London Winter Session

Looking for a way to expand your global mindset? Consider 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 2019-20 program will open July 1 on the Study Abroad office website. For more information, contact Shari Piekarski.

Program dates 2019-2020

Depart US: Friday, December 27
Arrive in London: By late morning or very early afternoon, Saturday, December 28 (Note: Housing not available until after 3:00 p.m.)
Program orientation: Begins late afternoon on Saturday, December 28
Depart London: Friday, January 10. Vacate flats by 10:00 a.m.
Spring classes in Iowa City begin: Tuesday, January 21

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


Instructor: To be announced
Prerequisites: FIN:3000, FIN:3100, FIN:3200 (NOTE: FIN:3100 and FIN:3200 will be waived for this course in London if not completed)
Requirements: 2.75 UI GPA or consent of program director

This class is designed to introduce students to the global financial environment. London is the perfect place to study international finance. London remains at the top of the league of global financial centers. London possessed the world's most important currency exchange market and money market. London's investment bankers and commercial banks are among the most important in the world. This class focuses on providing a solid understanding of both the institutional and economic forces affecting the international financial markets and the firm. Such an understanding is essential as successful financial managers must be able to effectively assess the many risks and opportunities which daily affect their firms. We will study how currency markets operate, how various financial indicators are interlinked through the world markets, and their role in the recent financial crisis.

  • Instructor: Jeff Ohlmann
  • Prerequisite: MSCI:3000 (NOTE: For students taking this course to fulfill MSCI:3000, STAT:1030 is the prerequisite. For students taking this course as an elective for the BAIS major, MSCI:3000 is the prerequisite)
  • Requirements: 2.75 UI GPA or consent of program director

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 and business hub for Europe and the world.

Instructor: Dirk Laschanzky

Prerequisites: FIN:3000 and FIN:3100 (NOTE: FIN:3100 will be waived for this course only if not completed by end of Fall 2019 semester)
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 $3,000. The required study abroad fee is expected to be about $600 in addition to the program fee.

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 August 16. Students who do not apply during that round are welcome to apply for the November 1 scholarship round. It is not necessary for students to apply for both.

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Upcoming information sessions

Tuesday, August 27 4:00 p.m. S104 PBB
Wednesday, August 28 11:30 a.m. S104 PBB
Thursday, August 29 3:30 p.m. C106 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).