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  • Locations: London, England
  • Program Terms: Fall: WFU House, Spring: WFU House
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall: WFU House 2024 03/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission 08/29/2024 12/15/2024
Spring: WFU House 2025 03/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2025 05/04/2025

** 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.
Program Description:

Discover London at the Worrell House

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Overview Each fall and spring semester, a group of Wake Forest students and a Resident Professor live and study together at Worrell House. Students marvel at the extension of the classroom into the city of London. Courses integrate visits to art galleries, theater performances, historical sites, and musical productions. All students take five courses that are taught at Worrell House. Three courses are taught by British professors and usually include Art History, History, and Theater. In addition, the Wake Forest Resident Professor teaches two courses from his/her discipline. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, leaving a three-day weekend for exploring the city or travel to other destinations.

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Location London is one of Europe's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Its famous sites include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Picadilly 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 Canterbury, Oxford, Bath, Dover, and other destinations (Scotland and Wales) via the excellent British railway system.
In 1977, Wake Forest purchased a large brick house in Hampstead for its London program. The house, a gift from Eugene and Ann Worrell, was named in their honor. Formerly known as Morven House, the building served as the home and studio of landscape painter Charles Edward Johnson.
Worrell House has four stories and is situated on Steele's Road (named for essayist Sir Richard Steele) in a sector of suburban London known as Hampstead. Hampstead is primarily a residential neighborhood and home to Hampstead Heath, Regent's Park, Primrose Hill, and the Keats Cottage. Two underground tube stops are within a 5-10 minute walk.
Program
Each fall and spring semester, a group of Wake Forest students and a Resident Professor live and study together at the Worrell House. Classes are held at the Worrell House. Elective courses are taught by local English professors. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, leaving a three-day weekend to explore London or travel to other destinations. Many returning students cite the close relationships formed not only among students but also between students and the Resident Professor as a highlight of the program.  Resident Professors alternate every semester.

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. 

Academic Requirements 
While at Worrell House, students must take: 
  1. At least 1 of the Resident Professor’s courses
  2. HMN 180 Contemporary London Experience (1.5h) (p/f): Social, political, cultural, and environmental factors of life in London today.
  3. Minimum 12 credit hours total
Additional Divisional Courses
Divisional courses offered will be taught by local professors. These courses are elective to the program and are subject to change each semester. Please refer to the Resident Professor to discuss the entire course listings during their designated semester. Electives may include:
  • ART 235 Arts of London (3h) (D): A course focused on the collections, exhibits, and architecture of London. The focus of the course will vary depending upon the specialty of the instructor and specific exhibits on view.
  • ENG 165 Studies in British Literature (3h) (D): Emphasis on important writers representing different periods and genres; primarily discussion; writing intensive. 
  • HST 121 London and the World (3h) (D): This class examines how the history of London is intertwined with significant themes in world history, including exploration and trade in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; urbanization, industrialization, and imperialism in the nineteenth century; and modern warfare, anti-colonialism, and emigration in the twentieth century. We will explore the history of London from the perspective of travelers, visitors, captives, prisoners, and immigrants, and we will read fictional representations of the city and incorporate historic site visits.

Spring 2024 with Dr. Sarah Lischer, Politics

Course #1: POL 116: Intro to International Politics (D) (CD) (3h) / POL 252 Topics in International Politics (3h)
Surveys f the forces which shape relations among states and some of the major problems of contemporary international politics.

Course #2: POL 251: Politics of Migration in Europe (3h)
Addresses major questions about forced migration in international politics, such as: What causes people to flee their homes? What are the effects of forced displacement on the host communities? How should considerations of human rights and international law affect our understanding of forced migration?


Fall 2024 with Dr. Lauren Reid, Accounting

Course #1: ACC 111: Introductory Financial Accounting (3h)
An introduction to financial accounting and reporting, including the role of financial information in business decisions, the basic financial statements, and the processes used to prepare these financial statements. Students are introduced to the accounting and reporting issues associated with an organization's financing, investing, and operating activities. 

Course #2: BEM 391: Global Business Studies - The Business of Sustainability (3h)
The course introduces sustainability in the business context and examines environmental, social, and governance issues from a variety of perspectives including management, investors, auditors, and standard setters. Given the rapidly evolving nature of ESG and its global importance, this course provides a platform for creative thinking, thoughtful discussions, and unique site visits in the United Kingdom. 


