London is Europe’s largest city with an area of 620 square miles. It is divided into
32 boroughs which help to give it a smaller feel with each borough having its own
unique character. It is estimated that 30% of London’s population are made up of first,
second and third generation immigrants. Close to 200 different languages are spoken
within this capital city.
The amount of things to do and see in London are endless. London is known for its many cultural events, nightlife, clubs, pubs, restaurants, museums, parks, gardens, galleries and art scene. London’s most popular sights include Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. London has many wonderful museums to enjoy. Among the largest are The British Museum, Natural History Museum, London Transport Museum and Imperial War museum.
To get away from busy city life, London has parks and gardens that offer relief; Hyde Park, Kew Gardens and Hampstead Heath to name a few.
Culinarily speaking, London has more to offer than simply fish n’ chips and steak n’ kidney pie. The city has over 6,000 restaurants representing food from around the globe. Inexpensive Indian curry houses to upscale French cuisine can be found within the city.
London has a lively theatrical scene from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to The Royal Opera House. The art scene boasts galleries like the Tate Modern, The Victoria and Albert and the Apsley House. And of course the trendy London nightlife offers clubs such as the largest disco in the city, Fabric, and many other pubs and hot spots.
London Metropolitan University
London Metropolitan University (LMU) teaches over 28,000 students, 4,000 of whom are international students from 147 different countries including the United States. LMU has two campuses, one in central London in the borough of Camden and the other in Northern London located in the borough of Islington.
Education styles differ in the UK in that greater focus is placed on independent learning
and study on the part of the student requiring more self-direction. LMU offers classes
in Humanities, Business Studies and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences,
Mathematics and Computing and European Languages.
Two special courses of study are also offered: Theatre in London and Art in London. Students in the Theatre in London course of study visit theatrical performances throughout the city. The Art in London course of study allows the student to study Art History first hand through the numerous galleries and collections London has to offer.
Students can live in a self-catering dormitory, rent an off-campus apartment or live with a British home stay family. The Carleton Grange Hall of Residence dormitory is located near LMU yet space is limited. Off-campus apartments or "flats" are common for students and LMU will assist students in finding one through an independent company, Acorn Accommodations. If a student chooses a home stay, breakfast will be included and students will also have their own room.
Who may participate?
WCU undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing (2.75 GPA) may participate on study abroad programs. Undergraduate students can be in their sophomore, junior or senior year of study. Graduate students especially need to discuss transfer of credits with their advisors before embarking on a study abroad program.
Financial aid is available through the WCU financial aid office. Allowable expenses include: tuition fees, room, board, as well as the cost of your airline ticket, health insurance, books and materials, in-country personal expenses, passport and visa. Students are required to pass 12 credit hours of coursework each semester when studying abroad or else lose their financial aid.
Transfer of Credit
Students planning to study abroad must seek approval from their advisors for any course work to be taken abroad. International Programs and Services assists students with this process before they go abroad and upon return. Credits earned for courses validated at LMU will be transferred to WCU at the end of each semester. Course taken abroad are taken pass/fail therefore do not affect the students GPA.
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