Applications are now being accepted.
Los Medanos College will begin inviting applicants to join the London Study Abroad Program for the Fall 2022 semester. The trip is organized by the American Institute for Foreign Study, which has been working with students for over 50 years to ensure that students get the most out of their time abroad.
An information meeting was held on February 8 to let people know what will happen on the trip to London. The meeting was moderated by Kenneth Alexander, LMC Art Professor and Contra Costa Community College District Representative for the Study Abroad Program.
Thanks to the partnership with AIFS, the program will have access to the best study abroad service. They have worked with over 50,000 students and over 98% of students recommend the AIFS program when studying abroad.
“They’re running the program really well in London,” Alexander said. He added that AIFS has programs in Japan, South Africa, Spain and other places outside of London.
The program will offer two options for students living in London. The first offer, Homestay, is where you will live with a British family and have a room with another student. You will be 45 minutes to an hour from the AIFS center, have a continental breakfast on weekdays, with access to the laundry room, bathroom, kitchen and grocery store. It will cost $8,595.
The second offer, Apartments, is where you will have your own apartment. It will be in central London. You will have your own bathroom, living space, kitchen and bedroom, costing $10,095. This excludes airfare and tuition fees.
Students eligible for financial aid and demonstrating financial need still have the option of participating in the trip. The deadline to pay the fees is June 15.
Those who join will receive the Oyster Card, an unlimited-use travel pass for buses, night buses and the underground metro system. These can take you to and from the AIF center.
The AIF Center is where students will take their courses and can come into contact with the professors who will lead this program. The center will also plan free time trips, arrange medical appointments, get mail, help students adjust to life in London and guide them around the city if necessary.
One of the most amazing places, I can’t imagine not telling you to go.”
The deadline to register for the trip is Friday, April 15 for priority applications. Friday, May 13 will accept general applications and late applications will close on Wednesday, June 15. If someone still hasn’t applied, they will have until Saturday, August 20 to apply. They will only accept students who apply after if they have enough space available.
The program has dates ranging from September to December. They will first meet at Santa Rosa Junior College for the pre-departure and will leave the United States on September 8 to travel to London on September 9. They will have a full day to visit and get oriented, then classes will begin on September 11. Everyone will have a mid-semester break from October 24 to October 28 where you can go and do whatever you want in London. Then everyone will reunite and leave London on December 9.
Students will be able to take courses in all four community college districts during their stay in London. All courses taken are also transferable.
“You will be enrolled in at least one course at your home campus,” Alexander said. He explained that all courses in the districts of Los Rios, Santa Rosa, San Mateo and Contra Costa will be very valuable for students.
Students will all be expected to experience British life and culture in this program. The course will include weekly lectures and four field trips. Students will be exposed to London and its British life, visiting places like the Houses of Parliament and Shakespeare’s Glow, where Shakespeare performed his plays.
Class times will be from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There are also two-hour breaks between classes.
Alexander will teach Medieval and Renaissance Art History, Modern Art History, Shakespeare’s English Kings, and British Life and Culture. Professor Jacqueline McGhee of the Santa Rosa College District teaches Literature and Composition, Early Creative Writing, Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking, and British Life and Culture. Professor Fran Keller of the Los Rios College District teaches the foundations of biology, evolution, marine ecology and British life and culture. And Professor Lale Yurtseven of the San Mateo College District teaches international business, business law, cross-cultural relations in global trade, and British life and culture.
London offers many sights, including day trips to Stonehenge and Oxford. Students will be able to see West End shows and catch sports matches including football and rugby. Additionally, students can get an optional trip to Scotland. This will be a return train ticket from London to Edinburgh with three nights accommodation, breakfast and dinner included. The Scotland trip includes Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and the Highlands. It will cost $625 per student.
“One of the most amazing places I can’t imagine not telling you to go,” Alexander said.
London will have plenty to do and the program instructors will ensure that all students in the program have a great experience no matter what. For more information on traveling to London, go to the Study Abroad page and for help on how AIFS works, go to AIFS webpage.You can contact Alexandre at [email protected] and program assistant Harue Takanashi at [email protected].