WCCCSA Program – London, England, Fall 2020

Program Dates

  • Thursday, Sep 24, 2020, departing from Seattle
  • Friday, Sep 25, 2020, arriving in London. Transfer to your accommodations
  • Sunday, Dec 6, 2020, departing from London

Deadline to Apply

Deposit and application due Wednesday, June, 2020;

Total program fee balance due Friday, July, 2020.

Program Fee

Based on an enrollment of 25 or more participants, for the services specified here, the fee per person is $7,510. This fee excludes airfare, a $250 refundable damage deposit, optional insurance upgrades, passport or visa fees, meals other than those listed, personal expenses, tuition, textbooks, additional field trips or excursions required by the WCCCSA faculty and anything not specified.

Financial Aid students are responsible for paying by Friday, July 31, 2020, the airfare ($TBC), taxes/fees/fuel surcharges ($TBC–subject to change), an $850 program reservation deposit, and any remaining balance that will not be covered by aid.

All students will elect to take HUMAN 205, British Language and Culture (5 cr), offered by a local faculty. Students will then select two courses from the following four courses if program enrollment reaches 40. If enrollment is less than 40 students, students will take the first two anthropology courses.

Program Courses


Primary Faculty – Anna Wolf, Whatcom Community College

English 223: 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.


English & 237: Writing Fiction

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.


Secondary Faculty – Dr. Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College  (40 students needed)

HUMAN 220: British Life and Culture

Catalog Course Description:  HUM&101 exposes students to works in the literary, performing, and visual arts. Students identify common themes in the arts, analyze works representing diverse perspectives, and investigate the political, social, and historical contexts of works. A broader understanding is encouraged through the exploration and synthesis of outside sources using research methods.

This section of Humanities 101 will focus on Greater London as a site of intercultural studies. Most students think of London as one city; London (or Greater London) is actually the incorporation of The City of London and 32 boroughs (e.g. City of Westminster, City of Kensington and Chelsea, City of Greenwich) into one county governing structure.  In this course, we will study the ways that Greater London developed, examining the particular architectural, cultural, and socio-historical differences between these regions or “boroughs,” as well as the role that British colonization, immigration, EU membership (and subsequent “Brexit”), and corporate interests have played in the formation of London as a global center with a multicultural identity.  Much of this course focuses on analyzing London as a site of intercultural, artistic interactions throughout history, and Humanities 101 will use London itself as the classroom laboratory, studying and traveling to seminal cultural sites in the region, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Museum of London, Tate Modern, The Tower of London, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and The British Library.  We will likely be able to obtain discounted student tickets for several London theater productions too. Our goal will be to examine the formation of the humanities in this modern city, in spaces that will demonstrate the importance that the arts (theater, music, literature, and fine arts) have played in generating both a sense of British culture and of London’s diversity. Student research will focus on field reports from our travels around London and a group digital humanities project centered on a specific London borough, making the case for its unique contributions to London’s music, art, literature, theater, architecture and/or spatial importance, and diversity.   Readings will include excerpts from John Eade’s Placing London: From Imperial Capital to Global City, Eve Gregory and Ann Williams’ City Literacies: Learning to Read [London] Across Generations and Cultures, David Long’s A History of London in 100 Places, and British Historical Society’s interactive website “Locating London’s Past”

CMST 120: Film History

Catalog Course Description:  World Cinema examines the films and film-making practices of countries around the world. This class explores such topics as the impact of technical changes and production standards on film-making. An additional emphasis is placed on analyzing cinematic choices in many world cinema movements such as German Expressionism, Italian Neorealism, British Social Realism, The French New Wave, and the phases of Third Cinema.

Humanities 215 takes a “waves of influence” approach to world cinema, focusing on how film styles and movements across the world inform and have been informed by each other.  For this section of Hum 215, we will be looking to London as an international city with global influences, and the films will focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, and cross-culturalization.   Along with studying the most seminal and influential British directors (e.g. Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Tony Richardson, Danny Boyle, Stephen Frears, Ridley Scott), we will also be examining two very important world cinema film movements that originated in the U.K.—British Social Realism (Tony Richardson, Karl Reisz, John Schlessinger) and the Free Cinema documentary (Lindsay Anderson, Michael Apted). Using other world film movements such as Italian Neorealism, Third Cinema, and The French New Wave as interpretive lenses, students will also have the opportunity to examine cinematic depictions of London through the films of international directors such as Ang Lee, Michelangelo Antonioni, Shekher Kapur, Po-Chih Leong, Yash Johar, Franco Russo, and Roman Polanski).  Additional emphasis will be placed on film movements that depict the post-colonial and intersectional experiences of Britain’s working class and people of color (e.g. Secrets and Lies, My Beautiful Laundrette, Withnail and I, Babylon, Look Back in Anger, Blow Up, Trainspotting, and The Commitments—all of which are ranked in the British Film Institute’s top fifty films). Small group work, larger class discussions, and student presentations will be part of the format during our class meetings, and students will be able to select a British director of seminal importance for a larger group research project. A trip to the London Film Museum and/or The Cinema Museum is planned for this class as well as potential screenings of new films at the BFI Southbank.

