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London Performance Study

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



London, England




Good academic standing

Application Due:

February 25 for Summer 2015

Program Cost:

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The Summer 2015 program application deadline has been extended! If you're interested in applying, please contact Cory Petersen at

This one-of-a kind program is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to theatre in London, with English and Theatre Arts majors receiving credit towards the major. London Performance Study is also open to interested non-students. The course provides 3 s.h. of credit. The program is offered by the University of Iowa Departments of English and Theatre Arts and Study Abroad.

Academic Program

London Performance Study is taught by University of Iowa Associate Professor Loyce Arthur from the UI Theatre Arts Department.

This program is an intensive introduction to intercultural theatre in London with an examination of the notion of "Bristishness" and multi-culturalism. For this reason, we will go to a Bollywood film or performance and discuss Anglo-Indian relations as well as Irish plays. While in England, students meet mornings for discussions of history, cultural politics, performance theory, and aesthetics. In the afternoons and evenings, the group attends plays and performances relevant to the course. Approximately ten performances are chosen and range from the classic repertory to contemporary plays and musicals, including one or two plays at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and one - two plays at Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Several sessions are reserved for special guests from the theater community. Visits to carnival designer Clary Salandy's studio, where students help to make costumes, to a parade in the surrounding area, and to other non-traditional performance venues are also a critical part of the course.

This course satisfies English and Theatre Arts major requirements.

Cultural Activities

In addition to theatre productions in London, a weekend excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon features two performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company and tours of Shakespeare's home.

Other London activities may include a backstage tour at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, or other theatres, workshops led by British theatre artists, and a variety of cultural and social activities.

Program Dates

Dates for the Summer 2015 session are as follows: May 29 - June 21, 2015. Students will depart the US on May 29, and the program will end on June 21.

For More Information

For more program information contact:
Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is a highly-developed country with an advanced economy. An excellent rail system makes getting around England, Wales, and Scotland easy. From the excitement of its larger cities (London, Birmingham, and Glasgow) to the charm of its hamlets steeped in history and tradition, the U.K. has something to offer everyone.


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.

ACCENT International

This program partners with ACCENT International, a US-based non-profit study abroad provider with offices in London. Classes take place at the ACCENT center, which is located on Great Russell Street near the British Museum.

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 by the specified time will be met at the airport by a representative of our implementing partner and escorted to the program lodgings. 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.

The Summer 2015 program application deadline has been extended! If you're interested in applying, please contact Cory Petersen at


This program is open to students in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of departure. Students must also have a demonstrated interest in theatre or drama, but the program is also open to students outside of these departments. Applicants are also expected to demonstrate a willingness to participate in and contribute to group discussions and activities. Students must attend an orientation program offered in the spring. This meeting will provide a reading list and tentative schedule of productions.

How to Apply

Interested students should make an appointment with Cory Petersen, the program coordinator for the Iowa Regents’ Semester in Scotland, to determine whether this program is a good fit, and discuss the application process.

Application Deadline

The Summer 2015 program application deadline extended! If you're interested in applying, please contact Cory Petersen at

Next Steps

Once the application process is complete, your application materials will be reviewed by the program director Prof. Loyce Arthur. You will receive official notification of your acceptance status shortly after the final application deadline, and will also receive information about how to confirm your place in the course.

Please note that by submitting the confirmation materials, 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 from the program for any reason. These fees are described below, and will also be sent to you as part of your confirmation materials.

Details about flights, orientation materials, and more will follow soon after your confirmation in mid-March.


You must have a passport in order to enter the UK and take part in this program. Students whose passports are currently valid should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from the UK, i.e., through December 2015. If your passport is not valid through December 2015 you will need to renew your passport before traveling to the UK.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.


The program fee for the Summer 2015 session is $4,744 for University of Iowa students, and $4944 for students attending other institutions. The program fee included academic and administrative costs, transportation from the airport to student apartments in London, a Tube pass for zones 1 & 2, housing, ten theatre performances in London, tours & cultural activities, and a two-day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon (including transportation, housing, and tickets to two Royal Shakespeare Company productions).

The program fee does not include airfare to and from the UK (approximately $1500 from Cedar Rapids), passport (~$135), food ($300+), or personal expenses ($300+). Additionally, there is also a non-refundable application fee ($50) and a mandatory fee for Iowa Regents CISI Insurance healthcare coverage (approx. $20) charged to participants' U-Bills (You can find more information about the CISI insurance here).

Withdrawal policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which withdrawal fees will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw from the program after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa:

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fee: $500
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fee: 100%

Program cost sheet

A cost sheet for the Summer 2015 session of the London Performance Study program can be here in mid-March 2015.

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. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students may be able to use financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) to cover some of the costs of this program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of our website for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, including the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications, and contact with the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. The awards listed below are available to University of Iowa students studying on this program:

1- Merit-based scholarship (requires a 3.33 GPA or higher)

2- Need-based study abroad grant (for students who are eligible for financial aid, based on available FAFSA information)

3- Diversity Ambassador scholarship (see web site for details)

Other UI-affiliated awards

4- Other University of Iowa awards

5- External 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. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)

6- NAFSA’s US Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

7- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

8- US Department of Labor's scholarship page


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

Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, you may want to contact the UI Writing Center for a helping hand!

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.