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UConn Newswriting in London (Faculty-led) (Summer)

The Program

This foreign study course is designed for all majors. Students interested in Journalism or who need a W as part of their general education requirements are especially encouraged to apply but the course is available to anyone with an interest in London and how news reporting works.

London is one of the great global capitals and a hub for international journalism.  The journalism varies from the renowned BBC to online sensations such as Vice to a cadre of foreign correspondents who make London a jumping off place for the rest of the world.  This program allows you to meet some of those journalists, visit their lairs and even take their place reporting and writing news stories with a famed London dateline.  You will live and study in a vibrant city that dates back two millennia and yet remains a cultural icon of the 21st Century. London stands for British majesty, from the ancient Tower of London to the modern London Eye, yet it remains a polyglot internationalism with its people speaking 300 different languages. It is the perfect laboratory for any student of newswriting.

The Academics

You will one course as part of this program.

JOUR 2000w: Newswriting 1 (3 credits). Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Students will use London, its many offerings, and its journalists to learn  how to write and report the news.  It is a basic course that combines the foundations of journalism with experiences that will take students onto the streets and into the fabric of London.  Students will tour Fleet Street, where British journalism was born, hear the tales of foreign correspondents at private journalism clubs such as the Frontline Club and report stories from the courts or other London settings.  The course will ground students in both American journalism and its more global aspects, including London’s wild tabloid press and it’s fast-past emerging new digital multimedia.

This course will be taught by Bob Wyss, UConn Journalism Professor, a former newspaper writer and editor, who has written for the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and other publications.  Please email him at Robert.wyss@uconn.edu for more information about the program.

The Experience

The UConn London Study Abroad program is located in Russell Square in the historic Bloomsbury neighborhood and is near the venerable British Museum. You will find the UConn London facilities charming and convenient, with an expert and accessible London-based staff that can provide assistance or help with a problem. There is classroom space, computers with internet connections, and nearby there are such amenities as a library, and a student lounge.

You will be housed in double and triple rooms in furnished apartments shared with other program participants. The apartments have fully-equipped kitchens and access to a washing machine.  The apartments are located in a number of different locations that are easily accessible throughout greater London.  You will also be supplied with a pass that will whisk you on the famous red double-decker buses and the trains of London’s underground.  Piccadilly, Covent Garden, Big Ben, Oxford Street and other London landmarks are all nearby.

Finances

Please note that the only type of financial aid that can be applied to the cost of this program, other than scholarships, are Federal Stafford Loans. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area:
Language of instruction: Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5