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London, England

Business + Culture

Study Program

Tentative Dates

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13 weeks

Costs

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Tentative Dates

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34 weeks

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

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Dates

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16 weeks

Costs

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Tentative Dates

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16 weeks

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Overview

Take your business studies to England’s historic capital, London! Designed for students with a background in business, the Business + Culture program offers you the unique opportunity to study London’s role in the global economy. Classes are held at CIEE London and CIEE’s esteemed partner institution, Queen Mary University of London, led by local expert faculty. 

Outside the classroom, you’ll participate in activities and experiences organized by CIEE to immerse you in the local culture and history. To round out your academic experience, you’ll also have the option to add an internship to your schedule at one of the numerous global corporations in London to gain real-world global work experience and apply your learnings directly to London’s booming business industries.

Unique Experiences

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EXPLORE

London’s vibrant arts scene

IMMERSE

yourself in the U.K.’s culture and historic heritage

LEARN

about the industries based in Central London, the West End, and more

8.9 M

POPULATION OF LONDON

270

NATIONALITIES

170

MUSEUMS

Experience
  • London financial district
  • London St. Paul's Cathedral

Your Destination

Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums (which are all free!), comedy, and theater. There are abundant opportunities for enjoying London – with eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city and more green space than any comparable city in the world.  

CIEE London is within walking distance of all the tourist highlights of the city, but it is also tucked away in the University district. Located in a beautiful Georgian square just moments from the British Museum and 10 minutes from Trafalgar Square and its art galleries, CIEE London has a lounge, café, and study areas – perfect for meeting up with fellow students outside of class. It is right in the heart of central London and the perfect place for exploring the city. In the Center, you are a 10-minute walk from the British Library, a 15-minute walk from seeing the free-ranging pelicans in St James’s Park, and a 20-minute walk to the London Eye.     

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in London. 

The Culture

London Tate Modern art gallery

Excursions & Activities

Students would be invited to CIEE London’s full array of day trips, extracurriculars, and evening outings, including: 

  • Day trips to Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, Bath, Greenwich, and Hampton Court  
  • Walking tours of lesser-known parts of London: Brixton, Brick Lane, the Inns of Court  
  • Jazz clubs and comedy nights  
  • Steel drumming workshop  
  • Trips to the Theatre 
  • Art galleries and museums  
  • Guest-lectures   

For cultural immersion, CIEE students are mixed with local business students in business-related workshops and networking events organized by QMUL.

London eLab business interns

Projects

A for-credit internship allows students the opportunity to gain practical real-world work experience in a local company within a variety of industry sectors. Students can choose to intern for NGOs, schools, publishing companies, marketing agencies, businesses, and more. Internships include weekly classroom components that enrich the experience. 

Directed Independent Research is for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity toward a particular research topic. Independent research topics will be approved by the CIEE London Director and must reflect a topic that is relevant to London or the UK. To be accepted into this course, students must submit a structured proposal with the topic of exploration and the significance of the research topic as it relates to London/England, methodology, a literature review, and a schedule of research milestones. Upon research completion, students will present their findings to a panel of academics.

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Housing
Academics

Academics

Students take courses at CIEE London and can also take one course at our partner university, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). 

CIEE London is set over three floors on a Georgian terrace overlooking Russell Square. It has its own classrooms, lounge, study, café, and terrace and is accessible by all students. Teaching takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Students will study alongside other U.S. study abroad students. 

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is composed of five institutions – the oldest of which was founded in 1785. In 2000, it took on its formal name, Queen Mary University of London. Today, QMUL is the only campus university in London, supporting roughly 25,000+ students across its five campuses. At any given time, there are more than 1,000 study abroad students living and learning at QMUL, making this university a wonderful place to connect with like-minded international students. QMUL’s roots are in STEM, humanities, business, and law. Students can expect an immersive British international university experience while here. 

A note about QMUL assignment deadlines: Teaching takes place mid-September to mid-December for the fall semester and in almost all cases, fall-only students will complete their assignments within the teaching term. Exception: Students studying modules within the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) will have online examinations in January. In the spring, some courses/modules may have exams in the examination period in May and others will require the online submission of final essays into May, after the program end date. Students should check their course/module choices carefully on arrival so that they know what to expect.

GPA

3.0

Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

QMUL: Student must have completed a minimum of one year of university-level study.

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

All students take four or five courses per semester, for a total of 12-16 credits. They can choose to take courses only with CIEE, or to take up to one course at QMUL.

Program Credit

Total credit: 12-16 U.S. semester/18-24 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE Courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours 
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours 
  • QMUL Courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 150 notional hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Classes are typically scheduled Monday to Thursday at both QMUL and CIEE. Students should expect to have daily assignments and weekly work. CIEE’s courses combine in-class work with co-curricular excursions that develop the students’ intercultural understanding and promote their immersion in their host culture. The arrangements for the chosen QMUL courses will vary based on the student’s choice of module but the School of Business and Management has numerous networks that may lead to visits and onsite learning.

Class Format

Courses taught at CIEE London are typically for CIEE students only, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online with our learning management system, Canvas.  

