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Program Overview

Program Overview

The CIEE Global Internship program is designed for students who want a semester-long program incorporating an intensive academic internship that offers the opportunity for professional and specific skills development, intercultural development, and a real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. Internships vary from site to site and are available in a variety of academic and professional disciplines.

Students on this program begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. Each elective course is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with an integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) for 6 semester/ 9 quarter hours. In addition, students on this program have the option to enroll in one additional 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours CIEE elective course: 1) Intercultural Communication and Leadership (ICL) or 2) Doing Business in Europe during their internship to augment their placement.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Placement Process

  • Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
  • Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
  • Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
  • Pre-arrival webinar to review packing recommendations, travel logistics, and first few days of program
  • On-site orientation activities including neighborhood resources overview, review of program parameters and emergency procedures, welcome reception, historical and key sites city tour, introduction to public transportation, and practice commute
  • Ongoing coaching and consulting related to coursework, internship, and city activities
  • Midpoint review from student and supervisor
  • Final written evaluation from student and supervisor

Professional Development

  • Professional development workshops may include:
    • Making the Most of your Internship
    • Networking and Informational Interviewing
    • Understanding Working Styles
    • Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career

Cultural Exploration

In London, students might tour the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents the interests of thousands of companies and more than 500,000 business people; visit the British Treasury to learn how fiscal policy and macroeconomic affairs are determined; tour the Transport for London facility in St James’ Park, and speak with the executives who for keep London’s trains on time. Overnight excursions might include Dublin – discover the legacies and lessons of the Celtic Tiger boom – or Belfast, to learn about reporting in conflict zones.

Coursework

Students on this program begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. Electives cover a variety of area studies and language courses. Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Beginning language courses include 60 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with an integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) for 6 semester/ 9 quarter hours. In addition, students on this program have the option to enroll in one additional CIEE elective course for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours: 1) Intercultural Communication and Leadership (ICL) or 2) Doing Business in Europe during their internship to augment their placement.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Spring 2018 (14 wks)
11/01/2017
01/08/2018
04/14/2018

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the program is 12 - 15 semester / 18 - 22.5 quarter hours.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

During the first six weeks, students take two courses for the equivalent of 6 semester credit hours. The following eight weeks include full-time internship with integrated academic seminar for the equivalent of 6 semester credit hours. During the eight week internship, students can also opt into either cross cultural or regional business course for an additional 3 semester credit hours.

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About the City

About The City

The River Thames flows through this exciting global metropolis. Shakespeare’s Globe Theater rests humbly in the theatre district among busy trendy restaurants. Modern sensibility spills beyond the walls of the Tate Modern (a museum formed out of an old power plant) into the futuristic Millennium Bridge, a stark contrast to the traditions of Westminster and Buckingham Palace. More than 250 languages are spoken here in the capital of the United Kingdom, making London the most linguistically diverse city in the world. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums, comedy, and theater. Those looking for a break in the pace of London life will find an abundance of green space in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city.

Transportation

Students commute to their internships and most program activities via public transportation. We provide an Introduction to the system during orientation, and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Global Institute – London combines the best of both worlds, with a U.S.-style residence life program integrated with a British neighborhood. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, one of the most vibrant and student-populated neighborhoods of central London, the campus offers easy access to one of the city’s largest royal parks, restaurants and cafés, and a wide variety of shops.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Program housing is in student accommodations and meets the following requirements:

  • Shared (double or triple) rooms
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Internet access
  • Convenient to public transportation

Meals are not included in the program housing but students do have access to cooking facilities and are given a briefing during orientation about local markets and stores.

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Orientations

Orientations

Your experience abroad starts now! Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-one-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in London. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and will share information about your program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, learn what others in the group would like to accomplish, review packing recommendations, travel logistics, and talk about the first few days of the program. And if that’s not enough, once you touch down in London, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, a walkthrough of your commute, and even visits to markets and neighborhood eateries to help you take advantage of the best local fare.

CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. Don’t worry – you’ll arrive in London with the knowledge to succeed.

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Internet

Internet

Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Students on this program should expect to spend 30 - 32 hours per week (220-240 hours total) engaged in internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.

Nature of Classes

Courses taught at CIEE Global Institute are for CIEE students only and are designed to provide a rigorous, interactive learning environment.

Grading System

Assessment

Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Students may choose between any of the 6-week courses offered through the Open Campus program in Block I. Sample course descriptions follow:

(GI) MGMT 3001 LNEN

Business Ethics and Leadership
This course examines the philosophical foundations and basic principles of ethics as they apply to businesses and the environments in which they operate. Real-world case studies are used to provide students with insight into the how businesses and organizations manage – and in some cases fail to manage – challenging ethical and moral dilemmas. Students also consider the particular responsibilities of business leaders in fostering ethical awareness and practices within the corporate context.

