The London Internship Program, offered fall and spring semesters and featuring 12 different academic tracks, combines a professional internship with coursework that examines a particular academic area in the context of Great Britain’s history, culture, and society. Students take classes at the centrally located BU London Academic Center. After completing the program’s five-week core phase, students spend the final eight weeks in full-time internships with organizations in the greater London area while also enrolled in a related weekly seminar course.

  • Students are accepted into one of the program’s 12 different tracks, which cover a wide variety of fields
  • All students must complete the full 16-credit program, enrolling in three academic courses and one internship course
  • Priority will be given to qualified upperclassmen
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Internship Areas & Tracks

Students must select a study area (referred to as a “track”) for the program from the list below. The track determines both the Core Course and Internship Course students will take in London.

Please note: These are examples of past internship placements only. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed.

Advertising & Marketing

  • Study European marketing techniques and advertising strategy and intern in advertising agencies or the marketing departments of London companies. Previous internships have included Brand Links, M2M, Park Village Productions, Elizabeth Arden, Allegra Foundation, and EMAP.

Arts & Arts Administration

  • Study the current art market in London. Gain an overview and learn about the funding bodies that support the arts in the UK. Intern in one of London’s art galleries, museums, preservation projects, or local arts centres. Previous internships have included Pump House Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, Acava, Cadogan Contemporary, and Westminster City Archives.

Economics & Finance

  • Study the current economic, political, and social issues affecting Britain and intern in accounting, corporate finance, financial recruitment, financial communication, financial marketing, financial publications, investment firms, or economic research. Previous internships have included Europe Economics, Capital Markets Daily, Grayling, Overseas Development Institute, LDFM, and Maurice J Bushells Accountants.

Film, Radio & Television

  • Study communications and society in Great Britain and intern for a radio, TV, or film production company. The UK media market is small by American standards. Previous internships have included Catsnake, Sky Movies, C Music Entertainment, Pilot Productions, Feelgood Fiction, and The Producers.

Hospitality & Tourism

  • Study British culture and learn how the tourism industry works in the UK. Students intern in the international hospitality industries of London. Previous internships have included the Ritz, Better Bankside, Marylebone Hotel Group, Bumpkin Group, Bloomsbury Hotel, and EMC3.

International Relations

  • Study British policy-making in an international context and the UK’s role as a prominent player in foreign affairs. Previous internships have included MENCAP, IHS/Janes, Overseas Development Institute, Nacue, and Westminster Briefing.

Journalism

  • Study Britain’s news media in the context of the political, cultural, and social life of the United Kingdom by interning at a media, magazine, publishing house, or online publication. Previous internships have included Junior Magazine, Columbus Travel Media, Big Cheese, Simon & Schuster, Cultureshock Media, and Quintessentially Publishing.

Management

  • Study international management and intern in entrepreneurship/starts-ups, business operations, or personnel departments. Previous internships have included Accelerator, Omerta Group, Citco, BE Group, Thriev, and The Connaught Hotel.

Politics

  • Study the issues and institutions of British political culture by interning in a political setting, including Parliament and party organisations. Previous internships have included various Members of Parliament, the Conservative Party Headquarters, the Labour Party Headquarters, various political party local offices, Dods and Government Knowledge.

Pre-Law

  • Study the history and practice of the law in Great Britain and intern in a British law firm. Previous internships have included JD Spicer Zeb, Bark & Co, Powell Spencer & Partners Solicitors, McCue & Partners, Julian Young & Co and O’Keeffe Solicitors.

Psychology & Health Sciences

  • Study psychology and social policy through healthcare and human services issues and intern in hospital administration, education programs, health centre administration, university research departments, community care centres or social activist organisations. Previous internships have included Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Schools, Goldsmiths University, MIND, Standing Together, Coombe Wood Unit and UCL Partners.

Public Relations

  • Study public relations as it is practiced in the UK and the EU, and intern in PR agencies or the PR departments of London companies. Previous internship placements have included Crabtree & Evelyn, LD Publicity, Bell Pottinger PR, Marks & Spencers, BrandNation and APCO.