Courses at the local university are attended by local and other international students.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used for CIEE classes. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi. For QMUL a final assignment will be administered at the end of each course. Dates for these are released at the beginning of each course and should be checked carefully before booking return journeys.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Students can take a course in any discipline except medicine or dentistry. Preference for course/module allocation is given to those who require a course in order to stay on track to graduate from their home institution. Otherwise, course/module options requested by study abroad (associate) students are viewed equally alongside those requested by home students.  

One course can be taken at QMUL, chosen from a catalog of 950+ choices at Levels 4, 5, or 6. These levels equate to the U.K. degree system, where students graduate after three years of full-time undergraduate study. Level 4 is equivalent to the first year, Level 5 to the second year, and Level 6 to the third year. Please note: Level 7 is a postgraduate level and courses at this level should not be chosen when applying. Some modules (courses) may not be available to study abroad (associate) students, but these can be filtered out when searching for options. You can search via discipline via the online Module Directory: Module directory 2023-24 - Queen Mary University of London (qmul.ac.uk). You can refine by level and semester of study too. Examples of Business courses available include:  

FALL SEMESTER  

  • Comparative International Management  
  • Corporate Finance   
  • Entrepreneurship  
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics  
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting   
  • Financial Accounting I  
  • Fundamentals of Management  
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Management  
  • Integrated Operations Management  
  • Integrated Project Management  
  • International Marketing  
  • Macroeconomics  
  • Management Accounting II  
  • Management in International Organizations  
  • Mathematics  
  • Mergers and Acquisitions and Company Valuation  
  • Microeconomics  
  • Microeconomics II  
  • Operation Research  
  • Operational Marketing  
  • Operations Management I  
  • Organizational Communication  
  • Organizational Models  
  • Statistics I  
  • Strategic Management  
  • Using Statistical Indicators  
  • World Economy 19th and 20th Centuries  

SPRING SEMESTER  

  • Applied Corporate Finance  
  • Brand Expression and Identity  
  • Business and Brand Strategy  
  • Business Law  
  • Comparative International Management  
  • Corporate Governance   
  • Digital Marketing  
  • Doing Business Internationally  
  • E-Tourism  
  • Economics of Banking and Financial Markets  
  • Entrepreneurship in Africa and in Emerging Markets  
  • Final Project in Management  
  • Financial Accounting II  
  • Financial Modelling and Business Plan  
  • Fraud and Financial Reporting  
  • Fundamentals of Finance  
  • Game Theory and Economic Applications  
  • Health Economics  
  • Human Resources Management  
  • International Human Resources Management  
  • International Macroeconomics  
  • International Organizations  
  • Investments  
  • Large Events & Event Management  
  • Macroeconomics II  
  • Management Accounting I  
  • Management Consulting  
  • Management in International Organizations  
  • Management Policies for Sustainability  
  • Marketing Management  
  • Marketing Strategy Analytics  
  • Monetary Theory and Policy  
  • New Product Development  
  • Operations Management II  
  • Optimization  
  • Professional Presentations  
  • Project Management Laboratory  
  • Services Marketing  
  • Shopping Tourism & Luxury Retail Management  
  • Stakeholders Management and Negotiation  
  • Statistics II  
  • Taxation for Non-Residents  
  • Technical Report Writing  
  • Tools of Marketing Communication  
  • Tourism & Urban Worlds  
  • Wine Tourism & Wine Business  
  • Principles of Macroeconomics  
  • Microeconomics  
  • Macroeconomics  
  • Seminar in European Economics  
  • Development Economics  
  • Advanced Microeconomics  
  • Industrial Organization  
  • Global Economics I  
  • Global Economics II  
  • Public Economics  
  • Principles of Management  
  • Financial Accounting  
  • Management Accounting        
  • Finance  
  • Operations Management  
  • Organizational Behavior  
  • Strategy            
  • Information Systems  
  • Business History           
  • Entrepreneurship          
  • International Management  
  • Global Business Environment  
  • Business Seminar          
  • Statistics for Economics and Management      
  • Econometrics    
  • Introduction to Programming  
  • European Law  
  • Law in Economics and Business  
  • Intro. to Modern and Contemporary History

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • Trailblazer Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall 2024 13 weeks Start Date * End Date * Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 34 weeks Start Date * End Date *
Program Spring 2024 16 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Spring 2025 16 weeks Start Date * End Date *

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $13,956**

Housing = $6,500

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,155

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $600

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $0†††

Personal expenses = $220††††

Total Costs = $3,425

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee:

Select Housing Fee = $750^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Unless a student is completing an internship, there are no visa fees for academic programs under six months in the UK for US-passport holders. US-passport holders stay in the UK on a Visitor visa.

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $13,956**

Housing = $6,500

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,320

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $600

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $0†††

Personal expenses = $220††††

Total Costs = $3,590

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee:

Select Housing Fee = $750^

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Unless a student is completing an internship, there are no visa fees for academic programs under six months in the UK for US-passport holders. US-passport holders stay in the UK on a Visitor visa.

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Mark Simmons

Center Director

Mark Simmons has an M.A. in History from the University of Aberdeen and a postgraduate degree in Administrative and Information Management from Napier University Edinburgh. 

Seán O’Donnell

Student Life Manager

Seán O’Donnell studied Anthropology at Goldsmiths – perhaps that’s why he is so good at working with students as they explore and study with us in London! He has worked...

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

Start an Application 
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

Connect With Your Campus Study Abroad Office 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad. 

3

Contact Us 
Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.

 

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