London Internship Programme (Spring)
General programme information may be found at Boston University Study Abroad.
The Core Phase
The Core Phase of the semester is roughly equivalent in intensity to a six-week summer school semester (eight hours per week per class). During this time students prepare for the placement phase that will begin in the second part of the semester. Through interviews and meetings with EUSA London, students will ultimately be placed with a host organisation.
During the Core Phase students concentrate on the academic area that matches their placement. For this reason the prescribed core course for each academic area is mandatory.
The Core Courses are purposefully adapted to immerse students into a British and/or European context. Part of their aim is to familiarise students with the operating vocabulary and local peculiarities applicable to their upcoming placement.
Free and Related Electives in the Core Phase
The recommended elective courses for most of the thirteen academic tracks provide students the opportunity to explore a new subject through a British lens (for example British Art or British Literature). Elective subject matter serves as cultural and academic enrichment in the student’s London experience.
The Placement Phase
The last eight weeks of the semester are devoted to a four-day-per-week unpaid placement. This exciting part of the program places students in a full time British working environment. The option of another elective course during this phase is available to help round out students’ credit needs.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of British culture through course content linked to the one of the program’s thirteen academic tracks.
- Gain an understanding of Britain’s work culture and of the specific professional context of the placement organization and its mission, challenges, and constraints.
- Develop an awareness of cultural difference and an understanding of culture’s role in shaping beliefs, practices and perceptions.
- Develop new perspectives on one’s own culture and an ability to think critically about one’s own values, beliefs, and goals.