Theatre Studies

  • Spring Only
  • Study the theatre industry in one of the most vibrant theatre scenes of the world. Students have the unique opportunity to combine coursework with hands-on experience in a full-time internship in the visual and performing arts. Previous internships have included PW Productions, the Ambassadors Theatre Group, AKA, Only Connect, Southwark Playhouse, and Tabard Theatre.

Week 1–Week 5 (Core Phase)

Students take the required core course for their track to prepare for their internships, and one elective course. Students also meet with the program's internship placement advisors to refine their area of work placement according to ability, professional goals, experience, and work habits. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Required Course

Students are automatically enrolled in the designated Core Course assigned to their track.

Students must enroll in the required core course in their track:

Advertising & Marketing

  • COM CM 521 British and European Marketing Strategy (4 credits)
    • Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of integrated marketing communications in the UK. This course focuses on advertising, sales promotion, public relations, and direct marketing. Students examine marketing strategy using British and European case studies; brand identity, and market segmentation and product positioning within the framework of pricing, promotion, and placement relative to competition. Bishop.
    • Syllabus

Arts & Arts Administration

  • CAS AH 320 Modern British Art and Design (4)
    • This course is designed as an introduction to the arts in Britain. The course should serve to widen specialists' knowledge, and to provide non-specialists with an overview. The course should cover core elements on such subjects as funding, institutions, accessibility, and value of British Arts. Donnellan.
    • Syllabus

Economics & Finance

  • CAS EC 364 Economic Policy: A British Perspective (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS EC 101, or the equivalent.
    • Recommended: CAS EC 102, or the equivalent.
    • The aim of the course is to develop in students the ability to apply microeconomic analysis to a range of economic problems and policies. On completion of the course, students should be able to integrate analytical and descriptive material to aid their understanding of the nature and causes of some key contemporary issues in modern advanced economies. In addition students will be familiar with the main microeconomic policies used within the UK and have some knowledge of relevant source material. The level of microeconomics in the course is intermediate and assumes students have completed an introductory one- or two-semester course in microeconomics. Alizadeh.
    • Syllabus

Film, Radio & Television

  • COM FT 316 British Film and TV since 1960 (4)
    • This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the ways in which film, television, radio, and other British mass media function, and how the products of British media are distributed through British culture. The course examines selected elements of the media focusing on production, marketing, promotion, and new technologies. Fanthome, Haeffner.
    • Syllabus

Hospitality & Tourism

  • SHA HF 365 British Tourism—Knowing Britain Inside and Out (4)
    • You can't market a country as you would a breakfast cereal, nor can you work successfully in a country if you don't understand what makes it tick. A country is unique, its peoples are unique, its attractions are unique. Britain is no exception. To be successful in tourism-related businesses in Britain requires specialist marketing strategies and skills together with an extensive knowledge of the country and its culture. How does the provision of tourist-related services differ in Britain? Why should I hold my annual conference in Britain rather than France, Bermuda, or Cancun? And can Britain deliver what my clients are looking for? We will examine all aspects of the British tourist industry through lectures, field trips, class discussions, and video presentations. You will acquire a basic core knowledge of Britain, be comfortable with British culture, and understand what Britain can deliver to your clients in both a leisure and business context. Charlton.
    • Syllabus

International Relations

  • CAS IR 361/PO 225 Understanding British Foreign and Domestic Policy Processes (4)
    • Presenting main policy areas and policy-making in Britain in an international context. Particular attention paid to foreign and defense policies. Focus on policy outcomes and the policy-making process with some reference to the political system and associated legal and constitutional factors.
    • Syllabus

Journalism

  • COM JO 358 British Journalism, Culture, and Society (4)
    • This course aims to offer Journalism students an introduction to the British information milieu they will encounter in their internships. The course will be an intensive study of British media in the context of the political, cultural, and social life of the United Kingdom. MacLeod.
    • Syllabus

Management

  • Questrom IM 345 International Management Environment (4)
    • Prerequisites: CAS EC 101 and CAS EC 102, or the equivalent.
    • Students enrolled in Questrom IM 345 are not permitted to take CAS IR 427.
    • This course has been designed to appeal to students who wish to gain an international perspective on the environment faced by business organizations. In today’s business environment, with the pressures of an evolving global economy, managers must take into account the many ways in which differences are apparent when compared with the domestic scene. Managers must adapt their approaches to take account of the strong international competition, which is increasingly apparent and which is critical to successful business performance. They also need to be informed as to how firm strategies may be developed. It is a must for business students to learn the international dimensions of business activities in order to be successful in today’s business world. McLarty.
    • Syllabus

