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Fordham in London: London Liberal Arts
London, United Kingdom (Study Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
General Program Location: Major City Academic Setting: Hybrid Program, Special Focus
Housing: Apartment Degree: Undergraduate
Provider: Fordham University Host Institution: City University, Fordham London Centre, Heythrop College, Queen Mary College, University of Roehampton, University of Westminster
Foreign Language Competency: None Language of Instruction: English
Field of Study: Fine or Applied Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
Program Description:

London Liberal Arts London 8

Located in the heart of one of the most vibrant and multicultural cities in the world, Fordham’s London Centre in Kensington Square is the site of an exciting and innovative semester liberal arts program.

Program Academics

Fordham London Centre’s Liberal Arts program centers on one 4–credit core course.
The remaining four courses will be chosen as follows: two  courses from the offerings of the Fordham London Centre and two courses through direct enrollment in one of three local universities: Queen Mary, University of London; City University; or University of Westminster. Students must enroll in the equivalent of 15-18 US credits.

Prof. Phil Sicker

British Literature, Hitory and Culture of the Great War, syllabus.doc

The year 2015 marks the centenary of the first full year of combat in World War One, a global conflict that lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 and enlisted the military forces of the principal countries in Europe, their colonies, and eventually the United States. As Britain marks the centenary years of a social, economic and moral cataclysm with a multitude of exhibitions, this interdisciplinary course will use literary and historical texts, in combination with memoirs, music, early film and medical discourses, as lenses through which to view the experience of war, both on the battlefield and on the home front. The course will have three parts, beginning with historical conditions and cultural climate in Britain in the years just before the conflict, moving to literary and eye witness accounts of the war itself by English poets, novelists and memoirists, and concluding with a study of the social changes and aesthetic repercussions in the years just after the Treaty of Versailles. Nearly all ofthe literature under consideration was produced between 1912 and 1933, reflecting the ethical anxieties, disintegrating pressures, and oppressive memories of World War I in a restless diversity of styles and tones. This course satisfies the Interdiciplinary Capstone Course (ICC) core requirement.

Students select 2 of the following courses. Fordham London Centre Liberal Arts electives include the following:
(some of these courses may not be offered in your chosen semester)



This course will introduce students to the early modern theater by way of the city of London, mediating between literary, cultural, and topographic viewpoints: in essence, the city will be our classroom. We will study and attend as many theatrical performances as possible. Students can approach the plays as a scholar, actor, director, costumer, set designer, or even graphic artist/communications major interested in Shakespeare and popular culture.

ARHI 3480 Art and Architecture in London

4 credits London is one of the most exciting cultural capitals of the world. Its museums, churches, and monuments will supply the rich resources for our art historical studies. While the emphasis will be upon the modern era from the late 18th century onward, earlier museum treasures and major architectural monuments will provide deep historical background for our study of the modern period. Class lectures will be supplemented by visits to The British Museum, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum, along with galleries and auction houses.

This course satisfies the Fine Arts requirement of the Core Curriculum or the Modern or elective credit for the Art History Major.

ENGL 2000 Texts & Contexts: British Writers

3 credits The introductory core course in English literature, which may include literature in translation, will teach the arts of literary interpretation by developing techniques of close reading, an appreciation of the relations among literary works and the contexts in which they are written and read, and an ability to write critically about the interplay between text and context. The sections of this course will offer students choices among thematic and topical foci, which will be specified in each section title and spelled out in the section's description. All sections will be offered in the eloquentia perfecta format, which emphasizes writing and presentation.

COMM 3416 United Kingdom and Irish Film London 7

4 credits This course examines classic English film from the early Hitchcock period through the post-war literary adaptations of David Lean and Laurence Olivier, the Ealing comedies and the social realist films of Tony Richardson and Jack Clayton. Contemporary British film is represented in the work of Mike Leigh and Terrence Davies. Irish film is explored through the work of directors such as Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Pat O'Connor, and others.

ENGL 3068 Writing London

4 credits London has always inspired fiction about outsiders finding their feet in this vast metropolis. This course invites participants to discover writers who have used London as a setting or as a controlling metaphor to create stories about immigrants and other outsiders.  Students will get to know these different Londons through discussions, texts, lectures, readings and field trips to sites that will include Westmnister Abbey, the Globe Theater and Brick Lane among others.

