London Business Semester
About the Program
Eligibility and Application
Academic Information and Book List
Pre-Departure and Program Dates
Getting to London
We live in an increasingly global world. We are connected socially, economically and politically. Yet, the U.S. only accounts for one in 25 people in the world and is only one of more than 200 countries. You may have traveled to other countries, but have you immersed yourself in the life and culture or another country for over three months?
Enroll in USTs London Business Semester (LBS) for classes that combine theory with practice for relevancy in the real world. A global perspective will be a component the classes to complement learning in other classes and experiences outside the classroom.
- You will earn 16 credits including two business core classes (MKTG300: Principles of Marketing and MGMT305: Management and Organizational Behavior) plus BUSN 200: Business Learning Through Service, COJO370: Intercultural Communication and a core requirement in History or Art History.
- Learn about the history, customs, culture, economy, politics and life in Great Britain and the European Union.
- Experience London, Great Britain and the European Union first hand by living in London and traveling in Great Britain and the rest of Europe.
- Make life-long friends with members of your cohort and other LBS alums.
- You will become a citizen of the world who understands other cultures and countries and is comfortable and confident about being in foreign countries.
For information on the application process view the Eligibility and Application link for information on Small Group Advising Sessions and London Launch Sessions.
- Attend one of the Small Group Advising Sessions or a London Launch Session.
- Call us at (651) 962-6450 if you cannot attend any LBS sessions. This is a required step in the application process.
- Access to the online application for the London Business Semester will be granted to you following attendance of a London Launch Session or a small group advising session at the International Education Center. Access to the application will not be granted prior to these sessions. The priority deadline to submit applications for 2014 is Friday, December 6, 2013.
Small Group Advising Sessions
Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and will be held at the International Education Center, 44 N. Cleveland Ave. Advance registration not required.
2015 Sessions TBA (All begin at 12:15)
London Launch Sessions
Launch sessions are held prior to the application period each fall and attendance is required in order to apply for the program. The sessions give you an opportunity to meet the faculty directors, learn about the program components and what it is like to live, volunteer and study in London.
The LBS 2014 application has closed. LBS 2015 Launch Sessions TBA.
- Be a Business major or minor
- Have a Junior or Senior standing at the time of the program
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Have a good disciplinary standing, and
- Complete a formal application and selection interview with Faculty Directors and Study Abroad Staff
Final acceptance will be made after a selection interview.
Note to Accepted Students: All students accepted into the London Business Semester are required to attend all scheduled pre-departure meetings and orientation sessions. These meetings will take place during Spring semester 2014, dates will be sent with approval notifications.
Once accepted into the London Business Semester, you will need to sign a release for St. Thomas to obtain a criminal background check in order to be placed at your community service site in London (this is a legal requirement of the U.K.). The nature of some offences may result in limits to the type of placement or restrict students altogether from obtaining a community service placement in London. Note that any reported offenses may be recorded onto your UST discipline record, and that serious offenses may result in disciplinary action by UST, including a determination that you are not eligible for Study Abroad programs.
- Application review by faculty directors
- Selected students granted a personal interview. Interviews take place in early to mid-February.
- Final students will be selected after the interview
The program is limited to 50 students.
Students are in courses only with other St. Thomas students. Students take at least 12 and up to 16 credits, plus BUSN 200. Courses listed below are subject to change.
Core business courses offered:
BLAW301: Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)
MGMT305: Management and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
MKTG300: Principles of Marketing (4 credits)
All students take:
BUSN 200: Community Service* – each student will receive a placement in London
COJO 370: Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
Additionally, students may select either:
HIST 112: History of the Modern World since 1500 (4 credits); fulfills UST history core requirement; OR
ARTH 355: Art of the Last Hundred Years (4 credits); fulfills UST fine arts core requirement
BLAW301 – Legal Environment of Business (4 semester credits): An examination of the business law rules and principles of particular relevance to entrepreneurship, finance, management and marketing. Subjects include contracts, negligence, products liability and warranty, intellectual property, employment law, securities regulation and general notions of legal reasoning and legal process. Prerequisite: junior standing. Instructor:
MGMT305 - Management and Organizational Behavior (4 semester credits)
MKTG300 - Principles of Marketing (4 semester credits): This course uses a managerial point of view. It focuses on understanding the needs and desires of customers in order to develop effective strategies for business. Students are taught to consider organizational, social, competitive, technological, economic, behavioral and legal forces in crafting effective marketing programs. Prerequisites: junior standing. Instructor: TBA
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BUSN 200 - Community Service (no academic credit): This experience is required of all business majors. The course follows the Statement of Purpose of the university to "develop morally responsible individuals who combine career competency . . .while fostering in the student a tradition of service to the public welfare." Students will develop an awareness of the challenges and responsibilities in meeting the diverse, changing needs of the community while experiencing personal growth and awareness. Students will choose from a variety of volunteer activities that follow the mission of St. Thomas and also afford them a unique experience in London. The course is graded S-D-R by Barbara Gorski, Director of Community Service at St. Thomas.
