Quick Info

  • London, England
  • Fall, Spring
  • : Panther Program
  • : Communication, Cultural Studies, Economics, English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing), Film Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre Arts, Urban Studies
  • : Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Fall Dates Below)
  • : $18,099 In-State / $23,405 Out-of-State
  • : Spring and Fall 2018 Applications Available in August!
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record

Academics

You should have no trouble finding Pitt in London courses that meet your requirements – just a take a look for yourself below.  Each course is worth three credits; you can take from 12 to 18 credits during the term.  Doing an internship?  Remember that counts as one class.


×Looking for business classes?  You'll want to check out the Global Business Institute: London!

Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!   Take a look below:

Please note that not all of the courses listed in this box are offered every term.  The courses listed below this box will be offered for the spring and fall terms unless otherwise noted.  Contact Brice at brice.lynn@pitt.edu with any questions. 
Do not assume that a course fulfills a general education requirement based on its title or course number.  If it is not listed below, it will not count!

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:

Historical Change:  HIST 1123
Literature:  ENGLIT 0580, ENGLIT 0625, ENGLIT 1199
Arts:  HAA 0030

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements.

Courses may count towards UCIS Global Studies certificate.

Pitt Business:

Check out the Global Business Institute: London for more information!

The Learning through Internships Program is an educational experience that gives students the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace and social environment of the host culture, to expand professional skills and earn academic credit. The Focus Seminars and Regional Identities lectures and activities which make up an important part of the program are designed to provide theory and practice around societal themes which inform and enrich the internship experience. Students enrolling in GST 303 will earn 3 semester credits and intern 15-20 hours per week.

This course will address the principal ethical issues facing print and broadcast journalism. It will consider the practical dilemmas reporters and editors have to deal with and relate them to a moral framework. The focus will be on the real time arguments that arise almost daily in media coverage of matters of public controversy, crime, war, privacy and the like. The course objectives are to learn how to evaluate the performance of the media and to help students develop their own ethical philosophy. Problems of regulation and codes of practice will also be examined. Students will be able to take advantage of London’s global importance as a media hub and the distinctive media culture of the UK through a program of case studies, visits and guest lectures by practitioners.

The objective of this course is to examine theoretical analysis of international trade and commercial policy. Students will look at the pure theory of international trade as exemplified by comparative advantage and gains from trade in the classical and neoclassical models and explore alternative explanations of trade and development. The theory of customs unions and modern day explanations of preferential trading arrangements will be explored and some of the principal unresolved theoretical and practical problems of free trade will be examined.

The 1990s and 2000s saw the British film industry undergo a number of dramatic changes. From an all-time low at the end of 1980s, during the early 1990s British cinema entered a period of confidence and success that was mirrored by a major structural and financial reorganization. The course will chart the development of British film during the period 1994-2010 through the critical study of key films, and will examine the way that these films both emerge from and transform the earlier British cinema tradition. Readings will focus on the critical reception of the films and the manner in which they have been absorbed into the canon. There will also be particular focus on the political and social context of the films.

For a portrayal of the variety and depth of human emotions, Shakespeare has never been equaled. In this course, a selection of plays will be studied in depth, with equal focus on the genres of comedy, history and tragedy. Through visits to Shakespearean plays in performance, to the Globe theatre workshop, and through guest speakers, the plays will be examined not only textually but also as living plays that tell us as much about modern identity as the development of the early modern identity. Students will examine the notion of Shakespeare as 'timeless' to understand how vitally he moves from the concerns of his day to ours. This course requires an addition $70 fee to cover the cost of theatre tickets while in London.  You will pay this via credit card upon arrival.

The course is designed to introduce students both to canonical literary texts from Johnson to Conan Doyle and to contemporary representations of multi-cultural London.  In the first half of the course we visit the places where famous literary projects were first conceived.  In the second half of the course the class will be visited by an author or director working in contemporary London.

This course takes its students on a historical tour of the capital with great writers and film-makers as our guides.  We start with a boat trip from Westminster to Tower Bridge: a view of the city from the river on which it was built.  Our first stop back on land is Samuel Johnson and the world of eighteenth century literary London.  We look at some of the variety of Johnson’s writing and also visit the house in which he wrote his dictionary and the pub (The Cheshire Cheese) where he entertained his friends.  We then move onto the Romantic poets and read poems about London by Blake, Wordsworth and Keats before visiting the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum.  We then pass into the nineteenth century world of detective fiction and some of the stories of Sherlock Holmes.  The second half of the course focuses on contemporary London and questions of class, race and culture. We read Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia and Zadie Smith’s NW and watch a series of films which show the changing face of London over the last fifty years. 

This course addresses the development of the modern detective novel, British and American, from the late 19th century into the 21st.  Detective and crime fiction is one of the most popular forms of narrative, appealing to writers and readers with widely diverse interests and ideologies.  It can offer intense action, intellectual challenge, access to criminal underworlds, political and social critique, and exploration of the psyche.  The focus in this version of the course will be on cities (London and Los Angeles) as sites of criminal imagination, and on detectives as explorers of the city’s hidden connections.  Whether or not they bring about “justice” will be an open question.  Our approach will be broadly historical, from the British amateur sleuths of Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, through the American “hard-boiled” private eye, to the contemporary “police procedural” in television and film as well as fiction. 

This course will look at some key theories of popular culture, and include case studies of selected examples from the British Isles since 1945. Popular culture versus subcultures will be examined. The main aim will be to enable students to think independently about this topic. The course will include study visits to galleries, museums and other sites as an important learning experience. This course aims to draw in the students' previous educational and life experiences of culture and history, including oral cultures, popular and ethnic cultures and social and religious movements. It will compare British and American experiences of popular culture, the differences, similarities and cross-influences.

The course provides insight into artistic development and art movements since 1900, and provides the tools and techniques with which to analyze contemporary art. The course will examine the many different works of art that have been produced during the last century across Europe, and also examines some of the most controversial contemporary British art in the light of global developments. All the major art movements will be examined in relation to advances in technology, historical events and sociological changes. The course offers a unique opportunity to study the art works in London galleries and museums in guided and reflective visits.

An understanding of the history of the UK is vital to make sense of current events; from the loss of Empire, to wars, through immigration, Britain's history is a fascinating, and richly complex subject to study in country. This course examines how Britain has responded to political, economic, social and cultural forces during the 20th Century and how it is developing in the 21st Century. Topics analyzed and discussed will include: changing perceptions about the role of the state; the decline of empire; the effect of two world wars; economic strategies; multiculturalism, and gender. Using interdisciplinary examinations of social, economic and political history, the course will evaluate how the lives of ordinary British people have changed during the past century.

Where and what is Europe? Who are the Europeans? What is Europe's future? "Europe" has been a cultural idea that European elites have struggled to impose on the chaotic diversity of their continent. How has the concept "European" been defined historically, and in relation to whom? This interdisciplinary course addresses these fundamental questions of politics, geography and identity by tracing the history of "Europe" as a political concept and the cultural, political and economic factors that have shaped modern European countries. Such issues have been brought into close focus by the implications of European integration, destabilising assumptions about the territorial extent of Europe and the scales at which government, sovereignty and citizenship should operate. This course outlines the contemporary structures of the European Union and also investigates the various processes that have made Europe such a distinctive, dynamic and highly varied region. It also examines the historical roots of current tensions between - and within - the nation-states of Europe, such as ethnic nationalism, the legacy of imperialism and the politics of remembrance, and demonstrates how they continue to shape European politics today.

The course presents a socio-cultural approach to contemporary issues of children's development. The aim is to demonstrate the importance of understanding people in relation to their social world. Students will develop an understanding of life in the UK and explore how it shapes children's development. Issues such as children's early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, the role of play and the origins of disturbing behaviour will be examined.

