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  • Locations: London, England
  • Program Terms: Program Cost, Summer
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/22/2017
Rolling Admission 07/29/2017 08/19/2017
NOTE: DO NOT book air travel until you have been accepted into the program and have received flight instructions.

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

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Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 0 (in good academic standing)
Professor(s): Dr. Alyson Ma, Dr. Biljana Adebambo, Dr. Brian Clack, Dr. Cameron Parker, Dr. Cynthia Caywood, Dr. David Hay, Dr. Diane Keeling, Dr. Florence Gillman, Dr. John Halaka, Dr. Mitchell Malachowski Internships: No
Disciplines offered: Art (ARTV), Chemistry (CHEM), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), Economics (ECON), English (ENGL), Finance (FINA), Mathematics (MATH), Philosophy (PHIL), School of Business, Theatre (THEA), Theology (THRS), Undergraduate Accomodations: Residence halls
Prerequisite(s): varies Program Advisor: Justin Berens -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

Parliament and London Eye


USD Summer Program


Program still accepting applications on a space-available basis.
Contact Justin Berens ( to open an application today!



London, the theatre mecca, is one of the world's most exciting and visited cities. There are numerous sites to see in this bustling metropolis, but the real joy of London is often found in exploring the lesser-known highways and byways. London is a surprisingly green city, featuring everything from small hidden squares to large public spaces such as Victoria, Hyde, Regents, and St. James' parks.

The University of San Diego's London Summer Program was founded in 2003 by its current faculty directors, Dr. Cythnia Caywood and Dr. David Hay.  The program's mission is to immerse students in the rich and complex culture of London and Britian, and each three unit course makes full use of the London location.  Courses combine classroom study with excursions, field trips, visits to theatres, museums and cathedrals, and guest speakers drawn from the rich world of British scholarly and cultural life.

Courses Offered Professor
ARTV 101/302/403: Drawing London: Meditations on the History of Culture Through the Art of a City Dr. John Halaka
CHEM 111 (with lab): The Chemistry of Sport Dr. Mitch Malachowski
COMM 494: Cultural Studies Dr. Diane Keeling
ECON 333: International Economics Dr. Alyson Ma
ENGL/THEA 367: London Plays in Production Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay
FINA 402: Investments Dr. Biljana Adebambo
MATH 494: Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy Dr. Cameron Parker
PHIL 330: Ethics and Moral Diversity [Course Closed] Dr. Brian Clack
THRS 353: Early Christianity [Course Closed] Dr. Florence Gillman

Course Descriptions

ARTV 101/302/403: Drawing London: Meditations on the History of Culture Through the Art of a City
Professor: John Halaka

The multi-level drawing course will combine a rigorous investigation of the techniques of drawing, with a critical analysis of major and minor works from the history of art.   Over the course of the program,  students will sketch a large number of paintings, drawings and sculptures from approximately ten art museums. We will also visit several commercial and not-for-profit art galleries, as well as a couple of artist studios. As a result of the direct observation of numerous important works of art and the meditative process of drawing many of those works, the course will enable students to better understand and to creatively reflect on the aesthetic forms, stylistic traditions and cultural functions of art.The gallery and museum visits will be combined with lectures and creative work in the classroom/studio, where students enrolled in the Fundamentals of Drawing section of the course will be introduced to a variety of drawing techniques. Students enrolled in the Intermediate and Advanced Drawing sections, will use the studio/classroom to further refine their drawing skills by developing personal images informed by works of art they will select from our extensive museum and gallery visits.  Additionally, the class will spend part of everyday sketching our observations of London's numerous parks as well as its elegant historical architecture.

CHEM 111 (with lab): The Chemistry of Sport
Professor: Mitch Malachowski
Prerequisites: None
Additional Information: Fulfills physical science core with lab

This course will help students learn the basics of chemistry including atoms and molecules and structure and bonding. They will explore other chemical concepts such as acidity, reactivity, polymers and organic molecules.  We will connect these concepts to societal issues to give them an appreciation of the impact of chemistry on society. I have considerable experience in teaching courses in the history and philosophy of science in our Honors program.  I believe that incorporating many of these issues into the course would greatly enhance Chemistry 101.We will probe issues related to sport such as synthetic materials used in tennis rackets, golf clubs, soccer balls and bicycle frames and the use of performance enhancing drugs such as steroids and human growth hormone.  We will study the functions of the body including the physiology of exercise, nutrition and health along with the benefits of sports drinks and snacks and the impact of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins on performance.  Visits to historical sites, conversations with philosophers of science and helping my students see the connections between science and broader, philosophical questions would make this course come alive.  I also think it is time we bring in questions of religion and its relationship to science and I hope to make inroads in this area while offering this course.  London is an ideal place to do these things because of its rich history in helping shape science and scientific thought.  Advances in medicine, biology, chemistry, astronomy, munitions and naturalism have gone on in England for more than three centuries.  There are many opportunities for students to explore historical sites and museums such as the Science Museum of London, the Natural History Museum, and an Operating Museum. There also will be many opportunities for evening lectures such as those presented by the Royal Society of Science, the Leonardo Da Vinci society, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Royal Institute of Great Britain. We will engage the sport side of the course by visiting the 2012 Olympic site, attending a cricket match and watching tennis at Wimbledon.  We also will attend a play that touches on scientific issues. We will take advantage of what London has to offer a rich set of experiences for the students.  I will have my students keep journals based on their observations and by using prompts and I see this as a powerful way for them to explore scientific issues in London.

