University of Missouri-St. Louis Study Abroad Program in England


Missouri London Program

Study literature, politics, business, history, and a variety of other subjects in Central London. Spend a semester living, learning, and even interning in the capitol of the United Kingdom.

Map of England

Location: London, England

Dates: January 7 - April 24, 2015

Courses available: The Missouri London Program is offered in partnership with CAPA, the Centers for Academic Programs Abroad. MLP and CAPA academic course listings are available. Each semester there is a list of courses approved by UMSL departments for credit in various fields, most often courses in the humanities and social sciences (Shakespeare, British literature, history, politics, etc.). The courses available change each semester.

All students are required to take at least one course offered by Missouri faculty. It is also recommended that students take "Understanding Modern Britain" which is the showcase course of the program covering a different topic each week relating to British history, culture and civilization. Distinguished British and European lecturers provide detailed analysis of each subject followed by a full or half-day course related field trip. Any course-related excursions are included in the program fee.

In addition, Dr. Kathryn Dolan, professor of English at the Missouri University of Science & Technology will be accompanying the students in Spring 2015. Dr. Dolan received her PhD in English with an emphasis in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2010. Prior to joining the faculty at S&T, Dr. Dolan was a postdoctoral scholar in the English department at University of South Florida. Dr. Dolan’s book manuscript, Beyond the Fruited Plain: Agri-Expansion in U.S. Literature, 1850-1905, is being published through the University of Nebraska Press. Dr. Dolan has taught survey courses in early-U.S. literature, regional U.S. literature, the nineteenth-century short story, food studies in literature and film, and composition. At S&T, she teaches the early-American and American Renaissance courses, and she looks forward to teaching a Mark Twain course soon.

Dr. Dolan will be teaching the following two courses in Spring 2015:

Mark Twain in Hannibal and London
Mark Twain is one of the world's most beloved writers, as well as a Missouri native son. Like students of the Missouri London Program, Twain lived in both Missouri and London. This course will follow the trajectory of this regional cosmopolitan writer, tracing him from his
Hannibal roots in Tom Sawyer through writings performed, set, and written in London, such as "Our Fellow Savages of the Sandwich Islands," The Prince and the Pauper, and his late, darker, Following the Equator. How does London influence Twain's works? What key differences do we notice between his regional US fiction and his work related to London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world? I argue that while noticeably different on the surface, similar key themes of empathy, compassion, and concerns with misplaced power run throughout all of these works. This class, therefore, will address themes of region/nation, class, race, and imperialism while deepening our knowledge and appreciation for a nineteenth-century US author whose work remains as powerful now as ever.

Additional excursions will include a visit to the Chelsea home where Twain wrote Following the Equator, storied concert halls where Twain performed his famous lectures, and an optional visit to Oxford University, where Twain was awarded an honorary degree in 1907. These excursions will require minimal additional expense.

This course is recommended to Sophomores through Seniors.

Global Foods in Literature and Film 
Food is one of the most important cultural markers, as it is the site where culture meets nature, where the outside and the inside come together. The need for food is universal, but cuisine is potently regional. The study of food in literature can help us to understand key cultural issues that can be translated into other aspects of our 21st century lives, like race, class, gender, and globalization. Is it true that we are "what we eat"? We will look key food studies works with a focus on the food and literature of the cosmopolitan London. Specifically, we will study the figures like Sidney Mintz and Marion Nestle, in addition to British literature by Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and even Terry Pratchett. In so doing, we will discover what studying food in literature can teach us as 21st century critical thinkers.

Additional activities will include eating at local London restaurants and food markets, participating in one of the University of London SOAS Food Centre scheduled events, and visiting the "London, Sugar, Slavery" exhibit at the Museum of London. These excursions will require some additional expense.

This course is recommended to Sophomores through Seniors

Optional Internship Information: Qualified junior and senior students participating on the Missouri London Program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible for an integrated 3 to 6 credit hours of internship experience. A wide variety of internships are available to suit a student's individual field of study, background and interests and are arranged on an individual basis. All internships are non-paying positions. Students will spend approximately 15 to 20 hours per week on a full or part-time work experience. Assessment will be determined in consultation with all parties involved. Consult your study abroad advisor and academic advisor for full details on prerequisite courses, departmental requirements, CAPA requirements and application procedures. An additional program fee applies for all interns. Visit the CAPA internship page for complete details!England

Eligibility Requirements: To participate on this program, students must meet all UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. Students must have a minimum UMSL cumulative GPA of 2.75 and be a sophomore, junior, or senior. Students applying to the internship program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Housing: You will live in a homestay or in apartments in central London in shared rooms. The apartments have a kitchen so that you can cook your own meals, allowing you the flexibility to arrange your meals according to your own schedule and budget. All apartments ("flats") are easily accessible by Underground ("tube") service from nerby stations or by bus. Details can be found on the CAPA Accommodations Page.

