Pitt in London - Summer

Study in one of the most vibrant, exciting and culturally rich cities in the world. Pitt in London offers a variety of courses across different disciplines and an optional part-time internship. Your lecturers will be faculty from universities throughout the city along with Pitt faculty based at the CAPA London Center. Whether you study English Literature, Political Science, History, or Business London will be your classroom and textbook. If you decide to do an internship - we guarantee the placement! Take advantage of the unique opportunitiy to get international work experience for credit and advance your intercultural communication skills. 
Pitt has collaborated with CAPA International Education to run this program for over 25 years, 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. 
And if you still have any doubts, learn about the program from the students who have done it. Read students' blog here.

What You'll Accomplish

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

  • to learn how to navigate living in a big city: from using one of the world's busiest metro systems to managing time and resources
  • to explore rich and diverse culture and history of London and the UK, and analyze current political, economic and social challenges the country is facing
  • to advance your intercultural communication skills and develop deeper understanding of opportunities and challenges the globalization brings to the academic and professional environments 

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

  • Shared bedrooms (2 or 3 students/bedroom, single bed or bunk bed)
  • Bedding, but need to bring your own towels
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shared kitchen 
  • Internet access (for general browsing, but not meant for heavy downloading or streaming)
  • Coin operated laundry 
  • It is not typical for UK residences to have air conditioning or dryers

Please note that meals are not included in the program fee.
You will receive your address, roommate information, and neighborhood description about 2 weeks before your departure for London.
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions.
If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option.  Email your Pitt program manager for more information. 

What You'll Study

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; Doing an internship?  Remember that counts as one class (3 credits).

Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found at www.abroad.pitt.edu/geneds

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.

Introduction to Astronomy: British Contributions and Developments (ASTRONXXXX)

This course will explore human knowledge of the solar system and of the night sky, as well as the growth of astronomy as a science. The development of astronomy in England has been influenced by many factors and represents a rich microcosm of the evolution of astronomy in the western world. British contributions to astronomy will be used to exemplify the progress and achievements of this field of science.
Throughout history astronomy has been intertwined with both time-keeping and navigation and we will explore these connections in and around London. The passage of time is manifested through the motions of the sun which we will investigate when we visit sundials throughout London. More elaborate structures, like Stonehenge (which we will discuss and visit), can be used to mark the passage of time on greater scales. The importance of astronomy to time-keeping also made it invaluable to navigation. When we visit the National Maritime Museum we will examine and discuss the instruments in their Astronomical and Navigational Collection to elucidate the link between astronomy and navigation. This link between the two areas meant that the interests of astronomers intersected with the interests of the government which led to the development of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich which we will also visit and explore. Lastly, when we visit Westminster Abbey we will see that the importance of the work of astronomers was so valued that the scientists themselves were esteemed.

International Marketing (BUSMKT1461)

Fulfills a marketing major elective for Pitt Business students.
This course reflects the increasing amount of international marketing carried out by a wide and diverse range of organizations. Starting with why organizations may wish to expand their activities across national boundaries, students develop knowledge to identify which markets to enter, the methods of market entry available, and the management and control implications. The student will be encouraged to perceive the role of a global marketing manager, and to make decisions that could affect the outcome of a global marketing plan. This includes the international marketing environment and the international marketing mix, namely product, pricing, distribution and promotion, as well as emerging issues in international trade such as trading blocs, trade barriers, and the standardization versus customization dilemma.

International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior (BUSORG1655)

This course fulfills a core requirement for the Certificate in International Business and the global management major. This course also fulfills the human resources major elective.
Provides an introduction to organizational behavior in a global context. Emphasis is on applying core organizational behavior concepts such as leadership, motivation, and group processes, as well as more contemporary topics such as cultural diversity and expatriation, to workers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Develops an understanding of culture and cross-cultural differences and an awareness of the key skills needed to interact effectively in cross-cultural settings.

Cybersecurity and Privacy Regulation (CSXXXX)

Cybercrime is a global threat to national security, essential services, businesses and private individuals, costing billions of dollars in damage around the world. Recent years have seen significant growth in the scale and complexity of cyber criminality as cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated in exploiting security vulnerabilities online, such as the massive breach of personal data stored online and recent coordinated ransomware campaigns against organisations around the world. Cy-bercrime is also transnational, with criminals and technical infrastructure operating across and between national jurisdictions, requiring international collaboration to combat multiple threats. This course examines current frameworks of US cyberlaw, procedures, key legal cases and their implications for future practice and policy, and compares and contrasts US, UK and EU law at the interface of criminal law, technology and information sciences.

