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Study Abroad 2016
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Technology, Humanities, and the Arts in London

20 May - 18 June 2016

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
  • a three day trip to Manchester and Liverpool

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

Program application deadline: 1 March 2016


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 391 - Culture: Physical and Digital [3 credits]

*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 weekend field trip to Manchester and Liverpool, 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.


linton_staff-18.jpgKristen Mapes

Digital Humanities Specialist | kmapes@msu.edu

Ms. Mapes will teach AL 391, “Culture: Digital and Physical,” which focuses on how material objects and digital representations shape our understanding of culture and history.


London tube icon.jpgEllen Moll

Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities | mollelle@msu.edu

Dr. Moll will teach IAH241E, “Creative Arts and Humanities: Art, Technology, and Politics,” which focuses on how technology shapes creative expression in literature, theater, music, and art, and on how technology changes society.


Program fee: $3950

What it covers: 

  • Housing for the entire trip - including a shared apartment in London and lodging in Manchester/Liverpool
  • 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 the Manchester/Liverpool trip
  • 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 two instructors

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 (in state): $3431.75

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Digital Humanities Study Abroad Scholarship - $1000 (1 available) - Due 1 February 2016

Available to one student enrolled in the Digital Humanities minor. The College of Arts and Letters Digital Humanities Program will contribute $1000 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 1 February 2016. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by 19 February 2016.

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

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

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


Upcoming Information Sessions:

Monday, February 29, 11:00am-12:00pm, Linton Hall, 308C

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