Virtual Summer in London
University of Roehampton

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Master online learning while adding international experience to your transcript.

Online learning isn’t the future way global education will function – it’s the present. With CIS Abroad’s virtual Summer in London program, take online courses from the University of Roehampton from your home base while adding a global perspective to your education experience. Apply your previous learning to new classes, learn about the local culture through our Virtual La Vida Local series, and build connections with others so you can meet up in London in the future! Although not a substitute for a traditional on-site experience, virtual study programs can serve as an important stepping stone to build up your skills, transcript, and cross-cultural understanding – a great foundation for studying abroad on-site in the future.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (3 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.8
  • Visa Requirements: NONE Required!


  • Gain international learning experience without leaving your home
  • Innovative modules like Magic, Murder, & Mystery in London Literature
  • Virtual La Vida Local experiences to connect you to London
  • Regular support from CIS Abroad
  • University of Roehampton transcript

Program Details

University of Roehampton - Online

The University of Roehampton creates a friendly, lively community (with strong Harry Potter vibes), and will likely charm you to attend classes on campus in the future. Dedicated to providing the best academic, cultural, and social opportunities imaginable, the University of Roehampton is offering unique, blended learning in its new online modules. 

Roehampton prides itself on creating a close-knit community, and the campus on the edge of London provides a well-insulated yet involved experience – and the university’s “Growhampton” sustainability program works to make being green easy and fun! 

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 parkland campus in London. 

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

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Humanities
  • Literature & Creative Writing

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

During Summer in London – University of Roehampton, students can choose 1 of 2 modules. These innovative modules combine tutor-led lectures and whole-class discussions with independent reading and virtual field trips. 

Modules run simultaneously for two weeks, Monday-Friday 12-2pm EST. As the learning outcomes and assessments are not changing, these online modules are retaining their same credit weighting of 20 UK credits.

Choose between:

Module: Magic, Murder, & Mystery in London Literature 

London is a global icon. But how do we receive this icon, and how has it been made? In part, the idea of London has been—and continues to be—constituted by its literary reflection. From the dirty underbelly of Charles Dickens’ imaginary; to the squirming mass unfurling under Sherlock Holmes’ magnified gaze; to the corporate peel around Harry Potter’s magical world, London comes to us through a haze of Magic, Murder, and Mystery. In this module, students will be given the opportunity to unpick London’s complex literary past—and present. You will be guided by tutor-led lectures and whole-class discussion through London’s museums via the late-Victorian vogue for mummy fiction; through the terrorised London of Jack the Ripper; through the “queer magic” of 20th-century fiction of the Capital, and more. At the end of the module, you will provide your own written response to the iconography of London as it presents itself in your chosen texts.

Read the full syllabus.

Module: Londonopolis – Exploring the Global City

This module will combine contemporary theories and debates on the condition of urban life in a global city with virtual 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 virtual field trips, which are the integral part of the teaching tool.

London is undoubtedly one of the global cities that offer a unique experience of social diversity. For many international students life in London is part of their education trajectory per se and this module aims at introducing this assumption through a study exploring various aspects and trends in contemporary global cities.

Read the full syllabus.

Module: Gods and Heroes in Classical Mythology

The topics to be studied on this course include the enduringly intriguing Achilles and Odysseus and their pursuits in the Trojan War, Herakles and his twelve labours, and Aeneas on his journey to found Rome. We will also examine key members of the Olympian Pantheon such as Zeus, Hera, Athena and Aphrodite and discuss how their actions intertwine with the heroes of Ancient Greece and Rome. We will explore the role of these and other personages in some of the most important works of literature from Greece and Rome, including Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Sophocles’ Ajax, Euripides Herakles, Virgil’s Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. We will also consider their rich ‘afterlife’ in the postclassical world down to the present day with sessions exploring their portrayals in modern day film and literature.

Read the full syllabus.

Why Virtual Life in London

A hotspot for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife, London is an experience in itself – even from across the pond! Taking online courses in London will have you planning your next possible trip there, whether that includes a cruise down the River Thames or finding a rooftop with a sweeping view of the city below

You’ll deepen your connection to London with our Virtual La Vida Local program, filled with self-guided and group activities so you can get a taste of life in the home of Big Ben and the House of Parliament. Beef up your knowledge of the Beatles’ entire catalog or see what football is all about. Familiarizing yourself with the London Underground (aka “the Tube”), the oldest underground railway in the world, will set you up for success once you get your feet on the city streets. As the saying goes, coined by famous author Samuel Johnson, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”

Live La Vida Local

  • Victoria & Albert Museum Online Collection

    From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, take an incredible journey through 5,000 years of human creativity with their online collections.

  • Portobello Road Market Walking Tour

    Take a virtual (for now) 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.

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Online tuition and fees
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • University of Roehampton transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Online support
  • Virtual La Vida Local cultural program
  • And on and on! (even the standard inclusions, which we know can vary!)



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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

Dates & Prices

  • Application Deadline: May 15
  • Arrival: June 15
  • Departure: June 26
  • Price: $1,790
Additional Information:

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