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England: London - USD Summer Program (Summer)
London, England (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer,
Program Cost
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/02/2016 ** Rolling Admission 07/30/2016 08/20/2016

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 0 (in good academic standing)
Professor(s): Dr. Bahar Davary, Dr. Brian Clack, Dr. Craig Barkacs, Dr. Cynthia Caywood, Dr. David Hay, Dr. Eric Pierson, Dr. Frank Jacobitz, Dr. Kenneth Bates, Dr. Linda Barkacs Internships: No
Disciplines offered: Arts and Sciences - non science, Business, Core, Engineering Accomodations: Residence halls
Prerequisite(s): varies Program Advisor: Sabrina Kaiser -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

Parliament and London Eye


USD Summer Program



NOTE: Students can only take ONE course on the London program!



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
COMM 480: British Media  Dr. Eric Pierson
ENGL/THEA 494: London Plays in Production Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay
ETLW 302D: Business and Society Drs. Linda and Craig Barkacs
MENG 260: Intro to Thermal Sciences  Dr. Frank Jacobitz
MKTG 420: Consumer Behavior Dr. Kenny Bates
PHIL 330: Ethics Dr. Brian Clack
THRS 315: Introduction to Islam Dr. Bahar Davary 

Course Descriptions

COMM 480- British Media 
Professor: Dr. Eric Pierson
Pre-requisite: None

The goal of the course is to develop an awareness of international communication, with the United Kingdom as our focus. We will examine the way in which media systems are used to create national identities and shape cultural expectations. The course will highlight the role of public policy and globalization in the formation and maintenance of media systems. Through a daily series of questions and interactions with local media professionals, the course will examine to ways in which politics, culture, social normality, conflict, and civic responsibility are processed, in and outside of geographic boundaries. Trips to the BBC, BFI, Film London, The Guardian, and the Advertising Council will allow us the opportunity to compare British media systems to those in the United States.

ENGL/THEA 494- London Plays in Production
Professors: Dr. Cynthia Caywood & Dr. David Hay
Pre-requisite: None

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.

Additional Information: ENGL fuflills English major requirement and Literature core requirement. THEA fufills Theatre Arts major requirement and the Fine Arts core curriculum requirement.

ETLW 302D- Business and Society
Professor: Drs. Linda and Craig Barkacs
Pre-requisite: 60 units and MATH 130 or 150

This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills.

Additional Information: Course is required of all Majors in the SBA; fulfills the D requirement and meets the requirement for the Environmental Studies minor.

MENG 260- Intro to Thermal Sciences 
Professor: Dr. Frank Jacobitz
Pre-requisite: MATH 151 and PHYS 270

MENG 260, Introduction to Thermal Sciences is a sophomore-level engineering course and is required for mechanical engineering (ME) students. This course is also a pre-requisite for junior-level ME classes. The course covers basic engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer with a strong focus on the first topic. Thermodynamics considers the effects of heat and work interactions on a substance and it is the foundation of energy conversion from thermal to mechanical and electrical forms. Such an energy conversion is found in most forms of power generation, including fossil fuel or nuclear power plants, internal combustion engines, and also renewable energy sources such as solar thermal power plants or ocean thermal energy conversion plants.

MKTG 420- Consumer Behavior 
Professor: Dr. Kenny Bates
Pre-requisite: 60 units and MATH 130 or 150

This course explores how consumers process information and make decisions. Influence factors, such as attitudes, learning, personality, culture, motivation, perception, and reference groups on consumer decision making are examined. The emphasis is on understanding the decision-making process and its application to the development of sound marketing strategy.

PHIL 330- Ethics 
Professor: Dr. Brian Clack
Pre-requisite: None

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).

Additional Information: Fulfills Philosophy major requirement and Ethics core requirement.

THRS 315- Islamic Faith and Practice in London
Professor: Dr. Bahar Davary
Pre-requisite: THRS 110 and 112

Islam is the fastest growing religion in London. Muslims comprise 12.5% of the population, making them the largest religious minority in the capital.  While the first Muslims to migrate to England were Yemenis and Somalis today the majority are descendants of the immigrants from the Indian sub-continent, especially Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. The overall Muslim population is very diverse.

In this course the students will learn the religious foundations of Islam, its beliefs, rituals, law, history, as well as issues of immigration and integration of Muslims, issues such as halal food festival, the hijab, the mosque, and the perceived threat of Islamization of Europe. We will discuss how a strong Muslim presence impacts British society and politics and what effects living in London have on second, third, fourth generation Muslim immigrants. We will be visiting the Islamic College of London, Muslim neighborhoods and markets in East end of London (where 40% of population is Muslim), the Islamic Cultural Center and the London Central Mosque.     

Additional Information: Fulfills upper division THRS Core requirement.


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. 


London Eye Ferris Wheel
Indian Dinner on Brick Lane
Oxford Day Trip
Hampton Court OR Buckingham Palace OR Tower of London

CALENDAR (tentative)

London Summer 2016 Calendar