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London Program


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 Arcadia in London and students take classes at the Arcadia London Center in a variety of subjects, ranging from business, politics, and history to community health, communication, environmental studies and more.

Students will live in apartment-style accommodations provided by Arcadia. All housing is in 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.


Click here to apply online for the London Program.


Courses and Credits

Students will earn a total of 18 semester hours for successful completion of the program. All program courses will count as upper level credits. 

All students will register for one of the following required Cornerstone Courses:

  • London: Exploring the Global City (4 hours)
  • Imagining London: A Cultural History (4 hours)

In addition to the above course, students will register for three Arcadia London Center courses (4 hours each, for a total of 12 hours).

All students will also participate in the Co-curricular Learning Certificate Program (CLC) (2 hours)

Cultural Excursions

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

Pre-Departure Course and Post-Return Course

Students accepted to the London Program are required to participate in Cross-Cultural Explorations Pre (1 credit) prior to departure and Cross-Cultural Explorations Post (1 credit) after they return. Pre-departure sessions are designed to prepare students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, activities, films, lectures, and discussions with former participants of the program. A weekend retreat is part of this course. Students and parents will receive a Handbook of important information prior to the program. Following return to campus, students will participate in a 7-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. Credit for Cross-Cultural Explorations Pre is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.

Academic Programs




The London Program will cost the same as one semester of on-campus charges for tuition, room, board and fees at Earlham; the full amount charged for board is then returned to students in the form of a check to be used for meals. The program covers academic and educational costs, and includes housing while on the academic portion of the program. Students on financial aid may apply their aid to one Earlham or Earlham-recognized off-campus program during their college career.

Additional Costs

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


Students are responsible for arranging flights to and from London.


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 disciplinary probation. Majors from all disciplines are welcome. Selection will be conducted by a student and faculty committee.



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

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