DATES & DEADLINES

  • Application Deadline: Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Deposit Due: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
  • Balance of Program Fees Due: Friday, July 31, 2020
  • Tuition Due: check your campus’s calendar
  • Program Dates: September 25 – December 6, 2020

Contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator for more information about spending the fall in London.

PROGRAM DOCUMENTS

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Spend a quarter studying in the great capital city of London which boasts of culturally rich museums, libraries, famous theaters, concert halls and historic buildings. An exciting and easily maneuverable European city, London is a major political, financial and cultural center, graced with more parks and gardens than any other capital in the world!You’ll be experiencing British life and culture while at the same time earning college credits from your home institution.

LOCATION

Classes will be held in the centrally-located study center of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) in London.

TRANSPORTATION

London Transport travel pass, valid for unlimited use on the buses and underground trains in zones 1 and 2 (for students in shared apartments) and zones 1, 2, and 3 (for students in homestays) for the duration of the program.

HOUSING

Program fee includes a shared homestay which includes a twin-bedded room in a homestay in London including a continental breakfast five days a week, kitchen/laundry access, and WiFi (towels not included).

Students may choose to upgrade their homestay to include dinner daily for an additional $725.

Option B: Shared Apartment: This option includes shared accommodations in a fully furnished apartment in central London with kitchen/laundry access, and WiFi; no meals are included.

FACULTY & COURSES

Primary Faculty – Anna Wolf, Whatcom Community College

Anna Wolff was born a lover of words in London, raised a lover of books in Texas, and now lives as a lover of language and writing in Bellingham, Washington. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the English department at Whatcom Community College where she teaches composition, literature, and study skills.
Along with her passion for literature, Anna has a passion for travel. Although she is an immigrant to the U.S. and knows first-hand how big the world is, it is because of her privilege to travel that she knows how profoundly small and yet profoundly human we all are in the scope of our global history. She believes that travel and living abroad can be both empowering and humbling, and is thrilled to be able to share these kinds of teaching and learning experiences with students.
Anna’s research and teaching interests include gender studies, culturally responsive teaching, empowering student voice and language through writing, metacognitive approaches to reading, children’s literature, and creative writing. She is especially interested in the power of stories and what they can help us understand about the world and ourselves: who gets to tell stories, whose stories are hard to find, whose do we listen to, and how can we create the kinds of stories that liberate? Expect to explore all these questions and more in Anna’s classes in London!

English 225/226: Children’s Literature

British Children’s Literature is reputedly the finest in the world, and so London provides us with the perfect locations to ask: What does it mean to be a child in England? What kinds of childhood are envisioned in British Children’s Literature? And who may be included or left out? We will start with some classic British Children’s books such as Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Later, we will move into some of the most popular 20th century serial middle reader books such as Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series and (of course) Harry Potter. The class will culminate with a project asking students to investigate, read, and present on a prominent theme or trope in British Children’s Literature that helps them address the course’s central questions.

Potential field trips and cultural events include: readings by contemporary British children’s authors, a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s National Art Library collection of children’s literature(which includes the Beatrix Potter Collections!) , and attendance at dramatizations of children’s literature presented by London theaters such as King’s Cross Theater.

English& 236: Creative Writing

When we travel, our senses and imaginations come alive! Away from the familiar, we experience the world more keenly, observe our surroundings more carefully, and rely on intuitive leaps of the imagination to understand our world. In London, students will hone their understanding of what a stranger’s perspective can contribute to the project of literature. We will use our awakened senses and imagination to write in a variety of literary forms, always with the goal of evoking London for our readers. Workshops will take place in specific London locations at play in student work whenever possible. Models from published authors will include works by authors viewing London through an outsider’s eye such as Adrift in Soho by Colin Wilson, The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon, and Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire. We will take the numerous “Writers Walks” published on “London for Free”. We will also take advantage of London’s reputation as a thriving literary center by visiting poetry slams and spoken word events such as those presented by The Southbank Center, and Loose Muse’s London Premier Women Writers Night.

If 40 or more students enroll, a second faculty will join the program.

