This short-term study abroad program is designed to immerse students in the culture, history, urban, landscape and architectural environment of London. Culture will be explored by traveling to local markets and experiencing the food, and visiting to historical sites such as Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and various museums. Architecture and landscape highlights included visits to key historical to contemporary projects and visits to an architecture office. London is a city with a vast range of architectural styles and designers with key landscape architecture nestled within the urban context that makes the city an ideal exploratory grounds. This study abroad program will be a valuable enhancement to the introductory curriculum of architecture and landscape architecture, though no courses in either discipline are required. London Spring Break study abroad program counts towards architecture, landscape architecture and city and regional planning major or architecture and landscape architecture minor requirements.
*The program will be offered again for Spring break 2020.
The program will be based in London, England, a truly multicultural and international city. The study abroad is one that discovers culture and the urban environment not in a classroom, but by exploring the city London. Day trips to Salisbury (including Stourhead and Stonehenge), Kew Gardens and Greenwich will be key highlights exploring the English countryside and suburbs of London. The presence of architectural works and influences of world-renowned classical architects from Sir Christopher Wren and Sir John Soane to contemporary designers such as Kathryn Gustafson, Herzog & de Meuron, West 8 and Sir Norman Foster make London the ideal setting to study the integration of historical to contemporary designs. In addition, the trip will focus upon the network of landscape architecture from small to large within and outside the city and notable urban housing developments from modernist to contemporary. The study abroad focuses on varied experiences to make London the ideal setting for this hands-on international urban exploratory learning experience.
Students will be housed in double rooms in a centrally located hotel.
Admitted participants are required to register in 3 credit hours of Architecture or Landscape Architecture 5798 for Spring 2018 semester. This is a full term semester class which includes the spring break travel abroad. The course before traveling will be held TBD. The course will focus on introduction to English history, culture and key locations to be visited abroad as well as developing skills for on-site analysis. While in London, students will be visiting and actively engaged and exploring sites. Students will be recording their experiences through documentation including a sketchbook, photography and blogging (see 2014 London Architecture Blog and 2016 London Architecture Blog). Upon completion of the course after travels students will reflect on travel experiences, record documentation from their travels and complete a final project from their trip experiences.
Initial acceptance to the program will be determined based on each student’s demonstrated interest in participating in an intensive culture immersion experience, as evaluated through their program application and personal statement. Acceptance is conditional based on the student’s academic record including Autumn 2017 term (2.0 minimum GPA), successful progress in the course before travels and meeting OIA’s General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. The program is open to all ranks of students. An interview may be required.
When completing your application, please address the prompt: Please explain your interest and motivation to study abroad in London. Cite specific highlights and museums you are most interested to visit while abroad and why.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a program fee of $TBD due with Spring 2020 fee payment. The program fee includes hotel accommodations (participants will be housed in double rooms in a centrally located hotel in London), breakfast daily, in-country transportation, field trips, entrance fees, a few group meals, and supplemental international health insurance. It does not include international round-trip airfare, pre-departure expenses (passport and immunizations), non-group meals, and personal expenses.
The actual cost for Ohio State to run the program is $TBD. The program fee has been generously subsidized by the College of Engineering by $TBD per student (subject to change).
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students can review the Spring break 2018 budget here. Note that the costs for upcoming programs will differ based on changes to the program itinerary, fluctuations in exchange rates and other variables.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
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This program is unique because it studies architecture in and around London and focuses on not only the famous landmarks, but also the lesser known and still really interesting structures and locations.