United Kingdom: Communications

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — This program will offer you the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of global communication practices through the development of research skills in the heart of London.

You will practice field research skills (such as observation, survey techniques, and interviewing) through field trips to some of London’s most well-recognized sites including the Tower of London and the British Museum.

You’ll also investigate communication rituals- from ancient cultures to contemporary communities-we’ll work to understand the symbolic practices that shape meaning in the UK with visits to sites such as Stonehenge.

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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2023

Program Dates: July 2, 2023 - August 1, 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

(4.5 weeks)


United Kingdom

Students will register for a total of six (6) credits:

COM 375: Communication Research (3 credits) AND

COM 380: Special Topics in Communication (3 credits) 

Those who do not need one or both of these classes have the option of doing an Independent Study and/or Senior Thesis instead. Prerequisites may be waived at the Program Director's discretion. 

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement. Reflection required.

Language of Instruction: English


Program participants will live in residence halls.

Cost and Scholarships

United Kingdom


Program Fee: $7,338


  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Class instruction
  • Field trips & fees
  • Most meals
  • Ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition, undergraduate ($3,690)
  • Personal expenses & some meals ($30)
  • Passport fees ($200)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $11,258


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.


To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Open to ALL majors.

2.0 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2023
Lin Tian
Program Assistant
Peter Zhang
Program Director

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