Office of International Programs

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 while taking classes and living in the diverse, cosmpolitan city of London.

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 (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, and Theatre. 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 global city of London!

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
  • This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email studyabroad@rollins.edu to schedule an appointment.

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
  • This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email studyabroad@rollins.edu to schedule an appointment.

Program Calendar


Spring 2020

  • Jan 8: Required Arrival Date
  • Apr 18: Program End Date

Fall 2019

  • Sept 4: Required Arrival Date
  • Dec 14: 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 information about this visa and the application process. For general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Academic Information

CAPA Courses

Students take courses at the CAPA London Center which is centrally located in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 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 courses at CAPA are taught by CAPA faculty and are with other CAPA study abroad students from various U.S. institutions.

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 associated internship course for a total of 6 credits. You will also take an additional 2-3 courses. 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. 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 to CAPA and their staff will work to place each student in an internship that best matches his or her individual interests, skills, and past experiences. In most cases, you won't be notified of your specific placement until 2 - 3 weeks prior to the program start.

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. This is a great fit for Bonner Leaders! The course, with a sociological focus, will look at urban issues facing Londoners including multiculturalism, inequalities in social services ranging from education to health care, and welfare concerns. The course is coupled with group projects at community service organizations throughout London. Students on this track also take 2-3 other courses.

3) Courses Only: Students taking a full course load MUST enroll in at least 5 courses. The CAPA program is designed primarily for students pursuing an internship or service-learning placements. Students doing coursework only may find themselves somewhat disconnected from the program and we recommend that students considering this track look at other programs designed for students who wish to pursue coursework only.

Transfer of Credit

Courses are worth 3 credits; the internship and service-learning course are worth 6 credits.  Students take 3-5 courses and typically earn 12-15 credits. Courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit; the grades are displayed and are factored into the Rollins GPA.  It can take up to three months for grades to be processed and appear on the Rollins transcript. For information on approving courses for major/minor and General Education/rFLA requirements, and other academic policies, please visit our Academic Information page.

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 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 - for more information about the homestays contact IP. 

 The apartments are typically shared by two to eight students and bedrooms are doubles or triples.  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. The CAPA apartments are in diverse London neighborhoods with immigrant populations as well as British influence. Student apartments are completely furnished, and include a shared kitchen and living space.

Meals

Students living in apartments do not have a meal plan and are expected to buy groceries and cook for themselves. 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 also receive associate memberships to the Imperial College Student Union, located a short walk from the CAPA London Study Center, and can join any of the union’s 300+ clubs and societies as well as use the union facilities. 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

Apartment

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room: $4,250.00
  • Note that the homestay option has a different room cost -contact IP for more information

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)
  • Cost of all meals for students staying in an apartment: $2,100 (estimate)
  • Cost of additional meals for homestay students: $900 (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

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare and other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships as part of the Rollins program application. CAPA also offers additional scholarships that students can apply for above and beyond the funding available through Rollins.