Culture and Performance Appreciation in London
London is one of the foremost cutting edge artistic capitals of the world where rich tradition and contemporary practices meet. It is among the oldest of the world’s great cities—its history spanning nearly two millennia—and one of the most cosmopolitan. By far Britain’s largest metropolis, it is also the country’s economic, transportation, and cultural center.
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Join us this winter session for a guided discovery of London’s artistic and cultural world led by award-winning UB professor and Program Director, Maria S. Horne, and Associate Program Director, Chelsea L. Horne. This intensive and unique course integrates the study of culture and performance with focused research on its relationship with architecture, fine arts, history, music, ceremonies, urban design, and the contemporary landscape. Students will earn 3 credits that fulfill either a UB Curriculum Global Pathway or SUNY General Education requirement for Arts.
Academically, the city of London will be our classroom! Learning and teaching takes place on-site at some of the world's most fascinating historic, cultural, and performing arts venues in London, (e.g. Tower of London, The Globe, British Museum, and much more). Daily itineraries take us on comprehensive day-long explorations of London's past, present, and future. Our walking tours and guided journeys through London allow the students to become knowledgeable and familiar with the city, experts in their own right. Program participants also take on their own independent London artistic and cultural research project by working in small groups in which they will conduct field research on a topic of their selection, while interacting with local counterparts and digitally documenting their discoveries.
Learning how to appreciate performance and culture expands our understanding of ourselves and of the people of different cultures, and in turn, of humankind in a global sense. To cultivate performance appreciation, students attend an exciting line-up of performances exhibiting a wide range of mediums, genres, and styles (e.g. National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, West End musicals and theatre, and much more). To further enrich cultural appreciation, the program includes two to three strategically chosen day trips, which may include: Hampton Court, Henry VIII's palace; Stratford-Upon Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace; Oxford, "the city of dreaming spires"; and Harry Potter Studios to learn about this cultural phenomenon as well as the technology and artistry behind eight films. Wingardium Leviosa!
There will be a wealth of amazing things to do and while the program is jam-packed, it also earmarks free time for students to relax and enjoy London on their own.
Please read the Culture and Performance Appreciation in London Winter 2017 Study Abroad Program Guide for more information and note that this will also be available to students accepted to the program through the online application system.
While in London, live like a Londoner. As a program participant, you will live in a fully furnished flat in Central London, where everything is nearby and/or a walk or ride by bus or Underground. The apartments include a separate lounge/dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, complete with a cooker, refrigerator, oven, microwave, washing machine, utensils and crockery/cutlery, as well as wireless internet access, among other amenities. All apartments are cleaned at least once weekly, maintained by AES in-house staff and have an 0800 telephone number for maintenance issues, with a 24-hour call-out service. Housing costs are included in the program fee.
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Winter. Please note the budget sheet currently lists the winter 2017 program expenses. Winter 2018 program expenses will be posted as soon as updated information is available.
UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the Faculty Program Director:
Maria S. Horne
Chelsea L. Horne
Associate Program Director