||London is a large modern city built on thousands of years of history and is a vast cosmopolitan melting pot of people, ideas and energy. As an INSTEP-WFU London student you will live and take classes within central London to easily combine your studies with an all-round exploration and experience of this great city. The classes are taught by a distinguished British faculty and are designed to provide an intensive and scholarly European perspective on politics, law, international relations, media, and business[pi1] . As they are taught in small seminar groups you will be able to take the fullest advantage of each faculty member’s range of knowledge and academic experience. You can also take the opportunity to become a true Londoner by completing an internship at a London firm in addition to unique coursework in the spring semester only.
The opportunities in London are endless from museums, theatres, galleries, libraries, entertainment, food and nightlife. While London is a city of villages, each with its own culture and population, the city’s public transport will get you around the city quickly to experience everything that London has to offer. With fast trains and short flights to the whole of Europe, the United Kingdom and London is just the tip of the iceberg.
||The INSTEP-WFU program is in one of Europe's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Its famous sites include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Westminster Abbey.
With a multitude of art galleries, museums, and pubs, London is endlessly interesting. The underground rail "tube" system provides easy access to all parts of the city. Students may conveniently visit Cambridge, Canterbury, Oxford, Bath, Dover, and other destinations (Scotland and Wales) via the excellent British railway system.
||It is the student’s responsibility to speak to their major and minor advisor(s) regarding their abroad coursework and how (or if) it will count towards their degree plan.
The INSTEP-WFU London program emphasizes a close student-to-faculty teaching relationship which is underscored by small class sizes. Most courses are seminars where students are encouraged to engage in conversation and debate not only with other students but with the faculty as well. The program has two unique tracks for students to choose. The fall semester will focus primarily on politics with the opportunity to take courses also in communication and sociology. The spring semester, in addition to the coursework, will offer an internship opportunity for students and will include a business track. Courses are held in central London and are taught by specially selected professors, many of whom also teach at campuses of the University of London.
NOTE to Wake Forest Political Science students:
This program offers POL courses which will not count towards the in-residence ("at Wake Forest") POL credit for Politics and International Affairs majors and minors. For more details about taking POL courses on this program, students must consult the Department of Politics and International Affairs study abroad page or contact the department directly (email@example.com).
During the first block of the semester (weeks 1-4) all students will take:
During the second block of the semester (weeks 5-15) students will choose three of the remaining courses from the INSTEP-WFU course offerings.
- Contemporary Britain and Europe: Politics, Economics and Business (POL 234)
- The New Europe (POL 235)
Descriptions of available courses can be found here:
Wake Forest students can find their most recent course approvals here: WFU/London: INSTEP Course Approvals
The spring semester allows students to choose between the business track and the general track. Students who choose to follow the business track will have a required internship as part of their experience and will earn a total of 12 credit hours. Students who choose to follow the general track will have the option to participate in an internship and will earn 12-15 credit hours.
Business Track (12 credit hours)
First 5 weeks:
Final 10 weeks (Internship Phase):
- Managerial Accounting (ACC 221)
- Contemporary Ethics (POL 252)
- Management Information Systems (BEM 251)
- Contemporary Britain and Europe: Politics, Economics and Business (BEM 389 - Junior BEM students, INS 229 - All other School of Business students)
- BEM 389 Includes an online component with School of Business
First 5 weeks:
General Track (15 credit hours)
Final 10 weeks WITH INTERNSHIP:
- Choose 2 of 3 courses below:
- Managerial Accounting (ACC 221)
- Contemporary Ethics (POL 252)
- The New Security Agenda (POL 256)
Final 10 weeks WITHOUT INTERNSHIP:
- Internship in International Studies (INS 229)
- 1-2 courses from remaining INSTEP courses (See link to courses above)
- 3 courses from existing INSTEP courses (See link to courses above)
NOTE on Transcripts:
If you are applying for a fall program, you will need to upload your transcript showing your grades from the previous fall. If you are applying for a spring program, you will need to upload your transcript showing grades from the previous spring.
||INSTEP-WFU are carefully selected local faculty, many of whom have teaching positions at one of the University of London campuses.
||Housing in London is tailored to each particular group of students, but in all cases, it is centrally located in Zones 1 or 2 of the London Underground map. Students have easy access to public transport which links to the INSTEP-WFU classrooms, administrative office, and the various entertainments and famous sights of the West End. Students can expect typical commute times of 30-40 minutes from student accommodations to INSTEP-WFU classrooms.
The housing itself consists of shared rooms (singles are rarely available) in self-catering apartments that include shared lounge, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. Kitchens are fully fitted, and bedroom linens are provided (students need only bring their own towels), and the apartments are cleaned regularly. These apartments are within town houses or apartment blocks, and are well appointed.
NOTE: All students participating in the WFU/London: INSTEP program are required to live in program-provided housing. Housing accommodations you may have on campus do not automatically transfer to abroad and certain housing accommodations (single rooms and private bathrooms, for example) may not be available.
||Students who participate on the INSTEP-WFU program have full access to all that London has to offer. Students are also temporary members of Imperial College Union and the University of London’s main library, Senate House Library. In addition, the INSTEP London resident director arranges organized group activities, special receptions, and dinners.
||Most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.0 and higher. If your GPA is lower than 3.0, you are still encouraged to apply and to discuss your application with a study abroad advisor. The admissions committee considers a number of factors in addition to your cumulative GPA. Most importantly, strong consideration will be given to your major GPA.
||Wake Forest students will pay the same WFU tuition and housing fees as you would at the Reynolda campus. Students from affiliated home institutions should discuss cost with your home study abroad office.
Fee does NOT include:
- Pre-departure counseling and enrollment
- Permanent academic record and grade report issued directly to your home college or university
- Housing during the program dates
- Access to INSTEP-staffed offices in both the UK and US
- International health insurance
- Orientation program
- Organized Activities
- Membership in Student Central and Senate House Library
- Personal expenses
||Wake Forest students should contact the Center for Global Programs & Studies for information about WFU study abroad scholarships. Students from affiliated institutions should contact their home study abroad office.
Wake Forest Students:
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Phone: (336) 758 6194
Students from Affiliated Institutions:
Executive Director - INSTEP
Phone: (970) 988 0808
Wake Forest University students: Feel free to read through the current version of the program handbook for general program information.
WFU/INSTEP London Handbook
For more information about the program, visit the INSTEP website: http://www.instep-programs.org/index.html