Program Overview

Spend Winter Break exploring the best of London! Visit Big Ben, The London Eye, and the Tower Bridge while also earning three to five academic credits. You can expect all and any passions and interests to be entertained with a range of unique landmarks, museums and monuments in this historic city. Prepare to be amazed while you participate in our unique courses such as the London: History, Art, and Society course where you will develop an understanding of the history of London and of some of its most celebrated monuments or art-historical sites.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
November 1
Avg Course Load
1 Course (3 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • Trips to world-class museums, parks, theaters, and sites
  • A peaceful, picturesque campus
  • Easy, fast train ride into Central London
  • Unique classes with expert professors
  • Continuous on-site support
  • Explore famous landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, London Bridge, and more
  • Includes 2 meals a day Monday through Friday

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

The University of Roehampton is a friendly, lively community. Roehampton is dedicated to providing the best academic, cultural, and social opportunities imaginable. The beautiful and historic campus is situated in one of the most attractive suburbs of London. The locale provides a stimulating environment where you can pursue your studies. To maximize your experience, you'll receive support from on-site staff throughout your summer abroad.

Roehampton's four colleges and its student union offer a strong sense of community. You'll quickly feel at home, make friends, and start enjoying the many campus activities. With students from over 80 countries, Roehampton offers exceptional support to its international students. Advisors can guide you on everything from course registration to fun excursions.

Founded in 1975, Roehampton has an incredible reputation. It ranks as the best modern university in London in 2016 according to three sources: the Complete University Guide, the Sunday Times Good University Guide, and the Guardian University Guide. Roehampton is a research-intensive, modern university on a beautiful and historical campus in London.

Accreditation(s): Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities and also the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Students will choose 1 of the following 3 courses for a total of 3 US credits.  A US registrar may interpret these modules as 2.5 US credits.

Media and Social Change: Class, Race and Ethnicity
This module focuses on the ways in which non-fiction media such as news, documentary, lifestyle journalism and popular factual television articulate and explore contemporary experiences of profound social change. It focuses especially on the changing landscape of social class, race and ethnicity and asks how the media engages with these changes and presents them to its publics. Topics include: narratives of social aspiration and social mobility, class labelling, depictions of the upper and elite classes, rhetorics of race, immigration, home and belonging.  Click the link for the Media and Social Change Syllabus!

London: History, Art and Society
This module provides an opportunity for students to develop an initial understanding of the history of London and of some of its most celebrated monuments, heritage and art-historical sites. It will introduce students to various types of historical artefacts – architecture, sculpture, painting and archaeological objects – and to various types of historical sources and approaches to them. You will develop a meaningful awareness of the particular character and challenges of London history through these visual and material sources as well as texts, both factual and fictional – and different approaches to them. The syllabus will include visits to London’s museums and heritage sites such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and less well-known sites, off the ‘tourist trail’.  Click the link for the London History Art Society Syllabus!

Understanding Globalisation
Globalisation is a process crossing social boundaries. It also crosses disciplinary divisions. This module is therefore designed to be an introduction to thinking about the new world order where moral, economic, political, and ecological issues are intertwined with a debate about the future of society. This is now a vogue topic in both academic and public spheres and a crucially important topic in current sociological debates.  Click the link for the Understanding Globalisation Syllabus!

Life in London

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in London, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also give you tips on how to budget in a city that is renowned to be one of the most expensive in Europe, if not the world. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever had fish and chips or a Sunday roast?) so that you can start to taste the local flavors.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to London and England.

Housing Options

As a CISabroad January student at the University of Roehampton, you will be in hotel-style accommodations.

