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International Business in London

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Winter

Location:

London, England

Credit:

Resident

Application Due:

September 8th, 2023

Eligibility

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Minimum 2.75 UI and cumulative GPA or consent of the program director. See Program tab for prerequisites.

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

The Tippie College of Business sponsors a 14-day winter course in London designed to provide students with an international experience. Students explore business issues through class discussions, guest lecturers, and field trips.

Students also have free time to visit historic and cultural attractions and experience the many markets, shops, restaurants, theatre and entertainment venues that London has to offer. The course is memorable for both seasoned travelers and those who have not traveled abroad. It also provides an opportunity for students with demanding academic schedules who may not be able to study abroad during a year-long or semester-length program to gain a valuable international perspective.

Academic Program

Two different courses may be offered this winter, please read below to see which you are best suited for or most interested in. Course topics and faculty leaders vary from session to session, please check back if you are interested in a future session. Check with your academic advisor to see how each course could apply to your specific program of study

ABRD:3025:0001 Topics in Finance - Crossing the Pond: Global Finance's Evolution from London to New York (FIN 4020)

Prerequisites: FIN:3000.

Course description:

This 3 s.h. course is taught Tippie College of Business faculty member. Financial markets affect everything, and they are global. But what do they do, how do they do it, and why did New York City replace London as the center of it all? We’ll answer these questions and more by exploring how markets evolved through wars, depressions, and technological breakthroughs to create the global financial system we have today.

ABRD:3025:0002 Strategic Brand Positioning  (MKTG:3605)

Prerequisites: MKTG:3000.

Course description:

This 3 s.h. course is taught Tippie College of Business faculty member. More and more companies are realizing that brands are a source of sustainable competitive advantage and are treating them as one of their most valuable assets. Too often however, marketing decisions regarding pricing, advertising, or distribution are made in isolation without taking into account their impact on brand equity, causing the erosion of brand loyalty and failing to leverage brand equity.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this program is highly competitive and there is a possibility that it will fill up before the designated deadline. We recommend that you apply for the program after it opens as soon as possible. Students are not advised to wait until closer to the deadline to apply as they will risk being waitlisted. We cannot guarantee placement in the program if students are waitlisted.

Program Dates

Course dates will be announced soon

For More Information

Sydney Johnson (sydney-johnson@uiowa.edu)
Undergraduate Program Office
C140 Pappajohn Business Building
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-335-1037


Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
319-335-0353

Host Institution

The program headquarters and classroom is located near the Bloomsbury district of London, providing excellent access to central London destinations such as the West End theatre district, Parliament, Trafalger Square, and other locations of interest.

Accommodation

Students are housed in shared rooms in fully-furnished apartments in central London within walking distance of the classroom. The apartments include a living area, kitchen, and bath, and laundry facilities are available in the building. Student residence accomindations fit 2 to 3 students per room.

Travel Arrangements

Students will make their own travel arrangements with advice and information provided by the program coordinators.

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. In late September, students will be informed whether there is sufficient interest to offer the trip. Instructions for purchasing tickets will be shared at that time.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2025:

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad, i.e., through July 2025.

Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible. Applications are available at the Federal Building/Post Office on Highway 6 in Iowa City or at the U.S. State Department web site. Students who are getting their first passport or renewing an under 16 passport can do so at the study abroad office: https://passport.uiowa.edu/

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

A special note to international students

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter's program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency's web site to find out if you need to apply. If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Student and Scholar Services, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Eligibility

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing prior to applying to the program. A minimum 2.75 GPA or consent of the program director is required for acceptance. Please see the Program tab for prerequisites. Students with questions about their eligibility for these courses should discuss their situation with Sydney Johnson in the Undergraduate Program Office, 319-335-1037.

  • Demonstrated preparedness and maturity: Students must meet entry requirements for the countries and venues visited by the program including entry requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel and demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibly 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 U.S. 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 India Winterim program.

    Application Deadline

    TBD. Early applications are encouraged; courses will be filled with eligible students based on the date of the application submission.

    Cost

    Program fees

    The typical program fee is expected to be $4,700 - 4,800.

    Please note that this is an estimated cost and is subject to changes.

    Topics in Finance Cost SheetPDF

    International Business Environment Cost SheetPDF

    How to Apply

    The application form is available by clicking on the following link: Application beginning summer 2023

    UI students who apply to this program will be U-billed the $50 application fee. The application form, along with a copy of the information page of your passport, should be submitted by the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

    Program admission decisions will be based on several factors:

    • Course eligibility requirements met;
    • Submission date of complete application; and
    • Course selection

    IMPORTANT: Please note that this program is highly competitive and there is a possibility that it will fill up before the designated deadline. We recommend that you apply for the program after it opens as soon as possible. Students are not advised to wait until closer to the deadline to apply as they will risk being waitlisted. We cannot guarantee placement in the program if students are waitlisted.

    Enrollments must meet at least 20 students in order for the course to be offered. No more than 30 students can be accommodated in the course.

    A special note to International students:

    Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a ‘Student Visitor Visa’ before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter’s study abroad program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency’s web site to find out if you need to apply:http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/

    If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application, but it is your responsibility to obtain the correct visa

    To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the U.S. You can obtain a travel signature from an international student advisor in International Students and Scholars, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

    Financial Aid and Scholarships

    You may be able to use financial aid for summer courses, particularly if you already use it for fall/spring. Speak with the Financial Aid office to see what might be available to you.

    Summer study abroad students are also able to apply for Study Abroad scholarships. Please visit the Study Abroad Scholarships website for more detailed information on the available scholarships and to review eligibility criteria.

    For More Information

    For more information about your application or the financial implications, please contact the program coordinator, Ryan Ourada.

    Email: ryan-ourada@uiowa.edu

  • Health & Safety Planning

    Students should carefully review the following materials starting at least two months prior to departure:

    Prepare for Departure

    Health and Safety

    Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

    Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.

    Flights

    Students will receive instructions for booking flights after the Confirmation Deadline. A suggested group flight will be shared with the group and students will make their own arrangements. Those who do not have extensive travel experience are encouraged to book the suggested group flight.

    Immigration/Visa

    All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in your host country. UI Study Abroad and your program provider/host institution abroad will provide you with immigration instructions prior to departure.

    Note that permission to enter and study in your host country is provided exclusively by the host country’s government based on that country's immigration requirements. Your host country’s immigration requirements may include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to receive permission to enter the country in some cases. Contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information.

    It is essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration materials are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration materials contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact your UI study abroad advisor immediately to discuss your options.

    Do not take steps to complete your host country’s immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.

    Review the informaiton under the Visa heading our Prepare for Departure page for further guidance on the immigration/visa process.

    Orientation

    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 ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" 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 safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

    Program-Specific Orientation

    A mandatory, in-person orientation will be facilitated by the Faculty Leader and Study Abroad Coordinator before departure and will cover content specific to your program and host country.