COMM 494: Cultural Studies 
Professor: Diane Keeling

The 20th century gave rise to a vast array of changes in Western culture as a result of the industrial revolution. These changes caused local cultures to become increasingly complex, overlapping, and fragmented. Growing populations were exposed to diverse perspectives, beliefs, norms, and patterns of behavior that altered seemingly “normal” and “natural” habits of everyday life. By the mid-1900s these changes were noted by scholars across disciplines. However, it was in 1964 that the University of Birmingham formalized the study of culture by opening a Centre of Contemporary Cultural Studies. Due in large part to stark political divideMATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151) and at least 60 units

The theory, practice, and institutions of the international economy. Topics include international trade and investment, balance of payments, foreign exchange rate determination, multinational enterprises, trade with developing countries, and international economic policy.

ECON 333: International Economics
Professor: Alyson Ma
Prerequisites: ECON 102 and (MATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151)? and at least 60 units

The theory, practice, and institutions of the international economy. Topics include international trade and investment, balance of payments, foreign exchange rate determination, multinational enterprises, trade with developing countries, and international economic policy.

ENGL/THEA 367- London Plays in Production
Professors: Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay
Pre-requisite: None
Additional Information: ENGL fuflills English major requirement and Literature core requirement. THEA fufills Theatre Arts major requirement and the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement

Be immersed in the theatre of world’s theatre capital, London!  Enjoy an eight play “season” that can include classical, modern, multi-cultural, and experimental plays and musicals, and visit venues ranging from the Royal National Theatre to abandoned warehouses.  Past productions have included such award winning shows as War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Sweeney Todd, Waiting for Godot (with Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart) and the ground-breaking productions of some of the UK’s most innovative troupes, including Propeller (“rock n’ roll meets Shakespeare”) and Punchdrunk (“an experience impossible to shake, even days later”).  The course includes a tour of the Royal National Theatre and a guided walk through Shakespeare’s London. This course fulfills the GE fine arts or literature requirement and major or minor upper division, elective requirements in both English and Theatre Arts.

FINA 402: Investments 
Professor: Biljana Adebambo
Prerequisites: FINA 300 and (MATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151) and at least 60 units

This course surveys the basic principles and techniques of security and investment analysis. It covers capital markets, stocks, fixed-income portfolios, options, futures contracts and other derivatives. Market analysis methods are examined, and sources of analytical information and their use are studied.

MATH 494: Cryptography & War: How Mathematicians Saved Democracy
Professor: Cameron Parker
Pre-requisite: Either math 250 or math 160 or permission from the instructor
Additional Information: This course counts for both the mathematics major and minor 

This course will cover the exciting field of creating and breaking ciphers, from its early wartime origins through its current everyday use in the internet age.   Our focus will include number theory, group theory, probability, statistics and information theory.   We will take several excursions around the London area, focusing on World War II and the devastating effects it had on the city and its citizens.  This will remind us that the problems we are working on are not just interesting abstract questions, but were solved by people under great stress at a time when their very way of life was being challenged.  One of the highlights will be a trip to Bletchley Park, where the German codes were first broken using methods and machines that laid the groundwork for modern programmable computers.  

PHIL 330- Ethics and Moral Diversity [Course Closed]
Professor: Dr. Brian Clack
Pre-requisite: None
Additional Information: Fulfills Philosophy major requirement and Ethics core requirement

Approaches to moral questions are enormously varied and depend upon such factors as upbringing, religious affiliation and one’s specific cultural situation. In this class, we will explore a number of diverse moral theories (those of varying religious systems, and those of different secular theorists), and consider diverse viewpoints concerning such contemporary moral problems as abortion, euthanasia, and punishment.  London is the perfect setting for this type of course, since it is a markedly diverse city and is home to a number of places of interest relevant to our concerns in this class. Hence, we will pay visits to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern Art Museum, Freud’s home, Marx’s grave, and University College London, where Jeremy Bentham’s body is on display.  We will also take in a performance at the theatre and consider the moral issues arising within the chosen play (yet to be decided).

THRS 353: Early Christianity [Course Closed]
Professor: Florence Gillman
Prerequisites: THRS 114, 116, 119 or consent of instructor
Additional Information: Fulfills upper division THRS Core requirement.

A study of the theology and religious practices of the first five centuries of Christianity. Emphasis during the London session of this course will be given to the development of earliest Christianity in the Roman province of Britain and early England during the Celtic, Romano-British and early Anglo-Saxon periods. In addition to lectures and in-depth readings on these periods, the course will include a survey of the currently known Christian sites and extant artifacts, many of which are in London itself or the nearby environs. 


Students will be living at University of Westminster in central London! Each student will have their own bedroom and their own bathroom in a flat shared with 5 other students. There is a fully-equipped kitchen in each flat. 

For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. 


Students who hold a US passport DO NOT need a visa for the London Summer Program. Students holding a passport from a country other than the US should visit the UK Embassy Visa and Immigration page to determine whether a visa is required. 


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Hampton Court OR Buckingham Palace OR Tower of London

To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)