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SU London Program

London, England


Southwestern University, in collaboration with IES, has created a program in London, England specifically designed for Southwestern students.  The SU London Program is a fifteen-week, sixteen-credit program for students who have attained at least sophomore status at the start of the program.

Students apply to Southwestern, not to IES, directly.


Tower Bridge, London, EnglandApplication Deadline: March 1

Program Start Date: August 23, 2017 

Program End Date: December 10, 2017 


The tentative cost for this fifteen-week program is equal to Southwestern’s on-campus tuition, room, and board charges for the fall semester of the academic year during which the program is run.

A $250 non-refundable application fee will be charged to the student’s SU account upon applying to the program.  

The program cost includes:

  • Tuition for sixteen credits
  • Housing in a modern residence hall, Kings Cross Student Living
  • Food stipend in the amount of £250/month
  • IES on-site staff and access to the IES Center
  • Medical insurance
  • Comprehensive on-site orientation, including a welcome lunch and bus tour of London
  • £80/month for local transportation passes within London (Zones 1 & 2)
  • Ground, and air (when applicable) transportation on all IES organized cultural excursions, day trips, and field trip
  • Entrance fees during cultural excursions, day trips, and field trip
  • Hostel and breakfast costs during organized field trip
  • Tickets to nine theatre performances

The program cost does not include:

  • International airfare to and from London: students are responsible for their own flight arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Personal expenses: Internet café, toiletries, activities, snacks, personal travel, etc.
  • Additional fee for participation in the optional Academic Internship
  • Textbooks


The curricular focus of the SU London Program changes every fall.  The curriculum of the 2017 SU London Program will include courses in History and Sociology.  Several courses are also cross-listed with other departments.  Students majoring in these fields will find the course offerings especially appropriate, though students in all majors can fulfill general education requirements, gain general elective credit, and benefit from the experience of living and studying abroad.  Credit transfer is not required as students enroll through Southwestern.  Courses taught by Southwestern faculty are developed to take advantage of on-site educational opportunities within London.  In addition to courses in the focus disciplines, the following basic courses are offered every year:

British Life and Culture (UST 05-224)

All students in the SU London Program enroll in this core course to ensure a common educational experience and to provide the background necessary for understanding British culture.  This core course examines the traditions and institutions that have shaped British life in the 21st Century.  Visiting lecturers from British academic, political, and social institutions as well as field trips to locations in London and throughout southern England are planned as part of the course.  The course is designed to help participants develop an appreciation and understanding of the British culture in which they now find themselves residing.  This course is taught by a British faculty member.

Theatre Arts in London (THE 74-114)

A theoretical and experiential survey of the theatre, its past and its present, with an emphasis on the role of theatre within society.  Emphasis will be on attending performances in London. This course is taught by a British faculty member.

This course satisfies the Fine Arts Lecture (FAL) general education requirement.

Academic Internship

Students are placed with organizations in London to gain practical experience in their field of study. Requires the permission of the SU Internship Coordinator in the Office of Career Services.  An additional fee applies.


2017 Curricular Focus:




The Tudors: Politics and Culture, 1485-1603 - HIS 16-354 

This course examines the Tudor dynasty, a dramatic age of personal monarchy and tyranny, renaissance art and architecture, religious orthodoxy and heresy, national consolidation and imperial expansion, patriarchy and the rule of wealthy courtiers. Students will explore how the Tudor-Stewart revolution in politics and culture fundamentally transformed Britain and Ireland, with great consequences for the world beyond its borders, from the accession of Henry VII, through the tumultuous reigns of Henry VIII and his six wives, “Boy King” Edward VI, “Bloody” Mary I, and “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth I. We will try to understand how and why, over 500 years later, the Tudors continue to captivate us, on both sides of the pond.

This course is cross-listed with Feminist Studies as FST 04-784.

This course is cross-listed with Art History as ARH 71-304.

This course is cross-listed with Religion as REL 19-304.

This course satisfies the Humanities (H) or Fine Arts Lecture (FAL) general education requirement, and the Intercultural Perspectives general education requirement.

This course is part of the Investigating Identity Paideia cluster.


History of the British Isles, since 1688 - HIS 16-524

This course examines the British Isles since the so-called “Glorious” Revolution via political, social, cultural, and intellectual lenses, integrating imperial and oceanic perspectives. It explores how British inhabitants formed, developed, and governed four distinct nations (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) as part of a single kingdom, constructing one of the most powerful empires of the modern age and leaving a profound but unsettled legacy in a globalized, multicultural, post-colonial world. Together, we will work to understand the past, present, and very fraught future of the UK in 2017.