Spring 2025 with Jessica Richard, English

Course #1: ENG 302: The Novel of London (3h)

Course #2: ENG 333: Jane Austen (3h)



Fall 2025 with Kevin Frazier, Theatre

Course #1: THE 150: Introduction to Design and Production (4h) (D)
Introduction to the fundamentals of theatrical design and technology including script analysis, design development, and presentation methods. Through the lab, the student develops basic skills in theater technology. 

Course #2: THE 266: Modern English and Continental Drama and the London Stage (3h) (D) / Cross Listed as ENG 347 (3h) (D)
Studies the works of major playwrights of England and Europe from 1875 to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed on plays which are currently being presented in London theatres, with a particular emphasis on contemporary musicals. Also offered in London. 

Spring 2026 with Dr. Michaelle Browers

Course #1: POL 115 / POL 269: Political Ideologies
This course examines both some of the competing ideologies of the modern world (liberalism, conservatism, communism, {anti}fascism) and how basic political concepts (democracy, freedom, equality, power) are ideologically contested, centering our discussion on the question of the extepost)communism and world wars--offers a particularly rich context for exploring these issues, from what the Evening Standard has deemed “the top 5 contested London monuments” to the race and gender politics around the commemoration of Queen Charlotte in the recent Bridgerton series.

 
Faculty Resident Professor
Spring 2024:  Dr. Sarah Lischer, Politics, lischesk@wfu.edu
Fall 2024: Dr. Lauren Reid, Accounting, reidlc@wfu.edu
Spring 2025: Dr. Jessica Richard, English, richarja@wfu.edu
Fall 2025: Kevin Frazier, Theatre, fraziek@wfu.edu 
Spring 2026: Dr. Michealle Browers, Politics, browerm@wfu.edu
 
Accommodation Worrell House accommodates fourteen students. There are five student bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large kitchen, a student lounge, a living room, two libraries, and a seminar room. Modern kitchen facilities are available, and students often prefer to cook their meals together in the house. The house is wired for Internet access and students should bring their laptop computers. The living room, called the Churchill Room, was named in honor of the former prime minister and statesman. His daughter, Sarah Churchill, unveiled a bust of Churchill at the 1977 dedication of the house. A beautiful English garden is located behind the house. There is a ground floor apartment (flat) for the Resident Professor consisting of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen.

NOTE: All students participating in the WFU/London: Worrell House 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.
Excursions  
Selection The Resident Professor is responsible for selecting each group based on the following criteria:
  • Academic suitability
  • Social and emotional maturity
  • Classification (seniors given some priority)
  • Seriousness of the student in pursuing the academic and cultural aims of the program
  • Applicability of the program to the student's interests and studies

Majors in all disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Costs Students pay current Wake Forest tuition and housing fees. Students are responsible for all meals, round-trip airfare, additional travel, books, and other personal expenses.
Scholarships Special scholarships for study at Worrell House are available through the David Hadley/Worrell House Scholarship Fund, the Ivy Hixson Fund, and the Hubert Humphrey Studies Abroad Scholarship. Students may apply for additional scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies (Reynolda Hall 116).
Visa & Passport Passport Information
Students need to check their passport's expiration date and ensure that it will be valid for at least 6 months after the program's end date.

Students going on a fall program need to make sure their passport is valid through at least mid-June of the following year. Students going on a spring program need to make sure their passport is valid through at least mid-November of the same year.

US passport holders who need to renew their passport should visit the U.S. Department of State's passport website for information on this process.

Non-US passport holders who need to renew their passport should refer to their home country's passport office.

Visa Information
To help students and families understand the UK visa process, the Center for Global Programs and Studies has created a useful website.
 
Contact Dr. Mary Dalton
Program Director of the Worrell House and Professor of Communication
Phone: (336) 758 6120
Email: dalton@wfu.edu

Christina Canon
Study Abroad Advisor
Reynolda Hall, Room 116
E-mail: canonc@wfu.edu

House Address:
Worrell House
36 Steele's Road
Hampstead
London NW3 4RG
England
Phone: 011-44-207-722-3808
Fax: 011-44-207-722-2496
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