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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2020 01/17/2020
NOTE: Students will depart the US on Thursday, January 2, 2020 to arrive in London on Friday, January 3, 2020 for the start of the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to: Students from any U.S. institution Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Eligibility: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Any Term: Winter
Program Advisor: Olga Crombie Credits: 3
Global Pathway UB Areas: Arts
Program Description:

Culture and Performance Appreciation in London

Tower Bridge w/Students      
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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Globe Theatre - London

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 can be used towards fulfilling 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 strategically chosen day trips to Hampton Court (Henry VIII's palace) and Harry Potter Studios to learn about this cultural phenomenon as well as the technology and artistry behind eight films. Wingardium Leviosa!

Harry Potter Studios - London
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 2018 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 Winter 2019 program expenses. Winter 2020 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 webpage.

Please contact the Faculty Program Directors:

Maria S. Horne

Chelsea L. Horne
Associate Program Director

The Study Abroad Program Advisor, Olga Crombie, can be reached by email or by phone (716) 645-6279. Walk-ins are welcome in 1Capen on M-F from 12:30-4:30pm and appointments can be scheduled M-F from 10am-noon.