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UNC Honors in London
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:
- Honors Semester in London with Internship
- Take three Honors seminars while interning with an organization in London tailored to your interests and skills. Open to all UNC students meeting eligibility criteria
- Honors Semester in London without Internship
- Take Honors Seminars satisfying your major and general education requirements at UNC’s Center for European Studies at Winston House in Central London. Open to all UNC students meeting eligibility requirements
- Shuford Honors Semester in Entrepreneurship in London - Available during spring term only
- Finish the minor in entrepreneurship while interning in an startup, accelerator, incubator, VC firm, or innovative organization in London. Open to all UNC students who have completed ECON 101 and ECON 125 in the entrepreneurship minor
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):
- DRAM 120H.01S**: Contemporary London Theatre and its Origins (VP, NA, CI)
- Students who have taken DRAM 120 on campus can enroll in the theatre class as HNRS 353 (VP, NA)
- HNRS 352.01S: Media and Society in Britain (SS)
- HNRS 355.01S: Imagining Literary London (LA, NA, English)
- HNRS 378.01S: London Experience (1 credit)
- HNRS 393.02S: Internship (EE) (5 credits)
- POLI 232H.01S: Contemporary British Politics (SS, NA, POLI 232)
Five seminars will be offered each semester, in addition to the course taught by the UNC faculty director.
For Fall 2019, the faculty director will be John McGowan, Department of English and Comparative Literature. He will be teaching HNRS 35X: London in the Blitz.
Approach: Social and Behavioral Sciences (SS), anticipated
Connection: North Atlantic World (NA), anticipated
Plucky England, standing alone against Hitler, is the stuff of legend—and, arguably, the source of a national self-image that contributed to Brexit. The way the Blitz was remembered in novels, films, history books, museums, and monuments changed forever how the people of England think of themselves. What really happened in the key years 1940 to 1941? How did the Blitz reshape the London landscape—and London’s sense of itself? Delving into primary sources from the time (newspapers, radio broadcasts, oral histories, and newsreels) as well as subsequent accounts in literature and histories, we will consider how history turns into legend. We will also work hard to separate fact from fiction—and consider the best methods for doing so. Our step into history will also include many steps out into London, as we visit the sites of public memorials to the Blitz, the places where the “story” of 1940-1941 was (and continues to be) constructed.
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
- These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
- You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.
Students on the program share flats with other program participants. The flats are located within walking distance of Winston House. All flats are located in the Bloomsbury area of central London and have WIFI access, full-equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, as well as weekly cleaning and maintenance service. Most students share a flat with 4-8 other UNC Students.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access
If you choose to participate in the Internship course, you will be required to obtain a Tier IV visa. Part of this requirement includes being able to demonstrate that you have access to approximately $6700 in maintenance funds. Information will be provided to you after your acceptance that will help you identify the documents which can help you show this funding is readily available to you.