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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

England: London (Fine Arts)

Semester: Spring
Offered: Even years
Upcoming: Spring 2020, Spring 2022
Estimated Dates: Mid-January to mid-April
Program Focus: Regional Area Study with Fine Arts Emphasis


MUS 104 or equivalent is required. Minimum of 2.75 GPA is highly recommended.
Housing: Apartments
Spring 2016
Program Leader:
Michael Johanson
Associate Professor of Music, Director of Composition and Music Theory
ext. 7468
Spring 2018
Program Leader:

Susan DeWitt Smith
Associate Professor of Music, Director of Piano, Theory Coordinator
ext. 7459

Spring 2020
Program Leader:

Lance Inouye
Associate Professor of Music, Director of Orchestral Activities
ext. 7608

Program Design

This program is designed by the Music Department and focuses on the arts in England, especially in London, and the relationship of music, theater, and the visual arts to English culture.  In addition to attending weekly concerts, plays, and visiting galleries and museums, students will embrace social and economic questions related to the arts through classes, lectures and group discussions.  The program is open to any student, but those with well-defined interests and experience with one of the arts will benefit the most.  Binding us together will be a consideration of how the arts reflect our conditions (past and present), including aspects of political and economic environments, and issues of corporate, private and government sponsorship.  Although the program focuses on the London arts scene, the program takes weekend field trips to such sites as St. Ives (St. Ives Tate Gallery), Bath, York, and Cambridge.  At least one longer weekend field trip is taken outside of England to Scotland or Wales.


Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement.

Credits: 16 credits (4 courses)


IS 251: Contemporary England (4 credits)

Britain is at a crossroads politically, socially and culturally.  This course attempts to come to terms with the legacy of Britain’s imperial past and simultaneously analyzing contemporary Britain in the light of the challenges that the country faces from a variety of political, economic and cultural sources. Key features for analysis will include: Britain’s traditional political institutions and the process of reform; the importance of social class, race and ethnicity; ‘popular culture’ v ‘high culture’. In addition, understanding the urban experience will play a central role in the course.

IS 252: The Fine Arts in Contemporary London (4 credits)

Focusing on the visual arts, this course asks provocative questions (e.g., What is Art?), and seeks to explore answers through lectures, discussions, and visits to prominent galleries and museums, including the British Museum, National Gallery, the Tate and Tate Modern and other sites. Other topics include arts funding, arts education, and performances and issues in the fine arts in areas not covered by the music and theatre courses.  A large component of this course is a required individual experiential learning project in one area of the arts.  These take the form of practicums, private study/performance, or research projects.

MUS 362: Topics in Music and History (4 credits)

This course provides opportunities for study of an area of music history plus an overview of classical music in various London venues, including chamber music, symphony orchestras, opera, choral groups and solo recitals.  Weekly attendance at concerts, both as a group and individually, augments the academic coursework.  This class fulfills a music major requirement.

TH 251: Theatre in London (4 credits)

This course provides an overview of London theatre offerings, in a variety of idioms including fringe, regional companies and the West End. It also includes an historical overview of British theatre traditions.  All aspects of theatre (acting, directing, playwriting, design and funding) are discussed. Weekly attendance at performances is supplemented by field trips.

Relationship to On-Campus Curriculum:
This program is of great benefit to students with a strong background or interest in one or more of the fine arts.  Arts immersion, especially in music or theatre, in what many consider the world’s capital of the arts offers a depth of experience and opportunity for comparisons far beyond what we can replicate on campus or in Portland.  These students return to campus with a wealth of new ideas, increased skills, and critical perspectives that often become an integral part of the success of their senior projects or upper division study.  In addition, because of the overlap in themes in the London curriculum, all students are able to study and compare various art forms as a cohort in a way that is not possible with a more typical Lewis & Clark students’ course schedule.


2019-2020 Fee Breakdown*

Total Fee (includes Tuition, Program Fee, and Health & Wellness Fee): $33,517

Tuition: $26,173

Program Fee: $7,307

Health & Wellness Fee: $37**

Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals. 

*Fees are updated every February for the following academic year.

**The Health & Wellness Fee supports the operations of Wellness Services staff in delivering pre-program orientation services, as well as in providing health-related consultation regarding participant health needs. All students in the College of Arts and Sciences pay a mandatory fee of $37 per semester.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to LHR): $800 - $1,500

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,350.50

All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding health insurance & overseas programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application one year before the start of the program. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to FIE and will receive a separate notification letter of admission.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to FIE. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

The semester before the program, students who have been accepted will meet regularly for orientation. This orientation is meant to prepare the students for life in Berlin by exploring literature and culture, and provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the logistical details of the program.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to the United Kingdom.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s United Kingdom page.

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