PHIL 3000 Philosophical Ethics

3 credits This course involves philosophical reflection on the major normative ethical theories underlying moral decision making in our everyday lives. The principal focus of the course is a systematic introduction to the main normative ethical theories, i.e., eudaimonism, natural law ethics, deontological ethics, utilitarianism, virtue ethics and feminism. The differences among these approaches will be illuminated by studying various moral issues. In each section of the course, at least halfthe readings will be selected from Aristotle and Kant. Each section will include writings by at least one contemporary figure. (Core Curriculum; Prerequisite: Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 1000).

THEA 1100 Invitation to Theatre

3 credits An introduction to major plays, artists, and forms of theatre in various periods, and an investigation into the creative process of the theatre today. Videotapes of outstanding productions of plays past and present. Guest lecturers and discussions with directors and designers when possible. Attendance at selected professional productions at reduced rates. Cannot be used by theatre majors to fulfill art requirement.

POSC 3621: European Politics (Fall)
4 credits An introduction to the politics of contemporary Europe including analyses of political economy, democratic governance, and political integration.

HIST 3624: European Cities (Spring)

 Independent Study (2 credits)

The independent study requires permission from the faculty in residence.


Please consult with the Director of the GSB London program regarding course availability.



Direct enroll students select  a university in which to take 2 courses (modules). These direct enroll courses (modules) offer students the experience of studying within the British system. For a listing of possible modules available at the various universities in London, please select the links below. Please note that 10 UK credits are generally equivalent to 3 credits at Fordham and 15 UK credits are generally equivalent to 4 credits at Fordham.

Please note that the British university academic calendar is different from Fordham's, so in the Spring semester particularly the term will begin earlier and end later than a semester at Fordham. For precise dates, please review the information at each university's link below.

City University

Queen Mary, University of London
University of Westminster


Life at the London CentreLondon 5

Fordham’s London Centre is located at Heythrop College, part of the University of London, where students will meet British and foreign students studying a variety of subjects. Students may choose to eat on campus, where a cafeteria serves three meals a day at reasonable prices, or off campus in nearby Kensington Square, which is well known for its cafés, restaurants, and shops. The square was once home to the great philosopher John Stuart Mill; the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones; and the great actress and creator of Eliza Doolittle, Mrs. Patrick Campbell.

The United Kingdom—England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—is a diverse place full of contrasts, featuring a wide range of landscapes and cultures. London, the largest city in Europe, is a bustling cosmopolitan center of astonishing variety and interest that a visitor could explore for months without turning over every stone. The other regions of the U.K. are fascinating for their own reasons, each with a unique personality and history.

While based at Fordham’s London Centre, students may choose to venture from Cornwall in the far west to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the north. Cities such as Edinburgh, York, Durham, Chester, and Canterbury are reachable by an excellent rail network, as are areas of great natural beauty, such as the Lake District, the New Forest, and North Wales. And it’s only a quick trip to Dublin and the Republic of Ireland.


Students are housed in shared student residences in residential areas in Zone 1 or 2, both of which offer a commute by public transport to classes at the London Centre and your chosen host university. The residences have self-catering facilities with a shared lounge. All of our housing is centrally located within London, in areas with shops and transportation and within reach of city attractions.


The London experience begins with a comprehensive orientation that acquaints students with health, housing, travel, academic, and safety information. 


To enhance the students’ classroom experience, the program includes study tours. These activities will be related to the required foundational course.


Fordham’s London Liberal Arts program is open to undergraduates from any discipline currently seeking a degree at a US institution.

Applicants should be Juniors during the term they will study abroad,  have completed significant coursework in their major fields of study, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a clear disciplinary record.

All applicants must complete the online Fordham Study Abroad Application by clicking on the "Apply Now" Button above.

We welcome applicants from colleges and universities outside of Fordham University.


What impact has your study abroad experience had on your life and studies?
An incredible amount. Not only has it changed my outlook on learning, but on my career and my life. I was very hestitant before going into it but now could not imagine my life if I didn't! 
     — Daniel Murphy, Fall 2014
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
Rolling Admission 08/26/2015 12/19/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.