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London, England | fall quarter 2021

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Loved and respected for its architecture, theaters, museums, galleries, and academic institutions, London has something for everyone. Along with earning a full quarter of transferable college credits, you will live with a British family and immerse yourself in day-to-day British Life. Frequent field trips and travel opportunities enable you to experience the culture and history of this great city as well as the beautiful countryside of England. The teaching team tailors courses to the European environment and structures the coursework around several themes common to the locale.


To apply, please fill out and email this application to You will also need to turn in the following documents:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A one page essay
  • Your unofficial Edmonds College transcript 

Our office will review your documents and let you know if you have been accepted to the program and how to proceed. Please note that students that have been sanctioned by the college are disqualified from applying to, or participating in an Edmonds College study abroad program.

Set up an appointment with us here if you have any questions!

Anna Wolf will be the lead faculty in London. She is a professor of English at Whatcom Community College and recipient of the Full-time Faculty Excellence Award. More information to come!

Children’s Literature:

British Children’s Literature is reputedly the finest in the world, and so London provides us with the perfect locations to ask: What does it mean to be a child in England? What kinds of childhood are envisioned in British Children’s Literature? And who may be included or left out? We will start with some classic British Children’s books such as Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Later, we will move into some of the most popular 20th century serial middle reader books such as Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series and (of course) Harry Potter. The class will culminate with a project asking students to investigate, read, and present on a prominent theme or trope in British Children’s Literature that helps them address the course’s central questions. 

Potential field trips and cultural events include: readings by contemporary British children’s authors, a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s National Art Library collection of children’s literature(which includes the Beatrix Potter Collections!) , and attendance at dramatizations of children’s literature presented by London theaters such as King’s Cross Theater.

Creative Writing:

When we travel, our senses and imaginations come alive! Away from the familiar, we experience the world more keenly, observe our surroundings more carefully, and rely on intuitive leaps of the imagination to understand our world. In London, students will hone their understanding of what a stranger’s perspective can contribute to the project of literature. We will use our awakened senses and imagination to write in a variety of literary forms, always with the goal of evoking London for our readers. Workshops will take place in specific London locations at play in student work whenever possible. Models from published authors will include works by authors viewing London through an outsider’s eye such as Adrift in Soho by Colin Wilson, The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon, and Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire. We will take the numerous “Writers Walks” published on “London for Free”. We will also take advantage of London’s reputation as a thriving literary center by visiting poetry slams and spoken word events such as those presented by The Southbank Center, and Loose Muse’s London Premier Women Writers Night.

British Life and Culture:

Taught by a local professor, this humanities course will familiarize you with the culture you are newly surrounded by. You will learn a bit of the history, language differences, cuisine, pop culture and much more surrounding British life.

An optional four-day, three-night excursion to Scotland will be offered for a supplemental fee of $625 per participant.

You will have two options, you can either live with a local family in their home or in a shared apartment with other students. All families are carefully screened and selected by AIFS personnel overseas. If a homestay is chosen, the AIFS Local Organizer will use the information you provide on your AIFS accommodation form to place you with a local family.

Please see this document for more information on these two options.

Option A: Shared Homestay $7,510 Total due July 30, 2021

Option B: Shared Apartment $9,210 Total due July 30, 2021
Deposit (included in the above total) $450 due June 30, 2021

There are two housing options, A and B, that affect the cost of this program. You also have various optional choices to decide between. Please see this document for all options and the payment deadlines.

Program Dates: Approximately September 23-December 5, 2021

Application Deadline :  Friday, June 25, 2021

Deposit Due: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Balance of Program Fees Due: Friday, July 30, 2021

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