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American Institute for Foreign Study Volume 5, Issue 12 December 2009

London,UK Summer 2010

Welcome to this special issue of AIFS Newsletter, featuring our

2010 Summer in London program! It’s official, the summer program courses, events and trips have been set, and this is your chance to see what AIFS life is like “across the pond!”

In This Issue:

Pg 2: *Summer 2010 NEW Shakespeare Globe Course *AIFS Daily Events for each session Pg 3: *AIFS Daily Events continued *Theater Events: Broadway Shows & Plays Pg 4: *Hyde Park LIVE concert schedule *Paris Excursion *Student Spotlight

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Spend your summer in london Join us for a three, six or nine week session! Each three-week session yields three credits, so you can earn a maximum of nine credits, depending on how many sessions you stay.

NEWS & UPDATES Apply NOW! Applications for the 2010 Summer in

London program are available. To apply, visit our Web site at

AIFS DAILY EVENTS AIFS offers several events during the summer because let’s face it, what is studying abroad without experiencing abroad? We want you to make the most of your time, so below are some of the scheduled events that you can sign up for. KENSINGTON HISTORICAL WALK - Since you will be living in Kensington, it’s good to know a little about the town! The walk takes you through Kensington Palace and gardens, a Jacobean House that become a Royal Palace in the 17th Century and the most expensive house in the UK. FREE

Introducing AIFS London’s NEWEST Course!

Shakespeare’s Globe Education Program - Students will have the opportunity to study on site at the Globe Theatre, learning from professional theater practitioners including actors, directors, designers, and musicians on the very spot where Shakespeare worked. In addition to attending lectures & seminars, students will watch performances at the theater and participate in movement & voice workshops, scene rehearsals and question and answer sessions with Company members. Plus they will visit the Globe exhibition, receive a backstage tour and participate incombat and sword-play workshops.

AIFS Summer 2010 Course Subjects • • • • • •

Art History and Art, Design and Media Business Administration and Economics History Literature and Communications Music and Theater Arts Social Sciences/International Relations

DAYTRIP TO BRIGHTON - Don’t let the London rain bring your hopes down! Visit Britain’s number one seaside town. With a mix of seediness & sophistication, Brighton has great shopping, restaurants and the famous Palace Pier. There are also daytrips to places like Stonehenge, Salisbury, Oxford & Cambridge. £16 AN AFTERNOON IN GREENWICH - No better way to spend your day than this quaint town on River Thames. You will get a chance to see the Greenwich Meridian, the dividing line between the eastern & western hemisphere. £3 MAGICAL MYSTERY BEATLES WALK - Learn the full story of the Beatles! Visit the Beatles London haunts: Apple Offices, where they played the famous rooftop session; Paul McCartney’s headquarters; & the world-famous Abbey Road Studios with the Abbey Road crosswalk. £3

4th of July KARAOKE PARTY - Don’t forget your homeland! Celebrate the 4th with karaoke in the company of fellow Americans. We have a karaoke bar reserved right in the heart of London! FREE

For the complete list of courses and credits offered, visit our Web site at


AIFS London Contact: Kellie Celia, 23 St. Alban’s Grove, London W5 3PF England (44) 205.828.9413

AIFS DAILY EVENTS CONTINUED LEEDS CASTLE & CANTERBURY - Lord Conway once described this place as the loveliest castle in the world, so it’s easy to see why Henry VII converted it to a royal palace. Visit the aviary containing a lovely collection of birds, the castle’s greenhouses with a maze centered on the underground grotto & the vineyard recorded in the Doomsday book. £16 **This year, we are offering discount tickets to attractions like the London Eye, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Parliament & Westminster Abbey

THE COMEDY STORE - Laugh harder than ever before at the Comedy Store’s regular Tuesday night show. There’s plenty audience interaction and of course, new jokes each week! £10 OLD CAMDEN WALK - Famous for its town, market, canal, stables & studios, you can get the lowdown on the history and gossip of this vibrant area of London, from a real local! £3 FULLERS BREWERY TOUR - Makers of London Pride, ESB and plenty of others, Fullers takes us behind the scenes of the famous brewery. £4

THEATER Theater in London is fun event that AIFS participates in each year. Discounted tickets are available to the broadway shows such as Wicked, The Lion King, Chicago, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Peter Pan, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. We also visit the Globe for classic plays such as Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet & Hamlet.

HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE WALK - Visit what is described as London’s most picturesque neighborhood! The beautiful village is famous for being the home of several local celebrities & its views from Hampstead Health. £3


AIFS London Contact: Kellie Celia, 23 St. Alban’s Grove, London W5 3PF England (44) 205.828.9413

Hyde Park LIVE Mark your calendars! Hyde Park recently released their summer concert series. AIFS Parklife is a relaxing tradition that encourages students to divide into teams, and play sports. Parklife is even better when Hyde Park is hosting a concert, because after the game, the students are able to find a comfortable spot on the lawn and listen to great tunes. It’s free to listen on the lawn, but you will have toi purchase a ticket if you would like to go inside the baracade. Tickets are available for purchase through AIFS. May 22 :: John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow SUMMER SERIES June 4 :: Coldplay - Viva La Vida June 12 :: Ray Lamontagne June 22 :: Eric Clapton & The Police

Enjoy a weekend getaway to beautiful Paris, France! The 3-day vacation is offered one weekend during each 3-week session. Schedule: Friday (May28, June 11 or July 2) – Students travel via Channel Tunnel on the Eurostar train. Saturday (May 29, June 12 or July 3) – Morning sightseeing bus tour, visiting sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame & the Louvre. The tour ends at the Louvre, where students are able to explore on their own for the remainder of the afternoon & evening. Sunday (May 30, June 13 or July 4) – Free morning in Paris. Eurostar train departs for London late afternoon. Cost: £595, Fee includes transportation, accommodations, breakfast, sightseeing and entrance to the Louvre.

June 26 :: Jimmy Buffet July 4 :: Dave Matthews Band July 10 :: Schematics

Paris Excursion

If interested, please complete the Paris Excursion section of the AIFS application. You have until April 1 to sign up!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Kelly O’Day Home Institution: Indiana University Program: AIFS Richmond, the International University in London, England “What can be better than sitting on beautiful River Thames, with Parliament in your peripheryl, Big Ben’s chime in your ear, Westminster Abbey within reach and the London Eye right before your eyes? It’s the most picturesque spot of London, the postcard of London; everything London in one glance. And it’s where I came to right every journal entry all the way up to this one, my last. Studying in a foreign country can be on of the most inspiring experiences ever. When I decided that I wanted a semester abroad to be a part of my college experience, I researched several programs, but was instantly drawn to the AIFS London program. Since the day I arrived, I have never regretted my decision to apply for this program. Coming here, I didn’t know anyone. So it’s safe to say that the time change was not the only adjustment I had to manage. However, it was only a matter of hours that I would meet the group of individuals that changed my life, and now consider some of my closest friends. Among afternoons on the river, concerts in the park, Saturday’s in Notting Hill, meandering in Harrods and getting the inside scoop about every inch of London via the various AIFS tours, I can’t decide what my favorite moment was. And that doesn’t even include the weekend getaways I took on my own to Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome, Scotland, Munich and Barcelona. The word study in study abroad cannot be forgotten; for that is the reason I was in London! And I must say, the courses I took were the best, most enjoyable courses I have ever taken. I am a business major, so my schedule focused on the business administration and economics courses. I also took photojournalism as an elective, where I managed to take more than 3,000 pictures! A semester in your pocket full of cultural enrichment, moving experiences and memories that will last a lifetime isn’t something you ever want to leave. Looking back, I cannot believe that has come to an end. However, I couldn’t be more appreciative for this experience. I would recommend the AIFS program to anyone who is interested. Thank you AIFS for the everlasting knowledge, cultural and friendships!”


AIFS London Contact: Kellie Celia, 23 St. Alban’s Grove, London W5 3PF England (44) 205.828.9413

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