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Technology, Humanities, and the Arts in London

May 25th - June 23, 2018

stpaulslongexposure.jpgExplore changes in the arts and humanities by immersing yourself in the culture of London, one of the creative capitals of the world, through:

  • hands-on workshops
  • plays and performances
  • museums and galleries
  • day trip to a city around the UK

See the itinerary from the 2016 program to get a better sense of what will happen on the program and what we will do.

This program is open to students from MSU as well as to students from outside MSU.

Both courses in this program count toward the Citizen Scholar program.

Find the program application and further information at the Office of Study Abroad's site for the program.

Program application deadline: 1 March 2018


The program includes two courses, both required:

  • IAH 241E - Creative Arts and Humanities: The Creative Process (Focus: Technology, Society, and the Arts) [4 credits]*
  • AL 491 - Culture: Physical and Digital [3 credits] (see the syllabus from 2016)

*Students who have already taken IAH courses can take the course as AL491. Students who do not have the pre-requisite for a second-level IAH course can receive an override to enroll in this program.

Both courses can count toward the Digital Humanities minor. Students in the study abroad program only require two additional Digital Humanities classes plus a capstone or internship to complete the minor. Further information about the requirements of the minor can be found elsewhere on this site here.

Aside from a day trip within the UK, we will be based in London for the entire 4 weeks of the program. Staying in one city allows us to visit many museums and cultural events around the city. Classes will mostly be held on-site. We also will have classroom time and space, along with student services support based out of the ACCENT offices in London, located at 12 Bedford Square [just behind the British Museum, and across the street from University College London].

Students will be housed in apartments with their classmates around London. Specific locations will be assigned in the Spring; all apartments are located within zones 1 and 2 of London's underground metro system, so students will not have lengthy commutes to class. All apartments have kitchens, and students are encouraged to explore London's markets and grocery stores as a part of their immersion experience.


Kristen Mapes

Digital Humanities Coordinator, College of Arts & Letters | kmapes@msu.edu

Kristen Mapes will teach AL 491, “Culture: Digital and Physical,” which focuses on how material objects and digital representations shape our understanding of culture and history. She will also teach IAH 241E, “Creative Arts and Humanities,” which focuses on how technology changes society and shapes creative expression in literature, theater, music, and art.


Program fee: $3500

What it covers: 

  • Housing for the entire trip, including a shared apartment in London
  • Transportation within the UK - including an unlimited Oyster card for public transit in zones 1 and 2 of the Underground as well as train and local transport relating to day trips
  • Admission to all museums, galleries, archives, etc that are part of class
  • Theater tickets to required performances
  • Group meals - over the course of the program, there will be several group meals (usually dinners) for students and the instructor

Estimated additional Costs: $3185

This amount is an estimate calculated by the Office of Study Abroad for any additional expenses a student may incur over the course of a 4 week program in London. As this is an average of how one may spend money during the program, it is up to the student to economize (or splurge) as they see fit. This estimate breaks down as follows:

  • Meals - $750
  • Airfare - $1500
  • Other transportation (ex: taxis) - $50
  • Passport - $135
  • Spending money - $750

Tuition estimate for 7 credits

  • MSU students in state: $3431.75
  • Non-MSU students in state: $4889.50
  • Non-MSU students out of state: $6266.75

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Digital Humanities Study Abroad Scholarship - $2000 - Due February 26, 2018

Available to a student enrolled in the Digital Humanities minor. The College of Arts and Letters Digital Humanities Program will contribute $2000 toward the Program Fee. This scholarship looks for particularly strong experience or interest in Digital Humanities. Involvement in the Digital Humanities community at MSU and beyond as well as an awareness of the emerging field are traits highly valued by the Scholarship Committee. 

The application requires a personal statement from the student (300-500 words) as well as one faculty recommendation. The student must have applied to the study abroad program in order to be considered for the scholarship.

The application is available here.

The faculty recommendation from is available here.

Applications for the scholarship are due February 26, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by February 28.

Office of Study Abroad Scholarships - See the OSA's website for further information

Scholarships at other MSU Colleges - See the OSA's website for further information

Further scholarship and financial aid information can be found at the Office of Study Abroad's website here.

For further information about the program and/or about the Digital Humanities minor, feel free to contact, Kristen Mapes, Digital Humanities Advisor: kmapes@msu.edu | @kmapesy



Upcoming Information Sessions (all located in the Main Library, 2nd Floor West, Digital Scholarship Lab):

Wed, Feb 21, 1-3pm (drop in anytime)

Tues, Feb 27, 3-5pm (drop in anytime)

10 Reasons to Enroll in the Tech, Humanities & the Arts in London Study Abroad Program


For further information contact:

Kristen Mapes, kmapes@msu.edu

Ellen Moll, mollelle@msu.edu