For nearly 50 years, Lawrence students have studied abroad with our London Centre program which has provided life-changing experiences. Participants engage the resources of London through experiential courses for a term, learn from the city, and continue making progress toward their Lawrence degree program(s). The London Centre continues to be Lawrence's most popular off-campus study program.
Summer 2020 - Virtual Programme!
Explore British Culture - Join the FUN!
Interested in learning more about British life and culture? Join the Lawrence University London Centre this summer as we meet up - virtually! - to explore the U.K. through the lens of popular films and books as well as interactively with our World Famous London-style Pub Quizzes! If you are planning to study at the London Centre in 2020-2021, are an alumnus of the program, or just interested in joining the fun, all are welcome! Check out our sidebar to learn more.
Fall 2020 Visiting Professor Jeffrey Stannard
Join us Fall 2020 as the Lawrence London Centre welcomes Professor Jeffrey Stannard, Associate Dean of the Conservatory and Professor of Music at Lawrence University. His two featured classes include:
Sounding London: Identity, Space, and Place
Internationally recognized as a cosmopolitan center of artistic activity due to its history and diversity, London offers unsurpassed opportunities to hear live music. For this course, students will attend a wide range of musical events, from traditional concerts to innovative - and perhaps even surprising - performances. Discussion will focus on how factors such as identity, space, and place affect the way we experience music.
Music and the Great War
In this course, students will look at the roles music played during the Great War and explore ways the conflict affected the creation and performance of music of all types, from the concert hall and the home front to the trenches. By looking back through the lens of the 21st century, we will consider how the music was originally created and experienced and how musical meaning and perception can change due to differing contexts and perspectives.
There are no pre-requisites for these courses.
Two Terms in London
We encourage students to study at the London Centre for two consecutive terms. Spending two terms at the London Centre allows students greater immersion into and engagement with the range of opportunities in London. And with our new financial aid policy, it has never been so easy and affordable to study abroad!
A second term will give you extra time for a more in-depth exploration of London and networking in your field of interest. In your second term, you will take "British Life and Culture II" (registered as an Independent Study UNIC 399) allowing more time to delve into the intricacies of British culture. BLC II students participate in an adjusted version of the core British Life and Culture course and work with the instructor in adapting your participation and assignments for the second term. You will be included in some aspects of the course that all students take but you will explore an individualized area or project of your interest in your second term be it poetry, sports culture, literature, music, history, or other areas. As BLC II is a different course, you will not duplicate material of BLC.
Choosing to participate in our internship programme could allow you to connect with Londoners on a new level and gather professional experience working abroad - a real bonus on any graduate's resume, as employers highly value the experience of long-term study abroad in candidates. Please note that an internship placement in one location may not be possible for two consecutive terms. If an internship for two terms is of interest to you, please be in contact with the Off-Campus Programs Office.
You might also consider possibilities for London to feature in your senior experience work. You could develop your ideas during an Independent Study in London, conduct your own research project or gather ideas for your project while working closely with either your academic advisor in Appleton or London based faculty.
Participating in the program in winter and spring terms allows for the easiest transition and smoothest immigration path. There are only a few days between winter and spring terms, which makes studying in London for these two consecutive terms a hassle-free experience - no need to move housing or spend money on an additional flight. Participating in the program in fall and winter terms is also possible but requires more coordinated planning and preparation. In certain circumstances, we may need to limit fall/winter participation due to our annual allocation for immigration sponsorship required for fall/winter students.
Students interested in participating in the program for two consecutive terms should work with the Off-Campus Programs office while planning and applying to the program.