London Program

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The London Program has a long history at Earlham. The first program took place in 1961 and the program has run continually since that time. Earlham partners with the Foundation for International Education (FIE) in London and students take classes with the Earlham faculty member as well as with specialists in London at FIE.

Students will live in pairs in private homes during their stay, giving them the chance to learn about daily life among Londoners.  Most housing is in north central London.

The London experience will be supplemented by several weekend excursions to such areas as Bath, Bletchley Park, Cambridge, Canterbury, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Greenwich, Dover and Winchester. There will be one-week of independent travel time in March.

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Pre-Departure Course and Post-Return Course

Students accepted for participation in the London Program are required to participate in the Cross-Cultural Explorations I course prior to departure. CCEI will prepare the students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, lectures, and discussions with faculty and former participants of the program. Upon returning to campus, students will participate in Cross-Cultural Explorations II, a 7-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. 

Students receive one credit hour each for the CCEI and CCEII courses, and credit is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.

Courses and Credits

Students will earn a total of 18 semester credits for the successful completion of the program.

  • British Caribbean Literature (ENG 463; 4 credits):  From the 1920's to the 1960's large numbers of West Indians found themselves in London, and it is the perfect place to study how language, history and culture interacted to produce unique and distinctive literature concerned with the processes of decolonization and the condition of exile. This course will look at the works of Anglo-Caribbean writers and in particular the time period known as the Caribbean Arts Movement. Students will read authors such as Rhys, Lamming, Brathwaite, Bennett, Selvon and Senior, and incorporate contemporary West Indian writers living and working in London. This course will be taught by Joann Quiñones. This course satisfies the Perspectives on Diversity - International general education requirement.
  • Key Course Elective:  Choose one of four possibilities, taught by faculty at FIE (4 credits)
    • Britain in Europe:  Through a combination of lecture, debate and co-curricular activities, students will gain a familiarity with the main historical background to the UK's relations with its European neighbors, understand the key moments in the process of the UK joining the EEC in 1973 and subsequent developments up to the present day. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to think critically about culture and identity in general and in relation to issues concerning British and European identity.
    • British Life in Business
    • British Life and Visual Media
    • British Life and Cultures
  • Elective Course: Choose one from numerous FIE offerings (3 credits)
  • Service Learning or Internship Placement and Course (7 credits)

Cultural Excursions

The London Program includes group excursions to many places in England such as Canterbury, Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford, Cambridge and Oxford. There also are local excursions and cultural events such as the theatre, concerts, museums and the Houses of Parliament. 

Academic Programs

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The London Program will cost the same as one semester of on-campus charges at Earlham. The program covers academic and educational costs, and includes field excursions and other group activities as well as room and board while on the academic portion of the program. A deposit of $350 is required after acceptance into the program, which is a part of the total cost. Students on financial aid may apply their aid to one Earlham or GLCA-recognized off-campus program during their college career.

Additional Costs

Each student will need to plan for additional money to cover round-trip airfare, visa expenses, personal expenses such as books, passport, and costs for the independent travel period.

Travel

Students are responsible for arranging flights to and from England.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply. Students on academic probation are not eligible to participate. A person’s eligibility for this program may also be affected by being placed on social probation. Majors from all disciplines are welcome. Selection will be conducted by a student and faculty committee.

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Students and faculty share stories and photos about the London Program experience.

2011 Program Blog

2011 Photo Gallery

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