Politics

  • CAS PO 221 / CAS IR 359: British Political Institutions (4)
    • Formerly CAS PO 360 / CAS IR 359.
    • This course will introduce students to the main political institutions and actors in Britain. It will focus upon the historical and cultural context of British politics and detailed consideration will be given to competing political ideas and ideologies, divergent conceptual methods drawn from the social sciences, and popular perceptions of British politics. The course aims to give you a fairly thorough knowledge of Britain, to prepare you for internships and to give you, hopefully, some enjoyment. Cousins.
    • Syllabus

Pre-Law

  • CAS PO 222 The British Legal System (4)
    • Formerly CAS PO 534.
    • The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to British legal history, basic legal reasoning, and legal theory. It aims to describe the evolution of the Common Law of England, the legal system of England, and the legal profession of England, as well as to introduce students to the study of constitutions and constitutional systems of Government. The distinctions between law and politics, and between political science and the study of law, must be explored if we are to gain a useful understanding of our two important constitutional nations. The law and custom in early Britain, the impact of the Norman Conquest, origins of the common law, and the English system of courts will be outlined. The development of the legal profession itself will also be examined. How this system came to be transplanted in America will be looked at as well as reviewing how the "English" tradition changed direction in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Denis Carey.Syllabus

Psychology & Health Sciences

  • CAS MA 113 Elementary Statistics (4)
    • Recommended for Sargent College students enrolled in the Psychology & Health Sciences Track.
    • Basic concepts of estimation and tests of hypotheses, ideas from probability; one-, two-, and multiple-sample problems. Applications in social sciences. Primarily for students in the social sciences who require a one-semester introduction to statistics; others should consider CAS MA 115 or MA 213. Please note that students cannot get credit for both CAS MA 113 and CAS MA 115. Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS PS 365 Psychology Applied to Social Issues (4)
    • Enhance students' awareness of selected current social issues in Great Britain and the policies and strategies currently pursued by government to address them. Develop students' critical appreciation of the contributions and limitations of psychological theory and research in understanding social issues and in informing potential intervention strategies to address them. Develop students' repertoire of transferable skills in communication, presentation, and participation as a means of preparation for the demands likely to be made of them during their Internship Placements. Develop student study skills in presenting coherent and informed argument both verbally and in their written work. Foster skills in self-organized and co-operative learning and develop ability for independent learning. Clift, Hammond.
    • Syllabus

Public Relations

  • COM CM 413 Problem Solving in British Public Relations (4)
    • Examines techniques commonly used by British Public Relations agencies using case studies that are drawn from specific internship placements used by the program. The course also examines the relationship among the British Press, other forms of media, and public relations agencies in general; the role of marketing and advertising versus public relations in the UK; and the growth of the public relations industry in the UK and the rest of Europe since the mid-1980s. Heller.
    • Syllabus

Theatre Studies

  • CFA TH 440 Experiencing London Theatre in the Postwar World (4)
    • Formerly CFA DR 443
    • The course will introduce the student to a wide range of current theatre practice in London and will include both straight plays and a sound introduction to arts administration and reviewing live performance. The British theatre system—from West End to Fringe, from Shakespeare's Globe to Sadler's Wells—will be covered through lectures and discussions with leading practitioners across the spectrum of the craft. This course will prepare students for the wide breadth of opportunities open to them in the field of theatre arts in London. The course will cover the development of theatre as an industry in London as well as such issues as government funding for the arts, the marketing of the arts in London, and the future of the industry. Sierz.
    • Syllabus
Core Electives for All Tracks

