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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

England: London (Humanities)

Semester: Fall 2020
Offered: Every other academic year, even years
Estimated Dates: Early September - Mid December
Program Focus: Regional Area Study with Humanities Emphasis
Prerequisites: Minimum of 3.0 GPA is required.                                                                        
Housing: Dormitories
Fall 2018
Program Leader:

David Campion
Associate Professor of History, 503-768-7435

Program Design

This humanities program is based in London, England and has been developed in conjunction with IES Abroad, which will be the transcripting authority for the program.

Students will take their courses and maintain residence at Queen Mary College, located in East London. Queen Mary (QM), established in 1887, is an affiliated college of the University of London.

Students will take 12 to 15 semester credits of courses at QM. At least 8 semester credits must be in the humanities. Remaining credits may be in whatever subject students wish, as long as the course has transfer approval from the registrar.

One course (4 credits) course will be a humanities course taught by the faculty program leader.

The program also includes group travel to Scotland and points of interest in England.  Students will live in campus dormitories. 


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

Credits: Credit earned varies based on courses completed. Students may earn up to 19 credits. Overloads are not permitted. 


IS 256 London Through the Ages (4 credits)
This course surveys the fascinating history of London from the first settlement to the present day.  We will trace the making and remaking of this great metropolis across two millennia from its origins as a garrison town at the edge of the Roman Empire, to the political and cultural capital of Medieval England and later Britain, to the heart of the first industrial society and center of the world’s largest empire, through the crucible of two world wars, and finally to its evolution into one of the most complex, vibrant, and diverse cities in the world.  Course material will include a mix of historical scholarship, primary sources, literature, and music.  Excursions and site visits may include walking tours of medieval London and maritime Greenwich, a tour of the Houses of Parliament, a behind-the-scenes session at the National Archives, and visits to the Museum of London, Museum of Steam & Water, and Cabinet War Rooms.  Along with these group trips, assignments may require students individually to visit the British Library, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Imperial War Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and other sites.  Taught by David Campion.

Additional courses will be chosen from the Queen Mary course offerings at large.  (University Prerequisites apply. Two of the courses must be in the humanities.)  Credit per course may vary – the program leader will assist with planning a full schedule. 


2018-2019 Fee Breakdown*

Total Fee (includes Tuition & Program Fee): $32,334

Tuition: $25,287

Program Fee: $7,047

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.

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: $1,275.50

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 IES and Queen Mary College 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 IES. 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 London 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.

Travel: Students usually fly into the London Heathrow airport (LHR). From there, they will meet with the group and prepare for their 10-day excursion in Scotland.

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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