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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 is now open. Applications are due Friday, September 9 and will be reviewed weekly beginning in August. For more information contact Shari Piekarski or Matt Edwards.

Program dates 2016-2017

Depart US: Tuesday, December 27
Arrive in London: Wednesday, December 28
Depart London: Tuesday, January 10

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Courses

You will have the choice between two courses while you are in London. Choose one that sparks your interest or one that fits your major. These are the courses that will be offered this winter:

Sports Economics (ECON:3690)

Theory and literature of economic issues in professional sports; issues such as relative advantages of large-and small-market teams, city subsidies for baseball and football stadiums, star players' true value to their teams; ideas from introductory economics (such as demand and cost curves) combined with additional economic theory, statistical evidence, and information about particular sports. (3 s.h.)

Description specific to London to be announced. In the past, students have had visits to Wimbledon, Fulham Football Club, the Olympic site, and guest lecturers from the area.

  • Prerequisites: ECON:1100 and ECON:1200
  • Requirements: 2.75 UI GPA or consent of program director

International Finance (FIN:4240)

International monetary systems, exchange rate determination, use of currency derivative in hedging and risk management, currency swaps, foreign direct investment, international corporate finance, international capital budgeting, international portfolio investment, Third World debt, privatization, joint ventures.

Description specific to London to be announced. In the past, students have had visits to Lloyds of London, Principal Global Investors, Bank of England, and guest lecturers from the financial sector.

  • Prerequisite: FIN:3000
  • Requirements: 2.75 UI gpa or consent of program director

 

Program fees

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

What's included:

  • 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 other historic site
  • Day trip to Stonehenge and Windsor
  • Night out at the theater
  • Company or site visits and speakers
  • Unlimited travel pass to explore London
  • On-site orientation and support in London

What's not included:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses

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.

Apply for Tippie Scholarships

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).