In addition to being well-suited to fulfill a variety of general education distribution requirements, London Centre classes have no pre-requisites making them accessible to students of all majors. Most students earn around 20 units for the term.


While at the London Centre, you will take the required 2-unit British Life and Culture class and three elective classes from the list below. Students interested in customizing their experience to the London Centre may consider taking an internship, music lessons, or an independent study. Internships will have an additional application process and fee associated with them. Music lessons and independent studies are considered on a case-by-case basis. All may affect the number of elective courses you are able to take. If you have any questions, contact us!

Did you know that you can study for two terms at the London Centre?  

You can combine Winter and Spring Terms for an extended study away opportunity!

Required Classes

British Life and Culture

This required course utilizes visiting speakers, site visits, small group fieldwork and short research projects to introduce students to contemporary life in London and the United Kingdom. In the past, students have visited the Museum of London, Imperial War Museum, London Mosque, a football match, and more! With this course, students will earn two units. 


2022-2023 Electives

You will take two to three 6-unit elective courses at the London Centre, depending on if you are pursuing the optional internship, music lessons, or independent study. Contact Off-Campus Programs with any questions.

For full course descriptions, please visit our Off-Campus Programs SharePoint site.


Fall 2022

  • Art Now – Contemporary Art in London (ARHI 247)
  • Fringe Theatre in London (THAR 279)
  • London – A City Shaped by Migration (HIST/GLST 273)
  • The Grand Tour: Musical Taste and Manners in Europe 1600-1750 (MUCO 131/431)
  • Urban Anthropology of London (ANTH 372)

Winter 2023

  • 19th Century Art, Design, and Society in Britain (ARHI 246)
  • Diversity on the London Stage (THAR 257)
  • Literary London (ENG 203)
  • Modern British Politics (GOVT 385)
  • Turbulence and Transformation: Stuart England 1603-1714 (HIST 150)

Spring 2023

  • Impact of Empire on Great Britain, 1815-1914 (HIST 247)
  • London Soundscapes (TBD)
  • Shakespeare in London (ENGL/THAR 170)
  • Urban Anthropology of London (ANTH 372)
  • World Music in a Global City (TBD)

Optional Classes


Internships

Internships are one of the amazing ways you can tailor the London Centre program to your interests! With dozens of placement areas available, you are sure to find a good fit regardless of your major.

During the internship, you will participate in a one-hour weekly internship seminar and work 15-20 hours in your placement. Not only will you gain professional experience, you will also come to view London as only a true Londoner can - through your morning commute, interactions with your co-workers, and navigating workplace culture and cultural workplace differences.

If you apply for an internship, you will need flexibility, an open mind, a positive attitude, and a professional hardworking approach.  You will be challenged but you will also benefit.  You will be able to grow professionally, strengthen your interpersonal skills, network, see an industry from a different cultural context, develop time management skills, and make your London Centre experience uniquely your own.  You will learn as much about yourself as you will your host culture. 

For more details on the London Centre Internship program, including placement areas, the application process, and visa requirements, please visit our Internship page on SharePoint.


Music Lessons

If you have regularly taken music lessons on-campus and are interested to continue in London, you can sign up for a 3-unit S/U music lessons course. With this, you will earn five contact hours of private instruction from a local instructor. Lessons are partially subsidized (up to $500) and need to be arranged in advance. Typically, students taking music lessons will do so in addition to their other London Centre courses. Alternative arrangements would need to be discussed with the Off-Campus Programs office.

There is a dedicated practice space at the London Centre for students to use. The space comes with a clavinova.  If you are a piano student and prefer to practice on a piano, however, there are some locations in London, including public libraries, where you can play, either for free or for a small fee. Most students bring their own instruments.

For more information on how to register, finding an instructor, and more, please see our Music Lessons page on SharePoint.


Independent Study

Some students take advantage of London's wonderful museums and archives, as well as rich cultural offerings and history, to design an independent study unique to their area of study. This may be a great option for you for a variety of reasons. Maybe you need to work on your senior experience or capstone project? Or you want to focus more deeply on your major? Whatever the reason may be, London's undeniable wealth of resources can help you reach your goal.

If you choose to do an independent study, you will want to contact the Off-Campus Programs office as soon as possible to discuss your options. Most students will typically choose anywhere from a 2- to 6-unit IS course depending on the amount of time they will spend on their project. As part of this option, you will need to work with an Appleton-based faculty member, who will oversee your independent study. Once you have a topic in mind, faculty to work with, and you know how much time you will give to this, we will get you in touch with the London Centre director who can then help you figure out resources and logistics.

An independent study will replace one of your elective classes. For more information on how to do an independent study in London, go to our Independent Study page on SharePoint.