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 Study Abroad

The London Program

Why Study in London?
London is an exciting city in which to live and study. Still one of the world's most beautiful capitals, it is rich in art, music, theater and literary history. It is the seat of British government and the world's longest surviving monarchy.

Students in LondonMore than 40 theaters provide unrivaled opportunities for students to experience live, professional productions. Four major symphony orchestras and two opera companies reside in London. Leading ballet, contemporary dance and touring companies all perform in London, a city resplendent with concert halls and music festivals. For followers of contemporary music, London offers an unparalleled range of live rock and ethnic music performances. Historic galleries and a wide variety of museums (near where you'll be studying at the University of London) provide opportunities to view many of the world's artistic masterpieces. London is a city of theater and theater companies from the National Shakespeare and Royal Shakespeare companies to the street entertainers in the parks and tube stations.

London has an immensely rich cultural heritage. England and America share political and historical roots that stretch back to the Magna Carta. London is a city of contrasts where modern office building overlook Victorian palaces, medieval fortresses and Georgian town houses. The population is as diverse as the architecture. Londoners come from all parts of the globe and share a cosmopolitan life of dress, customs, cuisine, and culture.

It is no surprise that students want to come to London to live and study. London University alone has more than 50,000 students, and many more are enrolled at other universities, colleges and specialized schools. Students bring a more global perspective to their home campuses after experiencing the London study program.

Academic Program
 Courses are taught by local faculty from colleges in the Southern California Foothills Consortium and are specially selected to maximize the benefits of being in London. They vary according to the college program but typically might include art, architecture, history, literature, music, political and social sciences, theater, and on certain programs, business. Students carry a full-time academic work load and will be required to make the same commitment and effort as they would in classes on their own campus. All academic credits earned by students are part of the regular authorized course offerings and will appear on your college transcript. Most courses are transferable and will apply to the earning of a bachelor's degree.

The academic program includes a lecture series on British Life and Culture coordinated by AIFS using local academics. These interdisciplinary lectures are planned to give students a broad background to the meaning of British culture and civilization. Presentations by British guest lecturers take a social, historical and cultural approach to contemporary British society and examine traditions and institutions to help students understand the British way of life. Four related field trips (at no additional cost) go to places such as the Globe Theatre, Museum of London, National and Tate galleries and Houses of Parliament. Supporting discussion seminars are often included.

For a listing of classes and your instructors for the Fall 2010program, follow this link: http://www.citruscollege.edu/studyabroad/studylondon/Documents/Londoncourseofferings.pdf

Eligibility to participate in the program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in at least 12 units of previous college level course work. Students not meeting this eligibility requirement may petition for consideration to participate through their campus study abroad office.

Travel Opportunities
Classes are generally offered Monday-Thursday so opportunities for local travel are too numerous to mention more than a sampling. London itself has sights and scenes to occupy the mind and imagination from the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London. Stonehenge, Stratford, Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Canterbury, and Rochester are all within the scope of a weekend of sight-seeing, and many such excursions are offered through the AIFS Optional Cultural Program. Opportunities for travel in Scotland, Ireland and the continent are available. A European pre-tour will visit the historic and scenic cities of Paris, Bruges and Brussels. An optional mid-semester tour of Scotland is also offered.


London Study Center
The London Study Center is located at the University of London Union (ULU) in Bloomsbury, a fashionable residential quarter for merchants and aristocrats in the 18th century. It is very much a university area, with the main buildings of the University of London at its center. Bloomsbury also provides a wealth of interesting shops on its side streets as well as numerous restaurants. The British Museum is close at hand as are many of the colleges of the University of London. Within easy walking distance are Oxford Street, one of London's main shopping areas, and Soho, Covent Garden and the West End, London's evening entertainment sector.

The Union building on Malet Street is comprised of six floors of University students' facilities for many forms of recreation and activity. ULU is a meeting place and facility for students from all University of London colleges. Services provided include the Union cafeteria, the Union bar, a student travel agency, printing and stationery shop, sports shop, bank, launderette and "Waves," ULU's health complex and swimming pool.

ULU is also headquarters to more than 30 university societies (most of which our students are eligible to join). These include cultural, political, religious and performing societies along with numerous recreational sports clubs.

The London study program uses classrooms and faculty offices in the ULU building and neighboring facilities as required.

AIFS arranges free access to local public libraries. Students can join the University of London's Senate house Library for an additional fee. This library has an excellent general collection of more than a million volumes and 5,000 current periodicals, particularly strong in the humanities. Members can check out books, and study space is available.

AIFS Student Center
AIFS maintains a full-time professional student services staff to provide cultural information and general assistance while in London. The AIFS student center is at Dilke House, directly opposite the University of London Union where classes are held. Easily reached by underground (subway) from all student residences, it is open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It houses a number of computers for student use. The lab is open with extended hours Monday to Thursday and when the student center is open Fridays. Students can receive mail, faxes or calls at the center. Messages are transcribed weekday mornings and left in students' mailboxes at the center.

Student Life
The AIFS staff keep students informed about various cultural and social events in London and help students make individual plans that complement academic interests. AIFS staff also organize a cultural program of evening theater events and day-long excursions to places of interest outside London. Students pay an additional fee for some activities, but they are heavily subsidized by the program fee. A recent semester included a welcome party, seven theater performances, day trips to Brighton, Bath, Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Stonehenge and Salisbury.

Students are provided membership to the University of London Union which gives them access to student clubs and societies and (at a reasonable additional cost) to sports facilities including a swimming pool, health spa, multi-gym and squash courts.

Need more information?

Contact Melissa Rifinio-Juarez
(562) 463-3429 or @
MJuarez@riohondo.edu   for more info.


Fees and Components (Lower than 2009 Prices!)

Option A: Shared Homestay
  • accommodations in a twin bedded room in a London home
  • breakfast in homestays 5 days a week and access to cooking facilities
Option B: Shared Apartment
  • shared accommodations in a fully equipped apartment
  • no meals are included

Both Options include:
  • a London Transport travel pass giving unlimited use of the buses and underground trains (homestay participants receive a zone 1-3 travel card, and participants choosing the apartment option receive a zone 1 and 2 travel card);
  • orientation program consisting of an orientation meeting with AIFS staff, student information packet including a comprehensive student handbook, local area information, etc., a welcome reception, and a half-day guided sightseeing tour of London;
  • access to the AIFS Student Center and support of Student Services Staff;
  • classes in the University of London Union (ULU) facilities;
  • student computer lab at the Dilke House student center where students can have free access to e-mail and Internet facilities;
  • membership of the University of London Student Union. Includes access to low-cost cafeteria, student clubs and societies, and reduced rates at ULU sports facilities;
  • membership with borrowing rights at the local borough public library;
  • British Life and Culture Course focusing on historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of contemporary Britain including ten weekly lectures, four local field trips and a student activity plan;
  • medical and program fee refund insurance policies;
  • $50 non-refundable application fee.

Program fees do not include the following:

  • round-trip transatlantic airfare between the U.S. and Europe, and transfers between the airport and the program site on specified program date(s) for $625 tour/$475 non-tour;
  • mandatory additional airline-imposed fuel surcharges of $450 tour/$415 non-tour (subject to change);
  • $250 refundable damage deposit;
  • community college enrollment fees;
  • optional package of cultural activities for a supplemental fee of $495. Includes four one-day excursions and six evening events in central London;
  • optional five-day/four-night orientation tour of Europe for $995
  • optional tour to Scotland at a cost of $575
  • textbooks
  • passport and visa fees, if applicable;
  • field trips or excursions required by your instructors;
  • personal expenses, such as laundry;
  • optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade.

Students are offered the option of living in a shared homestay or, for an additional fee, in a shared apartment/studio with kitchen.

