Fall Quarter 2014
Earn 15 GRCC credits!
This program is offered every other year.
London is an exciting city, famous for its museums, architecture, history, theater and drama.
London is also a great gateway to Europe and a European center of culture, commerce and fashion.
Students will take courses that keep them on track with their academic goals while being immersed in British culture.
Humanities: British Life and Culture - 5 credits
Taught by local faculty
Students will explore areas of contemporary British life including entertainment, sport, politics, religion, social problems and Britain's changing role in an increasingly interdependent world. There will be field trips, walking tours and guest lectures from experts in a variety of fields.
Students will take three classes for a total of 15 credits. Two other courses will be offered on this program that will be taught by Washington State faculty. These courses will be posted when the information is available.
Classes will be held at the University of London in Bloomsbury. You will have the opportunity to meet British students as well as other international students in this college area of London.
You will have access to the AIFS (American Institute of Foreign Study) Student Centre and the services of an experienced AIFS Program Coordinator, AIFS Student Advisors, for information, personal advising/counseling, fax and mail service, and emergency contact service.
Students will have access to the wireless enabled student computer lab located in the AIFS Centre with free internet access and printing facilities.
Membership to the University of London is included, which gives access to the Union subsidized rates to sports facilities and the opportunity to join University of London clubs and class activities.
Accommodations are provided in a twin room in a homestay within a residential neighborhood in the inner 3 zones of the London transport system. Continental breakfast (cereals, toast, tea/coffee) will e provided in the homestay five days a week (Monday through Friday) and dinner four days per week (Monday through Thursday). Students will have access to the kitchen for the preparation of any other meals.
AIFS will offer a meal money program whereby students can lodge money (in sterling) at the beginning of the quarter and receive it back every two weeks throughout the program. Information will be included in the student information packet and discussed at the pre-departure orientation meeting.
Get to know London on a half-day panoramic city tour with a private motorcoach. The Guide will highlight cultural and historical sights such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace and the West End. Although no entrances are included, there are opportunities to stop and take photos.
A subsidized cultural program of events, including 5 Friday daytrips, which may include Oxford, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Bath, Brighton and Stratford Upon Avon, 4 theatre events, a football or rugby match, and a walking tour will be available to students.
Independent Travel: Use your free weekends to travel Europe's great cities and resorts including Paris, Amsterdam and Edinburgh.
London Transport travel pass, valid for unlimited use on buses and underground trains in zones 2 and 3 are provided for the duration of the program.
The program fee is TBD. This fee includes a $50 non-refundable application fee.
This fee will include accommodations in a twin room in a homestay, meals as indicated in the "Accommodations" section, London transport pass for zones 1, 2 and 3, two-day orientation program consisting of an orientation meeting with AIFS staff, workshops on cultural differences, safety/security and travel, student information packet including comprehensive student handbook; local area inforamtion; welcome reception and a half-day guided sightseeing tour of London by private coach.
This fee excludes airfare, a refundable damage deposit, optional medical insurance upgrade and optional personal effects coverage passport or visa fees if applicable, meals other than those indicated on the itinerary, personal expenses, tuition, textbooks, additional field trips or excursions required by faculty and anything not specified.
Many students are eligible to apply for financial aid, grants and loans to assist with the costs of the London program. Early application is essential. Contact your home institution's financial aid office promptly if you are interested in this possibility. Be sure to identify yourself as a potential London program participant. Additional information on minimum payments due and payment deadlines can be found on the program application.
Optional Transportation Package
On a space-available basis, students may purchase the optional transportation package consisting of round-trip airfare (Seattle-London-Seattle) and round-trip transfers overseas between the airport and the housing in London for an additional fee, which excludes mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges for which students will be billed separately.
Optional Scotland Excursion
An optional five-day, four-night excursion to Scotland may be offered for a supplemental fee.
Students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Transcripts are required. Minimum age is 18 (17 with parental permission).
You do not need to be a current Green River Community College student to participate in this program.
For more information please contact:
Green River Community College
Phone: (253) 833-9111, ext. 2160
Fax: (253) 288-3419