The Ithaca College London Center offers an academic study program for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students from Ithaca and other colleges and universities in the United States who want an international study experience of a summer or one or two semesters during their undergraduate years are invited to participate. The London Center's curriculum includes courses in the liberal arts, business, communications, and music that are designed to take advantage of the social and cultural milieu of London. There is also a specialized program in theater arts for students beyond their first year majoring or minoring in this area.
The London Center is housed in a restored Victorian mansion in the South Kensington district of the city. Most faculty members are British and convey a perspective that helps students understand British society and develop cross-cultural awareness. Excursions and visits to various institutions, cultural centers, and museums are an integral part of the curriculum, while presentations by guest lecturers bring students into contact with distinguished individuals from a variety of disciplines.
Students carry a full academic load while studying in London, and enjoy many opportunities for class-related trips and other educational travel. The London Center program operates on the following academic calendar.
Transportation and living costs vary, but London Center students pay normal Ithaca College tuition and fees. Students receive assistance in finding flats in London.
Financial aid arrangements available in Ithaca, including New York State scholarships and rehabilitation grants, are available to students at the London Center. In addition, students may compete for a limited number of supplemental London Assistance Grants. Resident assistant stipends are not available in London and college work-study positions are limited.
Participation in the London Center program, whether for a summer, a semester, or a year, is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students from Ithaca College and other American institutions. A minimum 2.50 cumulative average and approval by the applicant's dean are required for admission to the London Center, in addition to academic and personal references, an essay, and judicial review.
The London Center features a special program in British theater and internships in English, history, art history. theater, business, communications, economics, music education, politics, and social services (health administration, psychology, and sociology). See the Office of International Programs for updated course listings and descriptions.
In cooperation with the Department of Theatre Arts, the Office of International Programs offers a theater program in London. The program is designed to provide students with an understanding and experience of British cultural life -- both historical and modern -- through the medium of the theater.
All students in the theater program take the 9-credit core, consisting of a seminar and a laboratory involving attendance at numerous plays during the semester. In addition, students may take an internship, a performance course (either Introduction to British Styles of Acting or Styles of Acting), or any other course offered at the London Center.
The theater program is designed for juniors and seniors. The theater program is selective, with priority given to theater majors. Applications are available from and should be submitted to the Office of International Programs.
Internships, a special feature of the London Center program, are available in many different fields, each with its own internship coordinator, who locates placement opportunities for students and supervises the internship once secured. Students must submit an application for the internship they seek, but approval does not guarantee a placement. Interns work at a placement site 16 hours per week for the duration of the semester and earn 3 credits. All internships are unpaid.
Course descriptions vary from field to field. See information on internships in listings of the Schools of Business, Communications, and Humanities and Sciences.
305-49200 Internship: Professional Theater NLA
A one-semester internship with a professional performing arts organization. Students' work is monitored and evaluated by a faculty adviser. Prerequisites: Junior standing; Ithaca College departmental permission. 3 credits.
310-40500 Internship: Politics SS NLA
Exploration of politics through a variety of work experiences, both governmental and nongovernmental. Students are expected to work at the internship placement and submit, as part of their course obligations, a thorough, written evaluative report based on their experiences. Students are encouraged to have prior practical experience in the field before applying for this internship in London. Prerequisites: Approval by the Ithaca College politics department and by the School of Humanities and Sciences dean. 3 credits.
221-49800/222-49800/225-49800 London Communications Internship NLA
A limited number of internships are available to communications majors with cooperating institutions or corporations in the field of communications. The jointly supervised work experience offers the opportunity to study foreign media through observation and participation in a professional setting. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; completion of procedures; approval of the dean of the school in the semester preceding the London registration. Pass/fail only. 3 credits.
331-49800 Internship: Sociology SS NLA
Provides qualified students with a supervised and structured experience in a British agency, such as medical social work departments of hospitals and intake teams of various London social services. Group meetings and individual meetings with the coordinator provide the opportunity to analyze social and political issues and allow for a comparative viewpoint. Students are encouraged to have prior practical experience in the field before applying for this internship in London. Also open to qualified students in psychology, health administration, and the social work minor. Prerequisites: Permission of sociology or psychology department and dean. 3 credits.
880-49800/881-49800/882-49800/883-49800/884-49800/885-49800 London Business Internships NLA
Opportunities for field study in multinational firms and greater London banks and businesses. Research and report on a selected topic concerning a European company or business discipline. Prerequisites: Approval of the dean of the School of Business. Pass/fail only. 3 credits.
554-49000 Internship: Music Education
Provides music teaching and observation experiences in selected private schools in London. Prerequisites: Permission of Keith Kaiser, chair of music education.
A. Ozolins, Office of Creative Services, 15. July, 2005