Quick Info

  • London, England
  • Spring, Fall
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Communication and Rhetoric, English Literature, English Writing, Film and Media Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre Arts, Urban Studies
  • : Spring semester: January 9 - April 20, 2019 - Fall semester: September 4 - December 14, 2019
  • : $18,199 In-State / $23,638 Out-of-State (fall 2019 prices TBD)
  • : For Spring Semester - October 7, 2018
  • : 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:

The courses listed below this box will be offered for the spring and fall terms unless otherwise noted.  Contact Oksana Stalczynski at oks5@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, ENGLIT 1005

Literature:  ENGLIT 0580, ENGLIT 0625, ENGLIT 1199
Arts:  HAA 0030

Writing Intensive (W): ENGCMP 0500

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements.

Courses may count towards UCIS Global Studies certificate and Related-Concentration in European Studies.

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 addresses the principal ethical issues facing print and broadcast journalism that arise almost daily in media coverage of matters of public controversy, such as crime, war, and privacy. Problems of regulation and codes of practice are also examined alongside London’s global importance as a media hub and the distinctive media culture of the UK.

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.

This course offers students the opportunity to study and practice the art of travel writing.   There will be a variety of readings, many of them focused on London and its environs, and most, but not all, from contemporary travel writers.   Short writing assignments will send students out into the city to find a story, others are designed to draw upon other independent travels.   You can think of this course as providing the occasion for you to stop, think, reflect and process all that you will be learning and experiencing as a traveler during your semester abroad. This course meets the “W” (writing intensive) Gen Ed requirement.

London has existed for more than two thousand years, and the ghosts of the recent and ancient past remain abroad in its streets and its culture. This course aims to explore the deep funds of strangeness and otherness that permeate London’s places and spaces, through examining films and television series that show the city as a brimming reservoir of past and future shocks.

The course will examine science fiction, horror and noir/neo-gothic cinema and television from all eras, with a particular emphasis on works that take London itself as a major part of their story. These might be disaster or alien invasion films that see the city as a site of destruction or devastation, horror films which render a familiar city frightening and strange, or noir explorations of London’s underbelly that expose sides of the city that are normally hidden.

The course will both present an alternative history of London on film, and also provide students with rich possibilities for the analytic study of film and television. Horror and science fiction are notorious as vessels for the expression of both social and political anxieties, and the selection of films would encourage analyses of both psychological content and broader contexts (areas might include, for instance, Cold War-era fears, body horror, racial or class concerns).

Readings will be both critical and complementary, and hope to locate uncanny London on film in relation not only to American cinematic tropes in genres such as horror, but also to the large fictional and occult literature which features London as a place of archaic energies and occult forces.

All students develop their basic skills in analyzing film texts, and will also develop a good grasp of long-trends and recent themes in British horror and science fiction cinema. They will gain insight into the ways that film can reflect and respond to contemporary social and political conditions and events, and the way that film and television relate to literature. Students will gain an understanding of horror and science fiction as key genres in British film, and gain awareness of some key points at which these genres in British cinema and television differ from their counterparts in US film.

As a result, students on this course will:

- understand and engage with the international history of cinema (as well as that of other visual media forms) and be able to ­place media texts within their social, political, cultural and historical contexts.

-have hands-on experience in at least one area of film and media production (e.g. photography, film, video, video installation, or digital imaging).

-be able to write clearly, coherently and skillfully about the cinema (its history, theory, aesthetics, and/or social/cultural context).

This class pursues three related lines of enquiry about cinema as a political practice:

1) Examining the ways cinema has been used by dominant groups – such as states, militaries, corporations – to advance both broad and specific goals for the political and economic management of populations. (E.g. the state development of propaganda; the corporate innovation of Public Relations; the development of a corporate financed and controlled mainstream industry producing film for commercial gain (sometimes in collaboration with the state).)

2) Examining the ways oppositional, radical, political groups from diverse perspectives have innovated and developed a political cinema to challenge power at either local, national, or global level. We will examine some aspects of the global history of these movements, from early oppositional cinematic practices to the flowering of a post-colonial cinema of resistance beginning in the 1950s, to the current proliferation of a digital activism like for example that seen recently in relation to the ongoing intifadas in the Arab world.

3) We will examine these practices, across history and geography, in dialogue with writing that sought and seeks to explore the politics of cinema and media, looking closely at manifestos written by cultural activists and traditions of political modernist scholarship on cinema. Likewise, our examination of the films will enable us to learn about the specific conjunctures of political and economic struggle. The films will help us learn about the past in ways often occluded in mainstream media, and in particular the enactment and struggle against forms of territorial and economic imperialism, and the more recent (post-1973) intensification of a globalizing capitalism enshrined in the neo-liberal agendas exported with devastating consequences from the industrialized West.

Our (expansive) goals are to understand the role film and media plays in the orchestration of power, and how this has been contested and transformed.

In the midst of our 3 broad agendas, the class pursues some pragmatic objectives:

  • It will expand knowledge of cinema history, including different histories of production, distribution, and exhibition. (We understand “cinema” here broadly to refer to the production and dissemination of moving pictures.).

  • It will explore different forms of this cinema (documentary, experimental, propagandistic, fictional) and lead us to explore the politics of form cross history.

  • It will explore the writings of cultural activists and academics as they examine questions about media, power, and influence.

  • It will produce knowledge about past political struggles as mediated through film (and push us to learn about the socio-political contexts in which the films were made and circulated).

  • Plus it will necessarily prompt questions about how different state systems engage with media and how the production and regulation of media are political acts that shape the possible public sphere. In pursuing these lines of enquiry our work will necessarily be inter-disciplinary, and we will draw in particular (but not exclusively) from scholarship in political history and political science, public policy, film, media, and cultural studies, history, and broadly progressive traditions of historical, cultural, and media analysis. 

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.

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.

Select business courses may be available to qualified students.  Email Oksana Stalczynski at oks5@pitt.edu for more information.

Experiential Learning

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 Oksana Stalczynski (oks5@pitt.edu), 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

 

 

 

 

Peter Odell Campbell holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies; he is an Assistant Professor in the Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric program. Campbell’s research focuses on argumentation, race, and sexuality in U.S. national institutions—especially the judiciary, screen media, and state and federal prisons. His writing and public communication appears in the Quarterly Journal of SpeechWSQ: Solidarity, the edited collection Monster Culture in the 21st Century, the Chicago TribuneInside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Champaign, Illinois News-Gazette

Campbell teaches courses in composition, legal writing, public rhetoric, and argumentation.

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 Oksana Stalczynski at oks5@pitt.edu for more information. 

Pricing And Dates

 

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$18,199 $23,638
Arrive in London Depart London
Wed, January 9, 2019 Sat, April 20, 2019

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
TBD TBD
Arrive in London Depart London
Wed, Sept 04, 2019 Sat, December 14, 2019

 

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

All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for SPRING program will be on: October 12, 2018

Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

 

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.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!