United Kingdom: CAPA London Internship and Semester Program

This program, offered through CAPA International Education, provides students the chance to develop professional skills through an internship or service-learning experience!

Experience London

Students on CAPA London will live, study and intern in one of the world’s most exciting and cosmopolitan capitals.

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Overview

Students participating in the CAPA London program can select one of three different program types: the courses-only track (typically 4-5 courses), a part-time professional internship plus 2-3 courses, or the service-learning experience plus 2-3 courses. This program offers courses in business disciplines, Communication, Critical Media and Cultural Studies, Political Science, International Relations, English, Theatre, and Sociology. Students will also enjoy a variety of local and regional excursions and activities during the program designed to engage students with British culture and with the diverse and globalized city of London!

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

London Internship or Service Learning + Courses

  • Juniors & Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.0GPA
  • Strong resume, cover letter and successful Internship Interview
  • Some majors have specific course pre-requisites for the internship; contact your faculty advisor or International Programs for more information

London Semester (courses only)

  • Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.7GPA

Deadlines

  • Spring 2018 Deadline: October 2, 2017
  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Sept 6: Required Arrival Date
  • Dec 16: Program End Date

Spring 2018

  • Jan 10: Required Arrival Date
  • Apr 21: Program End Date

Getting There

Orientation

An extensive three-day orientation program will introduce you to the CAPA London Centre, its staff, courses and academics, the city of London and British culture. The orientation also includes a half-day panoramic bus tour of London and a walking tour of Kensington, where the CAPA London Centre is located. The orientation begins with an arrival reception with CAPA staff, typically at a local restaurant or pub. The event will include light hors d’ouvers, and the occasion will be marked by speeches from CAPA staff and/or faculty. Some semesters, the arrival reception is a "cream tea" with CAPA staff on hand to explain the significance of the cream tea in British culture.

Flight

Students are responsible for booking their own flights. CAPA does not provide airport pick-up.  Students will travel from the airport to their assigned housing in London independently. DO NOT BOOK A FLIGHT WITH A CONNECTION THROUGH DUBLIN! This may cause problems with your student status in England.

Visa

U.S. citizens who are taking the Courses-Only Track with CAPA do NOT need a visa. Students taking the Internship or Service Learning Track WILL NEED A VISA (called a Tier 4 Visa). CAPA will provide more information about this visa and the procedure for applying for it closer to the program start date. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Academic Information

CAPA

Students take courses at the CAPA London Centre which is centrally located in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in two adjoining Victorian townhouses. The CAPA London staff is on hand to ensure your program is academically invigorating and to provide support as you adapt to a new culture.  The Center has fully equipped classrooms, a faculty office, a computer lab and resource room, the CAPAccino student lounge, wireless Internet access, and local library access. The campus is well served by public transportation, including three Underground lines and several bus routes, providing easy access to all parts of the city. The courses at CAPA are taught by CAPA faculty.  

A short documentary on CAPA distributed by London’s Daily Telegraph

Academics & Internships

All classes will be held at the CAPA London Center. Students are not in courses with students from British universities and instead will be attending classes with students from various U.S. universities and colleges. CAPA offers courses in the following academic fields: Art History, History, Marketing, Political Science, Communications, Theater, Economics, Literature, Social Science, Journalism, Business, Sociology, Anthropology, English, International Relations, Psychology, and Education. For full course information and course syllabi, visit the CAPA website.  If a course syllabus is not provided and you need it for course approval, please contact International Programs at Rollins. Each course is worth 3 credits.

CAPA Courses (full list): When you click on this link, choose the semester and then the Global Cities program and then scroll down to see the full list of CAPA courses, including course descriptions.

Three different tracks are available for this program:

1) Courses + Internship: You'll intern approximately 20 hrs a week and take an additional two courses. An internship can provide valuable work experience, and in some cases, can open up new career paths for you. However, you'll need to make significant commitment and effort in order to have a successful internship. You'll generally commute 30 - 60 mins each way to your internship, work 2 - 3 days per week, and will need to balance these demands with your coursework. Available internships include businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. CAPA has carefully selected appropriate internship sites and provides regular oversight to insure that students are gaining valuable experience in the internship.  Students wishing to do an internship must submit additional application materials including an updated resume and cover letter and will be interviewed by a panel at Rollins. Accepted students will then have their materials sent on to CAPA and staff at CAPA will work to place each student in an internship that best matches his or her individual interests, skills, and past experiences (both academic and professional). In most cases, you won't be notified of your specific placement until 2 - 3 weeks prior to the state date of your program. All internships are contingent upon a successful interview with the internship-host organization, which will take place right after the student’s arrival and orientation in London. The internship is worth six credits.


Blog Posts from CAPA Interns: When searching for an internship in your desired field, please do not use the search box on the right side of the screen. You can simply scroll down to find the field in which you're interested, or better yet, you can use "Ctrl F" (the search function on most computers) and type your internship field into the search box that appears inside your browser (English or Accounting or Media, for example).

The CAPA Internship Experience (video)

Hear Rollins Students Share Their Internship Experiences in London (video)

2) Courses + Service-Learning:
Students have the opportunity to enroll in a 6-credit course, Contemporary Issues through Service-Learning: The Social Dynamics of London, that includes 12-15 hours of service-learning each week. The course, with a sociological focus, will look at urban issues facing Londoners including multiculturalism, inequalities in social services ranging from education to healthcare, and welfare concerns. The course is coupled with group projects at community service organizations throughout London. Students on this track will also take two other courses.

