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Program Information

Students in St. James Park
The 1999 Culture of London program participants enjoy a walking tour of St. James Park given by Prof. Chase-Levenson and Prof. Cushman.

The Course: During a four-week period of intensive cultural exploration in London, England, students will attend the theater regularly; visit museums and monuments; hear lectures from distinguished British and American scholars; read in the literature of London and its social history; study the urban environment; and engage in group discussions at Regent's College. The boundaries between classroom and the surrounding world will weaken visibly. To move throughout this remarkable city will become an activity linking academic and non-academic pursuits, thought and feeling, nationality and internationalism.

Dates: The 2001 program is scheduled for June 10, 2001 through July 6, 2001.

Academic Credit: Students will earn six (6) hours of major-level credit, as long as this suits their home institutions. University of Virginia students will receive credit in the English Department, and returning students have the option of taking the course for either a grade or credit/no credit. Students from other colleges and universities will follow the policies of their home institutions.

Faculty: Stephen Cushman and Michael Levenson, both Professors of English at the University of Virginia, will lead the program. Roger Bowdler, an architecture scholar, and Sarah Kent of Time Out magazine are the London-based lecturers.

Location: Regent's College lies in Regent's Park, one of London's most beautiful Royal Parks. The College is a short walk from the Baker Street Underground station where trains move to all points in Central London. Surrounding the College with its nearly 500 acres, the Park contains the famous Queen Mary's Rose Garden (just beyond the College gates), the Open Air Theatre performing plays throughout the summer, a Bandstand, a boating pond, a running track, many athletic fields, and the London Zoo. It is also home to the American ambassador.

Travel from Heathrow, Gatwick, or Stansted airports to Regent's College is relatively easy. Click here, for a map and directions.

Housing: Reid Hall at Regent's College has double rooms with bunk beds, wardrobe, desk, chairs, and lamps. Linen is provided, but towels are not. A college representative is on duty at the Reid Hall desk 24 hours a day and there is a team of resident assistants living in the Hall.

Meal Plan: The Regent's College refectory opens for breakfast seven days a week, for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Cost of the program includes a 45-pound-per-week meal voucher (worth about $75 at current exchange rate).

Library: The library houses 17,000 volumes and over 1,000 periodicals, as well as full computing services, Internet, electronic mail services, and international datasearch.

Travel out of London: The Student Services office at Regent's College helps to arrange student rates for entertainment and also low-cost journeys (on the weekends or after the end of the program) to sites both in the United Kingdom and on the European continent. In the past, students have frequently and successfully travelled to such cities as Dublin, Edinburgh, Bath, Paris, Rome and Prague.

Sports and Exercise: Regent's has three tennis courts (two grass courts and one hard court; equipment can be borrowed from Reid Hall), a basketball court, volleyball pitch, and a new weight training room.

Health Care: Students may use the National Health Service Clinic at the Lisson Grove Health Centre. Since health insurance coverage is not included in the cost of the program, students should make sure their current health insurance will cover them abroad.

Mail: Incoming mail should be posted by air mail and addressed to you at Reid Hall, Regent's College, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NS, England.

Passport: Students will need a valid U. S. passport but no visas or special immunizations. If you do not have a valid passport, we advise that you apply for one as soon as possible.

Fees: The cost of the program is $3150. A fee of $20 must accompany each application. Students who enroll in the program may deduct the application fee from the total. The cost of the program includes tuition; housing; 45-pound-per-week meal voucher; tickets to four (4) plays; and admission to some museums. The cost of the program does not include round-trip air fare to London; health insurance; books; and additional excursions. Since students will have ample time to travel on weekends or explore London on their own, they should bring sufficient funds to cover their independent activities.

Money: Students should carry their money in traveller's checks (a mixture of dollars and British pounds makes the best sense), but they can also withdraw cash from ATM machines throughout London, provided that they have a major credit card (American Express, Mastercard, Visa) that already allows them to make such withdrawals in the United States. It is also wise to have a few pounds in cash on hand for arrival in London. Most American banks sell foreign currency.

Applications and Deadlines: Application forms will be printed soon and forwarded to all who have sent us their school and home addresses by electronic mail to the address: london@virginia.edu. Applications will be evaluated as they come in, and admissions will be handled on a rolling basis. The final deadline for application is Friday, March 3, 2000.

Payment: Those who wish to enroll must send a nonrefundable deposit of $500 no later than three weeks after notice of admission. The balance will be due on Friday, April 28, 2000.

For further information regarding the London program, please see this summer's handbook.