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  • Locations: Ambleside, United Kingdom; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Required: 2.0
Housing Options: Dorm APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
Program Description:

LSU in London and Edinburgh 2018

watching Wimbledon at St Pauls

The 2018 LSU in London and Edinburgh program has exposes students to the rich history, politics, literature, music, and culture of London and Edinburgh.  

You will attend plays, take walking tours with historical, political, and literary significance, and tour sites like Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey, and the Scottish National Museum.

The music courses treat the UK's diverse musical culture and traditions from the classical period to the present.  The English courses explore "The London Stage" from Shakespeare to the West End musical.  In the Biology courses, students will be introduced to some of the most important scientific discoveries in history.

London Eye

On this trip, you can will visit:

  • Westminster Abbey
  • Stonehenge
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Big Ben
  • West End Theatre
  • The British Museum
  • The Roman Baths
  • The Scottish Parliament
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Arthur's Seat

You've heard a lot about London and Edinburgh.  This is your chance to spend the summer living there!  

Want to meet the other students and faculty who are going with you to the UK this summer?  Join our Facebook group!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, 6 hours)
LSU Tuition & Fees
(Graduate, 6 hours)
July 1 Aug 2 $4,100 instate: $2,784
out of state: $6,888
instate: $3,323
out of state: $7,571

Program Fee Includes

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  • Breakfast daily and some group meals
  • All guided tours and fieldtrips
  • Cultural events, such as theatre, concerts, and museums
  • All coaching costs within the UK, plus a one month pass for the London Underground ("The Tube")
  • Trips to the Lake District, Bath, Oxford, and Stonehenge
  • Health insurance

In the event of an unfavorable exchange rate, some activities may be canceled or changed.

Housing in London will be at Pembridge Gardens, in the Notting Hill area of London.  The closest stop on the London Underground ("The Tube") is Notting Hill Gate station.  Students will be within easy walking distance of the tube station, restaurants, banks, and markets.  The dormitory is easily accessible via train from Gatwick airport.  Pembridge Gardens will provide linens and towels.  

Housing in the Lake District will be at Ambleside YHA Hostel. Please be aware that this is a three-story building without an elevator, so you will want to pack lightly!

Housing in Edinburgh will be at Pollock Halls of Residence,one of the halls of residence (dorms) for the University of Edinburgh.  Students will share rooms (only with participants from the program), and each room has its own bathroom.  Linens are provided.  

Meals: All breakfasts are included in the program fee.  In addition, some lunches and dinners will be included (schedule to be determined).  In London, the breakfast will be provided by stocking the kitchens in the dormitory 

with groceries (the faculty will do so).  You will want to bring a plastic bowl, mug, and spoon with you, as Pembridge does not have a supply of these items.  In Edinburgh, hot breakfasts will be provided in the dorms.

Suggested Packing Items:

  • Textbooks and class supplies (pack these in your carry on, in case your luggage is lost or delayed!)
  • Allergy medication (some over the counter allergy medicines in the US are prescription only in the UK)
  • Clothing you can layer to accommodate changing weather
  • Washcloth
  • Plastic bowl, mug, and spoon
  • Light rain jacket with hood
  • A piece of LSU clothing (for the group photo)
  • Ethernet cord
  • Plug adapters and voltage converters
  • Prescription medications you take - enough to last a month
  • At least one nice outfit
  • Good walking shoes

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: All students must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU, including courses on summer study abroad programs.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Please do not purchase a ticket until you are told to do so by your Program Director, Dr. LiCata.  Once you are told to purchase your ticket, please be aware that you will enter and leave the UK from different cities.

Departing the US: You will depart the US on July 1 and land in London on July 2 (all trans-Atlantic flights from the US to Europe are overnight).  You can fly into either London Gatwick (LGW) or London Heathrow (LHR).  You will be given directions on how to get to Pembridge Gardens from both airports.

