Pitt in London: Global Engagement

Pitt in London: Global Engagement program focuses on the key concepts of active citizenship, social entrepreneurship, activism, and social protest in the contemporary city. This program includes a service-learning component which enables you to become directly involved in community engagement and grassroots initiatives in London, a city which remains one of the most cosmopolitan, diverse, and unequal in the world.  A Certificate of Study in Community Engagement is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Do something meaningful and give back to the community while studying abroad!
This program is run in collaboration with CAPA: Global Education Network and you can be confident that you will feel safe and supported throughout your entire experience in London. The CAPA London Center will host your classes and CAPA staff will be there for you to answer any questions and provide guidance.This immersive study abroad program will give you an incredible opportunity to live like a Londoner and challenge you to grow academically, personally, and professionally. 
Learn about students' experience in London - read students' blog here.

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity:

  • to understand the main features of globalization and recognize its impact on the urban environments, social dynamics and everyday life in London and the UK
  • to learn about benefits and challenges of non-profit and non-government sector by active community engagement experience through service-learning 
  • to navigate living in a big city: from using one of the world's busiest metro systems to managing time and resources

If your first thoughts of London are the Royal Family and Downton Abbey, prepare to be blown away. English history and culture are juxtaposed against streets lined with Indian restaurants and Chinese New Year celebrations. The birthplace of the English language is now home to speakers of more than 30 other languages – and that is not counting the variety of English accents you will hear. Skyscrapers tower over 17th-century buildings while Big Ben overlooks the River Thames. Study abroad in London and you find yourself constantly surprised by what you discover in one of the world’s most diverse and global cities.

Where You'll Live: 

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. While apartments are as varied as the city itself and no two flats are alike, all of them are located in safe neighborhoods and secure buildings. You can expect to have a shared bedroom with one or two other participants on the CAPA program (single beds/bunk beds); shared bathroom, living space and access to laundry facilities. All flats come with an equipped kitchen, and pillows and bed linens are provided. You will have internet access for general browsing, but not meant for heavy downloading or streaming. It is not typical for UK residences to have air conditioning or dryers.
Please note that meals are not included in the program fee.
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 your Pitt program manager for more information. 
If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option.  Email Oksana Stalczynski at oks5@pitt.edu for more information. 

What You'll Study: 

Pitt Global Studies will provide a certification for students who complete the Global Engagement program.
All Certificate students will have a Community Placement of 20 hours per week.  In addition, all students will enroll in a service-learning course that focuses on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of community work and community service projects, ensuring that they get the most from their placements.  This course, taught by a specialist in community work / practice, will be taken by all students seeking the certification (Pitt and non-Pitt).
Courses: All students in the Global Engagement program will take the Experiencing Globalization course and two additional courses from the list below:
Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found below:

Learning through Internships (ARTSC1903)

The Learning through Internships program is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning 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 ARTSC 1903 will earn 3 semester credits and intern 15-20 hours per week.

Gender and Citizenship in Modern Europe (GSWS1140)

This course analyzes women's claims for citizenship throughout the 20th century from a variety of European perspectives, and charts the ways in which women have adapted to and attempted to challenge the ideological, political, and material conditions of citizenship in 20th century Europe.

Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action (PS1675)
Contemporary Issues Through Service-Learning (SOC1515)

This is an interdisciplinary course with a sociological focus, as well as a unique opportunity to become directly involved in the realities of community engagement and grassroots politics through community service placements. It is designed to engage students in critical thought and reflection on urban inequalities in London while examining the historical, sociological, and political context of community service and social, economic, and political exclusion in the UK. 

Experiencing Globalization: Society, Space and Everyday Life in London (SOC1440)

The course aims to trace the play of uneven and contested globalizing processes as well as trans-local and transnational forms of connection and division in the lives of the people students will encounter during their studies and / or service placements, as well as the forms of social activism and political struggle that have emerged to address the challenges that these people face in everyday life.  This course also allows students to identify and assess the factors that have been most significant in shap-ing the ways these developments have been unfolding globally, in relations between London, its inhabitants, and the wider world, and in the specific settings students encounter in field studies and / or service-learning placements.

Islam and Britain (SOC1515)

This course examines how multiethnic diversity shapes and defines our understanding of modern Britain, through a specific focus on Muslim communities in London 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.

Experiential Learning Description: 

Community engagement is a focus part of this program. All students will be doing 15-20 hours a week community service placements at one of the non-profit/non-government organizations. This experience aims to provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on issues of urban inequalities in London while also examining the historical, sociological, and political context of community service and social, economic, and political exclusion in the UK.

Pitt runs this program in partnership with CAPA: The Global Education Network. For more than 45 years CAPA: The Global Education Network has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet students goals for learning abroad. 
The CAPA London Center is housed in 2 connected Victorian townhouses in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and their staff will be there to assist with any questions or challenges through out the program. 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Dr. Shawn Alfonso Wells

Hujambo, Hola, Bon jour! I am the Exchange and Panther Programs Manger. I have a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and am an Adjunct professor of Anthropology who has taught in the Anthropology, History, Sociology, and Africana Studies departments at Pitt and CMU. I recently helped students to achieve their goals as their Academic Advisor. I did my fieldwork on Color Classification in Cuba and have led many ground breaking experiential student trips to Cuba. I love learning about different cultures and want to help facilitate students being able to travel abroad learn the world. I look forward to assisting you to achieve your goals.


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Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $9,314 $14,902
Program Fee $8,885 $8,885
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt $18,599 $24,187

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,000 - $1,200
Personal Expenses and Meals $3,000 - $5000
Local Cell phone $100
Visa (interns and non-US citizens) $500

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.

The amounts above are for the 2019-2020 academic year and should be used as estimates only.  Pricing for 2020-2021 will be posted and announced in the fall term. 

What's Included: 

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
When You'll Go: 

Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall!