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History and Culture in London—Making of the Modern World

  • Required GPA: 2.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: 5 weeks, early August to early September
  • Application deadline: March 1
  • Contact details: University of California San Diego

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We're so excited that you're considering this unique program for the summer! IFSA-Butler has partnered with the University of California San Diego and created a great five-week study opportunity in London. This vibrant city has endless possibilities for adventure and discovery for students. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

What the History and Culture in London program has to offer

  • A unique opportunity to take University of California San Diego (UCSD) courses amid the excitement of London
  • Courses that focus on the history and culture of London, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century
  • All instruction is with UCSD professors
  • Program balances coursework with excursions, events and activities
  • Non-UCSD students are welcome to attend


  • Students live in IFSA-Butler housing in west central London
  • Housing is also convenient to classes, restaurants, public transportation and entertainment


  • Students take a set curriculum of history and culture courses
  • Students earn 6 U.S. semester credit hours for the summer

We look forward to working with you!



What courses will I take?
Participants on this program take two courses:

Revolution, Industry, Empire (World History, 1750-1914)
This course examines world history from the eighteenth century to the First World War when London was the capital of a worldwide empire and Britain's political, economic and cultural influence spanned the globe. This course presents a global perspective, through emphasis on the British Empire, its impact and manifestations of empire in London itself.

Art and Society in Nineteenth-Century London
This course examines English responses to the French Revolution, industrialization and engagement with other cultures during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Readings from high, popular and folk literature, both serious and satirical, illuminate life in the London metropolis, the hopes and fears engendered by the French Revolution, the popularity of museum exhibitions, England's self-redefinition as a world empire, fears of the repercussions of industrialization, the slow enfranchisement of religious minorities, and a faith in the power of reason to answer both scientific and non-scientific questions.


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
Each course in this program is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours. Students will earn a total of 6 credits for the summer.


What do I need to know about exams?
Both classes in this program include final exams. IFSA-Butler and UCSD policies do not permit students to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned on this program. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

Where will I live for the summer?
Students on this program will live in IFSA-Butler flats in west central London. The flats are modern and comfortable and convenient to classes, transportation, restaurants and entertainment.

Duvets (bedspreads) and pillows are provided. All students must supply their own sheets and towels. We recommend that you wait until you are in London to purchase towels and sheets.


Students are responsible for preparing their own meals in shared kitchen facilities. There are also numerous restaurants nearby.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for the cost of your meals and any commuting costs you may incur.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. Summer students are not required to pay a housing deposit.

Location Info

Living and Studying in London, England

About London
Population: 9 million
Location: Southeast England

City features

  • One of the most cosmopolitan, hip cities in the world, with an atmosphere of excitement and sophistication
  • A major global city with remarkable cultural, historic, artistic, political and intellectual offerings
  • Home to many universities scattered throughout different neighborhoods, each with its own atmosphere and attractions
  • A diverse population with more than 300 languages spoken within the city
  • One of the world's leading business and financial centers

Do more!

  • Use London's excellent transportation links to explore continental Europe
  • Take advantage of Britain's extensive rail system to visit other areas of the U.K.
  • Take a break from the constant bustle of London and experience the beautiful and historic regions of England

Visit London
London On Line
London Net
Time Out: London
London Town
London Transport

Dates & Fees

Please visit the UCSD website for details on dates and fees for this program. 

How to Apply

Students apply for this program via the UCSD website. Click here for full details about the program and application instructions.

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