St. Mary's University of Minnesota (SMU)
Fall Semester: September-December
This twelve week Fall semester program, open to all majors, is located in London, one of the great cultural meccas of the world. Classes are a combination of lectures and guided field trips. Students explore first-hand the historical sites and rich resources of this renowned city. London has so many restaurants, sporting events, museums, theatres, and outdoor markets that it is impossible to experience it all in one semester.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMU) sponsors and oversees this London study abroad program. A group of 25 - 30 students participate each semester, accompanied by an SMU faculty who lives nearby. The program is designed to fulfill credits in the liberal arts, and most faculty are native professors from regional universities. The program also includes organized guided tours.
While you are in London, you will take a full load of courses for the semester. Courses offered include:
Required Courses (9 credits):
Elective Courses (3-7 credits):
LCT 375 - Global Issues: United Kingdom (3 credits)
This course is taught during the London semester abroad. It begins with an examination of The European Union and how the process of its creation and still-evolving structure compares and contrasts with the founding of the American Republic. Classes then go on to focus on the United Kingdom and those groups who stand in opposition to European federalism. A closer study of the UK considers the legacy of the Reformation, Anglicanism, British Empire and Immigration and includes an exploration of 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland, the issue of Devolution and the events of '7/7'. The course aims to acquaint students with the polictical, philosophical and moral questions exercising Europeans in the early 21st century and to identify the socio-political context out of which they have emerged.
LOND 301 - Art in London (3 credits)
This cours.e will introduce students to the history of Western art. Lectures will be supplemented by visits to the British Museum, the National Gallery, and the Tate. The objective is to familiarize students with major periods of art (Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque & Modern), artists, historical eras, and basic technical terms.
TA 301 - Theater in London (3 semester credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of British theatre. The class attends at least eight performances throughout the semester, each one relating to some aspect of British theatre.
LOND 329 - British Politics (3 semester credits)
This course will introduce students to British Politics. Topics include: 1) British institutes: Crown, Parliament, Legal System, the Church, 2) Parties and Politics: Government from 1945 to present day, 3) Power and Personalities ie., MacMillan. Thatcher., 4) On going problems ie., Devolution, Northern Ireland, European Union, 5) Influence of the Media.
LOND 431 - British Contemporary Writers (3 semester credits)
This course will introduce students to a representative selection of British writers based in the British Isles that have been active in the last 20 years. The selection will include poetry, prose, and drama. Lectures will be given on their work as well as their literary and social background.
MG 410 - International Management (3 semester credits)
This course investigates business management in the international arena. Emphasis is placed on how managers in multinational organizations address such issues as strategic analysis, organizational structure, global coordination and control, communications, inter-organizational cooperation, and human resource management.
TA 330 - Dublin Theatre Workshop (1 semester credit)
This two-week course is offered as an extension of the London Semester. The two-week workshop at the Gaiety School of Acting is intended to give students an intensive experience in the acting, technical or administrative areas of theatre production within the professional area. Participants study Irish theatre literature and hone their skills. Attending performances and visiting significant cultural sites also includes a weekend in Galway. An additional fee is required. ($2200 Special Course Fee)
TA 358 - Acting: A British Approach (3 semester credits)
This course examines the British approach to scene work and the rehearsal process. Time will be spent in working with the Standard British RP dialect. Students work with scenes written by British playwrights such as Shakespeare, Noel Coward, Tom Stoppard, and Harold Pinter.
TA 360 - London Theatre: Page to the Stage (3 semester credits)
This course explores the transfer of dramatic literature from the page to the stage. Prior to attending a London production, students analyze and interpret a given text and discuss its possible production requirements. After viewing the production students assess it based on their pre-production analysis and interpretation. ($350 Special Course Fee)
Students live in small furnished apartments (flats) located within walking distance to the classroom facility. Shops, supermarkets, and other goods and services are convenient.
Each flat consists of a kitchenette, a dining/living room, and a bath/shower. Bedrooms are mostly shared twins or triples. Students may indicate a roommate preference, but no guarantees are made. A weekly stipend is allocated to each student for self-catering. A stove and refrigerator, dishes, cutlery, furniture, bed linens and blankets are provided. Towels are not provided. The flats do not have washers or dryers, but laundromats are nearby. Students are required to buy or rent a cell phone.
For the current program charge amount, please check the Budget Sheets above or contact the Study Abroad Office. The program charge includes Lewis tuition, housing, on-site orientation, medical insurance, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee.
The program charge does not include airfare, passport and visa fees, meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program charges are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.
Please click on the Application link in the left column to learn more about the application process and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.