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UW Expands Opportunities to Study in London

April 21, 2015
field of flowers with castle in background
UW student Laura Powers took this photo, “Castle and Countryside,” at Alnwick, England, while attending the London Semester in 2014. (Laura Powers Photo)

Next spring, the University of Wyoming will expand its London Semester experience to include students throughout the university.

Previously, the semester-long experience in London was limited to those enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Honors Program. Next spring, the UW International Programs Office will assume administration of the program, previously managed by the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This will mean we’ll be able to offer a mix of humanities and science courses open to students around the university,” says Anne Alexander, International Programs director.

Eric Nye, professor in the Department of English, will teach two courses, “Poetry of the British Isles” and “The Bible and Literature.”  Rob Field, senior research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science, also will teach two courses, “ENR Problems and Policies” and “Air Quality Management. “

London, a European capital with a distinct cultural, historical and regional identity, is a city of theaters, galleries, clubs, museums and libraries.

Trevor Cook of Cody, a humanities/fine arts student with minors in theatre, dance and the Honors Program, encourages students to consider the London Semester.

“It is a great way to go abroad for the first time and experience something new while having helpful guidance from a program and university peers,” he says. “My experience in London has greatly impacted my life. I am a more confident person and feel like I am beginning to see my future take shape. I was very confused about what to major in and such before I went to London, but now that I have had much more life experience, I have a better sense of the world and where I might fit into it.”

The American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS) provides reduced-price tickets for plays, concerts, and sporting events; conducts excursions in the city and its environs; and arranges for housing and educational accommodations. Meals can be taken at the University of London at reduced prices, and for those who live with a family, breakfast is included.

Classes meet Mondays through Thursdays. Three-day weekends leave plenty of time for study, exploring the city, excursions to various places in southern England, and even short trips abroad. Many students travel in Europe following the completion of classes. Others return home early to begin summer jobs.

Enrollment requires permission from the instructors, plus a $450 fee, due at the time of application. Scholarships, including the Cheney Scholarship and an AIFS scholarship, are available to assist UW students to study abroad.

Contact Study Abroad Coordinator Ruth Shepherd for more information, (307) 766-6681, or email studyabd@uwyo.edu.


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