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Winter Session in London

2015-2016 Program Dates:

Depart U.S.: Sunday, December 27, 2015
Arrive in London: Monday, December 28, 2015
Depart London: Saturday, January 9, 2016


FIN:4340 Wealth Management (Prof. Jeff Hart)

This course provides an exploration into wealth management amid the backdrop of one of the oldest financial centers in the world, London, England. A classic overview of wealth management will be addressed; but the emphasis will be on the most innovative ways to build and manage wealth utilized by investment advisors. The course will show the best ways to make money given the current state of the world's financial markets. The class will learn to trade and build portfolios of assets using actual real-time data. Field trips to London-based financial institutions will supplement class discussions.

MSCI:3290 Supply Chain Management (Prof. Barry Thomas) 

Supply chains are the networks of organizations that create and deliver a product or service to a customer.  Supply chains are the backbone of all of global commerce, and this course offers the opportunity to study them in the birthplace of the modern supply chain in London, England.  Relying on case studies, hands-on activities, and online simulations, this course will introduce the science and practice of global supply chains.  Through a series of field trips, the course also takes advantage of London's status as a supply chain hub for Europe and the world.

Wealth Management counts as one of the finance major electives.  Supply Chain will fulfill a major elective for students currently majoring in BAIS or future BAIS students.  For non-BAIS majors, the course will fulfill MSCI:3000 Operations Management, a business core requirement. 


The online application opened July 1. Applications due Friday, September 11.

Applications will be reviewed weekly beginning in mid-August.

Enrollment Targets

Enrollments must meet at least 25 students in order for the course to be offered. No more than 31 students can be accommodated in each course.

Program Fee

The program fee is expected to be $3,100.

What's Included:
The fee for the two-week experience includes a 3 s.h. course, cultural events that tentatively include a welcome dinner, a half-day coach tour of London, a tour of St. Paul's Cathedral or an historic site, a day trip to Stonehenge and Windsor, a theater performance, company or site visits and speakers, a travel pass for unlimited travel in central London (buses and subway), on-site orientation and support in London, wifi, and housing in shared flats in central London with cooking and free laundry facilities.

What's Not Included:
Round trip airfare overseas, meals, and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. The estimate for these expenses is approximately $2,200 depending on cost of airfare.

A special note to international students

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter’s study abroad program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency’s website to find out if you need to apply. If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS), 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Purchasing Airline Tickets

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. In late September, students will be informed about whether there is sufficient interest to offer the trip. Directions about purchasing tickets will be shared at that time.


UI Study Abroad offers a limited number of need-based grants and merit-based scholarships for undergraduates.

The Tippie College offers Study Abroad Scholarships. Application Deadline is November 1

Information Sessions

All sessions hosted in S104 PBB

Tuesday, August 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Wed. August 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Friday, August 28 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 1 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 3 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Friday, September 4 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Wed. September 9 from 5:15-6:00 p.m.

Information Table

Thursday, August 27 from 11:30am to 12:30 p.m., Howe Galleria, PBB
Monday, August 31 from 10:30-12 and 4-5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Tippie Fest, PBB Patio

Meet Your Classmates

Friday, October 2 from 2:30-5:00pm., S401 PBB

Pre-Departure Orientation (Required)

Select one of the following:
Friday, November 13 from 9:30am to 11:30am, S401 PBB OR
Wed. November 18 from 3:30-5:30pm., S401 PBB

Pre-Departure Class Meeting (Required)

Each class will have a required class meeting immediately following the Thanksgiving break.

For more information:

Contact Shari Piekarski or Matt Edwards or call the Undergraduate Program Office at 319-335-1037.