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SU London Program

London, England


Southwestern University, in collaboration with IES, has created a program in London, England specifically designed for Southwestern students.  The SU London Program is a fifteen-week, sixteen-credit program for students who have attained at least sophomore status at the start of the program.

Students apply to Southwestern, not to IES, directly.


Tower Bridge, London, EnglandApplication Deadline: March 1

Program Start Date: August 24, 2016 

Program End Date: December 11, 2016 


The tentative cost for this fifteen-week program is equal to Southwestern’s on-campus tuition, room, and board charges for the fall semester of the academic year during which the program is run.

A $250 non-refundable application fee will be charged to the student’s SU account upon applying to the program.  

The program cost includes:

  • Tuition for sixteen credits
  • Housing in a modern residence hall, Kings Cross Student Living
  • Food stipend in the amount of £240/month
  • IES on-site staff and access to the IES Center
  • Medical insurance
  • Comprehensive on-site orientation, including a welcome lunch and bus tour of London
  • Local transportation passes within London (Zones 1 & 2)
  • Ground, and air (when applicable) transportation on all IES organized cultural excursions, day trips, and field trip
  • Entrance fees during cultural excursions, day trips, and field trip
  • Hostel and breakfast costs during organized field trip
  • Tickets to nine theatre performances

The program cost does not include:

  • International airfare to and from London: students are responsible for their own flight arrangements
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Personal expenses: Internet café, toiletries, activities, snacks, personal travel, etc.
  • Additional fee for participation in the optional Academic Internship
  • Textbooks


The curricular focus of the SU London Program changes every fall.  The curriculum of the 2015 SU London Program will include courses in Biology and Psychology.  Several courses are also cross-listed with other departments.  Students majoring in these fields will find the course offerings especially appropriate, though students in all majors can fulfill general education requirements, gain general elective credit, and benefit from the experience of living and studying abroad.  Credit transfer is not required as students enroll through Southwestern.  Courses taught by Southwestern faculty are developed to take advantage of on-site educational opportunities within London.  In addition to courses in the focus disciplines, the following basic courses are offered every year:

British Life and Culture (UST 05-224)

All students in the SU London Program enroll in this core course to ensure a common educational experience and to provide the background necessary for understanding British culture.  This core course examines the traditions and institutions that have shaped British life in the 21st Century.  Visiting lecturers from British academic, political, and social institutions as well as field trips to locations in London and throughout southern England are planned as part of the course.  The course is designed to help participants develop an appreciation and understanding of the British culture in which they now find themselves residing.  This course is taught by a British faculty member.

Theatre Arts in London (THE 74-114)

A theoretical and experiential survey of the theatre, its past and its present, with an emphasis on the role of theatre within society.  Emphasis will be on attending performances in London. This course is taught by a British faculty member.

This course satisfies the Fine Arts Lecture (FAL) general education requirement.

Academic Internship

Students are placed with organizations in London to gain practical experience in their field of study. Requires the permission of the SU Internship Coordinator in the Office of Career Services.  An additional fee applies.


2016 Curricular Focus:




Human Biology Today - BIO 50-114 

The main objectives of this class are to learn and understand the structure and function of the living organism.  Understanding how the body works and how scientific research has advanced our knowledge will provide the foundation to critically evaluate the daily issues that we are confronted with (i.e. health concerns, newspaper, magazine, television and web articles concerning human biology).  After taking this course, students should be able to analyze various conflicting ideas in science and make intelligent/informed decisions.  We will utilize the unique UK setting to complement classroom instruction by visiting the exhibits in various museums (Glimpses of Medical history, the Science and Art of Medicine and Health Matters, What it means to be human?) and the Royal Botanical Gardens to see the vast collection of medicinal plants that can be used in alternative medicine.

This course satisfies the Natural Science Division with a laboratory requirement (NSL) general education requirement, and the Intercultural Perspectives general education requirement.

This course is part of the Global Health Paideia cluster.


Biology of Reproduction - BIO 50-494

This course will take a comprehensive look at the interesting and relevant process of reproduction at the cellular molecular level. Reproduction involves a series of complex phenomena that requires the understanding of human anatomy, physiology and reproductive endocrinology. In this course we will examine the role of hormones, the male/female reproductive systems, the developmental aspects of these systems, the process of fertilization, implantation and childbirth.  Finally we will conclude with the biomedical aspects of human reproduction in which contraception and infertility are discussed. We will also learn about the unique UK health care system as it relates to the class topic — pre- and post-natal services and childbirth. In addition, we will visit the Art Museum to address the following questions: How is motherhood represented in art?  In religious art?  In different cultures/ethnicities/races? How are “old” mothers represented?  

Required Pre-requisites: First-year Biology (121 & 123, 131 & 133, or equivalent); General Chemistry (143/153 & 151; 163 & 161); Research Methods class (either BIO 50-232, KIN 48-314, PSY 33-204, or ANB 09-204); and CHE 51-543/541 (or permission of instructor).

