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.

Application

The program application for the 2017-18 program will open July 1 on the Study Abroad office website. For more information, contact Shari Piekarski.

Program dates 2017-2018

The dates for this program will be set in June 2017. Departure will be after December 25. Return will follow approximately two weeks later. 

Depart US: Wednesday, December 27, 2017.
Arrive in London: Thursday, December 28, 2017. Program begins in the afternoon on Thursday.
Depart London: Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

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Courses

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

Advanced International Marketing—Contemporary Topics in Marketing (MKTG:4000)

  • Instructor: Cathy Cole
  • Prerequisite: MKTG:3000
  • Requirements: 2.75 UI GPA or consent of program director

In this course, students will study marketing strategies and tactics that large or small organizations can deploy to expand their business beyond domestic borders. In particular, this course focuses on major issues in international marketing that are not emphasized in other classes. It covers specific international marketing challenges such as Brexit, adapting to cultural differences, branding changes, pricing and fluctuations in exchange rates, and adapting marketing communications and distribution.

The course is appropriate for 1) any students seeking a follow-up course to the basic marketing class, 2) students who plan marketing careers with a significant international component, and 3) students who plan international careers in general management or other functional areas and who want to understand more about international marketing.

Wealth Management (FIN:4340)

  • Instructor: Todd Houge
  • 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 $3,200-$3,300.

What's included in the program fee:

  • 3 s.h. course
  • Housing that includes a kitchen, laundry facilities and wifi
  • 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 application deadline for winter programs is November 1.

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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).