January Term Study Abroad Program
A ten-day experience of the theatre of London with insights into its politics, society, and culture as reflected in the arts.
Learn about one of the greatest cities in the world during this exciting 10-day trip to London! Earn 4 credits and satisfy the Fine & Performing Arts Discovery requirement with a program that packs in a busy schedule visiting amazing sights and taking in some of the best theatre in the English speaking world!
The UNH London Experience allows students to spend 10 days engaging with one of the world's greatest cities while earning either 2 or 4 UNH credits. Program benefits include:
- Open to all students! There are no pre-requisites and the coursework is open to all majors.
- Satisfy the FPA Discovery Category requirement (4-credit course option only*)
- Travel with an experienced UNH faculty member
- Experience London! One of the most interesting cities in the world.
- Action packed: the program includes numerous cultural activities include world-class theatre performances, museum visits, historic site tours, and daytrips outside the city
*Space is limited in the 2-credit version of the London Experience course. Applicants are encouraged to consider the 4-credit version. In addition, only a limited amount of students can be admitted to the program, we encourage students to apply before this early decision deadline.
Jan. 7-17, 2019 (2020 dates forthcoming)
May 1, 2019 (early admission)
Sept 30, 2019 (final decision)
Sept 1, 2019 (for early admits)
Class of 1940 Professor of Theatre and Dance (acting/directing)
London Experience Program Director
Phone: (603) 862-0667
Fax: (603) 862-0298
At the time of application, all students are expected to meet the following criteria:
- At least 12 credits earned at UNH
- Freshmen students not meeting the 12-credit requirement may be allowed to participate in the program. Approval is needed from both the Program Faculty Director. Contact the COLA Center for Study Abroad for guidance.
- A declared major
- A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Students who do not have a declared major or who have an established GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 may still apply. Admission will be at the discretion of the program faculty director.
- Good standing with the Student Conduct System
- A student who is on probation, regardless of the underlying violation, must successfully petition through the Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC) for permission to participate. Students who have had a past violation will also be required to petition. Please contact your Dean’s Office for more guidance and the petition form, if needed.
THDA 531: London Experience – Discovery: 4-credit course satisfying the Discovery Fine and Performing Arts requirement.
Learn about one of the greatest cities in the world during this exciting 10-day trip to London! This Discovery class begins as a two-week, on-line course and then packs in a busy schedule visiting amazing sights and taking in some of the best theatre in the English speaking world! The course offers an insight into the history, politics, society and culture of London through the lens of art, architecture, music and of course, theatre.
Theatre majors who have already satisfied the Fine & Performing Arts Discovery category may elect to enroll in a 2-credit version of the program course with permission of the faculty director. Contact the program faculty, Prof. Kaye, with questions on the coursework. Only a limited number of 2-credit enrollments will be allowed.
Course registration takes place when J-term registration begins. This is normally in October. Students will not have to register themselves; they will be registered by the COLA Study Abroad Coordinator.
London is one of the world's truly great cities. It's a bustling and modern economic hub with a population of over 9,000,000. It's one of the world's cultural capitals with legendary theatre and music scenes, and some of the greatest museums available. It's a political power center and a city with a rich historical legacy. It's a diverse urban environment with over 300 languages spoken by residents. London is all of these things and more.
The city is divided by the Thames River as it rambles its way eastwards into the North Sea. Famous bridges like the Waterloo, Tower, and London Bridges connect the north and south banks of the city. London is vast and stretches out over a huge expanse of ground. Historic sites like the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Globe Theatre, and Westminster Abbey are located along the Thames. Lush urban parks fill in sizeable portions of the city to the north and west including the famous Hyde Park, Regent's Park, and Primrose Hill. Distinct and endlessly interesting neighborhoods are nestled throughout the city from nightlife hubs of Soho and Covent Garden in the heart of London, to the posh and residential Kensington, hip and eclectic Brixton to the south, and Canary Wharf financial zone to the east. Students will get a taste for an exciting, complicated, and inspiring city so vast that it would take lifetimes to know.
- Rick Steves' London Guide
- Rick Steves' Best of Europe Video: "London: Historic and Dynamic"
- Lonely Planet: London
- Time Out London
The total cost for this class is made up of three parts.
3) Estimated $950 course fee*, which includes:
- Lodging at the Meininger hostel in central London (multi-bed rooms with only UNH students), one block from the Museum of Natural History and two blocks from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
- Continental breakfast each morning.
- A travel pass for all tube and bus travel in London (including those double deckers!)
- A side trip outside London (in the past we have visited such places as Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Bath, or Stonehenge)
- Three to four theatre tickets to major London productions
- Special trip to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter "Making of Harry Potter" museum
- Admission to the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, the Cabinet War Rooms, the Globe Theatre and Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abby, London Museum, Imperial War Museum, Tate Modern Museum, the National Portrait Museum, the Harry Potter Museum and any admission to side trip sites like the Shakespeare Birthplace, Anne Hathaway Cottage and Christ Church, Oxford
*Once admitted to the program, students will be required to submit a $250 non-refundable deposit. This deposit will be applied toward the total course fee.
Total estimated cost based on 2019 tuition, study abroad fees and the course fee:
Residents, 4 credits: $2,967
Non Residents, 4 credits: $3,155
Housing and Meals
Students will spend 10 nights at the Meininger Hostel in central London (multi-bed rooms with only UNH students), one block from the Museum of Natural History and two blocks from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Breakfast is provided daily by the hostel. Students must provide their own lunch and dinner.
- Airfare to and from London
- Lunch and dinner meals
- Personal spending money
- UK mobile phone (required)
Payment Info and Refund Policy
Accepted students must submit a $250 non-refundable program deposit to confirm a spot on the program.
While we cannot guarantee complete security abroad (just like on campus in Durham) the University of New Hampshire and the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) make every effort to facilitate safe international student experiences. Please find below important information on health and safety-related resources, policies, and procedures. If you have additional questions, please contact the program faculty director or the COLA Center for Study Abroad.
Travel to the UK
- Program Location and Support. During the London J-Term program, students and faculty reside at the Astor Hyde Park Hostel in South Kensington, a centrally-located and well-maintained budget hotel. Program faculty accompany students on all program-related activities while in London.
- US Department of State Country Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Health Information for Travelers to the UK
- Emergency Contacts at UNH
- COLA Center for Study Abroad: 603 862-3962
- International SOS (UNH Membership #11BCAS000009): 215 942-8478
- UNH Police Dispatch (emergencies only): 603 862-1212
- UNH SHARPP (Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program): 603 862-723
- Additional Contacts
- US Embassy in London: + 44 (0)20-7499-9000 (US-citizen emergency contact number)
- UK Emergency Services: 112