Preparing for International Careers in London
- 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.
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.
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.
Students will leave for London on Saturday, March 12 and return on Sunday, March 20. Starting Monday, March 14 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.
For more information, contact:
Wendy Shoemaker, Sr. Associate Director
University Career Center