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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 24 - April 24, 2020

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.20.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 2020
   
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:
Comm 411: Communication in Conflict Resolution
(3 units) upper-division GE, Category D

Students in this course study the nature and dynamics of interpersonal, intragroup, organizational, cultural and international conflicts and resolutions.  Throughout the course students learn theory and research related to conflict across these contexts.  Case studies are used for analysis and application during the course and can be easily adapted to the London semester.  Local case studies help students better understand the nature of conflict within the UK by comparing scenarios similar conflict throughout the U.S.
 
Conflict occurs when there is a perception of incompatible goals, scarce resources, or sources of power. One variable influencing this perception is culture, or our socially inherited and learned ways of living.  Culture also links individual identities to collective identity; an important aspect of understanding the basis of many ethnic and nationalist conflict. For the London course, culture will be addressed as part of conflict and resolution in a variety of ways for both Americans and Brits. 

For the Conflict and Communication course, students will develop a better appreciation that perceptions of scarce resources lay at the heart of conflict.  With a field trip to Parliament, British war museum and case studies using examples from Britain, students will see how issues of interpersonal, organizational, cultural and international conflicts are similar and different at home in the U.S. and abroad. Past and current conflicts within the UK will be addressed including cultural conflicts with Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, the political conflicts and consequences of Brexit, and peaceful resolutions between nations.

Taught by Professor Mary McPherson*
Department of Communication Studies, CSULB

UNIV 301: Language and Behavior
 (3 units) [GE, capstone, global issues, writing intensive]

Relationship to London / England:  London (and UK in general) hosts a wide variety of languages, accents, and dialects. Like other countries, the type of accent one possesses in Britain is often judged as “good” or “bad;” “high class” or “low class;”  etc.  In fact, accents and dialects are often compared to an ideal English – sometimes referred to as “the Queen’s English.”  We will explore the variations in language around the UK along with the expectations and perceptions of people speaking with language varieties.  We will also discuss the revival of Welsh and Gaelic languages in Wales and Scotland. Students will also explore language as it relates to political choices and voting – with examples of the rhetoric related the BREXIT vote.

The Language and Behavior class offers a unique opportunity to see how British colonization and other world events have shaped how we use and view language. Students will be able to compare judgments of people with various accents and dialects in the UK and perceptions in the US. We will investigate the language used by Winston Churchill and other political figures to motivate and move people. We will address the language in the Brexit campaign with behaviors and opinions that followed.  Further, students will examine the effects of American political language on British perceptions of America from a different perspective. We will discuss the Welsh language revival as part of my explanation of the importance of language and culture.  Given this, I would attempt to invite a guest speaker to share direct examples of this revival, from signage in Wales to Welsh language education.

As a writing intensive, students will write three response essays with a 2,000 word minimum for a total writing requirement of about 6,000 words.  Students will be given feedback on writing assignments in order to improve their writing throughout the semester.

Taught by Professor Mary McPherson*
Department of Communication Studies, CSULB


SOCI 371: Sociology of City Life (3 units) [GE, upper-division Category D]
Ecology, patterns of growth, institutional inequalities, social problems, cultures, and organized resistances of urban communities in global contexts.

Taught by Professor Berna Torr,
Department of Sociology

CSU Fullerton*

GEOG 373: Global Cuisines (3 units) [GE, Category E)
International dimensions of food and wine traditions in the cultural landscape. Foods and drinks that are wild, tabooed, medicinal, gendered and erotic. Migrant cuisine from Mexico, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Taught by Professor Berna Torr, 
Department of Sociology
CSU Fullerton*


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

*Mary McPherson, Professor of Communication Studies. 
**Berna Torr, Professor of Sociology at CSUF
As a social demographer, Professor Torr's research explores how changing demographic context shapes family life, health, and well-being. She examines how changes in demographic context—attributable to both historical trends and individual events, such as the experience of migration and being an ethnic minority—influence family formation, health, and well-being. Her approach to teaching stresses the value of hands-on learning and application of the research methods of sociology through individual and group research projects. In all classes, she assigns a hands-on project that (1) helps students understand how sociological research works in practice, (2) develops practical research skills, and (3) provides a venue for critical thinking and interpretation.

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).

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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 01/24/2020 04/24/2020

** 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.