Study Abroad

Technology, Humanities, and the Arts in London

25 May – 23 June 2018

St. Paul's Cathedral
“St. Paul’s Cathedral Long Exposure” courtesy of Flickr user Davide D’Amico

This program is open to students from MSU as well as to students from outside MSU.

Both classes in this program count toward the Citizen Scholars program.

At the beginning of summer, May 25 through June 23, students will explore changes in the arts & humanities by immersing themselves in the culture of London, one of the creative capitals of the world. The trip includes hands-on workshops and the ability to view plays, performances, museums, and galleries. This experience is a fun way for them to earn a general education requirement and fulfill electives toward the Digital Humanities minor.

See the 2016 itinerary to get a better idea of the program, and check out this list of top 10 reasons to go on the program!

Explore changes in the arts and humanities by immersing yourself in the culture of London, one of the creative capitals of the world.

  • hands-on workshops
  • plays and performances
  • museums and galleries
  • day trip to a city around the UK

Find the program and more information at the Office of Study Abroad


The program includes two required courses:

  • IAH 241E – Creative Arts and Humanities: The Creative Process (focus: Technology, Society, and the Arts) [4 credits]*
  • AL 491 – Culture: Physical and Digital [3 credits] (see the 2016 syllabus)

*Students who have already taken IAH courses can take the course as AL491. Students who do not have the pre-requisite for a second-level IAH course can receive an override to enroll in this program.

Both courses can count towards the Digital Humanities minor. Students that participate in the study abroad program would only need two additional Digital Humanities classes and a capstone or internship to complete the minor. Find out more about the minor.

Aside from a day trip to another city in the UK, the 4 week program will be based in London. Staying in one city allows students to get involved in many cultural events as well as visit many museums and galleries. Classes will mainly be held on-site; however, there will also be classes taught in classrooms with student services support based out of the ACCENT offices in London (located just behind the British Museum and across from the University College London). 10 Reasons to Enroll in the Tech, Humanities & the Arts in London Study Abroad Program

Upcoming Information Sessions (all meetings are located in the Main Library, Digital Scholarship Lab, 2W):

  • Tuesday, February 13, 4-6pm (drop in anytime)
  • Wednesday, February 21, 1-3pm (drop in anytime)
  • Tuesday, February 27, 3-5pm (drop in anytime)


“The Lights of London” courtesy of Flickr user NASA on The Commons


Students will be housed in apartments with their classmates around London. All apartments are located within zones 1 and 2 of London’s underground metro system. Specific locations will be assigned in the Spring. All apartments will have kitchens, and students are encouraged to explore London’s markets and grocery stores as a part of their experience.


Kristen Mapes
Digital Humanities Coordinator, College of Arts & Letters |

Kristen Mapes will teach AL 491, “Culture: Digital and Physical,” which focuses on how material objects and digital representations shape our understanding of culture and history. She will also teach IAH 241E, “Creative Arts and Humanities,” which focuses on how technology changes society and shapes creative expression in literature, theater, music, and art.

Cost Breakdown

program fee: $3500

What it covers:

  • Housing for the entire trip, including a shared apartment in London
  • Transportation within the UK–including an unlimited Oyster card for public transport in zones 1 and 2 of the Underground as well as train and local transport relating to the day trip
  • Admission to all museums, galleries, archives, etc that are part of the class
  • Theater tickets to required performances
  • Group meals–over the course of the program, there will be several group meals (usually dinners) for students and the instructor

Estimated additional costs: $3185

This amount is an estimate calculated by the Office of Study Abroad for any additional expenses a student may incur over the course of a 4 week program in London. As this is an average of how one may spend money during the program, it is up to the student to economize (or splurge) as they see fit. This estimate breaks down as follows:

  • Meals – $750
  • Airfare – $1500
  • Other transportation (ex: taxis) – $50
  • Passport – $135
  • Spending money – $750

Tuition estimate for 7 credits

  • MSU students in state: $3431.75
  • Non-MSU students in state: $4889.50
  • Non-MSU students out of state: $6266.75

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Digital Humanities Study Abroad Scholarship – $2000 – Due 26 February 2018

Available to one student enrolled in the Digital Humanities minor at MSU. The College of Arts and Letters Digital Humanities Program will contribute $2000 toward the Program Fee. This scholarship looks for particularly strong experience or interest in Digital Humanities. Involvement in the Digital Humanities community at MSU and beyond as well as an awareness of the emerging field are traits highly valued by the Scholarship Committee.

The application requires a personal statement from the student (300-500 words) as well as one faculty recommendation. The student must have applied to the study abroad program in order to be considered for the scholarship.

The application is available here
The faculty recommendation from is available here

Applications for the scholarship are due 26 February 2018. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision by 28 February 2018.

Office of Study Abroad Scholarships–See the OSA’s website for further information.
Scholarships at other Michigan State Colleges–See the OSA’s website for further information.
Further scholarship and financial aid information can be found at the Office of Study Abroad’s website.

For further information about the program and/or about the Digital Humanities minor, feel free to contact Kristen Mapes, the Digital Humanities Advisor: | @kmapesy


Dan Flavin's Structure and Clarity
“Dan Flavin – Structure and clarity – Tate Modern Museun London” courtesy of Flickr user