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UConn SSS Summer in London, England (Faculty-led)

IMPORTANT: Students must complete a pre-application with the UConn CAP/SSS Office. You can download the pre-application here. Please turn it in to the UConn CAP/SSS Office when completed.

UConn Student Support Services (SSS) Summer in London Program
This program typically runs from mid-May through early June.

The Program

The University of Connecticut Student Support Services (SSS) London Study Abroad Program is a unique opportunity for Pell eligible SSS students to experience the many benefits of studying abroad in a safe and supportive environment. Led by SSS staff, the program is designed to enable students to earn UConn credit while immersed in the history, arts and culture, and social life of London. This life-changing program fosters global citizenship while promoting students’ academic, personal, and professional growth.

The Academics 
While in London, you will take the following three-credit course:

GEOG 4093 OR HIST3993: London’s Global Geographies (3 credits): This course focuses on London from the nineteenth century, and its development as the capital of modernity, through to its emergence in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as a global city. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon ideas that have a social and cultural perspective and that are discussed in history, art, geography and sociology. Themes that will be explored include: London as a city of divisions; of wealth and impoverishment; as an imperial city; the interwar years and emerging jazz scene; Swinging London of the 1960s; global London and the arrival of new economic challenges through regeneration; post-colonial London and multiculturalism. The course will mix classroom work with field trips to the renowned West End, the East End including: Spitalfields; the Museum of Immigration and Diversity – London’s own Ellis Island; Brick Lane made famous by the recent film of the same name; the vastly regenerated and hypermodern Docklands; the site of the London 2012 Olympic games. Each of these visits will reveal the variety of London’s geographies and how they are marketed for tourism, while enabling students to develop their own sense of place about London in terms of spaces of work, leisure and everyday life. Please register for either the Geography OR History course designation.

UNIV 3999: Pre- and Post-Departure Course (1 credit): This one-credit course will prepare students for a successful education abroad experience in London, and provide them with opportunities to reflect and present on it. It will help them to consider the challenges they are likely to encounter while studying abroad, and to create a support structure amongst each other in order to effectively navigate those challenges. This course has pre- and post-departure components that encompass a total of 14 hours. The pre-departure component is held during the spring semester prior to departure. The post-departure component is held in the fall semester following studying abroad.

The Experience 

As in all things in life we get out of any opportunity only as much as we bring to it. With an open mind and a willingness to explore you will return to the U.S. a changed person, not only more knowledgeable but more independent. You will have ample opportunity to experience both the artistic and cultural side of the city as well as a vibrant social life.

Fieldtrips will take place during the week and on the weekends and will be an important part of the program. There will be several day trips to various points in Britain. In addition, you will spend one weekend in another European country. Prepare to be transformed by the experience you will gain living and learning in London!


Financial aid and scholarships are available to offset the cost of the trip. Ask a SSS staff member for additional information on available financial support opportunities. You should plan to have enough money to pay not only the tuition and fees that are listed here, but also for the following expenses: meals; souvenirs and mementos, personal time experiences (i.e. concerts, museums, nightlife, etc.), travel to and from to the airport in New York City and all travel undertaken during personal time. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

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