The faculty director of the Fall ’13 London program will be Communication Studies Professor Brian Steffen.
Simpson’s London program is based at our partner institution, Roehampton University, in leafy Southwest London. Students take classes alongside local and other international students, while living in RU dormitories. They have the opportunity to participate and get involved in clubs and other student organizations at RU, as well as having one of the world’s most dynamic and culturally rich cities to explore and experience at their doorstep.
On the program the following two courses will be offered by Program Director Brian Steffen for all students on the program:
- COMM 290: Traditions of Freedom of Expression in Britain and the U.S. (4 credits; CS 4B, ECC: HP & WC, pending approval)
- WLCS 296: Study Abroad Reflection (4 credits; CS 7, ECC: GP, pending approval)
Students will also take two additional 3-credit courses of their choosing taught by faculty at Roehampton University. Visit RU’s catalog of course/module offerings for study abroad students to see the types of courses offered.
Cost of the program
To participate in the program, students pay Simpson tuition, room and board plus a program fee of $5,200. In addition, students are also responsible for covering their air transportation costs to and from London at a cost of approximately $1,100 from Des Moines.
Students must take and pass a one-credit hour orientation course during the spring semester preceding the semester in London. Students must also have a grade point average of at least 2.8 both at the time of application for the program, and at the time of departure in order to be able to study abroad on this program.
To apply for admission into the program, students should complete the online application, and upload all of the required documents by 4:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. An application includes:
- Creating an account on the new online application system, and then completing the online application process on that site.
- Writing a one to two page personal statement explaining why you’re interested in this semester program and how it fits into your educational goals.
- Providing the names and contact information for two people who could serve as references (neither of whom are related to you and at least one should be a Simpson professor) on your skills, abilities, and character.
Then, upload the following to your Simpson Storm Front account:
- a copy of your Simpson College degree audit. Once you’ve obtained your degree audit on your StormFront account, right click within the web browser and “Select All”. Then right click again and select “Copy”. Open a new document in Microsoft Word and change the orientation to Landscape. Then Right click in the document to “Paste” the Degree Audit into the new Word document. Save this document as a .pdf file by selecting “PDF” from the “Save file type” drop down menu which is located below the file name. Then upload the file
- a copy of the data page from your passport, if you already have it, but if you don’t already have a passport, then upload a copy of your completed passport application (with your SSN blacked out). Please note: you are not required to submit that completed passport application, the supporting documentation or the associated processing fee to the Warren County Recorder’s Office or any other passport application processing site until you’ve received notification that you have been accepted into a travel course.
- Proof that you’ve made a $200 non-refundable deposit to the Simpson College Business Office. This deposit is applied to the program cost, upon acceptance to the program, and will be credited back to the student’s account should they not be accepted into the program.
When you complete your application, you will be asked to sign up for a 15-minute interview with the Program Director and the International Education Coordinator, which will take place during the week of Nov. 5.
Students will be notified of their status in the London program during the week of Nov. 12. A second deposit payment of $300 will be due by Friday, March 8, 2013.
For more information, contact:
Professor of Communication Studies
International Education Coordinator
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
toll free (800) 362-2454, ext. 1288