Homestay Students selecting the homestay option will be placed with another AIFS student in a residential area of London within 30-45 minutes commuting distance of the Study Center. It should be noted that these placements are not necessarily with families, often single parents or single people act as hosts. Typical accommodations are in a twin-bedded room with other facilities shared with the host.

This arrangement offers considerable contact with local people while maintaining independence. Students have their own keys and can use the kitchen at mutually convenient times. Students will be expected to adapt to the hosts and their way of life and show consideration. Breakfasts are provided five days a week.

Shared Apartment/Studios-Students selecting this option normally will be housed in the Kensington area, 30 minutes by underground to the Study Center. Sharing the neighborhood are Kensington Palace and the magnificent Kensington Gardens. Royal Albert Hall, the Albert Memorial and the Kensington High Street shopping district are nearby.

Apartments vary in layout and may consist of a lounge, several shared bedrooms (twin and a triplet and a shared kitchen and bathroom or shared studio rooms each with a kitchen and private or shared bathroom facilities. Studio rooms usually accommodate two or three people. AIFS provides a resident staff member in most buildings.

London Travel Pass
Students Receive a pass for the London local transport system (subway and bus) for the duration of the program. The pass allows students unlimited travel in central London for apartment students and multi-zone passes for homestay students. It is useful for traveling to class as well as to other areas in London.

Students making their own living arrangements get a London travel pass valid only for the central zone.

AIFS provides each student with a group insurance plan. It provides two distinct types of coverage:

  1. Before the program begins, the policy will refund fees paid to AIFS by students unable to participate on the program because of covered injury or illness. However, a fee is retained from the amount paid which includes a $100 processing fee, $50 non-refundable application fee, an insurance premium, and any non refundable deposits.
  2. Once the program has begun, the policy covers the cost of medical treatment abroad up to a maximum of $10,000 per covered sickness or accident with a daily hospital charge limit of $300. Each accident or illness requires a $50 deductible.

These two categories are mutually exclusive. The policy does not cover medical expenses before the program begins, nor does it refund any portion of the AIFS program fee once the program has begun.

Coverage details are provided to students with their AIFS acceptance packet.

Optional insurance upgrade
Medical insurance upgrade covers medical treatment abroad to a maximum of $60,000 per covered illness or accident with a daily hospital charge of $300 and $50 deductible for each accident or illness.

Personal Effects insurance covers loss or theft up to a maximum of $2,500, subject to a maximum of $100 per item ($250 for cameras) and a deductible of $100 per incident. Bicycles, jewelry, cash and computers are not covered. Expensive personal items should be left at home. To purchase upgrades, indicate your choice on the application.

24-hour emergency travel assistance In the event of illness or injury, a 24-hour travel assistance service is at students' disposal, staffed by multilingual coordinators trained to help should an emergency arise while traveling.

Participants may purchase the AIFS transportation package (listed above at non-tour and tour) which includes a round-trip airline ticket for flights with the AIFS group (express-delivered), a guarantee of no increase in fare, security charges, U.S. Customs and Immigration fees, ground transfers to and from the overseas campus, airport staffing and welcoming, group travel arrangements where possible, AIFS handling and administration and a 24-hour emergency duty officer in the U.S. It does not include mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes and fees for which students will billed separately. Air tickets are non refundable, non endorsable, non changeable and subject to penalty fees if canceled or lost.

Participants who make their own transportation arrangements have full responsibility for getting themselves and their baggage to the overseas campus and for returning home. AIFS assumes no responsibility for any transportation arrangements for these participants or consequences of delays, cancellations, missed connections or failure to arrive on campus in a timely manner. While participants may shop for a less expensive air ticket, participants should take caution to understand the limitations and restrictions on independently purchased tickets.

Specifics of transatlantic travel and return flight options are detailed on the application. Please read it carefully and indicate any deviations you will make from the standard program dates and travel cities.