This course is cross-listed with Political Science as PSC 32-304.

This course satisfies the Humanities (H) or Social Science (SS) general education requirement, and the Intercultural Perspectives general education requirement.

This course is part of the Investigating Identity Paideia cluster.





Childhood and Youth - SOC 34-274

This course explores the social worlds children and youth create when adults are not around.  We will use Museums of Childhood in the UK extensively in order to explore the social construction of childhood, the history and representation of children, peer cultures, and the interactions of children and youth.

This course is cross-listed with Feminist Studies as FST 04-294.

This course satisfies the Humanities (H) or Social Science (SS) general education requirement. Other General Education designations are pending approval

This course is part of the Investigating Identity Paideia cluster.


Media, Culture and Society: Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and Sherlock - SOC 34-304

This course examines the media as a social institution, how social inequality shapes the production and content of media, active audiences, and media tourism, using three UK case studies: Doctor Who, Harry Potter and Sherlock.

This course is cross-listed with Communication Studies as COM 75-304.

This course satisfies the Humanities (H) or Social Science (SS) general education requirement. Other General Education designations are pending approval

This course is part of the Investigating Identity Paideia cluster.


Housing & Meals

Students are housed in double rooms for single occupancy with a private bathroom in a modern residence hall, Kings Cross Student Living.  Each room includes two beds, two writing desks, and two wardrobes.  Bedding is provided, but students are responsible for providing their own towels, which can be bought on-site or at the students’ convenience.  The private bathroom facility in each room contains a toilet, sink, and shower.  Additionally, each room has a live data port with free, 24-hour Internet access via an Ethernet port.  To utilize the data port, students need to bring their laptops that contain an Ethernet PC card, as this card acts as a modem for access to the Ethernet.  

Approximately sixteen students share one kitchen, which is equipped with basic cooking equipment.  In addition to basic utensils and dishes, students share a lockable fridge, cabinet storage, dishwasher, two stove-tops, and two ovens.  The kitchen is also furnished with a dining area.  Additionally, there is a café on-site serving hot and cold meals.

There are coin-operated laundry facilities in the basement of the residence hall, as well as in common rooms on various floors, which are furnished with comfortable seating and Wi-Fi.  Some floors contain a television in the common room, while others have been established specifically for reading and studying.  All residents have access to the fitness facility on-site for a required one-time induction fee of £10.

Along with 24-7 security coverage, there is an electronic key-card entry system to the residence hall.  Each student will have one key that provides access to the front door, bedroom, and kitchen.  The front desk in the reception area of the residence hall is also staffed 24 hours a day.

The student housing is within walking distance of stops for London buses and the Underground or “Tube”.

Students are provided a monthly meal stipend of £250 for the purchase of food.

Cultural Activities & Excursions

Students will participate in several local cultural excursions in London throughout the semester.  Previous activities and excursions have included: a backstage tour of the West End Theatre, a guided tour of the Globe Exhibition, cream tea, attendance at the Tower of London Key Ceremony, attendance at a professional soccer (football) game, and a tour of the British Museum.

Day trips or overnight trips to the following locations are also cultural components of the program: Bath, Cambridge, and Brighton.  The day trip to Cambridge trip includes round-trip bus transportation and a guided tour of the city.  Round-trip train transportation, a guided tour of the city, and entrance to the Royal Pavillion are included in the overnight trip to Brighton. The overnight trip to Bath includes round-trip bus transportation, a guided tour, and admission to Stonehenge.  

Additionally, students participate in a three-night/four-day field trip to Edinburgh and Inverness, Scotland.  This field trip includes a flight to Inverness, a bus to Edinburgh, and train transportation to London.  Students share rooms in a hostel on this trip.  Breakfast is included each day.  Additionally, two lunches and one dinner are included as part of the field trip.  Students are responsible for all other meals.  A guided tour of the Cairngorm Mountain Reindeer Centre, a boat trip at Loch Ness, a visit to Urquhart Castle, a guided hike through the Glen Coe Valley, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle are components of this field trip.

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Southwestern University Faculty Contact

Jess Hower

Assistant Professor of History

p: 512.863.1595


Sandi Nenga

Associate Professor of Sociology

p: 512.863.1412