London, England

Course Information

London, England | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study at London Metropolitan University

Through our agreement with London Metropolitan University, an array of courses will be made available to you. Areas of study and a sample selection of courses believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included. Courses are subject to change and approval of prerequisites by the host university. Graduate-level courses are available for an additional fee.

  • At London Met, courses are called “modules.”
  • All modules are taught by lecture with tutorial seminars and workshops.
  • Each student will take four modules (courses) per semester, which is considered full-time and fulfills visa requirements.
  • Most US universities consider a module to be the equivalent of three US credits.
  • Registration will be done prior to arrival.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Courses Specifically for Study Abroad Students

  • Art in London
  • Theatre in London

Other London Met Areas of Study Open to Study Abroad Students

Business and Finance

Recent courses have included:

  • Aviation and the Environment
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics
  • Digital Marketing
  • Economics and Society
  • Entrepreneurial Survival
  • Essential Psychology for Managers
  • Globalization and the Modern Corporation
  • Information Technology for Financial Services
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • London—an Events City
  • Music, Fashion, and British Popular Culture
  • Organizing and Managing Across Cultures
  • Principles of Economics
  • Public Relations in Practice
  • Tourism and Development

Health and Human Sciences

Recent courses have included:

  • Advanced Bioanalytical Science
  • Applied Immunology
  • Ethics for Science
  • Food Science and Microbiology for Dietitians
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Formulation and Manufacture
  • Fundamentals of Biotechnology
  • Fundamentals of Heredity
  • Medical Genetics
  • Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Parasitology
  • Systems Pathology

Literature, History, and Languages

Recent courses have included:

  • Black Radicalism
  • European Labour History
  • Life Writing to Fiction
  • Literary London
  • Modern Languages courses in French, German, Spanish, and Arabic
  • Perspectives on Shakespeare
  • Poetry and Performance
  • Secrecy and Power: the FBI 1909-1972
  • The Craft of Fiction
  • The Holocaust 1933-1945
  • The Literature of Childhood
  • The Short Story
  • Victorians to Moderns
  • Writing and Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction

Media and Journalism

Recent courses have included:

  • Analyzing Popular Music
  • Book, Print, Hypertext
  • Cinema and Film
  • Contemporary American Television
  • Crime and the Media
  • Digital Culture
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Introduction to Shorthand
  • Journalism: History and Ideas
  • Media Power and Politics
  • Sports Journalism
  • Stardom and Performance
  • Styling and Journalism
  • The Hollywood Musical

Politics and International Relations

Recent courses have included:

  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Government
  • Chinese and Asian Politics and Development
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Diplomacy Old and New
  • Earth Democracy
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • International Security in an Era of Globalization
  • Modern British Politics
  • Peace, Conflict, and Diplomacy since 1945
  • Politics and Government
  • Politics of Modern States
  • Politics of the European Union
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Shifting Global Power

Social Sciences

Recent courses have included:

  • Community, Culture, and Change
  • Crime, Media and Technology
  • Current Issues in Disability
  • Education: Issues, Inequalities, and Futures
  • Experiments in Radical Education
  • Gender and Education
  • Homelessness and Housing Policy
  • London: Social Trends and Issues
  • Policing in Practice
  • Political Sociology
  • Race, Empire, and Education
  • Serious and Serial Offenders
  • Sport, Education, and Society
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Youth, Crime, and Violence

Additional Year Options

Yearlong students have additional options in art, media and design, fine art, printmaking, photography, film and broadcast production, and animation.


Host university internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. Internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. Students are placed in an environment with high exposure to culture and language. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of courses.

Internship opportunities fall into broad categories determined by London Metropolitan University. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Spots are limited so it is in your best interest to apply early; applications will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. The internship application process is managed entirely by the London Met University, and the internship application deadline may fall prior to the USAC application deadline. Students interested in an internship are advised to check the London Met website for details and to ensure they meet application deadline. The USAC application must be completed prior to applying for a London Met internship.

There is an additional fee for an internship. Students undertaking internships will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa.

Course Descriptions

To obtain a complete course list and course syllabi, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course information. The course information for study abroad students will be under the “What can I study” tab. Please Contact the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.