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Program Overview

Program Overview

Get an insider's perspective on London and experience British professional culture through a CIEE Global Internship. Experience the transitions the UK is facing as it finds itself on the precipice of disconnecting from long established relations with the European Union. Navigate the various nuances of what it is to be “British,” and how society, culture, education, and economy are adapting to this new world. Through coursework, screenings, guest speakers, and cultural excursions, an internship in London will allow you to explore the UK’s vibrant and influential cultures while providing insight into the country’s social policies, value systems, and influence on the rest of Europe and the world.

CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.

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 a hybrid integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) taught in an online learning environment 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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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.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Placement Process

Each internship is determined on an individual basis, taking into account your background and experience as well as current employer work cycles and projects. Our team on the ground has a personalized process to work with you in the months leading up to the program to find the best match.

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Midpoint review from student and supervisor
  • Final written evaluation from student and supervisor

In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore the professional working world in London through organizational site visits, industry networking events, and local guest lectures.

Cultural Exploration

Excursions and cultural activities in and around London complement your coursework and provide a perspective to better understand the history and culture of the city. You may watch a performance in Shakespeare’s Globe, a faithful reconstruction of the open-air playhouse designed in 1599, or you might visit one of the many museums of London while engaging with faculty and staff in meaningful conversations on culture, education, and public accessibility. Overnight excursions may include a location in another region, such as the north of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, or Ireland. Even play a cricket match, England's signature sport, and much more.

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.

The second part of the program includes an 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with a hybrid integrated academic seminar (30 contact hours) taught in an online learning environment 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

Students participate in a hybrid integrated academic seminar taught in an online learning environment alongside the full-time internship placement.

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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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Samantha Cooper

Academic Internship Council London Director

As AIC Director, Samantha is responsible for placing students in academic internships in London. She has worked in international education since 2001, and has been developing and managing international internship programs since 2003. Samantha is passionate about experiential education and helping students explore their professional and academic interests, and regularly presents professional development workshops for interns. Samantha holds a Masters of Public Administration from Portland State University, specializing in nonprofit management, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in French and Psychology.

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Felicity Inns

Academic Director

Felicity Inns was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and majored in Environmental Science and Anthropology, obtaining her Masters in Anthropology in the area of international education from the University of Cape Town. Her studies increased her passion for intercultural communication and education. Felicity worked in the CIEE Cape Town Study Centre from 2003 until 2014 when she and her family moved to the United Kingdom and joined CIEE London in March 2015.

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Cary Nathenson, PhD

Regional Director of Operations, Global Institutes

Cary Nathenson has overall responsibility for the management of all aspects of the Global Institutes to ensure the highest levels of program quality. He has also served as director of the Global Institute in Berlin. Prior to joining CIEE, he served as associate dean for Humanities, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Chicago and as assistant dean for graduate programs at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. Cary has held faculty positions at the University of Houston, Northwestern University, Duke University, and Grinnell College. He earned his doctorate in German from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Global Institute is located in the heart of Bloomsbury, one of the most vibrant and student-populated neighborhoods of central London. CIEE’s new London campus, located on Russell Square, features Georgian-style architecture, 10 classrooms, a café, garden terrace, and tech zone.

The location offers a wealth of cultural and educational opportunities. It is located near the British Museum and many of London’s most prestigious colleges and educational institutions, including University College London and SOAS, University of London.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students will reside in central London. Accommodation is in double rooms and will be located just a short commute by foot, bike, bus, or train from the CIEE Global Institute, the British Museum, and the British Library. Students make their own meals in kitchenettes. Common living areas in the residence allow students to interact frequently with each other and other international students.

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Orientations

Orientations

Your experience abroad starts now! You'll begin your study abroad experience in London before you leave home with an online pre-departure orientation to help you understand more about the program, prepare for your internship, and focus your goals. CIEE resident staff members meet with students online and share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that past students have said are important, and allowing you to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish.

Once you arrive in London, an on-site orientation introduces you to being an intern in London, British society and culture, and the CIEE academic program. During orientation, you’ll get practical information on living in the United Kingdom, and London in particular. Excursions in and around the city introduce you to the subway system and highlight points of interest, resources, and amenities.

