Film • Theater

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FIRST YEAR STUDENTS IN LONDON  |  Incoming (deposited) students now have the opportunity to spend their first fall semester (2018) abroad in London and earn 15 JMU credits! Application deadline: June 1, 2018.

(See the 'Academics' tab for more information and the 'Apply' tab to direct you to the online application).

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Program Dates

Summer 2019: May 15 - July 13, 2019

Fall 2018: September 5 - December 8, 2018

Fall 2019: September 4 - December 7, 2019

Spring 2019: January 16 - April 20, 2019

Spring 2020: January 15 - April 13, 2019

Director

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

Living in London

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its center stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye provides panoramic views of South Bank and the entire city!

Accommodations

Students in the Semester in London Program live in Madison House, a flat located in the in the Bloomsbury district of central London. Not only is this area convenient to your classrooms, it is also a very short distance from the British Museum and Regent's Park, a huge complex of gardens, ponds, playing fields and walking/jogging paths.

Though it is located in a quiet and safe area, Madison House is also within walking distance of 80 percent of London's major attractions! From the pulsating night life of Piccadilly Circus and SoHo, to Covent Garden and the West End theatre district. And we can't forget about the shopping paradise of Oxford Street!

Academics

Curriculum

While abroad, students are required to take 15 credits for the fall or spring semesters or 12 credits for the summer program. Within these credits, students have the potential to earn up to 6 internship credits, and interested students can also earn substantial credit toward a minor in British Communication and Media.

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 enrolled in that class.

London Internships

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!

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 & Media

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. 
Click here to access the course requirements for this minor.

Incoming First Year Students (Fall 2018)

Freshman studying in London will complete a total of 15 credits.

        Credit Requirements for Freshmen: 

  • WRTC 103 (Gen Ed Cluster 1 writing requirement – 3 credits)
  • ARTH 316, HUM 200L, HUM 251L (Gen Ed Cluster 2 – students will select two of these courses for a total of 6 credits)
  • General Elective classes chosen from a variety of areas including Theatre, Art History, and British History (6 credits)

For further details, contact program director, Dietrich Maune at 540-568-3039 or maunedx@jmu.edu.  This program does not work for all majors, so please talk to your advisor and director Maune for individualized curricular advice.

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. (included in the Incoming First Year program).
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

ENG 412L / HUM 200L / THEA 449: The London Theater
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: HUM2 00L satisfies GENED Cluster Two, Group III. To receive this GENED credit student must register for the course as HUM 200L. You may not receive credit for both HUM 200L and Theatre 449. (included in the Incoming First Year program).
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
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 / HUM 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. HUM 251L satisfies GENED Cluster Two, Group I. To receive this GENED credit student must register for the course as HUM 251L. (included in the Incoming First Year program).
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.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

IDLS 486: Field Internship
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. 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. There will be an additional fee of $600 billed to students who take this course.
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. 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. There will be an additional fee of $600 billed to students who take this course.
Credits: 6
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

WRTC 103: Critical Reading and Writing
Fosters reflective, critical reading, writing, and research in public discourse, culture, humanities, technology, and science. Challenges students to consider cross disciplinary modes of inquiry through multiple genres with an attention to enlightened, global citizenship. Emphasizes revising for rhetorical effectiveness. WRTC 103 fulfills the General Education Cluster One writing requirement and is a prerequisite for all WRTC courses numbered 200 or above. May be used for general education credit. May not be used for major credit. (included in the Incoming First Year Program).
Credits: 3
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

In addition to living in the heart of London, students will experience London culture through many immersive experiences. Our extensive Orientation Program will expose students to traditional London experiences such as exploring the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Greenwich, and the West End. Students will 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 outings 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 2018 and Spring 2019)

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. Rate in chart below is for students entering JMU before Fall 2018.  See UBO Chart for tuition breakdown based on JMU starting term.

Fees

Virginia Resident Fall

Virginia Resident Spring

Non-Virginia Resident Fall

Non-Virginia Resident Spring

Undergraduate Tuition
Rate for students entering JMU
before Fall 2018

$5,693

$5,693

$14,050

$14,050

Room & Board

$5,046

$5,046

$5,046

$5,046

Study Abroad Program Fee:

$5,500

$5,500

$5,500

$5,500




Semester in London Cost:

$16,239

$16,239

$24,596

$24,596

Semester in London (Summer 2018)

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)

$4,740

$11,544

Study Abroad Program Fee:

$6,000

$6,000




Semester in London Cost:

$10,740

$17,544

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

Now Accepting Applications for:
- Summer 2018: Program closed
- Fall 2018: Program closed
- Spring 2019: Waitlist applications only

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

  • Non-JMU students are required to submit an Official Transcript from their current unversity. 

apply now 

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Application Materials for the Freshman London Program (Fall 2018):

  • Students must be DEPOSITED incoming first year students (with a JMU e-ID and Password) in order to apply for this program
  • 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 to be submitted to studyabroad@jmu.edu from a high school teacher or advisor.

  • Application Deadline EXTENDED: June 1, 2018

apply now 

Director

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

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