Secondary Faculty – Dr. Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College

Dr. Kristin Brunnemer teaches English, Humanities, and Film at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington, where she also serves as department chair of the program. In 2009, she received her doctorate in English (with an emphasis on film and visual culture) from University of California, Riverside, and she is the author of several articles on film, television, literature, and the humanities, including “Sex and Subjectivity: Glancing and Gazing at HBO’s Sex and the City,” and “Argentina’s Dirty War on Film: The Absent Presence of The Disappeared.” In her early twenties, Kristin spent her junior year studying abroad at the University of London, Queen Mary Campus, and worked for the University of California Study Abroad Program upon her return. For Kristin, there is no city on earth quite like London, where every corner has connections to history and to the humanities; she is looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with London and engage with students interested in studying this great city from a 21st century perspective.

Humanities 101: Introduction to the Humanities

Humanities 101 exposes students to works in the literary, performing, and visual arts. Students identify common themes in the arts, analyze works representing diverse perspectives, and investigate the political, social, and historical contexts of works. A broader understanding is encouraged through the exploration and synthesis of outside sources using research methods.

This section of Humanities 101 will focus on Greater London as a site of intercultural studies. Most students think of London as one city; London (or Greater London) is actually the incorporation of The City of London and 32 boroughs (e.g. City of Westminster, City of Kensington and Chelsea, City of Greenwich) into one county governing structure. In this course, we will study the ways that Greater London developed, examining the particular architectural, cultural, and socio-historical differences between these regions or “boroughs,” as well as the role that British colonization, immigration, EU membership (and subsequent “Brexit”), and corporate interests have played in the formation of London as a global center with a multicultural identity. Much of this course focuses on analyzing London as a site of intercultural, artistic interactions throughout history, and Humanities 101 will use London itself as the classroom laboratory, studying and traveling to seminal cultural sites in the region, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Museum of London, Tate Modern, The Tower of London, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and The British Library. We will likely be able to obtain discounted student tickets for several London theater productions too. Our goal will be to examine the formation of the humanities in this modern city, in spaces that will demonstrate the importance that the arts (theater, music, literature, and fine arts) have played in generating both a sense of British culture and of London’s diversity. Student research will focus on field reports from our travels around London and a group digital humanities project centered on a specific London borough, making the case for its unique contributions to London’s music, art, literature, theater, architecture and/or spatial importance, and diversity. Readings will include excerpts from John Eade’s Placing London: From Imperial Capital to Global City, Eve Gregory and Ann Williams’ City Literacies: Learning to Read [London] Across Generations and Cultures, David Long’s A History of London in 100 Places, and British Historical Society’s interactive website “Locating London’s Past.”

Humanities 215: World Cinema

World Cinema examines the films and film-making practices of countries around the world. This class explores such topics as the impact of technical changes and production standards on film-making. An additional emphasis is placed on analyzing cinematic choices in many world cinema movements such as German Expressionism, Italian Neorealism, British Social Realism, The French New Wave, and the phases of Third Cinema.

Humanities 215 takes a “waves of influence” approach to world cinema, focusing on how film styles and movements across the world inform and have been informed by each other. For this section of Hum 215, we will be looking to London as an international city with global influences, and the films will focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, and cross-culturalization. Along with studying the most seminal and influential British directors (e.g. Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Tony Richardson, Danny Boyle, Stephen Frears, Ridley Scott), we will also be examining two very important world cinema film movements that originated in the U.K.—British Social Realism (Tony Richardson, Karl Reisz, John Schlessinger) and the Free Cinema documentary (Lindsay Anderson, Michael Apted). Using other world film movements such as Italian Neorealism, Third Cinema, and The French New Wave as interpretive lenses, students will also have the opportunity to examine cinematic depictions of London through the films of international directors such as Ang Lee, Michelangelo Antonioni, Shekher Kapur, Po-Chih Leong, Yash Johar, Franco Russo, and Roman Polanski). Additional emphasis will be placed on film movements that depict the post-colonial and intersectional experiences of Britain’s working class and people of color (e.g. Secrets and Lies, My Beautiful Laundrette, Withnail and I, Babylon, Look Back in Anger, Blow Up, Trainspotting, and The Commitments—all of which are ranked in the British Film Institute’s top fifty films). Small group work, larger class discussions, and student presentations will be part of the format during our class meetings, and students will be able to select a British director of seminal importance for a larger group research project. A trip to the London Film Museum and/or The Cinema Museum is planned for this class as well as potential screenings of new films at the BFI Southbank.