Students enroll in one of the following elective courses. These courses are open to all tracks. Some have a limited enrollment and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • CAS AH 319 Arts and Media in Britain (4 credits)
    • Fall only
    • Formerly CAS IP 406
    • This course is designed as an introduction to the arts in Britain. The course should serve to widen specialists’ knowledge, and to provide non-specialists with an overview. The course should cover core elements on such subjects as funding, institutions, accessibility, and value of British Arts.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS AH 388 British Painting from Holbein to the Twentieth Century (4)
    • Recommended elective for Arts & Arts Administration.
    • This course provides an introduction to British painting, and it is intended for students who have a major or minor in art history. The structure of the course is broadly chronological, covering the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth. The course offers students the unique opportunity of studying the artworks in London galleries and museums. Enrollment is limited. Donnellan.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EC 322 Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa (4)
    • Prerequisite: EC 101 or EC 102, or equivalent.
    • Examines the economic structure, institutional evolution, and political configuration in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Issues addressed include legacies of the colonial era, the impact of oil, and the problem of industrialization in resource-based economies.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EC 330/CAS IR 336 European Business Environment: Institutions and Enterprise (4)
    • The European Union is continually evolving. This course addresses key factors and issues facing European businesses, and other firms doing business in the European "single market," including the EU's security environment and its efforts to develop a regional defense economy. It presents an understanding of current (and relevant past) political, economic, security, and social conditions shaping the development of the European Union. During the fall and spring there will be a trip to Brussels, which will include visits to NATO, the European Parliament, and other European institutions. Macdonald.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EC 346 European Capital Markets (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS EC 102, or the equivalent.
    • Recommended elective for Management & Finance.
    • Familiarizes students with the structure of the European financial system, covering the principal financial markets and institutions, and the analytical concepts and tools that help explain the processes of price formation and the behavior of participants in these markets. The major financial markets the course covers are spot and foreign exchange dealings, the Eurocurrency and Eurobond markets, futures and options, and swaps and options. Essential background theory is combined with an emphasis on actual events and activities of the major players. Pilbeam.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EN 310 British and Irish Writing: Poetry and the Novel since 1900 (4)
    • Recommended elective for all tracks.
    • This course aims to provide the student with an appreciation of texts selected from a variety of representative and influential modern authors. Students will be provided with requisite contextual information regarding biographical, social, and political backgrounds to assist them with the development of the skills and vocabulary that are needed to foster competent and persuasive literary interpretation.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EN 387 Writing in Today's Britain: Meet the Writer (4)
    • Formerly CAS IP 406
    • Examines very recent texts of many genres in English, by both new and experienced contemporary writers, in the context of both literary history and the marketplace. Issues include: Freedom of speech, roles of literary agent and editor, literary integrity. Condé.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS HI 249/WS 310 London Women's Social History from Aphra Behn to the Blitz (4)
    • This course examines the lives of women in London over the past three centuries from a social history perspective. Students will study patches of history from the 1660s and up to and including the role of women during the Second World War. One of the aims is to introduce and broaden students' experience of working with primary source materials and London is a splendid resource for students who are interested in this aspect of studying and writing history.
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  • CAS HI 252 Class, Power and the Making of British Identity (4)
    • Formerly CAS HI 326
    • Interdisciplinary study (art, architecture, literature) of the legacy and history of the British self-image. Aims to develop an understanding of Britain’s unique character through study of historical, political, and cultural contexts. Lectures, discussions, and three guided field trips. Thornhill.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS MA 113 Elementary Statistics (4)
    • Priority will be given to Sargent College students enrolled in the Psychology & Health Sciences Track.
    • Basic concepts of estimation and tests of hypotheses, ideas from probability; one-, two-, and multiple-sample problems. Applications in social sciences. Primarily for students in the social sciences who require a one-semester introduction to statistics; others should consider CAS MA 115 or MA 213. Please note that students cannot get credit for both CAS MA 113 and CAS MA 115. Carries MCS divisional credit in CAS.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS PO 220/CAS IR 335 Britain and Europe—A New Beginning (4)
    • Formerly CAS PO/IR 335
    • Recommended elective for all tracks.
    • Examines the changing social, cultural, political, and economic structures of Britain at the end of the twentieth century. Introduction to current debates about the future of the United Kingdom in its relationship with Europe. Cousins.
    • Syllabus
  • CFA TH 508 Contemporary British Theatre (4)
    • Enrollment limited
    • Formerly CFA DR 507
    • Provides students with access to contemporary British theatre and the critical tools to understand and enjoy theatre from the perspectives of the playbooks and the productions themselves. This course surveys and offers explanation of the major developments that have taken place in British theatre since 1956. Coursework focuses on students' theatre visits, which occur once every week and include both mainstream and fringe theatre productions. The plays are discussed prior to attendance, and students are expected to provide a critique of the works they have seen. Read.
    • Syllabus
  • COM CM 334 Advertising in the UK (4)
    • Recommended elective for Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations.
    • Examines the structure and organization of UK mass media from a commercial and business perspective. In particular, terrestrial and satellite TV, billboard and transport, newspapers and magazines, and radio and film are examined in a practical advertising context. Evans.
    • Syllabus
  • COM CM 457 Seminar in Global Promotional Strategies (4)
    • In this course, students will develop a critical appreciation of both the opportunities and challenges associated with the increasing globalization of markets and the rationale for global promotional strategies. Students reflect on both theory and application of international marketing, gaining insights from companies and how they adjust their marketing and promotional strategies to the international macro-environment. Jichev.
    • Syllabus
  • COM FT 318 British Television Studies (4)
    • Recommended elective for Film & Television.
    • Examines the content and form of British television programs, contrasting it with American programming. Special emphasis is placed on the study of genres and conventions. Genres will focus on drama, news, comedy, consumer affairs, children’s television, sports, and others, and these are explored in the light of Britain’s cultural and political identity. Fanthome.
    • Syllabus
  • Questrom FE 449 Corporate Finance Management (4)
    • Prerequisite: FE 323 Financial Management
    • Covers the financial manager's role in obtaining and allocating funds. Includes topics such as cash budgeting, working capital analysis, dividend policy, capital investment analysis, and debt policy as well as their associated risks. Valuation of companies, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy are covered. The course requires using financial models and spreadsheets. Applications are made to current events and everyday business finance problems.
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Week 6–Week 13 (Internship Phase)

