Spring Quarter in London

London - the heart of British history, government and culture - offers Oregon students not only access to the theater district and the riverside lifestyle, but dozens of museums, cathedrals, and historical sites, such as Oxford and Stonehenge, to enrich their study abroad experience. With the 3-zone London Transport pass, all these sites are only a quick underground or bus ride away.

This opportunity is available to all students who have earned at least 12 college credits with a GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants must also be 18 years old by March 25, when the program begins. You will earn MHCC transferable credits while studying in London.

London program application deadline for 2014 program December 6. 2013.

Gilman International Scholarship Program
Up to $5,000 is available to students who are currently receiving a Pell Grant for their education at MHCC. Application deadline for the Spring 2014 program in London is early October 2013, with notification in early December..

Basic Information for Spring Quarter in London

Study Abroad LondonMt Hood Community College is one of seven community college members belonging to the Oregon International Education Consortium (OIEC), which sponsors the Spring Quarter in London program. The OIEC accepts up to 30 students for the program from the member colleges in Oregon.

Space, therefore, is limited and students are accepted on a first-come basis. American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) is our partner institution that makes all program arrangements, from travel to insurance to housing. All program costs and payments are made to AIFS. The OIEC makes all academic arrangements, including course offerings, grade reporting and faculty selection – you are taught by Oregon instructors who accompany you to London. All credit fees and tuition costs are paid to MHCC and you register as usual at MHCC.

10 Week Program: March 27 to June 6, 2014.

  • Open to students of all ages (18 minimum) who have earned at least 12 college credits with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pay tuition for 12-15 credits through MHCC in addition to program fee.
  • Program fee includes shared bedroom in a British family home with continental breakfast five days weekly and full kitchen access, cultural activities and museum visits, guided day trips to Oxford and Stonehenge/Salisbury,three theater performances, a soccer match, computer and internet access, unlimited-travel London Transport pass for underground and buses, medical and program fee refund insurance.
  • Financial aid can be applied to program (apply as soon as possible)
  • All students enroll in a 3-credit British Life and Culture course taught by London Faculty
  • All students enroll in other academic courses to total at least 10 more credits.
  • Courses available will be announced soon, or contact David Wright.
  • 2014 PRICE approximately $6725 + airfare ($595 est.) and MHCC tuition (12 credits minimum) + fuel surcharges (estimated at $250) Firm price will be posted as soon as available.

Steps to London

  • Look over the course offerings and discuss plans with advisor.
  • Decide if you are interested in the courses offered.
  • Determine your needs and discuss any optional course options with David Wright.
  • Look over the Basic Information Sheet .
  • Plan financial resources: loan, grant, scholarship, financial aid, parents, etc.
  • Contact David Wright for further information or for an application.


  • Pick up an application form from David Wright (available beginning of Fall Quarter)
  • Read the application form carefully cover to cover
  • Take passport size pictures. (You’ll need 4 for the application, 2 more for a passport, if you don’t already have one.)
  • Bring completed application from to David Wright by December 6; 2013 include pictures and deposit check (or credit card info.)
  • David Wright will sign application and make copies for file
  • Mail your application to: AIFS /Partnership Programs, College Division, River Plaza, 9 West Broad Street, Stamford, CT 06902
  • Get a passport application and order your passport
  • Secure finances
  • Fill out all paperwork that AIFS sends you in a timely fashion
  • Keep communication open with David Wright so that you are kept abreast of all issues related to the Spring Quarter in London program
  • Ask questions, questions, questions until you are confident you know all the answers regarding your exciting study abroad program!

MHCC London Course Offerings, Spring 2014

Students must choose a minimum of 12 credits from among the following course options. Note that Humanities 106 is a required course that comprises part of a student’s full load.

HUM 106, British Life and Culture, 3 Credits
All students are required to take this interdisciplinary course taught by AIFS faculty in London. Three hours per week feature either lectures on British culture and civilization or field trips to historic and artistic sites in and around London. Topics include such subjects as the history of London,language differences, British theater, and the Thames River; and field trips to the Museum of London, the National and Tate Galleries, and the Houses of Parliament.

James Knox, Central Oregon Community College, jwknox@cocc.edu

Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at COCC, James directs the Cascade Chorale and the College Choir, and he founded the vocal jazz ensemble, Central Singers. In addition to teaching music courses, he also serves as guest clinician locally and throughout the Northwest. Prior to COCC he was the Vocal Jazz Director at Portland State University and the Choral Director at Mt. Hood Community College. Through James' studies, he has had the privilege of working with distinguished conductors and composers from around the world, such as Arvo Pärt, Frieder Bernius, Veljo Tormis, Fred Stoltzfus, Simon Carrington, Joseph Flummerfelt, Morna Edmundson, Yaccov Bergman, Maria Guinand and Vance George.

His involvement and love for music is also displayed in his own work as a baritone soloist. James' performances have included principal role-Guglielmo in W.A Mozart's Cosi fan Tutti PSU Opera Production, guest artist at Seattle, Washington's Opera Banquet, and Metropolitan Opera Guild's regional finalist. He has been featured with Douglas Webster in the Oregon Symphony's production of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, and Peace Through Music pieces Dona Nobis Pacem by R.V. Williams, Cantata Misericordium by Benjamin Britten, Faure's Requiem, Portland's Baroque Ensemble, portrayed Jesus in the premiere of J.S. Bach's St. Mark's Passion, principal role-Cascada in The Merry Widow, and Menotti's one act opera The Telephone, and he was Pooh-Bah in Obsidian Opera's Production of The Mikado.