This is an academic program and students are expected to enroll in a full-time course load. Failure to participate in the academic coursework may result in dismissal from the program. Students are encouraged to make the most of their classroom learning as it will enhance understanding of all the local area has to offer.

EXCURSIONS/ACTIVITIES

Extracurricular activities will include day trips, walking tours, theater, and sporting events around the London area.

OPTIONAL SCOTLAND EXCURSION

An optional four-day, three-night excursion to Scotland will be offered for a supplemental fee of $625 per participant.

Included in the price

  • Round-trip train ticket between London and Edinburgh
  • Three nights hostel accommodation with breakfast included (one night in Edinburgh, one night in Loch Ness, one night on the Isle of Skye)
  • Three-day guided bus tour to the highlands and islands of Scotland
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
  • Evening meals
  • Services of an AIFS staff member throughout the excursion

INDEPENDENT TRAVEL

Use free weekends to travel in England and to Europe’s great cities including Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Edinburgh. AIFS’s local staff will assist you in choosing your destination and transportation.

COSTS:

  • Program fee with shared homestay: $7,510
  • Homestay upgrade – add $725
  • Shared Apartment Option – add $1,700
  • Optional Scotland trip – add $625
  • Tier 4 Visa for students taking the optional internship placement (Students taking this option must apply and pay for the Tier 4 Visa before arriving in the U.K. The current cost is £348/$427 and is subject to change.)

(Speak with your campus coordinator and refer to more detailed information on what is and is not included in program fees.)

INCLUDED

  • Shared homestay: twin-bedded room in a homestay in London including continental breakfast five days a week, kitchen/laundry access, and WiFi (towels not included). Other housing upgrades/options available for additional fees.
  • Orientation program on arrival including an orientation meeting with AIFS staff, information on safety/security and travel, and a half-day guided sightseeing tour of London by private bus
  • Oyster Card travel pass valid for unlimited use of the buses and underground trains in travel zones 1-3 (for homestay students – Option A) or zones 1-2 (for apartment students – Option B)
  • Membership of the Imperial College Union, giving access to over 350 Union clubs and societies, and to Imperial College events
  • Membership with borrowing rights of the local public libraries
  • Cultural calendar of heavily subsidized activities including day trips, walking tours, theater performances and sporting events
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Optional internship placements (with AIFS guidance, students will apply for a Tier 4 visa prior to UK arrival)
  • Access to the AIFS Student Center and dedicated AIFS Student Services staff for information, personal advising/counseling, and 24-hour emergency contact service
  • Medical and program fee refund insurance policies

NOT INCLUDED

  • College tuition and fees at your home campus
  • Airfare
  • Mandatory additional U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges of $TBC (subject to change)
  • Tier 4 Visa for students taking the optional internship placement (Students taking this option must apply and pay for the Tier 4 Visa before arriving in the U.K. The current cost is £348/$427 and is subject to change.)
  • Optional four-day/three-night weekend trip to Scotland for $625
  • WCCCSA tuition or administrative fees
  • Textbooks
  • Meals other than those listed above
  • Passport and visa fees if applicable
  • Field trips or excursions other than those specified
  • Personal expenses such as laundry
  • Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade
  • Anything no specified as included in the program

SCHOLARSHIPS

WCCCSA London participants are all eligible to apply for one of two $1,000 WCCCSA Scholarships. Applications are due on or before Wednesday, June 26, 2020.

ORIENTATION

  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: TBD

What to bring:

  • Signed copy of the Student Guidelines
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Flight itineraries for students not on the group flight
  • Notepad to take notes
  • And questions

You should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever you feel should attend with you. Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be included. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.