Students participate in London's work life through assigned internships that complement their particular academic concentration and personal goals. Students intern full time, four days a week, while enrolled in a weekly elective course. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Internship Course

Students are automatically enrolled in the appropriate Internship Course assigned to their track.

The course number will depend on the area of specialization in which the student completes his or her internship.

Advertising & Marketing
  • COM CM 471 Internship in Advertising & Marketing
Arts & Arts Administration
  • CAS AH 505 Internship in the Arts/Architecture/Art Administration
Economics & Finance
  • CAS EC 497 Internship in Economics & Finance
Film, Radio & Television
  • COM FT 493/494 Internship in Film, Radio & Television
Hospitality & Tourism
  • SHA HF 390 Field Placement in Hospitality Administration
International Relations
  • CAS PO 405/IR 455 Internship in International Organizations
Journalism
  • COM JO 411 Internship in Journalism
  • COM JO 413 Internship in Broadcast Journalism
Management
  • CAS EC 497 Internship in Management
Politics
  • CAS PO 401/IR 451 Internship in Politics Abroad
Pre-Law
  • CAS PO 403 Internship in Comparative Law
Psychology & Health Sciences
  • CAS PS 495 Internship in Health & Human Services
  • SAR HS 405 Health Science Practicum
  • SAR HS 410 Field Experience: Human Physiology
Public Relations
  • COM CM 471 Internship in Public Relations
Theater Studies
  • CFA TH 543/544 Professional Theater Initiative Internship

Internship Components

  • The student's performance at the internship (evaluated by the supervisor)
  • An internship seminar and related assignments (graded by BU London faculty)

Please note: The final internship course grade is determined solely by the coursework submitted for the internship seminar.

Elective Courses (Internship Phase)

These courses are taught concurrently with the internship/work placement. There are elective classes offered in the placement phase that are open to all tracks, though some of those are geared toward specific tracks. There are also track-specific courses. Students are encouraged to enroll in the course that is specifically designed for their tracks/internships. Please note that some courses have a limited enrollment, and priority will be given to students registered in the track for which the course was designed.