Note: BUSN 200 is a required part of the London Business Semester and a U.K. student visa is required to perform community service in London. All program participants are expected to apply for a visa and complete the required 40 hours of BUSN 200 Community Service. This process is detailed and requires multiple steps. The IEC will provide you complete information, but you must make the application yourself. You will be required to send your actual passport to the British Consulate in the summer for this purpose and you will not be able to travel internationally during that time; you will need to plan accordingly. We recommend applying for the visa the very first day possible (90 days plus one week before the program begins); students who apply by very early June typically report that they have their passport with visa returned to them within one month (and while there are no guarantees, it should mean that you would be able to travel internationally by mid-July). The U.K. Student Visa is issued for the actual program dates and only allows you to enter one week earlier and/or leave one week later than the validity period. More details and complete instruction is provided to students at pre-departure meetings.
COJO370 - Intercultural Communication (4 semester credits): Study of the influence of cultural values on social behavior; examination of theories of intercultural communication; emphasis on effective intercultural interaction. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: COJO 211 or sophomore standing.
Optional Core Courses (choose one)
HIST112 - History of the Modern World Since 1500 (4 semester credits):
The Modern World Since 1550 surveys the sixteenth century European foundation and expansion throughout the world down to the end of the 20th century. The course examines the resulting breakthroughs in communication and cultural exchanges between Western civilizations and the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Emphasis is placed on the emergence of an interdependent global civilization. Instructor: John Berryman. Fulfills UST core historical studies requirement.
ARTH355 - The Art of the Last Hundred Years (4 semester credits): Over the last 100 years, there have been major changes in ideas about and attitudes toward art. The concept of what constitutes a painting or sculpture and the role of the artist and his relation to society have become major issues. Because of these changes, the path through modern art is sometimes bewildering to follow. In an attempt to clarify the situation, the class will look at movements and trends in 20th century art rather than make a detailed study of the work of individual artists. Includes frequent museum visits. Instructor: TBA. Fulfills UST core fine arts requirement.
LBS Fall 2014 Book/Reading list - TBAPLEASE NOTE: AIFS will allow students to order their books online and have them sent directly to London. If you order off of Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk you must provide the following information to them for your books to be appropriately delivered:
AIFS Student Centre
1 Malet Street
London WC1E 7JN, UK
Alternatively, books may be purchased at Blackwell's or Waterstone's once you have arrived in the UK. Please note that you should be purchasing your Marketing books in the U.S. The UK versions are different. In London
St. Thomas' partner organization in London, the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), coordinates the on-site logistics of the program. AIFS staff members coordinate the student homestays, reserve classroom space, and make the community service placements, etc.
AIFS has an office directly across from the University of London Union (ULU).
Classes are held in the ULU or in nearby buildings of the University of London. Student services are provided by the AIFS staff from their building, Dilke House.
Students' mail may be sent in care of AIFS at this address:
London WC1E 7JN
Visit the AIFS site for more information:
Dilke House and the University of London Union are located in the Bloomsbury district of London, very near the British Museum. Using the Museum as a point of reference makes it easy to locate Dilke House on any London map.
The ULU contains a cafeteria, a bank, a bookstore, a workout room, and a student travel agency as well as classrooms. See the ULU web site at http://www.ulu.co.uk/.
A typical homestay setting London Business Semester students live in homestays with British families. The homestays are usually in North London, in the Crouch End and Muswell Hill areas, on the Northern and Piccadilly Tube lines. Students may end up living with a retired couple, a family with children, or a single person.
British homestay environments can be very different from American ones. A typical European home stay may treat students like borders, rather than as members of the family. However, no homestay is a "typical" homestay, and students will find varying levels of interaction with their home stay hosts.
My roommate and I lived in Northern London in an area called Hampstead, about a block away from Hampstead Heath. We lived with an older couple who were nice, had hosted many students over the years, and let us have our independence. We lived in a posh house, in a safe neighborhood, and were given our necessities. As college students who were living abroad for the first time, that’s all we really needed. Breakfast was left on the kitchen table for us in the mornings and we were able to come and go as we pleased. Now, I only look back at my time abroad with fond memories. - Alex, past LBS participant
My homestay was in Muswell Hill, which is about 50 minutes from the city center by bus or tube. I lived with a host-mom, Meg, and the family dog in a three-story Victorian home with my roommate. We had our own room to share and our host-mom gave us each a cabinet and fridge space to store food in the kitchen. Meg was a school teacher, so we saw her mostly in the evening and on weekends. She usually would ask us how our days went and if we needed anything, which was nice because she made us feel like a part of the family. I enjoyed my homestay experience because it allowed me to see a different part of London I would not have been able to see if I had stayed in a dorm. - Erin, past LBS participant
Health and Insurance Forms
Instructions for logging on to AIFS website to download appropriate medical and insurance forms will be provided during the spring semester.