This course satisfies the Cell/Molecular requirement or one of the advanced elective courses for the BA or BS degree in Biology.

This course satisfies the Intercultural Perspectives general education requirement.

This course is part of the Global Health Paideia cluster.





Principles of Psychology - PSY 33-104

The goal of this course is to provide a broad, general introduction to psychology and its many sub-disciplines.  Because psychology is the study of emotions, behavior, and mental process, this course will focus on the wealth of information psychologists have discovered through the empirical process.  This course will briefly introduce topics such as memory, dreams, learning, neuroscience, emotions, conformity, psychological disorder and therapy, social influence, and persuasion; these topics will be covered more fully in later courses offered by our department. During the course, we will also discuss applications psychological principles have to both everyday life as well as local and global communities, with a special emphasis on our UK setting.

This course satisfies the Social Science Division general education requirement.

This course is part of the Global Health Paideia cluster.


Health Psychology - PSY 33-544

For a long time, society ignored the social/psychological factors that contributed to our health and focused only on biological contributors of health. This is unfortunate because we know psychological factors impact our physical health (e.g., not everyone exposed to a cold gets a cold, etc.). What we now understand is there truly is a mind-body interaction, such that our health is determined not only by biological factors, but also psychological and social factors. Thus, Health Psychology, or the application of psychological principles and research to the enhancement of health, was born.  Health Psychology is becoming increasingly relevant because it focuses on wellness, or prevention, in a time that the United States is becoming increasingly scrutinized for its health habits and health care system. Interestingly, the UK spends far less on health care per person than does the United States. At the same time, an individual living in the UK has (in many cases) better health care outcomes than does an individual living in the U.S. To shed light on this seeming paradox, we will use the UK as a case study for the topics we cover in Health Psychology.

This course is cross-listed with Kinesiology as KIN 48-544.

This course is part of the Global Health Paideia cluster.


Housing & Meals

Students are housed in double rooms for single occupancy with a private bathroom in a modern residence hall, Kings Cross Student Living.  Each room includes two beds, two writing desks, and two wardrobes.  Bedding is provided, but students are responsible for providing their own towels, which can be bought on-site or at the students’ convenience.  The private bathroom facility in each room contains a toilet, sink, and shower.  Additionally, each room has a live data port with free, 24-hour Internet access via an Ethernet port.  To utilize the data port, students need to bring their laptops that contain an Ethernet PC card, as this card acts as a modem for access to the Ethernet.  

Approximately sixteen students share one kitchen, which is equipped with basic cooking equipment.  In addition to basic utensils and dishes, students share a lockable fridge, cabinet storage, dishwasher, two stove-tops, and two ovens.  The kitchen is also furnished with a dining area.  Additionally, there is a café on-site serving hot and cold meals.

There are coin-operated laundry facilities in the basement of the residence hall, as well as in common rooms on various floors, which are furnished with comfortable seating and Wi-Fi.  Some floors contain a television in the common room, while others have been established specifically for reading and studying.  All residents have access to the fitness facility on-site for a required one-time induction fee of £10.

Along with 24-7 security coverage, there is an electronic key-card entry system to the residence hall.  Each student will have one key that provides access to the front door, bedroom, and kitchen.  The front desk in the reception area of the residence hall is also staffed 24 hours a day.

The student housing is within walking distance of stops for London buses and the Underground or “Tube”.

Students are provided a monthly meal stipend of £240 for the purchase of food.

Cultural Activities & Excursions

Students will participate in several local cultural excursions in London throughout the semester.  Previous activities and excursions have included: a backstage tour of the West End Theatre, a guided tour of the Globe Exhibition, cream tea, attendance at the Tower of London Key Ceremony, attendance at a professional soccer (football) game, and a tour of the British Museum.

Day trips to the following locations are also cultural components of the program: Bath, Cambridge, and Brighton.  The day trip to Bath includes round-trip bus transportation, a guided tour, and admission to Stonehenge.  The Cambridge trip includes round-trip bus transportation and a guided tour of the city.  Round-trip train transportation, a guided tour of the city, and entrance to the Royal Pavillion are included in the day trip to Brighton.

Additionally, students participate in a three-night/four-day field trip to Edinburgh and Inverness, Scotland.  This field trip includes a flight to Inverness, a bus to Edinburgh, and train transportation to London.  Students share rooms in a hostel on this trip.  Breakfast is included each day.  Additionally, two lunches and one dinner are included as part of the field trip.  Students are responsible for all other meals.  A guided tour of the Cairngorm Mountain Reindeer Centre, a boat trip at Loch Ness, a visit to Urquhart Castle, a guided hike through the Glen Coe Valley, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle are components of this field trip.

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Southwestern University Faculty Contact

Maria Cuevas

Professor of Biology

p: 512.863.1698


Erin Crockett

Assistant Professor of Psychology

p: 512.863.1547