UF in London: CLAS Internship

As a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, your major can take you anywhere. We encourage you to go Beyond120 and gain valuable experience outside the classroom and UF campus. The UF in London CLAS internship program offers CLAS students an opportunity to take courses in the humanities and social sciences, along with completing an internship. Internships in a wide variety of areas will help you develop the skills you learn as a Liberal Arts and Sciences student and apply them in the workplace. Major and/or minor courses are offered in Economics, English, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Sustainability Studies, and Women’s Studies. Pre-Law students are also encouraged to apply. Students with majors in colleges other than CLAS, or with interest in pursuing a Business major or minor, or taking Business courses should apply through the UF in London—Study and Intern program offered through the College of Business.

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Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: March 13

Program applications are located on the UF International Center website. You will not be accepted into the program until you submit your application, personal statement, resume, and deposit.

Program Dates

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Spring 2020
• January 8: Arrive in London
• March 2 – 6: Mid-semester break
• April 26: Program ends

Summer 2020 (Choose either session)
Session I
• May 21: Arrive in London
• July 19: Program ends
Session II
• June 18: Arrive in London
• August 16: Program ends

Fall 2020
• September 2: Arrive in London
• October 26 – 30: Mid-semester break
• December 20: Program ends

Academics

While you can be any CLAS major to participate in the program, major or minor courses are offered in Economics, English, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Sustainability Studies, and Women’s Studies. Students with an interest in business courses should apply through the UF in London—Study and Intern program offered through the College of Business.

Major and Minor Course Equivalencies for Fall/Spring (Coming Soon!)

Fall / Spring (15.5 weeks):

Phase 1BreakPhase 2
Required Key Course meets for three hours a week (Choose 1, 3 cr.):
British Life and Cultures
British Life and Europe
British Life and Visual Arts

Two or three other 3 credit selected elective courses take place throughout the week.

During this period, you will interview for internships/service internships and sites are confirmed.
Mid-semester Break Classes meet two days per week.

The required Key Course continues for three hours a week.

A 3-credit International Internship Course or Service Internship Course meets as a space for reflection on your placement experience. Some elective courses may continue. Internships are scheduled for three days a week.

Summer (8 weeks):Earn 6 credit hours. Credits earned are transfer credits and do count in the UF GPA.
• British Life and Cultures, 3 credits
• International Internship Course, 3 credits

Throughout the Summer, the required British Life and Cultures Course meets for six hours a week. During the first week, you will interview for internships and sites are confirmed.

The International Internship Course consists of the actual placement and weekly seminars that enhance and contextualize your internship experience; the in-class component meets six times for 90 minutes each.

British Life and Cultures meets for two and a half days a week with the internship placements taking place in the other two and a half days of a week.

Sample Fall/Spring Schedules for CLAS Majors

English

  • British Life and Culture
  • Literary London
  • Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature
  • Elective (optional)
  • Communications Internship

Political Science

  • British Life and Europe
  • British Politics
  • International Diplomacy
  • Elective (optional)
  • Politics Internship

Sustainability Studies

  • British Life and Europe
  • Sustainable Cities: London in the Era of Climate Change
  • Ecology, Environment, and Economics: Market Forces and Sustainability
  • Elective (optional)
  • Environment & Sustainability Internship

Women’s Studies

  • British Life and Culture
  • Pride & Prejudice: LGBTQ Histories, Rights, and Contemporary Issues in London
  • Social Welfare Issues in the United Kingdom
  • Elective (optional)
  • Women’s Rights & Issues Internship

Eligibility

  • Student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences only
  • Sophomore standing (Freshmen may be considered on a case by case basis)
  • 2.5 UF GPA
  • Valid passport and ability to get a Tier 4 Visa (support will be provided for visa application)
  • You must participate in an internship or service internship. You are required to submit a resume and a personal statement with your application which will be shared with internship sites. Please make an appointment with the program director if you’d like to have your resume or statement reviewed.

Internships

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Internship and Service Internship opportunities for CLAS students are available in the following areas that can complement a variety of our majors including Criminology, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Sustainability, and Women’s Studies. Law related internships may also be available.

You will choose 3 interest areas to submit to FIE for internship placement. Placement in one particular area is not guaranteed, you may be placed in any of your 3 chosen areas. See FIE’s London Internship Preparation page and Service Internship page for more information.

Estimated Program Fee

Spring 2020: $16,966
Summer 2020: $10,026
Fall 2020: $16,966

UF Students may apply Bright Futures, Prepaid, and other scholarships toward program expenses. FIE also has a scholarship program available. Program fees are the same for in-state and out of state students.

Other Estimated Expenses:

  • Meals: $1,500 – $2500 (depending on term)
  • Books and Supplies: $400
  • Passport: $145
  • Visa: $550
  • Airfare: $800 – $1,200 (summer fares are generally higher)
  • Personal Expenses: $2,000 – $3,000

Housing

Students are housed in one of FIE’s residence halls located in beautiful Kensington. Accommodation type varies and is included in the cost of the program. Find out more about housing locations at FIE’s Housing in London page.

Activities

FIE’s student life team can help you make the most of your time outside of the classroom. Participate in optional extracurricular activities like a Harry Potter Studio tour, an evening at the theater, or a weekend in Wales. There’s always something exciting going on to help you experience British life!

Pre-Departure Information

Once your application is approved you will receive more information on the next steps. We’ll offer in-person pre-departure sessions before you go, including guidance on applying for the Tier 4 visa.

Withdrawal Policy

To withdraw from an FIE program, the student must notify the International Center and Program Director in writing. Refunds will be issued as follows:

  • If the student withdraws 31 days or more prior to the first day of the program, you will receive 100% of the program fee minus a cancellation fee of $500.
  • If the student withdraws 30 days or less prior to the first day of the program, you will receive 10% of the total program fee minus a cancellation fee of $500.
  • If the student withdraws on or after the first day of the program, no refund will be issued.

Additional Resources

About Foundation for International Education (FIE)

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FIE: Foundation for International Education is a London-based non-profit educational organization, providing customized partnership programs and individual student enrollment programs in London for undergraduate students.

Students from over 50 US colleges and universities attend their study abroad programs.

The institution of record for transfer credits is Drexel University.

Both FIE and UF CLAS program directors provide advising and support, however, there is no UF-employed staff on-site. You are expected to assume significant responsibility and initiative for your study abroad and intern experience.

For more information, contact Joseph Orser or Christine Richmond.

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