Returning to the US: You will return to the US from Edinburgh (EDI) on Aug 1.  Be careful not to book an evening flight that requires an overnight in London because we will not have housing in London then. (Yet, these flights often show up at the top of the list and are cheaper--so beware of this.)

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, such as meals not covered by the program, snacks, or refreshments.  You should budget £25/day (approximately $37 USD) for food not covered by the program fee.  In addition, you will also want spending money for free weekends, souvenirs, and nights out with friends.  Students on the program will have access to communal kitchens, so that those who wish to purchase groceries and cook in the dorm may do so, rather than eating in a restaurant for every meal.


mikewithdarwinBIOL 4800/BE 3989/HNRS 3035 - Darwin, DNA, and Dolly the Sheep

The Biology course will focus on landmark biological sciences advances that occurred in the UK and combine study of the original research literature with study of the historical events, the scientists themselves, and popular culture depictions of the science.  Pre-requisites for BIOL 4800 are at least 16 hours of BIOL courses for BIOL majors. Students with other majors should contact Prof. LiCata about pre-requisites.

Please note: these are the same courses, so students may only register for one or the other.  BIOL 4800 requires 16 hours of BIOL credit and is an approved Biology elective.  BE 3989 is an approved BE technical elective and requires 12 total hours of BIOL + BE combined credits in any combination.  HNRS 3035 requires 12 hours of credit in any science discipline

AGRI 1005/HNRS 1035 (Science in Society) - this course focuses on the same topics as the upper division course on Darwin, DNA, and Dolly the Sheep but is designed for non-BIOL majors and for students with
no science pre-requisites.   Topics will include the discovery of penicillin, the discovery of the structure of DNA, the first successful "test tube baby", and the cloning of Dolly the sheep - all of which took place in the UK.  This course gives Ged Ed credit in Life Sciences.

bagpiperMUS 1751/HNRS 2021 - Music Appreciation/Colloquium in the Arts

The music course will make use of the London and Edinburgh metropolitan regions as a textbook without covers and a museum without walls in the study of how music performance has reflected - and, in some cases, caused - the changes in social order and in the social value of certain types of music.  Recurring questions to be explored: Music for whom?  Music by whom? 

Choosing Courses

Every student should sign up for two courses (six credit hours).  You must choose one course from list A and one course from list B:
  • List A: AGRI 1005, BE 3989, BIOL 4800, HNRS 1035, HNRS 3035
  • List B: MUS1751 and HNRS 2021
Course Description
AGRI 1005 or HNRS 1035 Science in Society
BE 3989, BIOL 4800, or HNRS 3035 Darwin, DNA, and Dolly the Sheep
MUS 1751* or HNRS 2021 Music Appreciation/Colloquium in the Arts



April 14 10:00am Parents' Orientation
May 2 Fee bills available via myLSU
May 17 Fee bills are due
July 1 Depart the US
July 2 Arrive in London; check in to Pembridge Gardens; onsite orientation
July 3 London
July 4 London
July 5 London
July 6 London
July 7 London
July 8 London
July 9 London
July 10 London
July 11 London
July 12 London
July 13 London
July 14 London
July 15 London
July 16 London
July 17 London
July 18 London
July 19 London
July 20 London
July 21 London
July 22 Depart London; travel to Ambleside
July 23 Ambleside
July 24 Ambleside
July 25 Ambleside
July 26 Depart Ambleside; travel to Edinburgh
July 27 Edinburgh
July 28 Edinburgh
July 29 Edinburgh
July 30 Edinburgh
July 31 Edinburgh: farewell dinner
Aug 1 Edinburgh
Aug 2 Depart Edinburgh; fly home or continue to explore on your own

Please note: Itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Vince LiCata
Program Director
Biological Sciences professor in lab with students
Dr. Jeffrey Perry Music faculty placeholder

Eligibility & Withdrawal

Big Ben

In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other institutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU on May 3 and are due on May 18.

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The schedule of payments for withdrawals is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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