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London Performance Study

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Sessions Offered:



London, England




• Clear Interest and Commitment

• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• Completed one semester of college-level study

• Attendance at orientation programming

Application Due:

Extended to March 3 for Summer 2017

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Summer 2017 application deadline extended to Friday, March 3rd. please contact Cory Petersen at for application materials.

The London Performance Study program is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to theatre in London, and can provide major credit for English and Theatre Arts majors. The course provides three semester hours of credit. It is sponsored by the University of Iowa Departments of English and Theatre Arts but is open to students of any academic background.

Academic Program

London Performance Study is taught by University of Iowa Professor John Cameron from the UI Theatre Arts Department.

The class is an intensive introduction to theatre in London and will examine the expression of the personal aesthetic in a theatrical context. Students will meet mornings for discussion of performances and related readings, as well as history, and performance theory. In the afternoons and evenings, the class will attend performances of a broad range of theatrical events including but not limited to the classics, contemporary plays, musicals, and fringe performance. The number of shows attended varies from year-to-year, but most frequently ten performances are included in the curriculum.

This course satisfies Theatre Arts and English major requirements.

Cultural Activities

  • Visits to theatrical venues that typically include such famous theatres as The Globe, The Old Vic, The National Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • An overnight excursion to Stratford Upon Avon for performances of one or two Shakespearean plays by the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Tours of historic homes such as Anne Hathaway’s cottage are typically available.
  • A backstage tour at the National Theatre or the Globe.
  • Additional independent travel opportunities not covered by the program costs include travel around the many historical sites in London, visits to Bath and Stonehenge, tours of famous Harry Potter sites, additional theatre performances throughout London, and an opportunity to experience the city’s vibrant culture first-hand!

Program Dates

Dates for the Summer 2017 are May 22 - June 14.

For More Information

Cory Petersen
Sr. Advisor & Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Program
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Tel: +319-335-0353
Fax: +319-335-0343

United Kingdom

The 'United Kingdom' (UK) refers to the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is in contrast to another common name, 'Great Britain', which excludes Northern Ireland. The UK Exchange program offers exchange with universities in England and Scotland. Life and culture in the UK is different from that in the US. Experiencing this rich tradition is what the UK Exchanges are all about!

Some quick general facts about the UK:

• The UK uses the British Pound as its currency.

• Communication from the UK is easy. Cell phones are relatively inexpensive, the internet is easily accessible, and post offices are plentiful.

• British food is unique! Try fish and chips, bangers 'n mash, steak pie, Indian curry,'neeps and tatties, haggis and more!

• The UK is a relatively safe environment. Police are helpful and visible. Emergency services are reliable. Pharmacies, called 'Chemists', are common and carry a wide variety of medicine and other essentials.

• The UK has a temperate climate, influenced by the ocean that surrounds it. It is never too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. Rain is common most of the year. Make sure to take plenty of warm clothes and waterproof shoes.


The tradition of live theatre in London dates from 1576 when the round, wooden Theatre was built south of the Thames. Few cities in the world enjoy London's reputation for theatrical tradition, quality and variety. At present there are approximately 50 central theatres in London offering musicals and classic plays as well as more than 60 recognized fringe venues specializing in experimental productions.

Living Arrangements


In London, lodging for program participants will be provided in shared apartments in central London in easy walking distance to theatres and museums. Each apartment has a living room, bathroom, 2-3 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Program participants will have the option of preparing their own meals using the cooking facilities in the apartments, eating at the University of London cafeteria, or eating at the wonderful variety of restaurants for which London is famous.

Travel Arrangements

Participants who arrive in London on the specified date and time will be met at the airport by a representative of our implementing partner and escorted to the program accomodation. Details will be provided following acceptance to the program.

Local Transportation

London is famous for ‘the Tube’ (its subway system), which efficiently moves people through the city center and into the suburbs. The famous, red double-decker buses complete the matrix with their surface routes. And there is always the iconic black London taxi for those out late after regular public transportation closes.

A pass good for zones 1 & 2 of the Tube is included in the program fee.

Required and Preferred Selection Criteria

The London Performance Study program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- This program is open to students of all academic backgrounds. However, students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in in theatre or drama, and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Preparedness and Maturity- Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibility abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa, or at another US college or university where the applicant is enrolled in a degree program. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad on a University of Iowa program. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of the London Performance Study program.
  • Completion of at least one semester of college level study prior to the start of the program - First-year student applicants should be prepared to provide at least two academic references when submitting their application materials.
  • Attendance at mandatory orientation programming- Students must attend all in-person and online pre-departure orientation programing.

In addition to the requirements above, preference is given to applicants who:

  • Have completed at least two prior semesters of college-level study- Students who have already completed at least two semesters of college-level study at the time of submitting their London Performance Study application are preferred.

Application Deadline

Summer 2017 application deadline extended to Friday, March 3rd. please contact Cory Petersen at for application materials.

All Students- Next Steps

After your all of your applications have been received, they will be reviewed by UI Study Abroad and the faculty director for the London Performance Study program. You will be informed of your acceptance status by email within a few weeks. If your application is accepted, you will receive confirmation documents describing how to formally commit to participating in the program.

The final commitment/confirmation deadline will be in early March, 2017. By submitting the confirmation documents, you are indicating that you accept full responsibility for any withdrawal penalty fees that may be assessed to your U-Bill if you later decide to withdraw your place in the course for any reason.

The withdrawal penalty fees cover expenses for instructors, staff, transportation, etc. that have been arranged and paid in advance on your behalf.

Details about flights, obtaining a visa, orientation materials, and more will follow soon after your confirmation.


Summer 207 course fee:

For UI Participants: $4,700

For students who attend other universities, or University of Iowa students graduating in May 2017: $4,900

The course fee includes all educational costs, transportation from the airport to student apartments in London, a Tube pass for zones 1 & 2, housing, theatre performances in London, tours & cultural activities, and a two-day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon (including transportation, housing, and tickets to Royal Shakespeare Company productions).

The course fee is charged to the students’ University of Iowa Ubill shortly before the program begins.

The following items are not included in the course fee:

Costs charged to the Ubill

  • Application fee ($50- Charged at the time of application.)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($551- the Study Abroad Administrative Fee is subject to change- see the Study Abroad Administrative Fee section below for more information.- Charged shortly before the program begins.)
  • CISI health insurance (approx. $34- charged approx. 3 weeks prior to departure)

Costs charged separately from the Ubill

  • Round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids (approx. $1500- paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- by mid-April)
  • Food (approx. $600 -paid by student at their discretion while abroad )
  • Passport (approx. $135- paid by student prior to departure- by May 1, 2017.)
  • Immigration fees (approx. $180- paid by student on arrival in the U.K.)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations (variable, but typically $50- paid by student prior to departure, by mid-May)
  • Local Transportation (approx. $150- paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
  • Personal expenses (approx. $450+- paid by student at their discretion while abroad)

Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Program Cost Sheet

The cost sheet captures the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses, although actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.

PDFCost Sheet- London Performance Study- Summer 2017

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If, for any reason, you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa- this amount will automatically charged to your Ubill on the date you withdraw from the program.

In some cases, it may be possible to appeal these charges to request a reduction in the late withdrawal fees. Please contact Cory Petersen at for more information.

Please note the amounts listed below are tentative and are subject to change prior to the final confirmation deadline. These fees may change during future sessions.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline (March 10, 2017 - March 19, 2017) Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: $500
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline (March 20, 2017 - March 29, 2017) Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline (March 30, 2017 - April 23, 2017) Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline (April 24, 2017 or later) Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100%
Portion of Course Fee: 100%

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline or travel agent for further details.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

University of Iowa students may be able to use financial aid and scholarships, to cover some of the costs of this program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of the UI Study Abroad web site for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.

Students from outside of the University of Iowa should contact study abroad office at their home university for information on financial aid options.

Students who graduate at the end of the Spring 2017 session, and non-degree seeking students are generally not eligible to receive financial aid or scholarships of any kind.

All students- Before you apply for any scholarship, please review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of our website for valuable tips on making a successful application!

Study Abroad Awards

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants for Summer session programs. The awards listed below are available to University of Iowa students studying on the London Performance Study program:

1- Need-Based grants (For current UI students in good academic standing, and whose current year FAFSA has been processed by UI Office of Student Financial Aid)

2- International Student Study Abroad Scholarship (see web page for details)

3- Diversity Ambassador Scholarship (see web page for details)

Other UI-affiliated awards

4- Iowa Abroad Scholarship (For Iowa resident UI students who began studying at the University of Iowa in Summer 2015 or later- see web page for details)

5- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (see web page for details)

6- Other University of Iowa awards

Awards from organizations outside of the University of Iowa

(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Review these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)

7- External Awards

8- NAFSA’s U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

9- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

10- Federal Student Aid Grants and Scholarships page

11- U.S. Department of Labor's Career One Stop scholarship finder



14- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!

Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, please contact the UI Writing Center for help!

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

Confirmation of Participation Materials

Once you have received an email from our office indicating that you have been accepted to the program, you will need to print and complete the following documents.

University of Iowa students must submit these Confirmation documents to Study Abroad, 1111 UCC by 5:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Students from outside of the University of Iowa should mail their Confirmation documents to Study Abroad, 1111 University Capitol Centre, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-5500 by March 10, 2017.

London Performance Study- Confirmation and Withdrawal SchedulePDF

Medical Self AssessmentPDF

Healthcare Provider Evaluation (only required if student has an ongoing medical condition requiring medical care/medication, or would like to request Continuation of Care or Disability Accommodation.) PDF

In addition, students must read all of the following information:


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We will address many issues related to health and safety during the orientation sessions, but until then our general advice is that before you go abroad it is best to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control web site for UK-specific health information and visit either your doctor or the Travel Clinic at UI Student Health & Wellness for any vaccinations you might need.

Safety, too, is vital to your study abroad experience. While the UK is generally a very safe place, unfortunately safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.

OCAS - UK: Information from the U.S. Department of State on safety and security abroad. Anyone can subscribe for the free OSAC newsletter to receive international safety news and updates via email.


US Citizens

If you do not have a passport, please apply for one soon to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s web site.

Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:

Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid through this time then you will need to renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the UK.

Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Non-US Citizens

Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.


Program participants are required to have a visa to enter the UK. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information about acquiring the visa you need to enter the country.

Please note that visas are issued by the British government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, the UK’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to acquire a visa prior to the start of the program in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at for more information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find more information about funding options by clicking on the Application tab above and scrolling to the Financial Aid & Scholarships section toward the bottom of the page.

Applying credit toward a UI degree

Unless Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.  If you are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at for details on the process. 

Health Insurance and Continuation of Care

As part of the this program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).  For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.

If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, CISI can help refer you to doctors and develop a continuation of care plan.  If you would like to make arrangements for care while you’re abroad, please contact CISI using the contact information on the site above, or contact Cory Petersen at


Study Abroad will be arranging a suggested group flight.  Students are strongly encouraged to take part in this flight and not make their own, independent flight arrangements.  We will send information about the flights by late April at the latest.  DO NOT purchase plane tickets until you receive instructions from UI Study Abroad.

Students will receive contact information for any other program participants about six weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans.

If you need advice on making travel arrangements, please contact Cory Petersen at


You will need to register for this program on MyUI prior to your departure for Ireland. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.


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