London Winter Session

Looking for something to do over winter break? Expand your education through the London Winter Session. This two week program will give you a glimpse into how Londoners live and the way business functions in one of the financial centers of the world.


The program application for the 2018-19 program will open July 1 on the Study Abroad office website. For more information, contact Shari Piekarski.

Program dates 2018-2019

Depart US: Thursday, December 27
Arrive in London: By late morning or very early afternoon, December 28 (F) (Note: Housing not available until after 3:00 p.m.)
Program orientation: Begins late afternoon on Friday, December 28
Depart London: Thursday, January 10. Vacate flats by 10:00 a.m.
Spring classes in Iowa City begin: Monday, January 14

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Choose a London course that sparks your interest or fits your major.

  • Instructor: Erin Johnson
  • Prerequiste: 60 s.h. completed
  • Requirements: 2.75 UI DPA or consent of program director

Change is quickly becoming a permanent fixture in the international business environment—the number of employees embarking on international assignments is increasing, technological advances are speeding the flow of information and innovations throughout the world, and there is a growing awareness that the boundaries of the business world extend beyond national borders.

London, long recognized as a center for global trade and exchange, provides a unique opportunity for us to explore the complexity and dynamism of the international business environment.  During our time in London, we will use theories and concepts from organizational behavior, human resource management, sociology, communication studies, and psychology to increase our understanding of both American business culture as well as consider the challenges faced by American businesses operating in international markets.

The class format will include field trips, guest speakers, cases, in-class activities, and group discussion.

Special attention will be paid to the following topics:

  • How culture influences interactions at both the individual and organization level
  • How frameworks for analyzing culture (e.g., Hofstede, Trompenaars) can be utilized to enhance our understanding of other cultures
  • Decision making and negotiations in an international business context
  • Motivation and leadership across cultures
  • Challenges faced by both individuals and organizations when conducting business in a cultural context that is different from their native culture
  • Best practices that lead to global virtual team success
  • Instructor: Cathy Zaharis
  • Prerequisites: FIN:3000
  • Requirements: 2.75 UI GPA or consent of program director

This course is an introductory exploration of client wealth management amidst the backdrop of one of the oldest financial centers in the world, London, England. This includes an exploration of wealth management from domestic (U.S.) and international perspectives. Although this subject necessitates some discussion of investment theory, we will approach topics from a “how to” perspective. 

The goal is to facilitate the exploration and preparation for a possible career in the wealth management profession. Students should also leave the course less intimidated about making personal investment decisions and more knowledgeable about building a diversified portfolio. We will also examine common behavioral biases that often lead to investment pitfalls or mistakes.  Where applicable, we will explore these topics from both a domestic (U.S.) and international perspective. Field trips and guest speakers from a variety of London-based financial institutions will supplement class discussions.

Program fees

The program fee is expected to be about $3,650.

What's included in the program fee:

  • 3 s.h. course
  • Housing that includes a kitchen, laundry facilities and Wi-Fi
  • Half-day coach tour of London
  • Tour of St. Paul's Cathedral or Tower of London
  • Welcome afternoon tea
  • Day trip to Windsor or Bath
  • Night out at the theater
  • Company or site visits and speakers
  • Unlimited travel pass to explore central London
  • On-site orientation and 24/7 support in London

What's not included in the program fee:

  • Round-trip airfare (estimated to be $1,200)
  • Meals ($600)
  • Personal expenses ($500)

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.

Scholarships and grants 

Study Abroad offers a limited number of need-based grants and scholarships for undergraduates. Tippie also offers its own Study Abroad Scholarships

The Winter program scholarship deadline is Sept. 10. Students who do not apply during that round are welcome to apply for the Nov. 1 scholarship round. It is not necessary for students to apply for both.

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Upcoming information sessions

Thursday, August 23 4:00 p.m. S126 PBB
Friday, August 24 3:00 p.m. S126 PBB
Wednesday, August 29 9:30 a.m. S126 PBB
Thursday, August 30 3:45 p.m. S401 PBB
Tuesday, September 4 11:00 a.m. S126 PBB

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 the 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).