London is ready for you. Are you ready for London, with its rich history, grand architecture, bustling markets, jolly pubs, and black umbrellas? Spend a summer in this city for a transformative experience. On the Summer in London program, you’ll study at the highly ranked University of Roehampton. Roehampton makes it easy to be a student in a city of over eight million people. Your housing, support services, classrooms, shops, and student union are all within a fifteen minute walk from each other. And just a 20-30 minute bus or train ride from your doorstep lies central London, including its theaters, museums, international cuisine, parks, and the famous Buckingham Palace.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1
- Avg Course Load
- 1-2 Courses (5-10 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- A research-intensive, modern university top ranked in the UK
- Unique British-focused literature courses
- Passionate professors who are experts in their fields
- Trips to Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and more
- Easy access to other parts of the UK and Europe on the weekends
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.
Life in London
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad 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 flavor.
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.
As a CISabroad Summer in London student, you’ll live in one of the residence halls on campus.
- Private room
- Bed linens, blankets, and pillows provided.
- The hall is self-catered, meaning you’ll be able to prepare your own meals. You’ll also be provided with a kitchen pack with basic cooking and eating utensils from the University of Roehampton.
- Buy groceries in the village, which is a short ten-minute walk from the main campus, or at ASDA (a large supermarket), only a short bus trip from the campus.
Living in the residence halls provides you with the opportunity to meet students from different cultures and backgrounds. There are also cafeterias, shops, and coffee and snack bars located on campus, as well as student union facilities, where you can relax and spend time with your new friends!
- 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 onsite 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!
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.
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 and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
On the Summer in London program you can participate in one or two sessions. Each session is three weeks long, giving you the opportunity to be in London for an entire six weeks.
You will study one module of 20 UK credits per session (*the equivalent of 5 US credits) and you can come for either one or both sessions, earning a maximum of 40 UK credits (*the equivalent of 10 US credits).
*Please check with your Academic Advisor to confirm credit conversions at your home institution.
Classes run 9am – 1pm, four days per week. (Monday – Thursday)
Choose one of the following courses
Media City and Cultural Capital
Department of Media, Culture and Language
Students learn an overview of media and creative industries in London and will introduce students to topics ranging from the BBC and London’s newspaper industry, to London’s art and culture scene and the Olympic park. Incorporating a mixture of both class based sessions and visits, this module explores some of London’s cultural arena and encourages students to draw on their own experience in order to make connections between what they see, know and read. This module also offers students the opportunity to gain some practical skills in the areas of Journalism & News Media and Media & Culture. Students will gain a familiarity with the capital city and encounter theories, concepts and practical skills that will prepare them for further study in Media and Arts based subjects.
Two Children and the Story of the English Education System
School of Education
Amira and Sebastian were born on the same day. Both sets of parents have high aspirations for their children. Matching their aspirations to outcomes for the children requires parents to make choice after choice concerning the education that they believe is best for their children. But what are these choices? Are choices the same for everyone? How is demand linked to provision? How do parents know what a good choice is? And who is in charge? The key political drive within English education has been to give an element of choice to parents. Students taking this module will follow the lives of Amira and Sebastian from birth to 18 via these choices. As they follow these two children, students will gain an understanding of the range of provision available at every stage of the educational journey. Asked to imagine themselves into the role of parents, students will have to opportunity to meet and question outstanding practitioners, experts, visit exemplar provision, and have everything set within a historical and contemporary context by experienced University staff.
Gods and Heroes of Classical Mythology
Department of Humanities
The topics to be studied on this course include the enduringly intriguing Athena/Minerva, Aphrodite/Venus and Herakles/Hercules. We will explore the role of these and other personages in some of the most important works of literature and art from Greece and Rome, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses. We will also consider their rich ‘afterlife’ in the postclassical world down to the present day. Students will not just study at Roehampton, but will actually study features of its historic campus. In particular, we will explore the representation of a key story from the myth of Hercules in the Adam Room of Grove House. This ‘hands on’ approach to the study of mythology will be continued in offsite sessions at world-class galleries and museums in easy reach of the campus, such as the British Museum and the National Gallery.
Introduction to the London Stage
Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance
Students will be introduced to a range of dramatic forms, conventions and aesthetics, which are employed on current London stages. Students will be encouraged to identify trends in productions and analyse the social and cultural contexts through which they are formed and constructed. Students will explore the relationship between contemporary theatre practices and specific periods of theatre history, i.e. the influence of earlier dramatic forms, conventions, contemporary stagings of classics, and contemporary responses and reworkings of the canonical texts/productions.
