January in London, England

Spend part of your summer in London studying at the top-ranked ‘best modern university in London’. Set on a beautiful and historic campus, this study program offers a personalised academic experience that will help you become the kind of graduate employers are looking for: a confident, critical thinker, able to adapt to a changing world, with an ongoing passion for your subject.

Program Overview

Special Offer

$500 Travel Scholarship – January in London, England: 2020

CISaustralia would like to offer one lucky student a $500 travel scholarship for the January in London, England: 2020 program. All students who have applied for, been accepted and paid the deposit for the program will automatically be entered into the draw. The scholarship will be drawn on 22 November 2019. The successful recipient will be required to provide 20 high-resolution photos with captions and a 1-2 minute video of their study experience within two weeks of program conclusion. Scholarship funds will be granted at the conclusion of the program once all requirements have been satisfied. Terms and Conditions.


Study in England’s bustling urban capital, London, at the only parkland campus in a central London borough: the University of Roehampton. Enjoy both the feel of a traditional university campus, with the culture of one of the greatest cities in the world. From Trafalgar Square to Notting Hill, and Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, this city has so much to see and do.

On this program, you have the opportunity to:

Participate on a summer program designed specifically for CIS – on this 2.5-week January program specifically designed by the University of Roehampton for CIS students, participants enjoy all that the University of Roehampton and London have to offer, while choosing from a unique range of courses that align with the Australian university summer break.

Develop a better understanding of the history, society and culture of London – visit some of the city’s most celebrated monuments and art-historical sites, as well as London’s museums and heritage sites such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and less well-known sites, off the ‘tourist trail’.

Study globalisation and deepen your thinking about this important topic – think more about the new world order where moral, economic, political and ecological issues are intertwined, and debate about the future of society.

Take a course on media and social change – consider the ways in which non-fiction media (such as news, documentaries and journalism) articulate and explore contemporary experiences of profound social change, while focusing on the changing landscape of social class, race and ethnicity, and asking how the media engages with these changes and presents them to the public.

Be a part of a university that gives you the best of both worlds – enjoy the feel of a traditional university campus, with the culture of one of the greatest cities in the world!

Take advantage of a perfect location – live and study in London, 6 miles from London’s West End, and discover all this energetic city has to offer, not to mention the ease of travel to the rest of the UK and Europe!

Highlights

If you’ve always wanted to visit London, are interested in earning university credit while overseas and can invest a couple weeks over your summer uni break, then our January in London program is perfect for you!

Here are some of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Summer program designed specifically for CIS – this 2.5-week January program was specifically designed by the University of Roehampton for CIS students, allowing participants to enjoy all that the University of Roehampton and London have to offer, while choosing from a unique range of courses that align with the Australian university summer break
  • Ranked as the ‘best modern university in London’, enjoy cutting edge facilities at the University of Roehampton*
  • Study at the only parkland campus in a central London borough, providing a close-knit community feel
  • Get to know your lecturers and fellow students, giving you a more personal learning experience
  • Study and live in brand new facilities – every student gets their own bedroom and two meals per day are included
  • London is not only a business capital of the world, it’s also a great place to play. Few cities in the world can match London for culture, history and excitement
  • Study British culture in this world-class city and check out all of London’s attractions including Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye and more!
  • Easy access to other parts of the UK and Europe on the weekends, or after your CISaustralia program ends
  • 24/7 support services, including a CISaustralia welcome dinner, orientation, one culture activity (e.g. visit to a British museum / a walking tour of a neighbourhood market), and dedicated CISaustralia Site Director

*Ranked by the three major league tables in the UK: Complete University Guide 2016, Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, Guardian University Guide 2016

Choose Your Course

Hosted at the University of Roehampton London, students are taught by leading professors with a personal learning experience. The University offers innovative programs of study, enabling students to pursue particular areas of interest and has a growing community of international students on campus who are on study abroad programs.

Course Offerings:

  • Media and Social Change: Class, Race and Ethnicity
  • London: History, Society and Culture
  • Understanding Globalisation

Course Load: 1 course

  • Depending on your Australian university, “courses” may be referred to as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for academic credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview and the contact hours.
  • Although you will only take 1 course on the January program, it is best to get 2-3 courses approved by your university before you go overseas. This gives you some flexibility. Why not consider opting for an interesting elective if your degree allows?
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

How to Choose Your Course: Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet.

Academic Requirement: To qualify for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.0 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, you may still be considered for the program but will need to be prepared to provide supporting documentation. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to help find another suitable program if required.

Course Descriptions:

CREDITS: 20 UK credits / 40 hours face to face in class lecture + tutorial hours

This module focuses on the ways in which non-fiction media such as news, documentary, advertising, lifestyle journalism and popular factual television articulate and explore contemporary experiences of profound social change. It focuses especially on the changing landscape of social class, race and ethnicity and asks how the media engages with these changes and presents them to its publics.

This course is a second year module (Level 5 of British system).

