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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Program Cost: January Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
January Term 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 01/04/2023 01/27/2023

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be contacted shortly after all application materials are completed.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1 - First Year, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.0 Subject Areas: Art History
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Language Prerequisite: None
Non-UST Students: Contact for application information Internship Available: No
Service Learning: No Program Sponsor: UST
Program Description:
ARTH 100: Brilliant! Exploring Art in London 
                  group of students on steps

Program Highlights
  • The course is directed by UST Art History Department faculty members, Dr. William Barnes and Dr. Craig Eliason who have extensive experience in London.
  • Visit cultural sites throughout London including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, King’s Cross Train Station, Tate Britain, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The course also includes a day excursion to Oxford.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Fulfills: ARTH 150 major/minor; Fine Arts core, Writing Across the Curriculum (WI), and Human Diversity core under the old curriculum; or Fine Arts core or Global Perspectives and Writing Across the Curriculum (WI) under the new core curriculum.
Course Description
This exciting course gives students the opportunity to engage in the up-close-and-personal study of great works of art from across the globe and experience some of the most iconic architecture in the world! J-Term is the perfect time to be in London. The crowds of tourists are gone, most UK & EU Universities have yet to commence, and our students have the rare opportunity to explore all that London has to offer at their leisure. Through a series of case studies, we will investigate how art, architecture, and the politics of display can shape our views of cultural expression across time and around the globe. Participants will learn about aspects of artistic style, subject matter, and patronage; seeing how they have been continuously shaped by religious and political ideology, societal institutions, economic pressures, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures across the globe. The city of London is our classroom, with almost every meeting taking place in and around museums, galleries, cathedrals, and significant cultural landmarks!

Program Structure
This course will allow students to gain a broader understanding and appreciation of art and material culture in relationship to society. Students will learn to apply art-historical knowledge and skills to solve the problems that real-world art historians face, such as the ethics of collecting and displaying art objects. Our studies will allow us to examine structures of power and their impact on the creation and consumption of works of art, all while experiencing London as a diverse, multicultural city.

Location and Tentative Dates
January 4         Depart Twin Cities 
January 5         Arrive in London, welcome dinner 
January 5-27  Lectures, discussions and site visits in and around London 
January 27      Depart London for Twin Cities
20%    Presentation // Architecture in London
20%    Presentation // Museums
20%    Museum Analysis // Museums: Collecting
20%    Project // Art, Power, and Place
10%    Attendance & Participation
10%    Reflection Journal
Housing and Meals

Students will live in comfortable student housing in a central London neighborhood. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchenette and wireless internet. Some group meals are included. Students will be provided with information on grocery stores close to housing and low-cost restaurant options in the area.

Posted online in April. Total cost includes tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, accommodations and some meals.

Application Procedures & Deadline
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top of the online program brochure to start your online application.
  • Log in using your St. Thomas username and password.
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures.  You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10, 2022
Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2022
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Students studying abroad during J-Term are generally only eligible for additional loans to help finance their study abroad costs. Please review Financial Aid for Study Abroad. Scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some Other Approved Programs. Please refer to our Scholarships webpage for details and review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information.

For more information
On course format and content, contact:
Prof. Craig Eliason (
Prof. William Barnes (

On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |