The London College of General Studies (CGS) Summer Program in the Humanities offers a unique opportunity for CGS students who have completed their first year and are interested in literature, the arts, and philosophy. The required courses focus on how the humanities reflect and affect the social, political, and scientific contexts in which they are produced. Students take classes at the centrally located BU London Academic Center. Field trips to museums, parks, famous homes, and theaters of London and surrounding areas complement the coursework.

  • Boston University CGS students who have completed their first year
  • Completion of CGS HU 101
  • Admission requirements for all programs
The required courses focus on how the humanities reflect and affect the social, political, and scientific contexts in which they are produced. Museums, parks, famous homes, and theaters of London and surrounding areas complement the coursework.

Students in enroll in these courses:

  • CGS HU 102 Breaks with Tradition in the Humanities (4 credits)
    • This course focuses on literature and art from Romanticism (the late 18th century) to the present, emphasizing thematic and structural breaks from artistic conventions of the past. Readings will include poems, short fiction, and plays, and trips will be taken to some of the following sites: Westminster Abbey, the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern Galleries, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London theaters, London parks, Oxford University, and authors’ homes.
    • Syllabus
  • CGS HU 201 Western Ethical Philosophy I (4)
    • This course traces the development of western ethical philosophy from Socrates (5th-century Athens) to Nietzsche (19th-century Europe). Students read key philosophic texts (complete works and excerpts) and apply ethical constructs to present day situations. Trips will be taken to some of the following sites: British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Westminster Abbey, the Tate Britain, and London theaters.
    • Syllabus
Program Residences

  • Accommodations are apartment-style suites in BU’s own housing in the centrally located South Kensington neighborhood. All residences are approximately a 15-minute walk from the BU London Academic Center. Bedrooms consist of doubles, triples, and quads and all bedrooms come with an en-suite bathroom. Limited single rooms are available on a space-available basis for a supplemental fee.
  • Fully equipped kitchens are available within BU housing. Kitchens are shared between approximately 6–14 students.
  • Students are responsible for budgeting their own cost of meals. Board isn’t included in this program.
  • BU London does not have dining hall facilities, but there are ample grocery stores, restaurants, and other amenities in the immediate area surrounding the residences.
  • All buildings are within walking distance to local transportation, including the London Tube and bus systems.
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the basements of all residences. Cost of laundry is not included in the program fee.
  • Students have access to the BU London Library for research and printing purposes. For recreational and social activities, students may take advantage of the BU London Social Programme as well as the clubs and societies of Imperial College London.
  • WiFi is available throughout all the BU buildings.
  • Summer Term: Late June to early August
  • Summer Term: December 1