View information about insurance through AIFS here.
Places to See
- The British Library
- The British Museum
- Shakespeare's Stratford
- Warwick Castle
- Westminster Abbey
- UK Airports (including Heathrow and Gatwick)
- London Transport
- British Tourist Authority
- Crouch End Virtual Tour
- Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
- Free things to do in London
Pre-Departure MeetingsFebruary 25 - Group Meeting 11:45-1:00 MCH100
March 6 - Career Services Presentation 11:45-1:00 MCH100
April 1 - Group Meeting 11:45-1:00 MCH100
April 12 (Saturday) - UST Semester Programs Orientation 8:45-1:00 OEC Auditorium
April 29 - Business 200 class meeting 11:45-1:00 MCH100
May 6 - Group meeting 11:45-1:00 MCH100
June 2 - Tier 4 visa walk in hours at IEC
- September 1 - Flight departs MSP
- September 2 - Arrive in London
- September 3 - Orientation begins
- September 9 - Classes begin
- October 17-26 - Mid-semester break, no classes
- December 13 - Program ends
Fall 2014 On-Site Orientation
Monday, September 1
Depart U.S. for London
Tuesday, September 2
Late afternoon transfers to homestays
Wednesday, September 3
AIFS general and academic orientation
Sightseeing tour of London
Thursday, September 4
Community service placement meetings
British Life and Culture lecture
Friday, September 5
Saturday, September 6
Sunday, September 7
Monday, September 8
Cultural adjustment workshop
Tuesday, September 9
Wednesday, September 10
Thursday, September 11
British Life and Culture lecture
Friday, September 12
Monday, September 15
Tuesday, September 16
Wednesday, September 17
Wednesday, September 24
Community service placements begin
Thursday, September 25 onwards
Regular class schedule
Traveling on this itinerary is not required, however this is the only travel itinerary where transportation from the airport to the AIFS Centre will be provided. If you choose to find and book a different flight you may either:
- Book a flight that will arrive BEFORE the designated flight that morning and wait for the group to arrive; you can then join the students traveling on the designated itinerary. BUT NOTE: You will need a backup plan in case your flight is late since the group will not wait for your flight to arrive.
- Make your own transportation arrangements from the airport to the AIFS Centre upon your arrival.
- If you will not be traveling with the group, research how you will get from the airport to the AIFS Centre. Factor in the cost of ground transportation.
Note the program dates when booking your flight. Your homestay will not be available prior to the official arrival date.
Phil Anderson is a Professor of Management teaching strategic planning and organizational behavior in both the undergraduate and MBA programs at UST. He served as Chair of the Management Department for 13 years, from July 1996 to July 2009. Phil knows both Ireland and England well, traveling to each country over 50 times in the last 20 years. He served as the first Director of St. Thomas’ Business Semester in London Program in 1995 and again in 2011. Annually since 1997 (except for 2012), Phil has led a month-long summer study abroad program focusing on strategic planning to England and Ireland.
Phil also taught for four years, including one year on a Fulbright Scholars Fellowship, at University College in Cork, Ireland while on leave from the University of St. Thomas. Besides living in Ireland for 4 years between 1989 and 1995 and in London for 4 months in 1995 and 2011, Phil has traveled extensively in Western and Central Europe (pre and post 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down). He has also traveled in Morocco, Dubai, Australia [18 times], and S.E. Asia (China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam [twice], Hong Kong [7 times], Philippines, Malaysia, and Japan).
Phil is co-author of three computer-based business simulations, designed for use as education and training tools, published by Oaktree Simulations, Inc. He has also published over 40 articles on educational pedagogy & learning, the relationship between studying abroad & intercultural competence. While in Ireland, Phil wrote a case study of Waterford Crystal, Ltd. which was published by the European Case Clearing House and included in two U.S. case text books.
Dawn Swink has been teaching business law at St. Thomas for eleven years in the Department of Ethics and Legal Studies in Business. She received her B.A. in International Relations and Business from Minnesota State University, Mankato, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from the Drake University School of Law. For the past twenty years, she has worked extensively in private industry as a consultant on employee relations and as a co-owner of a small business. Prof. Swink’s research interests include international law, e-commerce, employment law, and reproductive law. Prof. Swink has served as a London Business Semester Co-Director in 2005, and she also Co-Directed a 2010 J-term program in Australia. It was an immense honor to be involved with both programs. She truly enjoys traveling and has energetically made her way throughout much of the United States, Taiwan, Europe, and the Caribbean. She will be joined in London with her husband for part of the semester and hopefully, their two college-bound children will be able to schedule a visit.