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Undergrad Int'l Business Abroad

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



London, England



Application Due:



Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Minimum 2.75 UI and cumulative GPA or consent of the program director. See Program tab for prerequisites.

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

The Tippie College of Business sponsors two 15-day Winter intersession courses in London designed to provide students with an international experience. Students may apply for one of the courses, which explore business issues through class discussions, guest lecturers, and field trips.

Students also have free time to visit historic and cultural attractions and experience the many markets, shops, restaurants, theatre and entertainment venues that London has to offer. The course is memorable for both seasoned travelers and those who have not traveled abroad. It also provides an opportunity for students with demanding academic schedules who may not be able to study abroad during a year-long or semester-length program to gain a valuable international perspective.

Academic Program

Each 3 s.h. course is taught by a Tippie College of Business faculty member. Course topics and faculty leaders vary from session to session. Check with a UPO advisor to determine how credit applies to major, elective, or the International Business Certificate requirements.

2017-2018 Winter Courses

ABRD:3025:0001 Wealth Management (FIN:4340)
Professor Todd Houge

Prerequisite: FIN:3000 Introduction to Financial Management.

Introductory exploration of client wealth management amidst the backdrop of one of the oldest financial centers in the world, London, England. Exploration of wealth management from a domestic (U.S.) and international perspective. Field trips and guest speakers from a variety of London-based financial institutions will supplement class discussions.

ABRD:3025:0002 Contemporary Topics in Marketing (Advanced International Marketing) (MKTG:4000)
Professor Cathy Cole

Prerequisite: MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy.

In this course, students will study marketing strategies and tactics that large or small organizations can deploy to expand their business beyond domestic borders. In particular, this course focuses on major issues in international marketing that are not emphasized in other classes. It covers specific international marketing challenges such as BREXIT, adapting to culture differences, branding changes, pricing and fluctuations in exchange rates, and adapting marketing communications and distribution.

The course is appropriate for:

  1. any students seeking a follow-up course to the basic marketing class
  2. students who plan marketing careers with a significant international component
  3. students who plan international careers in general management or other functional areas and who want to understand more about international marketing
  4. Program Dates

    For the winter 2017-18 session the program dates have not yet been finalized. The 2016-17 dates were:

    Depart US: December 27, 2016 (no early admission to housing permitted)

    Arrive in London: December 28, 2016

    Return to US or independent travel: January 10, 2017

    Dates for the winter 2018-19 have not yet been determined.

    For More Information

    Shari Piekarski
    Undergraduate Program Office
    C140 Pappajohn Business Building
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA 52242

    Study Abroad
    1111 University Capitol Centre
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA 52242

Host Institution

The program headquarters and classroom is located near the Bloomsbury district of London, providing excellent access to central London destinations such as the West End theatre district, Parliament, Trafalger Square, and other locations of interest.


Students are housed in shared rooms in fully-furnished apartments in central London within walking distance of the classroom. The apartments include a living area, kitchen, and bath, and laundry facilities are available in the building.

Travel Arrangements

Students will make their own travel arrangements with advice and information provided by the program coordinators. Students arriving within a designated window of time will be met at Heathrow airport and transported to their apartments in central London.

Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. In late September, students will be informed whether there is sufficient interest to offer the trip. Instructions for purchasing tickets will be shared at that time.

Important notice for students without a valid U.S. passport, or whose passport will expire before July 2018:

Those with valid passports already should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months PAST the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad, i.e., through July 2018.

Students who do not yet have a passport are advised to apply for one as soon as possible. Applications are available at the Federal Building/Post Office on South Clinton Street or at the U.S. State Department web site.

Expedited passport processing service is available (although this still takes several weeks and is expensive) and we encourage students to ask at the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

A special note to international students

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter's program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency's web site to find out if you need to apply. If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, UI Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application.

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Student and Scholar Services, 1111 University Capitol Centre.


Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. A minimum 2.75 GPA or contsent of the program director is required for acceptance. Please see the Program tab for prerequisites. Students with questions about their eligibility for these courses should discuss their situation with Shari Piekarski in the Undergraduate Program Office, 319-335-1037.

Application Deadline

September 8, 2017. Early applications are encouraged; courses will be filled with eligible students based on the date of the application submission.


The base program fee for Winter 2017-18 is $2, 800 and includes educational costs, cultural programs (which typically includes a welcome dinner, half-day coach tour of London, tour of St. Paul's Cathedral, day trip to Windsor or Bath, theatre performance, company or site visits and speakers, public transportation pass for unlimited travel in central London (buses and subway), on-site orientation and support in London, access to a computer lab in the classroom facility, and housing in shared flats in central London with cooking and free laundry facilities). Additionally, students pay the UI study abroad administrative fees of $559 and the required Iowa Regents CISI Insurance described here. The total amount charged on the ubill (base fee, admin fees and insurance) is $3,381. Students should also be prepared to pay for round-trip airfare to London, personal expenses, local transportation not covered by the program, books and meals. Total estimated cost of attendance (excluding any passport expenses) is $5,831. There is a $50 application fee. To view the total estimated cost of attendance for Winter 2017-18, please click the following PDF link: PDFLondon Winter 2017-18 Total Estimated Cost.

How to Apply

The application form is available by clicking on the following link: Application beginning July 1.

UI students who apply to this program will be U-billed the $50 application fee. The application form, along with a copy of the information page of your passport, should be submitted by the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Program admission decisions will be based on several factors:

• Course eligibility requirements met;
• Submission date of complete application; and
• Course selection

Enrollments must meet at least 25 students in order for the course to be offered. No more than 31 students can be accommodated in each course.

A special note to International students:

Depending on your country of origin, it may be necessary for you to apply for a ‘Student Visitor Visa’ before you can enter the United Kingdom for this winter’s study abroad program. You can check on the U.K. Border Agency’s web site to find out if you need to apply:

If you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom, Study Abroad will supply you with documents to support your application, but it is your responsibility to obtain the correct visa

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the U.S. You can obtain a travel signature from an international student advisor in International Students and Scholars, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

You may be able to use financial aid for winter courses, particularly if you already use it for fall/spring. Speak with the Financial Aid office to see what might be available to you.

Winter study abroad students are also able to apply for Study Abroad scholarships. Please visit the Study Abroad Scholarships website for more detailed information on the available scholarships and to review eligibility criteria.

Confirmation Materials

To confirm your participation in this program, please read, complete, and submit the following documents to the Study Abroad Office front desk (located at 1111 University Capitol Centre) by September 22 (turning in these documents before the deadline in highly encouraged and appreciated):

  1. Confirmation of Participation (please select the form that corresponds with the course you have been accepted into):

Enrollment Information

The following items materials should be READ and kept for your records:

PDFWithdrawal Policy

PDFUI Financial Aid Information

PDFThings to do in London

Health Insurance Information

Flight Information

More information will be provided after the confirmation deadline.