The Psychology of Murder
Department of Psychology
This module has been designed with ‘murder in mind’! Murder and why individuals commit such heinous crimes is a fascinating topic of study. Throughout history scholars have tried to understand the motivation behind taking another person’s life. The principle aim of this module is to introduce you to the psychology of murder. Initial sessions will provide a background through exploring the importance of psychology in the field of criminology and what exactly do we mean by murder. Our intellectual journey will then progress to delve into the most fascinating area of murder: the world of the serial killer. Exploring actual crimes we will gradually build up a picture of the psychological motivations behind such serious crimes – are murderers mad, sad or bad? To further understand the motivation behind murder we will explore why certain victims are selected (female, homeless, children) and debate how such crimes should be punished in our society.
Covering detective stories, fantasy, children’s literature and graphic novels, this module introduces students to London city as the source, setting and inspiration for literary texts. Our investigations will lead us from Victorian London through to the 21st Century, examining texts where magic, mystery and murder come to the fore.
Choose one of the following courses
Art in London Museums
Department of Humanities
This module introduces students to the national art galleries in London, with a dual focus on the cultural history of these sites and the art history of their collections. Approaching the public art gallery as a historically specific phenomenon, we will trace the emergence and evolution of these institutions from the late-18th to the early-21st century and analyse their objectives, policies and artworks with reference to the political events, socio-economic conditions and cultural debates that shaped them over 250 years. By placing the development of public art collections into their historical context, the module utilises these resources for the teaching of British cultural history. Beyond this, it seeks to develop students’ knowledge of the institutional frameworks within which art has been historically produced, disseminated and consumed. A further aim is to broaden students’ understanding of the public functions of art, such as the construction of national and civic identities and the propagation of political ideas and regimes.
Department of Social Sciences
This module will combine contemporary theories and debates on the condition of urban life in a global city with hands-on ethnographic, street level perspective experienced and then conceptualized by students. The idea is to continuously relate theories from urban anthropology, sociology and urban studies with dynamic reality ‘out-there’ directly confronted by students. The aim of the module is to generate discussions on the interplay between culture and structure, economy and society, urban landscape and human behaviour using phenomena, data, images, observations gathered by students during field trips which are the integral part of the teaching tool. The methodological assumption behind the module is strictly anthropological – that students need to be ‘immersed’ in various aspects of London life, see things with their own eyes, analyse and critically evaluate their own assumptions against the backdrop of chaos and order of urban life in London.
Department of English and Creative Writing
London is an extraordinary city, in which history, culture, and desire collide. It is a city of stories as no other, and has inspired brilliant writing for hundreds of years. This module aims to enable students to situate their writing about London in relation to key texts that have shaped the way we think about and experience London. Each session addresses a specific topic, with one key text at the focus of analysis, discussion and creative assignments and outings.
Art Psychotherapy; madness, creativity and healing
Department of Psychology
This module will provide both theoretical and experiential elements designed to provide students with an introduction to Art Psychotherapy with a particular emphasis on a Jungian approach. Theory will include a broad outline of the psychology of C.G Jung including areas such as the structure of the unconscious, symbols as the language of the unconscious, the archetypes and the collective unconscious and active imagination. These ideas will also be used for exploring elements of Art Theory especially in respect to the psychopathology of art. Other psychoanalytical ideas relating to art, and especially those from Sigmund Freud such as Sublimation will also be explored and exemplified through a study of his seminal analysis of Leonardo Da Vinci. This will include a visit to the National Gallery in London to view some of the paintings and drawings referred to by Freud. A visit to the Freud Museum will also be included providing students with the opportunity to see where Freud conducted ‘the talking cure’ of psychoanalysis and to view his famous couch. This Module also features a week long workshop providing students with the opportunity to experience the Art Psychotherapeutic process directly and therefore students should be prepared for a degree of personal disclosure and the possibility of hither-to unconscious elements of the self to emerge.
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 it's 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)
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Programs Team Assistant Manager - England, Ireland, Scotland
Site Director in London
Summer 2017: Session 1 (3 weeks)
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalJune 8OrientationJune 9 - 11Classes StartJune 12Classes EndJune 30DepartureJuly 1PRICE$4,490
Summer 2017: Session 2 (3 weeks)
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalJune 29OrientationJune 30 - July 2Classes StartJuly 3Classes EndJuly 21DepartureJuly 22PRICE$4,490
Summer 2017: Sessions 1 & 2 (6 weeks)
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalJune 8OrientationJune 9 - 11Classes StartJune 12Classes EndJuly 21DepartureJuly 22PRICE$7,990
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Tuition and Fees
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing pass
- Airport pickup
- On-site support
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program