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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 22, 2018 (tentative) 

Program End Date: December 9, 2018 (tentative) 


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
  • License fee (to watch TV online) - approximately £10/month


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 (FA) 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:



International Business – BUS30-584

This course develops a framework for making business decisions in a global company and focuses on the multinational firm’s operating environment, global strategy and marketing. Students will investigate the business environment in the United Kingdom that has different cultures and values, currency and capital markets, and country specific risks including the pending “Brexit.”

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


Consumer Behavior – BUS30-394 

This course examines the consumption processes of individuals and groups.  It focuses on the demographic and psychographic characteristics of individual consumers, the social influences that affect their behavior, and how marketers attempt to persuade buyers.  Students will explore the differences in the way these forces affect consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom.

This course satisfies the Social Science (SS) general education requirement.




Britain in the Spanish Civil War – SPA15-304

Why should we study the Spanish Civil War? Although it was primarily a local/national conflict, this war can also be seen as both a military and ideological testing ground for World War II. Fascists and Communists, liberals and conservatives fought over the future of Spain. International non-intervention created a situation of appeasement in Germany, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s policies affected the outcome of this war. In this course, we will look at how the war was represented, interpreted and experienced in both England and Spain. We will distinguish between what happened during the war and how what happened was represented in words and images. Through the use of our London environment, we will explore the impact of this war on Britain through various field trips to museums and collections that seek to maintain evidence of this war in the UK.  

This course is cross-listed with Communication Studies as COM75-304 and with History as HIS16-304

This course satisfies the Humanities (H) general education requirement.

This course is part of the Conflict Paideia cluster.


Gender, Race and Nationalism through European Film- SPA15-304

What do national cinema products reveal about national identity, culture and values? To what extent and in what ways does national cinema contribute to constructions of national and regional identity? This course will address these questions and more in its examination of film from across the EU. Students will have an opportunity to examine how European cinema conveys aspects of culture, language and social life across national boundaries. Several thematic concerns dominate the discussion of European cinema: migration and mobility; space and cities; the emergence of a post-communist East Central European cinema defined by magical realism and new media literacy; and the economics of funding and distribution. The emphasis of this class will be on post-1989 films in the context of current theoretical debates about film, Europe, and national identity. How does gender interact with ethnicity, class, politics and history? Gender is not considered in isolation, but is discussed in relation to nationalism, race, globalism, and historical context. As non-Europeans we will experience the history and current events of Europe through the media of film.This course is cross-listed with Communication Studies as COM 75-304.

This course is cross-listed with English as ENG10-304.  Other cross-listings are pending approval.

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


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

Katy Ross

Professor of Spanish

p: 512.863.1421


Andy Ross

Director of Business Internships and Assistant Professor of Business

P: 512-863-1420