Moving image editing: theory and practice (ENGFLMXXXX)

Moving images are ubiquitous. As one of the most pervasive manifestations of the digital age, they broke out with the confines of the cinema theatre and show up on the multitude of screens around us. Just as we are surrounded by many forms of the audio-visual, we also encounter a multitude of editing practices. From blockbusters to YouTube videos we experience images that are carefully selected and artfully cut in a way that is entertaining, persuasive or simply moving.  
The course is designed to introduce you to the theory, practice and art of editing. It intertwines historical accounts of editing practice with media analysis and hands-on exercises. Each of the first nine sessions is devoted to one of the key concepts that illuminate intersections between media and culture: conversation, gaze, action, persuasion, story, beat, humour, metaphor and voice. Each session is then divided into three distinctive parts. The first uses film excerpts to showcase editing devices employed in relation to the theme of the class. The second introduces a theoretical understanding of the pertinent editing procedures and instigates a discussion around them. In the last part of the session you will use a pre-selected set of clips to create your own edit.
The course is based on an innovative approach to editing techniques that sees them in a close dialogue with the underlying cultural phenomena that shape the current media landscape.       

Digital Media Practice (ENGFLMXXXX)

Digital media permeate most social and economic interactions of today. Still and moving images not only serve entertainment but also inform the way we communicate, learn about the world, purchase goods and express our identities. This course focuses on digital media as a contemporary means of communication placing them in the context of remix culture. It will take students through the core themes of narrative, rhetoric and remix, exploring them through three areas of practice-based investigation: composition, image and sound.
This intensive and comprehensive course will allow students to create their own portfolio, including a selection of digital media techniques used in a wide range of settings, from marketing videos to audio-visual essays. Quickly and efficiently students will learn how to produce videos for social media, conduct interviews and present themselves in front of the camera. The course will offer basic skills in digital photography, camerawork, editing and podcast production. Students will also be able to choose one of the four specialised areas which include VR production, social media advertising, audiovisual essay filmmaking and digital journalism. The content of the students’ portfolios will be produced as part of weekly assignments throughout the course, as students develop their skills, with a final project in their area of specialisation.
While the emphasis is on practice, each class includes a theoretical discussion that provides a critical framework for working with visual media. Topics explored include copyright and political aspects of the online, as well as its business and marketing side. This will allow students to both understand the cultural context of digital media and use them effectively.    

Contemporary British Film (ENGFLM1190)

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.

Post-war Pop Culture in Britain (ENGLIT1760)

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.

Introduction to Shakespeare (ENGLIT0580)

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.

Writing the City - London (ENGWRT1200)

This course will introduce creative writing in relation to the city and the particular challenges of writing about place. Students will examine how various subjects such as the river, urban spaces, solitude, ethnicity, particular boroughs, and characters (both fictional and real) function in London narratives; develop an understanding of the role of memory and experience in literary psycho-geographical accounts of the metropolis; utilize their observations of London to practice creative writing; and investigate the potential of place within the narrative of various genres.

West European Government and Politics (PS1311)

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.

Child Development in a British Context (PSY1050)

This course investigates the aims and principles of developmental psychology as a scientific discipline, and describes the methods used to obtain knowledge about children and their development. Issues such as children's early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, and the role of play are examined, with an emphasis on the role of education and child care practices and policies in the UK in shaping children's development.

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City -London (URBNST1410)

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the modern development of one of the world's most significant global cities in comparative context. It examines London's changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city's imperial, postcolonial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital.

Experiential Learning Description

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

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.


Schedule a Zoom appointment with me below or get in touch with me through email to discuss study abroad options.


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Your In-Country Contacts

Katrina W Brown

Katrina Brown, PhD, is a member of the Contemporary Physics Education Project and facilitates numerous physics workshops for teachers.  Her research interests involve the application of computational chemistry to biologically relevant molecules.


Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $4,656 $4,856
Program Fee $4,343 $4,343
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $9,299 $9,499

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,000 - $1,200
Personal Expenses and Meals $1,000 - $2000
Local Cell phone $100
Visa (interns and non-US citizens) $500

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 follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in London
  • Cultural Events and Activities 
  • An Unlimited Tube Pass for Zones 1 and 2
  • Health Insurance
  • Membership to the Student Central facilities 


When You'll Go

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