Note: This program is open to all UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates and Honors students attending any of the universities in the UNC system.
Students on this program study at UNC’s Winston House on historic Bedford Square in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Participants in the Honors Semester in London live among Londoners in a central London neighborhood, attend seminars within the shadow of the British Museum, conduct research at the British Library, learn from professors who make London their home, and take advantage daily of the artistic, musical, theatrical, and cultural riches of this unique metropolis.
The program offers three tracks described below. Students will have the opportunity to participate in an internship for 20 hours per week, which will provide valuable educational experiences in a cross-cultural context. Internship placements combined with academic coursework will allow students to appreciate connections between theory and practice, and to gain exposure to potential career choices. A suitable placement for each student will be based on the student's goals, interests, previous coursework, and skills. Positions are available in art and design, education, theater, film, business, government, journalism, corporate and criminal law, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, marketing and PR, museums, social services, and more.
All participants remain enrolled at UNC-CH, earning Honors Program course credit for a full semester's work. Courses on the program count toward fulfillment of general as well as major requirements. We welcome participation from all eligible UNC undergraduates who are prepared to take on Honors level work as well as Honors students from all UNC-system institutions.
"Go on this program. It may seem scary to live and work in another country for four months, but you will not regret it. There is no other program that offers as much support and as many wonderful opportunities as the Honors London semester."
~ Clara Davison, Fall 2015 Participant
Honors London students attend classes at UNC's Winston House on Bedford Square in Bloomsbury in close proximity to the British Museum and the University of London. UNC's Winston House will serve as your home-away-from-home in London. Students have access to WIFI, a small library and study area, as well as printing facilities. You will also have membership in the University of London's Senate House Library, the largest academic research library in the city, as well as King's College Student Union facilities.
London provides a perfect departure point not only to points of interest in southern England, but also to other cities in the British Isles and the European continent.
The Honors Semester in London's curriculum consists of seminars grounded in the experience of living and learning in London. Students take three to five three-credit seminars from among a variety offered each semester. Seminars typically meet once each week for 2.5 hours.
Students will choose one of the following three tracks:
The program's faculty director teaches one seminar in his or her area of expertise; London-based faculty drawn from local universities will teach four or five additional seminars. Each course uses London as part of the classroom, taking full advantage of museums, galleries, archives, architectural sites, and other resources. With a faculty member, whom previous participants have described as 'amazing,' and 'exciting,' you will have a chance to study such subjects as (all 3 credits unless specified):
Five seminars will be offered each semester, in addition to the course taught by the UNC faculty director.
For Fall 2018, the faculty director will be John Rubin, School of Government. He will be teaching HNRS 352: Current Challenges in Criminal Justice: A Comparison of Policies and Practices in the United States and United Kingdom (SS, NA).
All courses offered are UNC graded honors courses and fulfill General College and Arts and Sciences distribution and major requirements. Students on the internship track are required to take at least three academic courses in addition to the internship course.
Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
UNC Graded Credit Programs (often taught by UNC Faculty): No action required