Important Dates:

Application and Deposit Deadline: October 15, 2014
Acceptance Documents Deadline: TBA
Program Fee Deadline: TBA
Online Orientation Completion: November 14, 2014
Mandatory In-Person Oriention: mid-November, 2014
Tuition Payment Deadline: UMSL students follow the cashier's schedule. Non-UMSL students must have tuition paid 2 weeks prior to departure.
Program Dates: January 7 - April 24, 2015

Estimated Expenses:
1. Academic fees: Students pay UMSL educational fees (tuition) which are billed to your UMSL student account. Financial aid can usually be used towards this program, but students should meet with a Financial Aid Office adviser to confirm their specific financing plans.
2. CAPA fees: A deposit and application fee of $395 is due at the time of application. A CAPA will bill students for the remainder of the fees.
3. Personal expenses. You will need to budget for meals, independent travel, round-trip transportation to London, mandatory insurance, textbooks, personal expenses, passport fees, refundable damage deposit, and optional tours and activities. Estimate approximately $125 per week for miscellaneous expenses.

Below are the 2014-2015 estimated costs for one semester (4 months) at MLP compared to a semester at UMSL. When you participate in the Missouri London Program, you continue to pay UMSL tuition.

Estimated Costs
UMSL Educational Fees1 $3,789.60
Initial CAPA Registration Fee/Deposit $395.00
Remaining CAPA Housing/Program Fee2 $10,799.00
Meals3 $2,100.00
Airfare $1,400.00
Books (varies per course) $400.00
Health Insurance $129.00
Internship Placement Fee (only if applicable) ($1,099.00)
CAPA Damage Deposit (refundable)


Total Estimated Cost4 $18,883.60

1 Educational fees are based on 12 credit hours. 2014-2015 Rate, Non-resident fees may apply.
2 UMSL housing cost based on single room. MLP Program fee includes accommodation, subsidized social and cultural activities, and services of CAPA staff.
3 UMSL cost based on Option 3 Plus Meal Plan. MLP meals estimate depends on personal habits (cooking in versus eatting out).
4 Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include personal expenses or independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
Anyone not paid in full by the deadlines will be subject to a $100 late payment.

How do I apply?

All UMSL Students and students applying through UMSL from schools that are not MLP/MOCON Member schools should complete the semester program application steps below and turn in paperwork to the UMSL Study Abroad Office, 261 MSC by the deadline of October 15, 2014.

  1. Study Abroad Application Form. A completed application form is required. Please type the information in the form, print, sign, and date.
  2. Essay(s). Study Abroad Essay. Submit a one-page statement explaining why you wish to study in a foreign country, why you chose the program you did, what you hope to gain from the experience, and how it will complement your educational and personal goals.
  3. Official Transcript. Your most current Official transcript must be requested from the Records Office. You can submit the Transcript Request Form and the $5 transcript fee in person to the Record's Office, 351 MSC, and they will send your transcript directly to our office. The $5 transcript fee is payable to the Records Office. Or you can visit the Student Services Request page to view options of requesting online or by fax. (Have it sent directly to 261 MSC Study Abroad office). Please write on your application the date you requested the transcript.
  4. Two (2) Recommendation Letters. Letters of recommendation from professors: at least one should be from an UMSL professor in your major.
  5. Students from non-consortium schools must apply as a visiting student at UMSL. Please fill out the form and mail it to the UMSL Study Abroad Office or apply online.
  6. UMSL students only: Scholarship Application & Scholarship Essay (optional).Students can submit the Scholarship application and Scholarship Essay if they wish. The Office of International Studies and Programs provides scholarships in addition to other financial aid which you may receive. These scholarships are merit-based. The scholarship application deadline is the same date as the study abroad application deadline. Notifications of recipients will go out at the end of the semester applied, and awards will be disbursed approximately 10 days before the start of the program semester.
  7. In addition, please complete the:CAPA Online APPLICATION PROCESS and the UMSL - CAPA Program Authorization Form (to be signed by the UMSL Study Abroad Application).

How can I learn more?
Visit the CAPA Missouri London Program website for complete program details.

For Additional Information:
Nate Daugherty, Study Abroad Coordinator (, 314-516-6497)
261 MSC
One University Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63121