Amenities:

  • Private room with ensuite bathroom
  • Bed linens, blankets, pillows, and towels provided.
  • Breakfast and dinner are included!
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Local Life

  • Picnic in the Park: Londoners love their green spaces and are avid picnickers. Bring a blanket, we’ll bring the food!
  • Victoria & Albert Museum: This incredible museum houses over 4.5 million objects and spans over 5,000 years of art. No wonder it’s one of the world’s largest museums!
  • Afternoon Tea: Indulge in this fancy British tradition first introduced in 1840.
  • Portobello Road Market Walking Tour: Let your on-site staff take you on a tour of one of London’s most famous neighborhoods and markets! (It’s also where the movie Notting Hill was filmed.)
  • Evensong at Westminster Abbey: Hear the angelic voices of the Westminster Abbey choir during the traditional afternoon service that takes place every day in this famous UNESCO World Heritage site.

More About London

A hotspot for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife, London is an experience in itself. Explore the many diverse markets across the city, including the punk-rock-inspired Camden market and colorful Portobello Road. Visit the Globe Theatre to see some of Shakespeare’s most famous works performed live. Many of London’s museums are free and house some of the most renowned works of art and artifacts. Cruise down the River Thames or find a rooftop with a sweeping view of the spectacular city below. As the saying goes, coined by famous author Samuel Johnson, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”

The London Underground makes navigating this big city easy. Also called "the Tube," it's the oldest underground railway in the world. Combined with London’s train and bus systems, the entire city is well connected and accessible. Walking is also a great way to see the sights. You'll glimpse contrasts between beautiful Victorian architecture situated next to some of the most modern buildings in the world. Stroll to one of the nearby well-preserved parks to enjoy green surroundings in the midst of a bustling city.

Feel like taking a weekend trip to the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool? Or checking out a Manchester United football match? Or taking a quick jaunt to a traditional seaside town? Thanks to England’s rail system, the whole country is easily accessible by train. And if you want to travel farther afield, London's international rail and air links make European excursions both easy and affordable!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

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Windsor Castle and Eton

Windsor Castle has been the royal home and fortress for over 900 years, and along with the surrounding town demonstrates the essence if British life. The castle is the Queen’s official residence and is also used for state visits and other formal duties. In addition to the Castle, Windsor is home to St. Georges Chapel which has been used for hundreds of Royal weddings, christenings, and funerals. Eton College lies just across the peaceful River Thames, and the city is also a perfect place for nature lovers who can explore Windsor Great Park and weave their way around the castle.

Hampton Court Palace

Visit Henry VIII’s elaborate Tudor palace on the banks of the River Thames. See the Great Hall where he entertained hundreds of guests with sumptuous banquets and entertainment. Listen out for the cries of Catherine Howard’s ghost as we tour the Haunted Gallery. Then tour William and Mary’s apartments, designed by the great architect Christopher Wren before exploring the gardens and getting lost in Hampton Court's world famous maze.

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Oxford

There’s more to this city than just the famous university. You'll explore the city's museums, theaters, shopping centers, parks, botanical gardens, and a cathedral. Combine these with the strong sense of educational superiority, and you’ve got a city that screams "British."


Student Feedback

Studying abroad in London changed the way I look I view other cultures and taught me so much about how to be independent. It also taught me that there is an entire world to travel and so many opportunities to do it!! With CISabroad, I was able to transition easily into life on the other side of the world via a wonderful orientation.

Jessica Majkowski, Summer in London - University of Westminster, Winona State University

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Maggie McCally
Senior Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Celtic Culture

Travel Tip: Forgive yourself for not always knowing exactly what to do in a new place; if you’re humble, people will be happy to nudge you in the right direction. And always have a deck of cards in your backpack!

Learn more about Maggie

Anna Bermani
Student Affairs and Internship Coordinator in London

Travel Tip: Save money on your Oyster Card and walk everywhere. There are so many different neighbourhoods that await to be explored and hidden treasures to be discovered. Get lost in the city and take time to enjoy the experience!

Learn more about Anna

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • January 2019
    Application Deadline
    Nov 1
    Arrival
    January 3
    Orientation
    January 4 and 5
    Classes Start
    January 7
    Classes End
    January 17
    Departure
    January 19
    PRICE
    $4,990

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • One guided excursion in London
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Two meals per day – breakfast and dinner
  • University of Roehampton official transcript
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program