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London Performance Study

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



London, England




• Clear Interest and Commitment

• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time of application

• Attendance at orientation programming

Application Due:

Late February for Summer 2017

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This program is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to theatre in London, and can provide major credit for English and Theatre Arts majors. The course provides three semester hours of credit. It is sponsored by the University of Iowa Departments of English and Theatre Arts but is open to students of any academic background.

Academic Program

London Performance Study is taught by University of Iowa Professor John Cameron from the UI Theatre Arts Department.

The class is an intensive introduction to theatre in London and will examine the expression of the personal aesthetic in a theatrical context. Students will meet mornings for discussion of performances and related readings, as well as history, and performance theory. In the afternoons and evenings, the class will attend performances of a broad range of theatrical events including but not limited to the classics, contemporary plays, musicals, and fringe performance. The number of shows attended varies from year-to-year, but most frequently ten performances are included in the curriculum.

This course satisfies Theatre Arts and English major requirements.

Cultural Activities

  • Visits to theatrical venues that typically include such famous theatres as The Globe, The Old Vic, The National Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • An overnight excursion to Stratford Upon Avon for performances of one or two Shakespearean plays by the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Tours of historic homes such as Anne Hathaway’s cottage are typically available.
  • A backstage tour at the National Theatre or the Globe.
  • Additional independent travel opportunities not covered by the program costs include travel around the many historical sites in London, visits to Bath and Stonehenge, tours of famous Harry Potter sites, additional theatre performances throughout London, and an opportunity to experience the city’s vibrant culture first-hand!

Program Dates

Dates for the Summer 2017 session will be finalized in early-spring 2017, and are expected to be similar to the dates from the Summer 2015 session.

Summer 2015 dates were as follows: May 29 - June 21, 2015.

For More Information

Cory Petersen
Sr. Advisor & Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Program
1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Tel: +319-335-0353
Fax: +319-335-0343

United Kingdom

The 'United Kingdom' (UK) refers to the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is in contrast to another common name, 'Great Britain', which excludes Northern Ireland. The UK Exchange program offers exchange with universities in England and Scotland. Life and culture in the UK is different from that in the US. Experiencing this rich tradition is what the UK Exchanges are all about!

Some quick general facts about the UK:

• The UK uses the British Pound as its currency.

• Communication from the UK is easy. Cell phones are relatively inexpensive, the internet is easily accessible, and post offices are plentiful.

• British food is unique! Try fish and chips, bangers 'n mash, steak pie, Indian curry,'neeps and tatties, haggis and more!

• The UK is a relatively safe environment. Police are helpful and visible. Emergency services are reliable. Pharmacies, called 'Chemists', are common and carry a wide variety of medicine and other essentials.

• The UK has a temperate climate, influenced by the ocean that surrounds it. It is never too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. Rain is common most of the year. Make sure to take plenty of warm clothes and waterproof shoes.


The tradition of live theatre in London dates from 1576 when the round, wooden Theatre was built south of the Thames. Few cities in the world enjoy London's reputation for theatrical tradition, quality and variety. At present there are approximately 50 central theatres in London offering musicals and classic plays as well as more than 60 recognized fringe venues specializing in experimental productions.

ACCENT International

This program partners with ACCENT International, a US-based non-profit study abroad provider with offices in London. Classes take place at the ACCENT center, which is located on Great Russell Street near the British Museum.

Living Arrangements


In London, lodging for program participants will be provided in shared apartments in central London in easy walking distance to theatres and museums. Each apartment has a living room, bathroom, 2-3 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Program participants will have the option of preparing their own meals using the cooking facilities in the apartments, eating at the University of London cafeteria, or eating at the wonderful variety of restaurants for which London is famous.

Travel Arrangements

Participants who arrive in London on the specified date and time will be met at the airport by a representative of our implementing partner and escorted to the program accomodation. Details will be provided following acceptance to the program.

Local Transportation

London is famous for ‘the Tube’ (its subway system), which efficiently moves people through the city center and into the suburbs. The famous, red double-decker buses complete the matrix with their surface routes. And there is always the iconic black London taxi for those out late after regular public transportation closes.

A pass good for zones 1 & 2 of the Tube is included in the program fee.

