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! Summer, SMU-in-London: Communications
London, England
Program Terms: Summer
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Semester Programs:
The application for Fall 2015 will be available January 15-March 1. Please review the Application Instructions and Checklist.

Summer Programs:
The application for Summer 2015 will not be available until December 1.
Dates / Deadlines:
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Semester Programs:
Applications for Fall 2015 will be available January 15 - March 1.

Summer Programs:
The application for Summer 2015 will not be available until December 1.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Housing: Dormitory
Field of Study: Art: Advertising, Art: Communications, Art: Journalism Program Director: Rita Kirk,
SMU Abroad Application Cycle: December 1-February 1 Deposit Deadline: March 1
Summer 2015 Program Dates: May 21-June 25
Program Description:

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SMU-in-London: Communications

Regent's College: London, England

May 21-June 25, 2015


SMU Abroad programs are eligible for all proficiencies, including Global Engagement. Students who wish to receive credit for proficiencies must petition the course through the UC office located in Clements Hall G02.


SMU-in-London: Communications, now in its 33rd year, has earned a reputation as an academic and cultural opportunity that college students rank among their top educational experiences.  London is easily one of the world's most fascinating cities.  This modern international center of commerce, politics and culture, set in a charming historical atmosphere, makes a perfect setting for students studying global communications, media, politics and advertising.  These courses are available to majors and non-majors alike with no requisitions

Courses feature several guest lectures from communications professionals in the London area and include site visits and discussions with key leaders at such venues as the Houses of Parliament, British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum, the U.S. Embassy, Inns of the Court, Dover and Cambridge. 

Program Faculty:  Dr. Rita Kirk, Director of the London Communications Program, is a Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of the Maguire Center for Ethics. She is a member of SMU's Academy of Distinguished Professors and holds a Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professorship. She specializes in applied communication strategy and is recognized for her analysis of political campaigns and the construction of public arguments.

Contact Information: Dr. Rita Kirk, 214-768-2123,


Students take two courses for six semester hours of credit during SMU's first summer session. These courses are open to all students but are subject to the approval of the professor.  Maximum enrollment in a single class is 15 students.

Click here for a list of Summer 2015 courses and corresponding UC Foundations, Pillars, Proficiencies and Experiences.


Students receive a list of required texts after acceptance into the program. Textbooks should be purchased at SMU before departure. Students from other universities can order books by mail.

Program Activities and Excursions

SMU-in-London provides a rigorous course of study by professors who are experts in their fields. Class lectures at on-site locations are designed to enrich the academic experience.

SMU-in-London students have a common reading, Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas. The book explores the life of British abolitionist William Wilberforce and contextualizes the historic sites visited in the struggle for human rights and cultural reform.

Initially, the program begins with a London sightseeing tour bus. Throughout the program, professors organize and lead specific site visits that relate to course content. Students have the opportunity to learn in environments such as Cambridge University, the British Museum, and the British Film Institute. Students are encouraged to visit cultural and historic attractions, including the National Gallery, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.

A cultural trip to Scotland is included this year. Students travel by train from London to Edinburgh where they tour the medieval city's major sites. Students can take an optional weekend bus tour through the Scottish countryside, viewing dramatic scenery of the Scottish highlands, the coastal area, ancient castles and famous Loch Ness.

Students will have two long weekends during the term that make it possible to visit the European mainland or explore areas of Britain such as the Lake District, Wales or the Cornish coast. Such travels are outside of the planned program and at the discretion of the student, but with the approval of the Director.


Regent's College, in the heart of London, provides housing.  Situated in picturesque Regent's Park just north of the Baker Street tube stop, the campus is within walking distance to museums, restaurants, shopping and major attractions.  Students are housed in the University dormitory, Reid Hall.  Just steps away is the college refectory where students enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, served cafeteria style.

Program Fee Information

Summer 2015 Estimated Student Budgets can be found here.


SMU Tuition
Room and board (meal plan for most meals at Regent's College cafeteria)
Passes for unlimited travel in Central London via underground/Bus (Zones 1 & 2)
Lectures and symposia with invited guests
Field trips as part of classwork
Airport pick-up/drop off for students on group flight
International Travel Health Insurance


International travel to/from program location*
Travel documents, including passports and visas
Britrail pass (must be purchased before leaving the U.S.)
Cell phone**
Personal expenses, entertainment and travel

*Students are responsible for arranging their own travel, including airfare. The program directors will advise students regarding travel and train connections to London.

**Students are required to have a cell phone with a British number. Student are required to have a phone at all times including other countries where they plan to travel. Students should check with their current carrier for service or plan on purchasing a phone upon arrival.

Application and Acceptance

Students may submit an application to the SMU Abroad Office during application cycles: December 1- February 1. This program may be full before the deadline; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications may be submitted after the deadline only if places are available in the program.

Once the application is complete, the student will be contacted for an interview.

Program Admission and Pre-departure Orientation

Admission:  Admission is competitive. Admitted on a rolling admissions basis, the program director and faculty select participants based on application materials, admission requirements and student interviews.

Orientation Sessions:  To prepare students for a smooth, safe and enriching experience, admitted SMU students are required to attend the scheduled program orientation meetings prior to departure. Session dates are organized by the program director.

All students receive a pre-departure guide and program-specific materials. Topics discussed are culture and course questions, as well as a review of required forms, travel plans and documents, currency and financial issues, packing, insurance and safety. Students from other universities receive orientation summaries, including the guide and materials, by email.

Payment Information

There is a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 due by the deposit deadline of March 1. This deposit confirms acceptance, holds the student's place in the program and is applied towards the balance of the program fee. Students will make the deposit payment in Access.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.

Final Payment should be made as soon as possible, but no later than April 1.
After students have paid the non-refundable program deposit and returned the Course Enrollment Form (signed by the student and academic advisor) to the SMU Abroad Office, students will be registered for courses in Access.SMU. Once students have been registered, students can make final payment in Access.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.

Financial Aid
Students who receive financial aid or scholarships may be able to apply their aid package to SMU Abroad programs.  All aid should be confirmed with the Office of Financial Aid.

SMU Abroad Cancellation and Refund Policy
A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from an SMU Abroad program must notify the SMU Abroad office in writing. The effective date of cancellation is the date that SMU Abroad receives the written notification.  It is not sufficient only to withdraw an application on-line.

A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from a program forfeits the program deposit.  The student may also be charged either a cancellation fee or the remainder of the published program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. These fees cover expenses incurred on behalf of the student up to the effective date of the cancellation (see below).

Summer Programs Non-refundable
Remainder of Program Fee
Prior to the payment due date $1000 -0- -0-
On or after payment due date, but before published start date $1000 $1000 -0-
On or after published program start date $1000 -0- 100%


Undergraduate SMU Abroad Programs are managed by:

International Center/SMU Abroad

Blanton Building, Suite 216

6185 Airline Drive

Dallas, TX 75205



Southern Methodist University does not discriminate in any education practice, education program or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to change, at any time and without prior notice, any provision or requirement, including but not limited to, requirements, itineraries, courses, cancellation and refund policies.  Fees are subject to change due to inflation and/or fluctuating exchange rates.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to recall participants from international programs and to close programs whenever it determines that the health or safety of its participants may be of risk.

SMU Abroad is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur when participants travel outside of scheduled program activities. In addition, independent participant travel before the start or after the conclusion of SMU Abroad programs is entirely at the individual's own expense and risk.


← Please note the available terms for this program.

Semester Programs:
The application for Fall 2015 will be available January 15-March 1. Please review the Application Instructions and Checklist.

Summer Programs:
The application for Summer 2015 will not be available until December 1.