In the early twenty-first century, the religious, cultural, and ethnic diversity of British society remains highly relevant, controversial, and often politically-charged. This course examines how this complex diversity shapes and defines our understanding of modern Britain, through a specific focus on Muslim communities in London's East End and the nature of their interactions with wider society. Students analyze the ways in which imperialism and its legacy, as well as Britain's global relationships, have influenced political policies and social attitudes toward multiculturalism and Muslim groups in particular. Emphasis is placed on an analysis of intercultural relations and how they have shaped the political landscape, ideas about the meaning of "Britishness", and citizenship debates. Theories of the ways in which cultural "subjects" are constructed, contested, and negotiated are examined in relation to the racial ideologies that characterized British imperialism and continue to shape post-colonial society. Main topics include: the politics of immigration and race relations; varieties of experience among ethnic groups; religion and politics; Islamic artistic and cultural forms; representations of Muslim communities within British culture and the media; the construction and expression of ethnic identities, violence and racial oppression, and the consequences of Islamic fundamentalism. Students will also engage directly with Islamic neighborhoods, religious sites, and cultural institutions throughout London, contributing to a fuller understanding of the significance of Muslim societies within the contemporary urban environment.

One of the most effective ways of understanding a nation is by examining the images, values, symbols, and individuals by which a nation represents itself. This multidisciplinary course explores a variety of forms of national representations "ideals and icons" to investigate the ways in which modern Britain and British identities have been imagined, constructed, and experienced at home and internationally. This theme is examined through specific topics including: imperialism and its legacy; the development of consumer culture; immigration and racial politics; the monarchy and government, and varieties of political and cultural dissent. The course also gives students the opportunity to engage directly with the heritage industry and contemporary British culture, utilizing London's cityscape and its vast array of distinct neighborhoods, cultural venues, and historical sites as primary tools of analysis. Classes are arranged thematically, combining contextual lectures, film, seminar discussion, and weekly field studies. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and interpreting the legacy of Britain's past upon the ways in which the contemporary nation and British identities are structured in the twenty-first century. Note: Students taking this course should not take "Analyzing and Exploring the Global City" (SOC 305) because of similar content and site visits.

This course builds students’ acting skills and styles. It provides the means through which students may develop or expand their acting abilities through practical work with a variety of scripts, focusing primarily on 20th-century English plays. This course requires an addition $70 fee to cover the cost of theatre tickets while in London.  You will pay this via credit card upon arrival.

Cities around the world are striving to be ‘global’. This course focuses on the development of one of the greatest of these global cities, London, from the nineteenth through to the twenty first century and investigates the nature and implications of its ‘globality’ for its built environment and social geography.  We will examine how the city has been transformed by the forces of industrialization, imperialism and globalization and consider the ways in which London and its inhabitants have been shaped by their relationships with the rest of the world.  Students will gain insight into London’s changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city’s imperial, post-imperial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital.  The course is organized chronologically: themes include the Victorian metropolis of the nineteenth century; London as an imperial space; multicultural London; London as a commercial centre of global capitalism; future scenarios of urban change. The course will mix classroom work with experiential learning, and will be centered on field trips to sites such as the 2012 Olympic sites, Soho, Whitehall, South Kensington, Spitalfields and Docklands in London’s East End to give students the opportunity to experience its varied urban geographies first hand and interact with these sites in an informed and analytical way.  Note: Students taking this course should not take "Understanding Modern Britain" (SOC 1515) because of similar content and site visits.

