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
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
Need more information?
Contact Melissa Rifinio-Juarez
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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
- no meals are included
- 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)
- 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
- medical and program fee refund insurance
- $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
- $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
- passport and visa fees, if applicable;
- field trips or excursions required by your
- personal expenses, such as laundry;
- optional personal effects coverage and medical
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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
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
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
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 . . .
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.
England · Excite City.Net has become one of the largest databases on the
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."
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.
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
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