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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

• Completed one semester of college-level study

• Attendance at orientation programming

Application Due:

Extended to March 3 for Summer 2017

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Summer 2017 application deadline extended to Friday, March 3rd. please contact Cory Petersen at for application materials.

The London Performance Study 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 are May 22 - June 14.

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.

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.


This program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program’s subject matter, 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.
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA- Students must have at minimum 2.75 cumulative G.P.A. to participate in this program. Applications from students who have a G.P.A. below 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. 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 this program. Students who are not in good standing at any point overlapping with the program dates will have their acceptance revoked, will be responsible for the associated late withdrawal fees. 
  • Completion of at least one semester of college level study prior to the start of the program- Applicants must have completed one semester of college level study, and must have an official G.P.A. in order to participate in this program.
  • Approval by IES and UI Study Abroad- Applications will be reviewed by UI Study Abroad, and by IES Abroad, and students will be accepted based on their review of their application materials.
  • Attendance at mandatory orientation programming- Students must attend all in-person and online pre-departure orientation programing presented by UI Study Abroad and IES Abroad. 

Additional notes on eligibility

Program eligibility requirements may change per IES Abroad policies. Before applying, it is important that you review the eligibility requirements listed on IES Abroad website for your program to ensure you meet all listed requirements.


Tuition, housing, flights, personal expenses, immigration fees, and other costs associated with this program can be found on the on the IES program website.

In addition to the costs described on the IES Program website above, University of Iowa students will be responsible for an application fee and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee.

Several of these costs will be charged to the student’s Ubill, while others will not.

Costs charged to the Ubill

Costs charged separately from the Ubill

  • Round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids (approx. $1500- paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- by late spring or early summer )
  • Food (approx. $2100 -paid by student at their discretion while abroad )
  • Visa fees (approx. $160, or $550 for an academic year or volunteer/internship option- paid by student on arrival to the U.K., or shortly before arrival for an academic year visa- amounts may vary for non-U.S. citizens. Contact Cory Petersen for more information.
  • Local Transportation- ($450)- paid at student’s discretion while abroad
  • Optional IES Field Trips- ($50-$935- paid as needed while abroad)
  • Rental or purchase of required cell phone - does not include usage fees- ($30-150- paid as needed while abroad)
  • Passport (approx. $135, paid by student prior to departure- by mid-May)
  • Textbooks, copyright permission fees, course packets and other course-related materials- ($100- paid on arrival to the U.K.)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations (variable, but typically $50- paid by student as needed prior to departure)
  • Personal expenses (approx. $3000+- paid by student at their discretion while abroad)

Program Cost Sheet

The cost sheet captures 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, although actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.

PDFCost Sheet- IES London: Study London- Fall 2017

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad . The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the early admission period, after confirming, or before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay.

Note: In rare cases of withdrawal due to injury, illness or other significant and verifiable extenuating circumstances, a financial appeal process exists to consider the financial aspects of late withdrawal. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Confirmation of Participation Administrative fee: $400
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with IES
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with IES

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing.

Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited.

The IES policy regarding refunds can be found here: IES Refund Policy .

Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

How to Apply

• Schedule an appointment to meet with Study Abroad advisor by calling 319.335.0353
• Complete the University of Iowa Study Abroad Application
• Complete the IES program Application.


Acceptance into your chosen program is made by IES directly via an email to you. After acceptance you will be asked to confirm your participation with IES (Intent to Enroll) and the University of Iowa (Confirmation of Participation).

After confirmation, you will work and correspond directly with UI Study Abroad IES to complete pre-departure materials.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

In general, financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the cost of studying abroad as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree. In most cases the Office of Student Financial Aid can adjust financial aid to cover additional costs incurred by study abroad. Moreover, students are encouraged to apply for scholarships based on need, merit and/or diversity that are awarded by Study Abroad. Complete information is available on the Funding Your Study Abroad Experience page.

Before applying for any scholarship, please review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of our website for valuable tips on making a successful application.

For help writing scholarship essays, please contact the UI Writing Center.

Study Abroad awards

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. Take a look at the following links for Semester or Academic Year scholarships offered through our office:

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- Stanley Merit-Based Scholarship (See web page for details)

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

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

Other UI-affiliated awards

5- 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)

6- 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!)

7- External Awards

8- NAFSA’s US Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

9- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

10- Federal Student Aid Grants and Scholarships page

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



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

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.

Confirmation of Participation Materials

Once you have received an email from our office indicating that you have been accepted to the program, you will need to print and complete the following documents.

University of Iowa students must submit these Confirmation documents to Study Abroad, 1111 UCC by 5:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Students from outside of the University of Iowa should mail their Confirmation documents to Study Abroad, 1111 University Capitol Centre, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-5500 by March 10, 2017.

London Performance Study- Confirmation and Withdrawal SchedulePDF

Medical Self AssessmentPDF

Healthcare Provider Evaluation (only required if student has an ongoing medical condition requiring medical care/medication, or would like to request Continuation of Care or Disability Accommodation.) PDF

In addition, students must read all of the following information:


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.

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We will address many issues related to health and safety during the orientation sessions, but until then our general advice is that before you go abroad it is best to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control web site for UK-specific health information and visit either your doctor or the Travel Clinic at UI Student Health & Wellness for any vaccinations you might need.

Safety, too, is vital to your study abroad experience. While the UK is generally a very safe place, unfortunately safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.

OCAS - UK: Information from the U.S. Department of State on safety and security abroad. Anyone can subscribe for the free OSAC newsletter to receive international safety news and updates via email.


US Citizens

If you do not have a passport, please apply for one soon to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s web site.

Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:

Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.

Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid through this time then you will need to renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the UK.

Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Non-US Citizens

Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.


Program participants are required to have a visa to enter the UK. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information about acquiring the visa you need to enter the country.

Please note that visas are issued by the British government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, the UK’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to acquire a visa prior to the start of the program in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at for more information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find more information about funding options by clicking on the Application tab above and scrolling to the Financial Aid & Scholarships section toward the bottom of the page.

Applying credit toward a UI degree

Unless Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.  If you are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at for details on the process. 

Health Insurance and Continuation of Care

As part of the this program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).  For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.

If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, CISI can help refer you to doctors and develop a continuation of care plan.  If you would like to make arrangements for care while you’re abroad, please contact CISI using the contact information on the site above, or contact Cory Petersen at


Study Abroad will be arranging a suggested group flight.  Students are strongly encouraged to take part in this flight and not make their own, independent flight arrangements.  We will send information about the flights by late April at the latest.  DO NOT purchase plane tickets until you receive instructions from UI Study Abroad.

Students will receive contact information for any other program participants about six weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans.

If you need advice on making travel arrangements, please contact Cory Petersen at


You will need to register for this program on MyUI prior to your departure for Ireland. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.


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