Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

 London: The City Experience


Program Details

Location(s)  London, England
Term   Spring 2018
Credit   HIST 379/679, 3 sh each  
Class Sessions Wednesdays, January 17-March 7, 2018, 2-3 pm, MG 304
Travel Dates March 10-17, 2018 (flexible)
Housing   Hotels 
Passport Required

Program Eligibility

GPA 2.5
Grad credit Yes
Non-WIU   No
Pre-requisite None 
Student Year Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

About Program

What you will learn

While the United Kingdom may appear familiar to the United States in some ways, it is strikingly foreign in others.  The history of monarchy and empire have shaped the UK profoundly, a circumstance that provides you opportunities to understand the power of nationalism, identity, commerce, and empire to divide and unite people.  Such issues and understanding have significance far beyond the shores of the British Isles; experiencing London allows you to be more attuned to the variables that influence law and history in other areas of the world.

This Study Abroad Course explores the politics, society, law, and culture of London by visiting the great city itself.  During Spring Break, you’ll experience the city and its many famous landmarks, such as Westminster, Windsor Castle, the Tower of London, the British Museum, and the Globe Theatre made famous by William Shakespeare.  Each location will provide unique insights on the composition of London and her people. 

Entry Requirements

Passport required—Must be valid until at least September 30, 2018. 

Visa required if not a US citizen

Health Insurance

All participants must have international health insurance for the time they will be on their program. Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

  • WIU student health insurance
  • A supplemental policy (Patriot Travel Medical) purchased through IMG.

Health Precautions

Walking - Expect to walk 5-8 miles per day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day.  Walking will sometimes be over uneven, hilly terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  Most will be leisure, walking tours.. 

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact either Dr. Jennifer McNabb or Kim McDaniel if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.  

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost*
$3,040 per person if committed by April 28, 2017

$3,140 per person starting May 1, 2017

Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging (double/triple/quad occupancy), entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline October 15, 2017
Non-refundable Deposit

$125 due when accepted, paid to WIU

Remaining payments

$3,015 paid to EF Tours

EF has a variety of payment plans.  Information on these is available by contacting Study Abroad and Outreach.

*Early bird discount from EF Tours.  Costs are higher for students 30 and older; please contact Study Abroad and Outreach for details.

Cancellations and Refunds

  • Group cancellation (for all participants) All recoverable costs will be refunded (full refund not guaranteed).
  • Individual cancellation The paid non-refundable deposit is your commitment to participate in the Program and arrangements will be made on your behalf. Withdrawals can be considered but there is no certainty about refunds. An individual withdrawal should be submitted in writing to Study Abroad and Outreach, attention Kim McDaniel. 

Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: December 1, 2017                       


Credits offered

  • HIST 379: 3 sh, Spring 2018
  • HIST 679: 3 sh, Spring 2018

Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  Students are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Jennifer McNabb .


Dr. Jennifer McNabb, Leader
Morgan Hall 438

Kim McDaniel, Advisor
Horrabin Hall 8


Informative Sessions:

April 17, 4 pm, Morgan 306

April 18, 12 pm (noon), Morgan 307

April 19, 3:30 pm, Morgan 307