  • CAS AH 381 London Architecture & Urbanism (4 credits)
    • Free elective open to all tracks and is also track-specific elective for the Arts track.
    • This course aims to provide an introduction to the history of London and its buildings. The growth of the city as a historical phenomenon, covering early-modern London to the present day and the development of various architectural styles will be discussed in the context of social, political, economic, and social change. The course is aimed at a wide audience rather than architectural specialists, although some familiarity with British history is helpful. Donnellan, Evenden, Scott, and Turvil.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS AH 411 Writing About Art and Society: Perception, Display, and Criticism (4)
    • Spring only
    • Examines the relationship between art and society via theoretical and critical readings and visits to London’s museums, galleries, and public art exhibits, focusing on how best to address the non-specialist audience and whether art is “necessary” to the public. Cumming.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EN 357 Modern British Drama: A Critic's Perspective (4)
    • Students enrolled in TH 440 are not permitted to take this course.
    • Offers a broad critical study of the major developments in British drama over the past 50 years. Through the eyes of a leading theater reviewer, the work of specific playwrights is analyzed in detail, and students are expected to produce written and oral critical analyses of plays read and observed during the course. Sierz.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EN 368 Seminar in Shakespeare Studies (4)
    • This course aims to provide the student with an appreciation of the nature of Shakespeare’s achievement through the study of four plays in class sessions and the option of reading one other play that the student may choose for his or her directed study. The sessions will naturally involve some discussion of the general background of Shakespeare and his works, with time being devoted to the various thematic, structural, and historical issues that arise from a study of his plays. For the greater part of the course, however, time in class will be devoted to a close critical reading of various sections of the plays in order to give the student the opportunity to gain an intimate understanding of the verbal and dramatic qualities of Shakespeare’s genius, and of the myriad ways in which meanings are expressed through the language, imagery, structure, and dramatic possibilities of the works themselves.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS EN 388 Contemporary British Literature (4)
    • Formerly CAS IP 403
    • Through the intensive study of several recent literary texts students will learn more about the British psyche, culture, and history that generated them. They will hopefully be confronted with some of the most important aspects of the human condition, both in a sense of that condition as peculiarly British and as a generality. Charalambides.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS HI 243/CAS IR 392 Britain and the European Question: The Confluence of History and Politics (4)
    • Formerly CAS HI 255/CAS IR 392
    • This course provides an overview of Britain's relations with Europe between 1945 and 1992 in the context of ongoing debates concerning national sovereignty and national modernization, losing an empire and maintaining a world role, and the "special relationship" with the United States. Thornhill.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS HI 250 British Youth Culture from 1950 to the Present (4)
    • Prerequisite: completion of one university-level History course, or one university-level Sociology course.
    • Course looks at the impact of black and white cultures of America on Britain; also the influence of Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and British folk traditions, in the context of social change in the second half of the 20th century. Weight.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS HI 251 Cultural Capital: The History of Popular Culture in London (4)
    • Formerly CAS HI 320
    • Prerequisite as of fall 2010: one undergraduate-level History course.
    • Traces the development of popular culture in London from the late eighteenth century to the present. Concerned with popular cultural "texts" as well as popular cultural sites. Organized chronologically, from the early origins of modern culture to the present. Peplar.
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  • CAS HI 253 London at War: From the Home Front to the Frontline (4)
    • Spring only
    • Examines ways in which the two world wars influenced British society and changed social identities. Explores and evaluates English war experiences through dimensions of gender, race/ethnicity, and class. Includes lectures, field study visits, and discussion.
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  • CAS PO 223 Issues in Contemporary Politics (4)
    • Formerly CAS PO 358
    • Designed to place in context British/EU political and trade relations; crime, punishment, and social justice; race and nationalism; fascism and the extreme right today; feminism, sexuality, and women in politics; Anglo-American problems of public administration; and pressure groups, the police, and industrial relations. Sullivan.
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  • COM FT 317 British Cinema and Society (4)
    • This course offers a combined social history and technological survey of British film making since World War II. The selected films provide vivid points of departure for an understanding of how British society has evolved. The course surveys the changing nature of modern British culture and society, using the products of the British movie industry as the main source of evidence. Most films fall outside of the category of British films that have made an impact in the United States market. Students will witness the cinematic version of the "other side" of Britain. One of the main themes of this "other side" is social class, which sets the agenda for most of the themes explored in the class. Special attention is also given to the differences between cinematic and historical versions of such themes. Dodson.
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  • COM FT 344 European Cinema: From Festival Circuit to the Big Screen (4)
    • This course examines the economics and cultural politics of contemporary European cinema and what they reveal about national identity, culture, language, and values. The course considers the globalization process from film festival to global marketplace, and includes visits to local festivals and guest lectures.
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Please note: Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor if taking a course outside his/her own track.

