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Preparing for International Careers in London

Preparing for International Careers in London
This spring break program will expose students to international careers while allowing them to explore London.
London, England
Language of Instruction: 
Spring Break
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
  • Students will learn strategies that will allow them to create a job-search plan that matches their individual career goals
  • Students will connect with KU alums, global businesses, universities, and international organizations to learn first-hand about international careers
  • Students will have the opportunity to explore the Greater London area on days when events are not planned.  
Program Summary: 

The Preparing for International Careers-London course is designed for students interested in exploring international careers. An international career can be defined as either working abroad or living stateside and working with international partners. This course will give students an excellent overview of the resources, opportunities and steps involved in researching international employment. Students will learn strategies that will allow them to create a job-search plan that matches their individual career goals. While in London, students will connect with KU alums, global businesses, universities, and international organizations to learn first-hand about international careers. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit various sites of interest within London, such as: the Tower of London, the British Museum, the Tate Modern Museum, Big Ben, Parliament, and London’s Financial District.



The historic city of London is a global center for commerce, the arts, fashion, media, education, research and professional services and is one of the world’s leading financial centers.  Diverse and rich in culture, over 300 languages are spoken within the Greater London area.  The extensive London Underground is recognized as the best subway in the world, making travel easy and efficient to famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey, West End theaters, Tower of London, Greenwich and the Prime Meridian and numerous other museums, theatres, and sporting events.  KU has active alumni employed in a variety of industries in the Greater London area.  

Academic Information: 

All students will receive credit for:
LA&S 480 Preparing for International Careers-London (2 hours of credit).

This will be taught as a seminar course. Students will be responsible for participating in class discussions as well as activities outside the normal class time. Students and faculty will meet eight times for two hours on the University of Kansas, Lawrence campus during the Spring 2016 semester. These on-campus meetings will cover diverse topics such as: global employment trends, skills and attitudes for working internationally, researching and applying for career opportunities, cultural awareness and adaptation, the cost of living around the world, and graduate study abroad. During the visit to London, students will conduct informational interviews with representatives from international corporations, non-profit organizations and/or graduate schools to explore and learn about having an international career. 

It is highly encouraged, but not required, that students have taken or will take concurrently a job search course such as LA&S 470: Job Search for Liberal Arts & Sciences Students.


Students and faculty will stay at a Bloomsbury neighborhood hotel near the British Museum in London. Accommodation is double occupancy. A full English Breakfast will be provided at the hotel each day.


Life Abroad: 

Students will leave for London on Saturday, March 9 and return on Sunday, March 17. Starting Monday, March 11 the students will meet as a group each morning and/or afternoon to visit a company, organization, or university to learn about different international career opportunities. Students will also have time allotted for visiting different cultural and historical sites in London. In the evenings, students will generally be free to visit different cafes and restaurants or attend sports events, musicals, or concerts. Additionally, the itinerary will include at least one group dinner with KU alums that are living and working in London.



Students must meet the requirements of participating in KU Study Abroad and the consent of the instructor. In addition, coursework and interest in international issues, cultures and language are encouraged. Contact the Program Director for more detailed and specific information.

Program Faculty: 

For more information, contact:

Wendy Shoemaker, Sr. Associate Director
University Career Center
206 Summerfield Hall
email: wshoe@ku.edu


Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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