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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: CSULB applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.6 Program Type: CSULB Semester Program
Language of Instruction: English Language Requirements: None
Class Standing: Advanced Sophomore, Junior, Senior Financial Aid: ASI-CSULB Scholarship, Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B, EOP Grant, Pell Grant, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Private Loans, SEOG Grant, Stafford Loan, SUG Grant, Veteran's Benefits
Areas of Study: British Life and Culture, GE Capstones, Internship, Liberal Studies, Sociology
Program Description:
LONDON SEMESTER

CSULB London Semester is offered every spring (in partnership with CSU Fullerton) in London, England. 
Courses are taught by CSULB and CSUF faculty and open to sophomore/junior/senior students with a minimum 2.6 GPA. You pay CSULB tuition and may use all eligible Financial Aid.  A 3-unit internship related to your major field of study is optional.

Program Dates: January 25 - April 26, 2019

Program Cost in London:
  • $8,545 (homestay option)—twin room that includes breakfast 5 days per week plus kitchen privileges for other meals, wireless internet, London travel pass (Zones 1-3) for unlimited use of underground trains and buses, 3-day orientation program (includes half-day sightseeing tour), weekly cultural activities.
  • $9.945 (shared apartment)—twin room that is fully furnished with kitchen, wireless internet, London travel pass (Zones 1-2) for unlimited use of underground trains and buses, 3-day orientation program (includes half-day sightseeing tour), weekly cultural activities. 
CSULB Tuition: $2,736

Insurance: $46

Click here for program flyer: London Semester.sp.19.pdf

How it works: You take 12 units of course work while in London.  All students must enroll in British Life and Culture (3 units).  You then select a combination of courses from the CSULB or CSUF professors (although seats are limited in the CSUF courses). You also have the option of a 3-unit internship. 

Courses for Spring 2019
   
Required Course:
C/LA 305 British Life & Culture (3 units)    
This course takes a social, historical and cultural approach to contemporary British society and examines its traditions and institutions to better understand the British way of life. This course includes lectures by guest British faculty and related field trips to the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, and the Houses of Parliament among others.
CR/NC Taught by British faculty
   
Additional Course selections:
AH 432: Museum and Gallery Practices: Writing about Contemporary Art—the London scene (Click here for draft course itinerary: AH 432 London 2019.docx)
(3 units) upper-division GE, Category C, Writing Intensive, Capstone)
Beyond her wealth of historical museums and artifacts, London has become a major contemporary art capital since the rise of the “YBAs” (young British artists) in 1990s. This major metropolitan is also a thriving hub for the interaction of contemporary art, music, fashion, and performance. This course is based on field trips to select London museums, galleries, alternative spaces, artist studios, and public art, where students will learn art appreciation, as well as the craft of observation, note-taking, and description. In class, students will practice research, analysis, synthesis, writing, peer-review editing, and oral presentations about topics related to art and popular culture. We will explore the various types of art scenes, question the similarities and differences between “art” and “culture,” and address key theoretical problems in art history and criticism. We will also meet with members of the contemporary art network and community in London to learn first-hand about their vocations and career stories. 

Taught by Professor Nizan Shaked*
School of Art, CSULB

UNIV 301: London Figures Who Transformed World Culture (Click here for draft course itinerary UNIV 301 London 2019.docx)
 (3 units) [GE, capstone, global issues, writing intensive]
Some of the most significant thinkers, whose work has shaped the world, as we know it today, have lived and worked in London. This course will use London as a lab to study their ideas and find where they left their mark on the city. Emphasizing general knowledge and critical thinking, we will read works by and about Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, the proto-feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the Bloomsbury group and its influential member John Maynard Keynes, and more. Through fieldtrips and walking tours we will learn about the places they traversed and worked, and observe where their influence manifests today. Class workshops will expand the scope to how their key ideas impacted the analysis of the postcolonial condition; issues around migration, community and identity formation; urban geography and economics; or questions of social justice. Students will practice cultural and institutional analysis by preparing presentation about the locations we will visit, and analyzing films, and literary works. Students will learn to perform background research and prepare literature reviews, take notes, describe their object, analyze it, and articulate their findings in oral presentations and written form. 

Taught by Professor Nizan Shaked*
School of Art, CSULB

GEOG 373: Global Cuisines (3 units) [GE - E]—on a space available basis
In the London program, we will focus on past and present cuisines of London, including migrant cuisines and the relationships between food and empire. In particular, we will examine the influx of new foods from Britain’s expanding colonial trade in the 17th to 19th centuries, and the rise of immigrant cuisines including Chinese, Indian, African and Afro-Caribbean. The rise and spread of tea consumption will also be examined. The class will include exploring food markets and sampling various London cuisines.

Taught by Professor April Bullock
CSU Fullerton*

ART 311: Foundations of Modern Art (3 units) [GE - C.3]—on a space available basis
In the London program, we will visit a wide variety of museums and art collections across the city that hold spectacular collections of art, focusing on works from the 18th century to the end of the 19th century. In addition to painting and sculpture, we will also look at decorative arts and architecture.

Taught by Professor April Bullock
CSU Fullerton*


Additional course options:
Internship (Unpaid, 3 units)
Students may make arrangements to enroll in a Directed Studies course in their major.




*Nizan Shaked, Professor of Art and Museum Studies. Professor Shaked is an art and cultural historian who specializes in contemporary art and museum studies, with extensive knowledge about historical and present art and culture in London and the UK. She teaches GE, upper division and graduate lecture courses on these topics at CSULB, and is currently serving as the Curatorial Studies Fellow at the program for Modern and Contemporary Art History, Curating and Criticism at Edinburgh University, where she lectured over the summer, will be giving a seminar this November, and two additional seminars in the Spring. As both her current book and her forthcoming one are published and contracted by UK presses, she has traveled there numerous times in the recent years, forging a network of connections in London, formed by individuals who can provide her with insider information and tips about where to take our students for a truly unique experience of the city.

**April Bullock is a Professor at CSUF. She holds a PhD in modern European history with a specialty in modern Britain. Her research has explored the underworld of the Victorian arts community in London and how food and culture have defined nation, and transformed relations between the household, the market, and the land in Britain. An experienced traveler, she led the CSUF London semester abroad in spring, 2006, and the Ireland summer program in 2014, 2015, and 2018.


There are tons of excursions to add to your adventure in London! Check out CSULB Student Tzu Han's day trip to Stonehenge and the Winchester Museum and Cathedral!





For London Semester advising, contact Tzu-Han Hsu in the Study Abroad office (Tzu-Han.Hsu-sa@csulb.edu).

Testimonial:
Testimonial:
The classes were very interactive and experience-based. Not only did we learn material the old-fashioned way by lectures, we also ventured out into the city to apply live examples to the course material. In terms of difficulty, the courses were easier than at CSULB, however, because there are different professors every London Semester, the difficulty solely lies on the professors on that particular semester.
     — Spring, 2013 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/30/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.