This course analyses women’s claims for citizenship throughout the twentieth century from a variety of European perspectives.  By 1945, the majority of women in Europe had been enfranchised, yet as women demanded the rights of citizenship, they frequently faced limitations upon their rights as citizens based on gender.  This course charts the ways in which women have adapted to and attempted to challenge the ideological, political and material conditions of citizenship in twentieth-century Europe.  Topics to be examined include:  citizenship and warfare, women and the welfare state, the feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s, sexuality and reproductive rights, prostitution and labour movements, the effect of Communist regimes in Eastern and Central Europe, the impact of Thatcher upon women in Britain, and the effects of multiculturalism upon citizenship.  Classes are arranged both chronologically and thematically, and will combine contextual lectures and student-led tutorials in order to facilitate discussion.  The course is organized around three key themes:  Women, Regulation and the State; Gender Discourses; and Citizenship and Female Activism.  Each of these themes is designed to allow students to engage with a wide array of historical and contemporary sources and debates.  We will incorporate a diverse range of source materials such as literature, personal narratives, film, and representations of women in art, fiction and the contemporary media.

Select business courses may be available to qualified students.  Email brice.lynn@pitt.edu for more information.

Internships

More than 75 percent of Pitt-in-London students complete an internship, and with good reason. Whether your post-graduation plans include entering the workforce, going to graduate school, or pursuing a different path, professional work experience always stands out on a resume.

Internships in London are 20 hours per week, excluding commuting time. In addition to workplace experience, you will also meet with peers and faculty for internship seminars to help you get the most out of the experience. Internships are always unpaid, always for three credits, and always pass/fail.

You can sign up for an internship regardless of your major as a part of the application process.  Keep in mind that you will not know what your internship placement is until 14 days before departure.  While this may seem like a long time to wait, remember that our partners are searching for an internship just for you. Your past experiences, coursework, and desired placements areas are all taken into account.  This kind of personalized service takes time but is well worth the wait.

Get in touch with Brice, the Pitt in London program manager, to learn more about internships. Please note that internships are availble for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.  

 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Colin MacCabe is Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh and Executive Director of Pitt in London and the Pittsburgh London Film Center. Since 1985 he has divided his time between Pittsburgh and London and between literary criticism and film production. 

Online: www.colinmaccabe.com

Contact: maccabe@pitt.edu

Bio and photo coming soon!

CAPA, Pitt’s London partner, has a full-time support staff who are there to help you with whatever you might need during your stay.  Whether it’s housing, academics, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the CAPA staff is there for you.

 

Housing

Part of the experience is to live like a Londoner.  The overwhelming majority of students choose to live in shared apartments – the English call them flats – spread across the city.  You will be one of as many as eight students living in a flat, which includes shared bedrooms and bathrooms, living space, and access to laundry facilities, all in a secure building.  The flats also come with an equipped kitchen; note meals are not included in the program fee.  Apartments are as varied as the city itself; no two flats are alike. 

Regardless of where you live, you can expect a 45- to 60-minute commute to both the CAPA Center and your internship (door-to-door).  We’ve got your commute covered with an unlimited pass for Zones 1 and 2 on the London Underground.

If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option.  Email Brice for more information. 

Pricing And Dates

 

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$18,099 $23,045
Arrive in London Depart London
Wed, January 11, 2017 Sat, April 22, 2017

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$18,099* $23,045*
Arrive in London Depart London
Wed, Sept 07, 2016 Sat, December 17, 2016

*These fees should only be used as an estimate and will likely see a slight increase for the Fall 2017 semester.

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.
 

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Pitt in London fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in London
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • An Unlimited Tube Pass for Zones 1 and 2
  • Excursions to Stonehenge and Bath, plus choose one of four other day trips!
  • Health Insurance
  • Membership to the University of London at Imperial College Student Union

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your program bill)
  • Pitt Administrative Fee ($400)
  • Visa Fee (Interns only, $450)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1000-$1200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($3000-$5000)
  • Airport Transfers ($40-$100)
  • Local Cell Phone ($100)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Get Ready! Applications open August 19!  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm the Senior Program Manager in the Study Abroad Office.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life.  Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of that physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.

Walk-In Advising Hours:
MWF 2-4 PM