London LEB Summer Practicum

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London, the capital and largest city in the United Kingdom with a population of +8.5 million, has a diverse range of peoples and cultures.  As a leading global city its strengths include prominence in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, and tourism industries.  London also has the largest concentration of higher education institutions in Europe with 43 institutions.  The city houses four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret's Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich.  Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and The Shard.  London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Gallery, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. 

Travel and Orientation

Students provide their own round-trip transportation to London and must arrive in time for the program orientation.  Once there students immerse in the unique global culture of the city and the Bloomsbury neighborhood where they live.  Part of the London Borough of Camden in central London, Bloomsbury is notable for garden squares and numerous cultural, educational and health-care institutions such as the British Museum and London University.  


Students live in shared apartments or residence halls with kitchen facilities.  Student ID’s allow access to University of London facilities that foster student interaction.  Classes are held at Birkbeck, a constituent college of the University of London. 

Located near the Tube, students can easily use public transportation to travel to sites around the city.

Financial Aid

Students with financial need are encouraged to apply for a summer travel grant scholarship offered by the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership.  The Humanistic Studies Department (HUST) offers a generous study abroad scholarship for HUST majors and minors which may be used for London LEB summer programs.    


Saint Mary’s College provides mandatory health insurance to all students abroad through GEO Blue Insurance Company Students on any of Saint Mary’s study abroad programs are automatically covered by this policy. The cost of this insurance is included in the program fees. See the GEO Blue Guide for coverage details.


London Summer Session:  Friday, May 11th – Monday, June 11th (4 weeks)

Students from all majors including HUST take 6 semester hours comprised of a 3 credit Practicum Project and another course, or two three credit courses.  The Practicum is similar to an internship, but based around small-group engagement with staff and experts.  Program fees include orientation, welcome party and farewell dinner, two excursions, one local and one to a UK destination such as Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, or Stonehenge.  Includes Zone 1 & 2 Tube and bus pass and on-site student services support.

Field School in Global Health Risk is held in Athens, Greece, and is available following the London summer program for students with junior or senior standing and majoring in Global Studies, Nursing, Political Science, Social Work, or any major with Pre-Med. See Professor Vihtelic for further details and pricing. 

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Summer 2018 pricing includes tuition, housing for 4 weeks, and GEO Blue health insurance and other features as described above for each program:

  • London Summer Session:  $5,860

Expenses that are not covered include round-trip airfare to London, local transportation, personal travel, books and supplies, laundry, personal expenditures, meals and entertainment.


Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5/4.0 for all London LEB programs.  Application should first be made to Saint Mary’s College, with admission to the program finalized through a separate application process to London LEB Education.  It is important that participating students are positive representatives of Saint Mary's College while abroad. Therefore, a successful candidate is expected to have an exemplary disciplinary record, emotional maturity, and an openness to new experiences and other cultures.

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For more information, contact:

Jennifer Zachman
Associate Professor, Modern Languages
Faculty Coordinator of Study Abroad Programs
(574) 284-4173

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