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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

Class environment varies depending on the course. CIEE courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute – London are for CIEE students only, and are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards.

Academic Culture

Students on this program should expect to spend 30 - 32 hours per week (200-240 hours total) engaged in internship project work. In addition, the hybrid academic internship seminar will provide an online platform for instruction to accompany local activities (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.

Students should not plan personal travel out of London until receiving the final program schedule.

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

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Final grades are based on class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations.

Assessment

Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the hybrid integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: online discussion forums, small group peer coaching, reflective papers, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, an informational interview and internship work plan, 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

CIEE has developed strong relationships with some of London’s most-respected universities and research institutions to ensure the highest-quality course offerings. Faculty from local institutions and visiting faculty from around the world teach CIEE courses. A core group of CIEE faculty serves as academic coordinators and professors working closely with CIEE resident staff members to set up special guest lectures, excursions, activities, and more.

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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.

Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

The 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with a hybrid integrated academic seminar includes 30 contact hours for 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

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

LITT 3002 LNEN

British Women’s Literature
This class considers how women writers have been constrained by – and have also exploited – literary traditions. It traces the indexes of conformity and subversion in their writing by placing them in contexts of prevailing discourses on femininity. Students will examine constructions of femininity in the visual arts and conduct writings. Key texts include fiction by Eliza Haywood, Mary Wollstonecroft, Jane Austen, and Emily Bronte; poetry by Aphra Behn, Anne Finch, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, and labouring women poets such as Mary Leapor and Ann Yearsley; and the “Turkish Embassy” letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Students will visit a selection of London’s centers for the written word, including the Sir John Ritblat Gallery at the British Library and the Women’s Library at the London Metropolitan University.

(GI) PUBH 3006 LNEN / INRE 3008 LNEN

Contemporary Challenges in Global Health
In this course students examine the economic, cultural, ethical, and structural challenges faced by health care systems today. The course explores different approaches to health care system organization and financing, strategies for using limited resources, and challenges to providing universal access to health care. Students address specific approaches to these challenges, with a comparative focus on European countries and the United States.

(GI) POLI 3002 LNEN

European Comparative Political Systems
This course examines the political systems of various European nation-states. Focus is placed on the main political cleavages in each, such as class, ideology, ethnicity, and religion, and how these divisions have influenced the political playing field. Additional topics include nationalism, citizenship, party structures, corporatism, the welfare state, and electoral politics. A special focus will be recent symptomatic challenges to European democracy. As we compare the features of these different democratic systems in detail and relate them to their historical and cultural context, we will focus on three major challenges common to all of these democracies: the decreasing level of participation, especially regarding voter turnout; the decline of large political parties, which raises the question of who, in future, is going to mediate between the citizens’ interests and those of the state; and the perception that the major decisions in democratic countries are increasingly made outside the purview of democratic institutions.

(GI) MKTG 3001 LNEN

International Marketing
Students will gain an understanding of the issues and processes involved in developing an international marketing and branding strategy and plan, as well as the execution of marketing and PR operations on an international scale. Course content and practical assignments focus on real-world problems such as identifying and evaluating opportunities in international markets, developing and adapting marketing tactics in relation to multiple, specific national market needs and constraints, and coordinating marketing and branding strategies in global markets. Guest lectures by local business professionals and company visits provide first-hand context and experience for the issues explored in the course.

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 3003 LNEN

Mass Media in Europe
This course provides an overview of the major branches of mass media in the dominant European markets, with a focus on the transition from traditional mass media to digital media. After an introduction to media history, theories, and current research, the course examines specific industries such as television, radio, music, film, and print. Theories and models of mass communication are introduced and analyzed against their practical application in the markets studied in the course. Students are asked to compare how political and regulatory influences impact different sectors of the media in several European countries. The course is taught using a dynamic mix of lectures, case study discussions, student presentations, and site visits.

(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 Welcome Collection as well as guest lectures from practicing psychologists.

Weeks 7-14

All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with hybrid integrated academic seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.

Required CIEE Internship

INSH 3806 HYBR

Academic Internship
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with a hybrid integrated academic seminar taught in an online learning environment 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. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: online discussion forums, small group peer coaching, reflective papers, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, an informational interview and internship work plan, 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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