CREDITS: 20 UK credits / 40 hours face to face in class lecture + tutorial hours

This module provides an opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of the history of London and of some of its most celebrated monuments, heritage and historical sites. It offers a pathway for students to study London’s history in greater depth and it internationalises the learning experience. The module puts students in touch with various types of historical artefacts, namely London’s architecture, sculpture, painting and archaeological objects. It explores the past through various types of historical sources and approaches to studying. Students will develop a meaningful awareness of the particular character and challenges of London history through these visual and material sources as well as texts, both factual and fictional. The syllabus will include visits to London’s museums and heritage sites such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and less well-known sites, off the ‘tourist trail’.

This course is a second year module (Level 5 of British system).

Additional fees (£80-£150) go towards the various galleries/museums/cultural houses visited as part of this course.

CREDITS: 20 UK credits / 40 hours face to face in class lecture + tutorial hours

This module focuses on the ways in which non-fiction media such as news, documentary, advertising, lifestyle journalism and popular factual television articulate and explore contemporary experiences of profound social change. It focuses especially on the changing landscape of social class, race and ethnicity and asks how the media engages with these changes and presents them to its publics.

This course is a second year module (Level 5 of British system).

CREDITS: 20 UK credits / 40 hours face to face in class lecture + tutorial hours

Globalisation is a process crossing social boundaries. It also crosses disciplinary divisions. This module is therefore designed to be an introduction to thinking about the new world order where moral, economic, political and ecological issues are intertwined with a debate about the future of society. This is now a vogue topic in both academic and public spheres and a crucially important subject in current sociological debates.

This course is a second year module (Level 5 of British system).

Excursions

As part of your program you will have the opportunity to discover some of England’s most spectacular cities and attractions.

CISaustralia will arrange one cultural activity, e.g. visit to a British museum, a walking tour of a neighbourhood market or similar, as part of your program fee, as well as a CIS Welcome Dinner.

You will be living in one of the world’s great cities with easy access to countless museums, attractions and sites. Below are a few of the many places you might like to visit during your free time.

In London:

Buckingham Palace 
The Queen’s famous London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch is the setting for the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard, a London tradition that attracts large crowds.

Houses of Parliament
The heart of British politics is seated in the Houses of Parliament, situated in the Palace of Westminster right next to the River Thames. With more than 1,100 rooms and 100 staircases, the British Parliament is certainly extravagant and well worth a visit.

Big Ben
The name actually refers to one of the five bells that hang at the top of the famous clock tower, named Elizabeth Tower. The buildings adjoining the tower form the seat of the British Parliament: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

London Eye
The massive ferris wheel takes visitors on a 30-minute ride offering unparalleled aerial views of the city.

British Museum
One of London’s great wonders and truly a museum of the world. Within one day, you can explore the history and culture of all the world’s great civilisations. Free entry and free 30-minute guided tours are offered throughout the day.

English Premier League 
If you don’t already support a team, you will probably need to choose one! Football (soccer) is regularly the topic of conversation throughout the UK. The greater London area is home to Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Fulham football clubs. If you can get tickets, why not attend a live match, or it’s always fun watching in a pub with lively fans!

In addition, you can find many interesting city tours:

  • London bus tour
  • Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
  • Introduction to Camden Market with an optional pub lunch and Hidden Pubs of London Walking Tour
  • Tour of the Benjamin Franklin House
  • Kings, Queens, Politics and Power Walking tour which starts in New Scotland Yard

In the UK:

Cambridge
Visit this picturesque city located on the River Cam and home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, founded in the 13th century. University colleges worth a visit include King’s, famed for its chapel and choir; Trinity, founded by Henry VIII; and St. John’s, with its fortified Great Gate.

Oxford
Tour the ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’ and historic University town which is filled with buildings from every architectural period since the Saxons. Enjoy shopping, theatres, beautiful gardens, parks, cathedrals and museums.

Stonehenge
Stonehenge is a must-see when in England. Explore the incredible stone formations which have become one of the world’s most recognisable sites.

Liverpool
Sample some of the area’s best modern restaurants and wine bars. Liverpool’s art galleries and museums are a great place to find out all about the city’s impressive musical, sport (come on ‘The Reds’! LFC) and maritime history, not to mention the city was the birthplace of The Beatles in 1960.

Windsor Castle
Visit the Queen’s official residence. This majestic castle will take your breath away.

In Europe:
Try a weekend trip to Europe or plan some extensive travel after your program is complete. With trains, buses and budget airlines so common in Europe, it is easy and affordable to get almost anywhere from London. Within a few hours, you can find yourself in Dublin, Edinburgh, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rome, Brussels, Prague, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and more!

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” – Samuel Johnson

Location

London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. With an estimated 8.7 million residents, London is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the third most populous city in Europe. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans who named it Londinium.

The London Underground (subway) makes navigating this big city easy and manageable. It is the oldest underground railway in the world, and combined with London’s train and bus systems, it makes everything accessible in minutes.