3) Courses Only: Students taking a full course load will enroll in 4 or 5 courses (12-15 credits) but can take 6 courses (18 credits) if desired. 

Transfer of Credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek approval for courses in their major/minor (from the appropriate academic department) and for general Rollins credit (through Student Records). All courses on this program will appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit. Grades from this program will also appear on the Rollins transcript and will be factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from the Univ. of Minnesota (the official School of Record for CAPA). It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

NOTE: You cannot receive more than 12 credits total for internships completed during your time at Rollins.  As the internship on this program is worth 6 credits, you should be aware of this policy and plan accordingly.

Housing and Meals

Housing

CAPA students have two options for housing.  You may choose to live in an apartment located in a variety of locations throughout the city or you may choose to live in a homestay.

Apartments/flats: These are shared by two to eight students relative to the size of the accommodation. Generally there will be two to three students per bedroom.  All apartments are single sex, though buildings may be co-ed.  Apartments are located throughout Greater London within a 45-minute commute via bus or subway (Tube) to the CAPA Center. Neighborhoods in London can vary in culture and flavor as though they were different countries: the CAPA apartments are often in diverse London neighborhoods with immigrant populations as well as British influence. Student apartments are completely furnished, including a kitchen equipped with basic cookware and utensils, a television, wireless internet, weekly cleaning services and bedding. Some apartments are in modern blocks while others may be in apartments carved out of large Victorian homes, which have layouts that are a bit more quirky but with more character. Bear in mind that London apartments are not as spacious as those in the U.S., and will definitely be smaller than what you are accustomed to.  Laundry may be available in your residence (coin-operated machines), or at a nearby laundromat.

Homestay: London homestays are not usually in central London as families generally prefer to live in outlying residential areas. Specifically, most homestays are located in zone 3 on the subway system (Tube). Your homestay will include a double room shared with another study abroad student, breakfast and dinner, bedding, and laundry. Internet is NOT guaranteed.  Keep in mind that British homes are generally much smaller than U.S. homes, and you will be expected to share the bathroom.   A homestay can be both challenging and immensely rewarding.  International Programs recommends that you consult with an advisor in our office about the homestay experience if you are interested in this housing option.

Meals

Students living in apartments do not have a meal plan and are expected to buy groceries and cook for themselves.  Rollins will provide a discount on the student account to offset the cost of meals.  The discount is based on the cost of groceries, not on the cost of eating three meals a day out!  The kitchens in the apartments are ready to be used and we strongly encourage students to cook with their flatmates on a regular basis.

Student Life

Activities

The My Education program is a rich and varied calendar of activities, events, lectures, walking tours and film showings organized around a monthly theme. The events give students the opportunity to engage with the host culture during their time abroad.  For more information, see the My Education section of the CAPA website.  Students will receive associate memberships to the Imperial College Student Union, located a short walk from the CAPA London Study Center. Students will have the option to join any of the union’s 300+ clubs and societies as well as use the union facilities.  The International Students House offers a variety of events for international students including music nights, trivia nights, karaoke nights, and subsidized trips and program students  The program also includes a mid-term dinner and British-style pub quiz and a departure ceremony.

Excursions

The program includes a half-day panoramic bus tour of London, a full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath, and a full day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle.  Weekends are free and students can choose to travel independently if their schedule and course load allows them to do so. There is also a one-week break during the middle of the semester when students are free to explore London, the UK and further destinations.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation, complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, program activities, one weekend excursion and on-site transportation.

Does Not Include

  • International Airfare: $1,200 (estimate)
  • Airport transfers in London: $75 (estimate)
  • Visa (required for interns): $460 (estimate)*
  • Personal Expenses/ Course Materials: $2,000 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, Entertainment, Independent Travel: Costs vary, average estimate is $1,200 - $2,000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary

* Visa maybe requiered for students with non-US passports.

Discount on Student Account

In July (for the fall semester) and December (for the spring semester) a discount will be applied to your Rollins Student Account for meals not included on the program. For CAPA the discount will cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on their Student Account at Rollins. In turn, it is *possible* to request this positive balance as a refund. Please contact the Office of the Bursar for additional details about refunds related to your financial aid/discounts.

  • The meal discount is simply posted to your Student Account, rather than given to you directly. So in effect, you’ll actually end up owing less to Rollins than you normally would if you lived on campus.
  • Fall 2017 Comprehensive Fee: $31,534 (including Rollins meal-plan)
  • Meal Discount for students living in flats: $2,080
  • Total Amount Due After Discount: $29,454
  • 2016-17 Comprehensive Fee: $31, 534 (including Rollins meal-plan)
  • Meal Discount for students living in homestay: $1,120
  • Total Amount Due After Discount: $30,414

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships inside of their Rollins RIPA application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis, Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pm during normal semester dates. If you are unable to make it at these times, please email, call or stop by our office to arrange an appointment.

We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program (GAP). These are students who have completed a study abroad program and are happy to share their experiences and advice with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Becky Johnson (rejohnson@rollins.edu) to schedule an appointment.