United Kingdom: Communications

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

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.

Cultural Information

When can I go?

July 1 - 31, 2018 (4.5 weeks)

Where will I live?

Program participants will live in residence halls.

Who is eligible to participate?

The program is open to all majors with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2018 Program): February 1, 2018

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

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. 

Language of Instruction: English

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $6,571

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Class instruction
  • Field trips & fees
  • Most meals
  • Ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition, undergraduate ($3,150)
  • Personal expenses & some meals ($50)
  • Passport fees ($140)
  • ISIC Card, optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $9,939

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu 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. 

Financial Aid FAQs


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 more information on these and other grants/scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:

Peter Zhang 
School of Communications
273 Lake Superior Hall

Learn more about the Faculty Director >>> MEET THE DIRECTOR


All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.