HIST 3002 LNEN

"Lions Led By Donkeys": Britain and World War I
The First World War was a turning point in British political, economic, social and cultural history that provoked a reexamination of the relationship among the socio-economic classes in British society. The course examines key debates in British history during the war and into the inter-war period. It charts political, economic, social, and cultural change in early 20th century United Kingdom, including the suffragette movement, welfare reform, and gendered discourses. In this class, students will increase their knowledge and understanding of contemporary British history as well as critically evaluate historical issues and problems in this field. Students will visit public spaces and museums in London, including the Imperial War Museum and the Cenotaph, to add to their understanding of history.

(GI) COMM 3004 LNEN

Music, Media, and Public Spheres
This course examines music markets and the ongoing evolution of the music industry with a focus on the cultural and social influence of music, the changing perspective of music consumers, and the role of artists and producers. Students will learn about varying debates and models within the music industry, the interaction of music with other media, and the intersection of traditional music forms (radio, records, and concerts) with new technologies such as on-line audio streaming. The course will also explore the importance and economic contribution of popular and alternative music festivals throughout the United Kingdom. Utilizing London as a field site for study, this course will encourage students to engage with range of music performances and events throughout the city. The course is taught using a dynamic mix of lectures, case study discussions, student presentations, and a field trip to a local music label.

(GI) RELI 2001 LNEN / POLI 2001 LNEN

Politics of Religion
This course will critically evaluate contemporary public discourses suggesting Northern Hemisphere societies are moving towards secular, and presumed progressive positions, while North African, Middle-Eastern, and other developing regions are portrayed or stereotyped as sites of virtually eternal religion-based conflict. To provide students with the critical competencies to evaluate the impact of religion within geopolitical states, this course will explore the relationship between church, religion, politics, and the state through a comprehensive range of thematic approaches. Students in this course will assess evidence, both current and historical, on the relationship between religion and morality and how religious morality informs the politics of the state. This course will examine how and why some societies are moving from traditional religious moral frameworks towards often contrasting popular and populist notions of civic morality through case studies in different countries focusing on issues such as homosexuality, contraceptives, abortion, legitimate and illegitimate violence, the role of women in society, and the significance of rational thought in the sciences.

(GI) PSYC 3002 LNEN

Psychology of Health and Illness
This course utilizes a health psychology approach to examine the relationship between behavior, health, and illness. Throughout the course, we maintain a dual focus on healthcare and psychology while identifying the predictors of health-compromising and health-enhancing factors. Students will examine the complex relationship between illness and identities in the British and European context. Particular emphasis is placed on how specific cultural differences, such as how the relationship between the body and mind, relate to quality of life, self-help, religious beliefs, alternative medicine, and rituals related to dying and death. Through an examination of the relevant literature, guest lectures and site visits, the course addresses the psychological questions of how people perceive and define what it means to be healthy or unhealthy within specific cultural contexts. Site visits will include the Freud Museum and The Wellcome Collection as well as guest lectures from practicing psychologists.

Weeks 7-14

All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with Integrated Academic Seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.

Required CIEE Internship

INSH 3806 LNEN

Academic Internship in London
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 200 and 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

CIEE Elective Courses

Students choose one of the following courses:

(GI) COMM 3301 LNEN

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this course, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you more appropriately and effectively engage, communicate, and lead in local as well as other intercultural contexts. Course participants explore a variety of topics in intercultural communication based in the context of students’ experiences abroad, and practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across cultural differences in a wide variety of common contexts. Students increase their cultural self-awareness and develop critical personal leadership skills that equip them to become more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.

(GI) BUSI 3007 LNEN

Doing Business in Europe
This course aims to provide an introduction to the related influences of business, society, government and culture in the region and link these influences to students’ experience within their professional internship program and academic coursework. Using our location of London as our beginning reference point, this course will review Europe’s economic and cultural contexts and major changes. We will explore the shared cultural history and diversity across the region (for purposes of this course, we will focus on the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy). Through small group work and individual inquiry, we will strive to focus on gaining an understanding of the major cultural groups in each country, their heritage and business activities along with the country’s current challenges and opportunities for trade and expansion within the region and globally. By using current business cases and media coverage of economic, political and business issues, we will focus on what we as outsiders to the region need to quickly assess and integrate into our business approaches for success in the region.

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