The University of Roehampton is located in Roehampton, a suburb in southwest London, close to Putney and Hammersmith and within easy reach of central London, just 6 miles from London’s West End. There is a huge variety of bars, pubs and clubs in Putney, Hammersmith and Clapham – all easily accessible by public transport.

The university is the only parkland campus in a central London borough and in addition to the main campus, there are two other historic locations within a 10-minute walk in Roehampton. Take a stroll through nearby Richmond Park, the largest of London’s Royal Parks, or hop on the train and find yourself in the centre of London in approx. 25 minutes. Studying at Roehampton will give you the best of both worlds: the feel of a traditional university campus, with the culture and nightlife of one of the greatest cities in the world.

The University

On this 2.5-week January program specifically designed by the University of Roehampton for CIS students, participants enjoy all that the University of Roehampton and London have to offer, while choosing from a unique range of courses that align with the Australian university summer break.

The University of Roehampton London offers a first-class educational experience. It has been ranked the ‘best modern university in London’ according to all three major UK league tables: the Complete University Guide 2016, the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, and the Guardian University Guide 2016. Their proud history in higher education stretches back almost 175 years through their four colleges, the oldest of which, Whitelands, was one of the first higher education institutions to admit women. The university’s character derives from this rich history, built on community, engagement and partnership, with a belief that no matter your background, the University of Roehampton can help students realise their ambitions.

The academic teaching staff work at the cutting edge of their subjects, which means their teaching is based on the very latest knowledge. The small size of 9,000 full-time students during a standard semester means that students get to know their lecturers, giving a more personal learning experience. The university is also the most research-intensive modern university in the United Kingdom. It has some of the most highly regarded academic departments in the UK, with two-thirds of its research judged either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework survey of research quality.

Today the university has a broad range of expertise across the arts and humanities, business, social sciences and the human and life sciences, at the same time maintaining its historic strength in education. The campus offers modern, cutting edge facilities and a vibrant student social scene. The excellent teaching facilities include state-of-the-art lecture theatres, modern sport and science laboratories, dance studios, drama performance spaces and film and media facilities. The library is open 24 hours a day during peak times in the academic year, and at least until midnight all year round. There is access to computer suites 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Best of all, the university is located in inner London, 6 miles from London’s West End, with convenient bus links to Putney and Hammersmith, and within an easy train ride to central London from nearby Barnes Station.

Accommodation

Student accommodation will be at Bede House located on the main campus. Bede House will be partially occupied by full-year Roehampton students so it is a great opportunity to meet other local and international students.

Bedrooms are single occupancy on shared corridors each with 20 rooms. Each bedroom will have a bed, desk, wardrobe and wash basin. Bedding will be provided, including sheets, duvet, pillow and cases. There are shared bathrooms (6 showers and 6 toilets), a shared living space and a self-catered, communal kitchen on each corridor. Each kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, oven, stovetop, microwave, kettle and toaster. A kitchen pack will be provided which includes plates, a bowl, utensils, cutlery, pans, corkscrew and can opener.

Internet access is available in rooms via WiFi and dataport/cable connection. WiFi is also available all over campus. The library is open 24 hours a day during peak times in the academic year, and at least until midnight all year round. There is access to computer suites 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Coin operated laundry facilities are available outside of the dorms for £1.50 per wash. The accommodation is non-smoking and there is 24 hour security on campus.

Program fees include continental breakfast on weekdays, cooked breakfast on Saturdays and a lunch voucher each weekday. Lunch vouchers will be provided Monday-Friday that can be used at the on-campus catering outlets that are open during January. Dietary requirements can be catered for. Students will need to arrange their own breakfasts on Sundays, lunches on weekends and all dinners. There are many eateries open both on-campus and in the surrounding areas, as well as kitchen facilities that can be used in the accommodation.

Program Fee & Dates

January 2020
Application Deadline01 October 2019
Arrival Date02 January 2020
Departure Date18 January 2020
Program Fee A$ 7,599
OS-HELP A$ 6,913

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Medical and accident insurance (if requested)
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • University of Roehampton orientation
  • Welcome meal
  • Accommodation – single occupancy room on shared corridor with communal kitchen, living space and shared bathrooms
  • Meals – continental breakfast on weekdays, cooked breakfast on Saturdays, and a lunch voucher* each weekday
  • One cultural activity, e.g. museum visit, walking tour of a neighbourhood market or similar
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • University of Roehampton official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

*£8 lunch vouchers will be provided Monday-Friday that can be used at the on-campus catering outlets that are open during January. Note that Sunday breakfasts, weekend lunches and all dinners are on your own.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Australian passport holders (non-visa nationals) are required to enter the UK on a Short-Term Study visa. CISaustralia strongly recommends that students apply for this visa before leaving Australia, making a student’s entry into the UK quicker and easier. Please be aware that the visa application fee is approx. AUD$170 (price decided by UK Government, subject to change). Alternatively, students can obtain their Short-Term Study visa upon arrival in the UK. If received this way students will not be able to re-enter on the same visa during the program, and will need to get a new stamp each time when re-entering the UK.

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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