Advertising & Marketing

  • COM CM 447 International Brand Management (4 credits)
    • This course aims to build upon core marketing studies undertaken to-date on branding, and to extend these into an in-depth exploration of the role of the brand manager and the role of brands in consumers’ lives. Specifically it aims to develop the following: an understanding of the role of the brand from the perspective of the organization, society, and that of the consumer; the necessary skills to enable assessment of brand opportunities, develop appropriate responses, manage the implementation of branding decisions, and measure the effectiveness of these decisions; the ability to select from and apply appropriate academic models to support analysis and insight; and the ability to conduct and present work in a manner befitting a professional brand manager. Heller.
    • Syllabus
  • COM CM 335 Seminar in Advertising Strategy (4)
    • Provides an understanding of the ways in which advertising is effectively planned in the UK to achieve the objectives set in the overall marketing plan. This course examines the disciplines of agency account planning, research, and client brand management, enabling students to critically assess creative work in terms of strategy, objectives, and execution. Evans.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS IR 427 Seminar in International Business (4)
    • Track-specific course for Economics & Finance, Management and Hospitality & Tourism.
    • Students enrolled in Questrom IM 345 are not permitted to take CAS IR 427.
    • Reviews international business operations in Britain and the EU and their underlying principles and concepts. It examines strategy, operations, and control. Using case studies, students gain experience in the application of relevant international management concepts and techniques. Macdonald.
    • Syllabus

Arts & Arts Administration

  • CAS AH 381 London Architecture and Urbanism (4)
    • Free elective open to all tracks and is also track-specific elective for the Arts track.
    • This course aims to provide an introduction to the history of London and its buildings. The growth of the city as a historical phenomenon, covering early-modern London to the present day and the development of various architectural styles will be discussed in the context of social, political, economic, and social change. The course is aimed at a wide audience rather than architectural specialists, although some familiarity with British history is helpful. Donnellan, Evenden, Scott, and Turvil.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS AH 411 Writing about Art and Society: Perception Display and Criticism (4)
    • Spring only
    • Examines the relationship between art and society via theoretical and critical readings and visits to London's museums, galleries, and public art exhibits. Focus on how best to address the non-specialist audience and whether art is "necessary" to the public.
    • Syllabus

Economics & Finance

  • CAS EC 360 British Macroeconomic Policy (4)
    • The course analyzes the structure of UK governance and the economic policy formation process. It provides an exposition of the UK's changing trading relationship between its Empire and the EU, and the economic relationship that the UK has with its former colonies today. Principal domestic issues addressed are macro-economic policy, viz. the paradigm shift from Keynesian demand management to monetarist and supply-side policies. The conceptual shift from "collectivism" to "individualism." Also considered are the industrial structure and labor economics, foreign direct investment, economic development policy, and environmental issues. Seyf.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS IR 427 Seminar in International Business (4)
    • Track-specific course for Economics & Finance, Management and Hospitality & Tourism.
    • Students enrolled in Questrom IM 345 are not permitted to take CAS IR 427.
    • Reviews international business operations in Britain and the EU and their underlying principles and concepts. It examines strategy, operations, and control. Using case studies, students gain experience in the application of relevant international management concepts and techniques. Macdonald.
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Film, Radio & Television

  • COM FT 317 British Cinema and Society (4)
    • This course offers a combined social history and technological survey of British film making since World War II. The selected films provide vivid points of departure for an understanding of how British society has evolved. The course surveys the changing nature of modern British culture and society, using the products of the British movie industry as the main source of evidence. Most films fall outside of the category of British films that have made an impact in the United States market. Students will witness the cinematic version of the "other side" of Britain. One of the main themes of this "other side" is social class, which sets the agenda for most of the themes explored in the class. Special attention is also given to the differences between cinematic and historical versions of such themes. Dodson.
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Journalism