This is an academic program and students are expected to enroll in a full-time course load. Failure to participate in the academic coursework may result in dismissal from the program. Students are encouraged to make the most of their classroom learning as it will enhance understanding of all the local area has to offer.

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Internships take place during the semester, scheduled Monday- Thursday (outside of regular class time, usually in full or half day sessions) and arranged around the student’s in class commitments. Students need to obtain a Tier IV visa in advance of coming to the UK if they want to do an internship here (the current cost for this is £335, and we recommend students allowing at least 6 weeks to obtain the visa). Students cannot apply for this visa once in the UK so they need to decide before coming if they want to do an internship.  Students would usually intern each week that they are here. Internship brochure is attached London internship brochure.

Students can now volunteer again without needing to visa. Volunteering can only take place at an organisation with charitable status (which includes schools). This semester we have students volunteering at schools, environmental charities, homeless charities and at aged charities. We can certainly help students find sites to volunteer at – we have several choices for them on this.

What is Included in the Program Fee?

  • accommodations in a twin-bedded room in a homestay in London including continental breakfast five days a week, kitchen/laundry access, and WiFi (towels not included); optional upgrade for dinner daily in the homestay for $725;
  • Orientation program on arrival including an orientation meeting with AIFS staff, information on safety/security and travel, and a half-day guided sightseeing tour of London by private bus;
    • Oyster Card travel pass valid for unlimited use of the buses and underground trains in travel zones 1-3;
    • British Life and Culture course focusing on historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of contemporary Britain, including weekly lectures and three local field trips;
    • Membership of the Imperial College Union, giving access to over 350 Union clubs and societies, and to Imperial College events
    • Membership with borrowing rights of the local public libraries
    • Cultural calendar of heavily subsidized activities including day trips, walking tours, theater performances and sporting events
    • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
    • Optional internship placements (with AIFS guidance, students will apply for a Tier 4 visa prior to UK arrival)
    • Access to the AIFS Student Center and dedicated AIFS Student Services staff for information, personal advising/counseling, and 24-hour emergency contact service
    • Medical and program fee refund insurance policies.

What is NOT included in the Program Fee?

  • Transportation package consisting of round-trip airfare between Seattle and London, and transfers overseas between the airport in London and the student housing on the standard program dates for $TBC
    • Mandatory additional U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges of $TBC (subject to change)
    • Tier 4 Visa for students taking the optional internship placement (Students taking this option must apply and pay for the Tier 4 Visa before arriving in the U.K. The current cost is £348/$427 and is subject to change.)
    • Optional four-day/three-night weekend trip to Scotland for $625
    • Bellevue College tuition or administrative fees
    • Textbooks
    • Meals other than those listed above
    • Passport and visa fees if applicable
    • Field trips or excursions other than those specified
    • Personal expenses such as laundry
    • Optional personal effects coverage and medical insurance upgrade

Optional Components

  • Transportation package: Consisting of international airfare (Seattle – London – Seattle) and round-trip transfers overseas between the airport and the housing in London for an additional $TBC excluding mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges (estimated at $TBC) for which you will be billed separately.
  • Optional Extra Protection Insurance Coverage, including increased medical insurance ($65) and/or personal effects insurance ($90) as outlined in the AIFS program brochure.
  • Scotland tour: choose to participate in a 4 day, 3 night excursion to Scotland (departing Thursday afternoon, returning Monday evening) for a supplemental fee of $625.This is a brilliant way to visit the best of bonny Scotland, accompanied by a Scottish guide. Included in the price is a return train ticket from London to Edinburgh, 3 nights hostel accommodation with breakfast included (1 nights in Edinburgh, 1 night in Loch Ness, 1 night on the Isle of Skye), a 3 day guided bus tour to the highlands and islands of Scotland, 2 evening meals and the services of an AIFS staff member throughout the excursion.


Last Updated January 9, 2020