Required and Preferred Selection Criteria

The London Performance Study program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- This program is open to students of all academic backgrounds. However, students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in in theatre or drama, and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Preparedness and Maturity- Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibility abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa, or at another US college or university where the applicant is enrolled in a degree program. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad on a University of Iowa program. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of the London Performance Study program.
  • Completion of at least one semester of college level study prior to the start of the program - First-year student applicants should be prepared to provide at least two academic references when submitting their application materials.
  • Attendance at mandatory orientation programming- Students must attend all pre-departure orientation programing.

In addition to the requirements above, preference is given to applicants who:

  • Have completed at least two prior semesters of college-level study- Students who have already completed at least two semesters of college-level study at the time of submitting their India Winterim application are preferred.

How to Apply

Interested students should contact Cory Petersen at, to discuss whether this program is a good fit, and to review the application process.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Summer 2017 session will be due in early spring 2017. Please contact Cory Petersen at for more information.

Next Steps

Once the application process is complete, your application materials will be reviewed by the program’s faculty director. If your application is approved, you will be notified of your acceptance status by email within a few weeks, and will also receive information about how to confirm your place in the course.

Please note that by submitting the confirmation materials, you are indicating that you accept full financial responsibility for any withdrawal penalty fees that may be assessed to your U-Bill if you later decide to withdraw from the program for any reason. These fees are described in the Withdrawal policy section below, and will also be sent to you as part of your confirmation materials.

Details about flights, orientation materials, and more will follow soon after your confirmation in mid-spring.


The program fees for the Summer 2017 session will be finalized in spring 2017. The 2017 fees are expected to be similar to the fees for Summer 2015.

The program fee for the Summer 2015 session was $4744 for University of Iowa students, and $4944 for students attending other institutions. The program fee included academic and administrative costs, transportation from the airport to student apartments in London, a Tube pass for zones 1 & 2, housing, ten theatre performances in London, tours & cultural activities, and a two-day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon (including transportation, housing, and tickets to two Royal Shakespeare Company productions).

The program fee does not include airfare to and from the UK (approximately $1500 from Cedar Rapids), passport (~$135), food ($400+), or personal expenses ($300+). Additionally, there is also a non-refundable application fee ($50) and a mandatory fee for Iowa Regents CISI Insurance healthcare coverage (approx. $20) charged to participants' U-Bills (You can find more information about the CISI insurance here).

Study Abroad Administrative Fees

University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.

Program Cost Sheet

The cost sheet for the Summer 2017 session can be found below.

The cost sheet reflects the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses. Actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual. Your home campus may need this information for financial aid purposes.

Withdrawal policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which withdrawal fees will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa- this amount will automatically charged to your Ubill on the date you withdraw from the program.

Please note that the amounts listed below apply to the Summer 2015 session of the London Performance Study program. These fees may change during future sessions.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fee: $500
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Study Abroad fee: 100% ($544)
Portion of Course Fee: 100%

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students may be able to use financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) to cover some of the costs of this program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of the Study Abroad web site for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.

Students from outside of the University of Iowa should contact their home school study abroad office for information on financial aid options.

Study Abroad Awards

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants for Summer session programs. The awards listed below are available to University of Iowa students studying on the London Performance Study program:

1- Need-Based grants (For students in good academic standing, and who current year FAFSA has been processed by UI Office of Student Financial Aid)

2- International Student Study Abroad Scholarship (See web page for details)

3- Diversity Ambassador Scholarship (see web page for details)

4- Iowa Abroad Scholarship (For Iowa resident students who began studying at the University of Iowa in Fall 2015 or later- see web page for details)

5- Stanley Merit-Based Scholarship (For UI undergraduates with a 3.33 GPA- see web page for details)

Other UI-affiliated awards

6- Other University of Iowa awards

7- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (see web page for details)

Awards from organizations outside of the University of Iowa

(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)

8- External Awards

9- NAFSA’s U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

10- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

11- U.S. Department of Labor's scholarship finder


13- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!

Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, you may want to contact the UI Writing Center for help!

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at Cory or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.


City Tour: London

Time Out London

The Royal Shakespeare Company

London Theatre Tickets

The Tube