  • CAS EN 357 Modern British Drama: A Critic's Perspective (4)
    • Students enrolled in TH 440 are not permitted to take this course.
    • Offers a broad critical study of the major developments in British drama over the past 50 years. Through the eyes of a leading theater reviewer, the work of specific playwrights is analyzed in detail, and students are expected to produce written and oral critical analyses of plays read and observed during the course. Sierz.
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Management

  • CAS EC 360 British Macroeconomic Policy (4)
    • The course analyzes the structure of UK governance and the economic policy formation process. It provides an exposition of the UK's changing trading relationship between its Empire and the EU, and the economic relationship that the UK has with its former colonies today. Principal domestic issues addressed are macro-economic policy, viz. the paradigm shift from Keynesian demand management to monetarist and supply-side policies. The conceptual shift from "collectivism" to "individualism." Also considered are the industrial structure and labor economics, foreign direct investment, economic development policy, and environmental issues. Seyf.
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  • Questrom MK 467 International Marketing (4)
    • Prerequisite: Questrom MK 323, or the equivalent. Students who have not completed this prerequisite should enroll in International Promotion Management.
    • Develops a critical appreciation of both the opportunities and challenges associated with the increasing globalization of markets. Students will learn about the key environmental forces shaping the needs and preferences of the global consumer and the impact of foreign, political, and economic factors on the marketing mix.
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Politics & International Relations

  • CAS HI 243/CAS IR 392 Britain and the European Question: The Confluence of History and Politics (4)
    • Formerly CAS HI 255 / CAS IR 392.
    • This course provides an overview of Britain's relations with Europe between 1945 and 1992 in the context of ongoing debates concerning national sovereignty and national modernization, losing an empire and maintaining a world role, and the "special relationship" with the United States. Thornhill.
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  • CAS PO 223 Issues in Contemporary Politics (4)
    • Formerly CAS PO 358. Track-specific course for Politics & International Relations.
    • Designed to place in context British/EU political and trade relations; crime, punishment, and social justice; race and nationalism; fascism and the extreme right today; feminism, sexuality, and women in politics; Anglo-American problems of public administration; and pressure groups, the police, and industrial relations. Sullivan.
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Pre-Law

  • CAS PO 224 British Law and Current Issues (4)
    • Formerly CAS PO 388.
    • This course will examine a range of important, controversial issues in contemporary British law. As the aim is to relate to current matters, the issues will vary each semester, but are likely to include such topics as the law and terrorism; law and morality; the new British Supreme Court; and the Right to Know. Cousins, Sullivan.
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Psychology & Health Sciences

  • SAR HP 522 Health and Wellness Through the Lifespan (4)
    • Priority will be given to Sargent College students.
    • This course presents a sociocultural approach to contemporary issues of health and wellness in the UK and demonstrates the importance of understanding people in relation to their social worlds. The course examines such issues as homelessness, health promotion, and the implications of modern medicine throughout the lifespan, from childhood to old age. Clift, Hammond.
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Public Relations

  • COM CM 335 Seminar in Advertising Strategy (4)
    • Provides an understanding of the ways in which advertising is effectively planned in the UK to achieve the objectives set in the overall marketing plan. This course examines the disciplines of agency account planning, research, and client brand management, enabling students to critically assess creative work in terms of strategy, objectives, and execution. Evans.
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  • COM CM 447 International Brand Management (4)
    • This course aims to build upon core marketing studies undertaken to-date on branding, and to extend these into an in-depth exploration of the role of the brand manager and the role of brands in consumers’ lives. Specifically it aims to develop the following: an understanding of the role of the brand from the perspective of the organization, society, and that of the consumer; the necessary skills to enable assessment of brand opportunities, develop appropriate responses, manage the implementation of branding decisions, and measure the effectiveness of these decisions; the ability to select from and apply appropriate academic models to support analysis and insight; and the ability to conduct and present work in a manner befitting a professional brand manager. Heller.
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The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
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.
  • Fall Semester: late August to mid-December
    • Spring Semester: mid-January to late April
    • Fall: March 15
    • Spring: October 1