It is crucial to indicate clearly on the application whether you intend to take the AIFS transportation package. AIFS will not make your travel arrangements unless you check all appropriate boxes, indicate your departure date (tour or non-tour) and city and complete the flight sign-up sheet.

Optional Pre-Tour of Europe - view Europe itinerary
Before the London program begins, students may take an optional five-day, four-night orientation tour of Europe to introduce famous sights as well as fellow students, The fee for this tour is $1,035.00.

AlFS will store extra luggage brought for the semester or quarter during this tour.

Students who wish to take the optional tour should sign up on the program application and enclose a nonrefundable $50 deposit. The balance should be paid directly to AlFS by the final payment deadline as set forth on your application. AlFS reserves the right to cancel the tour if fewer than 20 enroll.

Optional Tour of Scotland - view Scotland itinerary
Optional mid-semester excursion to Scotland can be purchased for a supplemental fee of $635.00. This fee includes round-trip transportation, four-nights accommodation in hostels (two nights in Edinburgh, one near Loch Ness, one on the Isle of Skye), home cooked evening meals, continental breakfasts, and services of local Scottish guide.

Optional AIFS Cultural Activities - view Cultural itinerary
AIFS offers students the opportunity to purchase an optional cultural program, designed to help students see more of Britain's famous sights and more of London's cultural events at a reduced price. The program includes five one-day excursions (including transport, a private guide and entrance fees) and seven cultural events (theatre, sports). The fee for this program is $525.00 and students can sign up for this program on the AIFS application form.

Financial Aid                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          State and Federal financial Aid (BOGW, Cal Grants, Pell Grants, Loans) and scholarships CAN be used to help you afford Study Abroad if you qualify.  For the semester you will be in London, you will need to apply through Citrus College.  Therefore, on your FAFSA application, be sure to include Citrus College and their College Code #0011166 for the 2009-2010 year.  If you'll be back at Rio Hondo in the spring, include Rio Hondo as well.  The deadline to apply for Cal Grants for the fall is MARCH 2, 2009.


Enhancing Your London Experience . . .
A Reference Guide and Trip Planner

The purpose of this multi-page guide is to provide Study Abroad students with resources to assist them in making the proper choices to suit their individual needs and preferences so they may be able to fully enjoy their Study Abroad experience. Off-site links as well as personal impressions and recommendations from past Citrus Study Abroad students are also available.

 After thorough review, students may be able to print out the necessary information for easy reading or to take with them on their trip.

  • City.Net London, England Excite City.Net has become one of the largest databases on the Web, representing more than 3,000 destinations on-line. This site provides arts and entertainment, business, government, travel, and tourist information.

  • Fodor's Berkeley Guides: Guide to Great Britain Written and compiled by U.C. Berkeley staff and students, the goal of the guides is "to bring you the most up-to-date info on prices, the latest budget-travel trends, the newest restaurants and hostels, where to catch your next train--all written and edited by people who know what cheap travel is all about. The Berkeley Guides give you an in-depth look at local culture, detailed coverage of small towns and off-beat sights, bars and cafes where tourists rarely tread, plus no-nonsense practical info that deals with the real problems of real people (where to get aspirin at 3 am, where to launder those dirty socks). Most important, these guides are for travelers who want to see more than just the main sights."

  • The U.K. Guide, London This interesting site, provided and maintained by University College London, offers numerous links to information and personal insights on such topics as: the do's and don't's of theatre ticket purchasing, personal recommendations and rating scales of area restaurants and pubs, television and radio schedules, clubs, London record stores, area maps and photographs.

  • Fodor's Personal Trip Planner By selecting "London" from the pull-down menu of travel destinations, you can build your own miniguide, customized by you, to suit your needs and preferences. The Trip Planner will lead you through a series of checklists where you choose your destination and exactly what you want in the way of restaurants, travel info and more. When you're finished, the choices you've selected are compiled to build a personalized guide that you can print out for easy reading or to take with you on your trip.

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