MUS 101 Music Fundamentals, 3 credits

Presents the fundamentals of music making, including notation of pitch, rhythm, music terminology, scales, key signatures, intervals and chord spelling. Requires no previous musical experience. Students will study the history and development of music through hands-on activities such as field trips, guest speakers and live music at churches, street fairs and pubs. Students will engage in lessons about the societies and music history of differing cultures through the duration of their stay abroad. In addition, students will complete a final project (journaling) based on their travel experience.

MUS 202 Understanding Music, 3 credits

Introduces the history of Western, fine art music and its literature. Encompasses the study of musical vocabulary, style, form, principal composers and the historical development of music in various style periods. MUS 202 discusses music and composers from the romantic period, twentieth century and contemporary periods. Special attention is given to British composers and musical developments.

MUS 299History of Rock Music, 3 credits

The objectives of this course are to learn the history of rock music from its beginnings in earlier forms of popular music to the present; to understand the relationship of this music to larger cultural, political, and economic formations; and to become familiar with aspects of musical structure that have been used in rock music. The course will also look at the Beatles and the British Invasion and how British Blue Boom and Beat Music were a direct influence to many band created during the mid-twentieth century. Students will communicate their knowledge through participation with discussion groups, identifying listening examples, and a written project about a rock band that came out of Britain.

If we meet the 20-student enrollment target by the application deadline, OIEC can send a second Oregon instructor offering courses in writing and the humanities:

John Zackell, Portland Community College, john.zackel@pcc.edu

Of his background, John writes, "When I studied at the University of East Anglia in Norwich in 2003,I did so to take part in their prestigious Creative Writing and Literature program. However, every weekend I’d venture into London to explore the city, known for its literary history, and it changed my life. My understanding of my place in the global community changed: I was no longer limited, as a person, to a particular geographical region. I want to ensure students have the same positive, memorable experience studying in England that I had as an undergraduate myself.

In 2002, I acted as Leader, Counselor, and Chaperone for The Ohio Governor's Institute for Gifted Students,staying in the student dormitory (on-call 24 hours), making sure students arrived at their classes, meals, and rooms in a safe and timely manner. It was extremely rewarding since I offered not only academic knowledge, but also reliable guidance with day-to-day life decisions,ensuring that students had a positive experience from top to bottom. Currently, at PCC, I’m Faculty Advisor for the campus literary magazine, The Rock Creek Review. With the students, we make a campus-wide call for submissions, and then read hundreds of manuscripts sent to us. As Advisor, I’ve organized meetings, food get-togethers, and work sessions to keep the student club on a tight schedule. This past year, I’ve also been working as a committee member for Art Beat, PCC’s weeklong interdisciplinary celebration of the arts. Collaborating with Art, Music, Dance, and other English faculty, I worked to invite artists from the community, develop a schedule for performances, and needle out the particulars of location and pay for each session." It seems that John will be able to use such organizational and logistical skills in his term as London instructor.

WR 241 Creative Writing: Fiction, 4 credits

In this course, students new to creative writing and those with experience are able to practice and gain confidence in developing short fiction. London’s impressive literary tradition will serve as the backdrop for our study of professional works, for which we’ll examine techniques, structures, and styles. At the heart of the class, students go through the entire writing process by developing their own short story, submitting it to the class for peer feedback, and revising their piece as a honed manuscript. London-specific creative writing exercises will be assigned to practice elements of fiction. For example,students will write descriptions of key London locales to capture the essence of setting and will use their own travel experiences as fuel for the creative process.

ENG 250 Intro to Folklore and Mythology, 4 credits

This course allows students to take a cross-cultural perspective on myth, folklore, and legend. We begin with an overview of the study of myth from Euhemeros to Campbell, then undergo case studies of various archetypes, like the figure of the Trickster, in particular world folktales. Stories from Mayan, Norwegian, Korean, Nigerian, Sioux, and other world cultures are studied to develop a broad familiarity with etiologies and folklore. Students will then examine London-specific folktales (e.g., Spring-Heeled Jack; Gog and Magog, the giant guardians of London) and English legends (e.g., Arthur, Robin Hood) and compare them to folklore from other world cultures. Artwork in the National Gallery that portray mythological figures will also be examined to see how artists contributed to the development of myths.

ENG 105 Introduction to Literature: Drama, 4 credits

Students will engage an overview of drama and the theater, reading plays by Aristophanes, Marlowe, Ibsen, Beckett, Shepard, and Hwang. Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be given special attention, and we’ll examine the history of the text of the play and its performances; a trip to the Globe to see a performance will naturally be in order.

If we do not meet the 20-student enrollment target by the application deadline, OIEC can send only one Oregon instructor, but will contract with a London adjunct to offer a course in the social sciences.

Gary Thorn, AIFS London, gthorn@lineone.net

With an M.A. in Comparative British and American Labor History and a Ph.D. in Social History, Professor Thorn brings a wealth of experience teaching at four British colleges and universities over the past thirty-five years. In addition, he has lectured for several American college study abroad programs in London, with specialties in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European history, contemporary Britain, International Relations, Comparative History: British and American, and Decolonisation: Europe, Asia and Africa (also the subject of his book End of Empires: European Decolonisation, 1919-1980, published in2000).

HST 106 World History, 4 credits

World civilizations and their historical interactions. Impact of industrialization and imperialism in both a Western context and a non-Western context; the modern period of world history with a focus on WWI, WWII and postwar reordering of world civilizations. Focus on Great Britain will provide a model of empire and post-colonial development. Recommended pre- or co requisite: WR 121.

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