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England: Fine Arts London

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Spend spring semseter living and learning in the heart of the British capital. 

Take courses in music, interdisciplinary art, and art history, fulfill a Tier II, Tier III or Junior Composition requirement, and much more, with Professor Andre Gribou, teacher of the most popular course at OHIO -  History of Rock Music.

The College of Fine Arts invites ALL students and ALL majors to join us for an unforgettable experience. Your classroom will be the best theaters, music venues and museums in the world. Take the train up to Liverpool and see where the Beatles got their start. Spend a day in Stratford and see where Shakespeare lived and worked - and got  his  start. 


We will attend music/theater/performance events every week: from performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon to new plays premiering in the newest venues....from Rock Icons at The Royal Albert Hall to bands you haven’t heard of - yet - playing at a nearby pub. And one of the most extraordinary collections of fine arts museums in the entire world!

Full performance viewing schedule is booked once onsite and adjusted as new performances are announced.  Just to give you an idea of what to expect, these are some of the events that participants previous programs attended:

Macbeth  with James McAvoy @ Travalgar Studio
Elvis Costello @ The Royal Albert Hall  
The Book of Mormon  @ The Prince of Wales Theatre 
The London Philharmonic Orchestra performing  The Rite of Spring/Prokofiev Violin Concerto  
Richard Thompson @ The Barbican 
The Magistrate  with John Lithgow @ The National Theatre                              
The Suit  directed by Peter Brook @ The New Vic 
Sigur Ros at O2 Academy, Brixton 
Pina Bausch Dance Theatre @ Sadlers Wells
Andras Schiff Masterclass @ The Royal College of Music                                
Judas Priest and Saxon @ The Hammersmith Apollo   
A Clockwork Orange  @ The Arcola Theatre
Private Q & A with Ken Scott, engineer and producer for The Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie, Supertramp, Devo, etc                                          
She Stoops to Conquer  @ The National Theatre                          
Chick Corea/Gary Burton Duet Concert                                      
Fairport Convention @ Union Chapel      
Comedy of Errors  presented by The Royal Shakespeare Company @ Stratford-upon-Avon             
Royal Ballet of Flanders- Artifacts  by William Forsyth                            
Opera Shots @ Covent Garden                                    
Afro Cuban All Stars                                       
Emanuel Ax Master Class @ The Royal College of Music                    
Big and Small (Gross und Klein)  with Cate Blanchett                         
Arvo Part Retrospective Concerts by The BBC Symphony Orchestra     
BBC Television Centre Tour                                                 
Misterman  with Cillan Murphy
Museum of Popular Music                                         
Liverpool Tour including the Magical Mystery Tour and Cavern Club
Westminster Abbey                                                                  
Hamlet  @ The Globe Theatre


Excursions outside of London include:

  • Liverpool
  • Oxford/Windsor
  • Straford-upon-Avon


Beatles statue with program director


For more info on this program and upcoming events, check out the  facebook page.

Program dates

1/25/20 to 4/27/20

Eligibility and selection process

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. No prior knowledge of the fine arts is necessary to participate. Students must have a minimum 2.5 gpa. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

This program accepts non-Ohio University students.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.

Application deadline

October 7, 2019

Living arrangements

Students will share wi-fi equipped flats in an apartment block in the heart of London. Each flat includes a kitchen with full cooking facilities. A laundry service is available on site.


Courses and credits

  • MUS 1240           History of Rock I (Tier 2)         
  • MUS 2240           History of Rock II         
  • MUS 1200           Exploring Musical Styles (Tier 2)
  • MUS 4700X         History of Film Music 
  • MUS 4930           Independent Study                                        
  • IART 3600J        Writing in The Arts  (Junior English)              
  • T3 4603               Cultural Traditions and The Arts: 19th and 20th Centuries  (Tier 3) 
  • AH 2110              History of Art I 
  • AH 2120              History of Art II 
  • ART 1100            Seeing and Knowing the Visual Arts
  • FILM 3430          Screenwriting
  • FILM 4720          Special Topics in Film


Students will be enrolled in a full course load. Independent study options may also be available. Please contact Professor Gribou for more information.

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Undergraduate Costs for Spring 2020


Find out about  scholarships  for this program.

Note: Students should apply for any OGO scolarships by October 1 even if they have not yet applied to the program! Students can apply to scholarships if they are still researching  options.  


Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Program Inclusions

Shared apartments; oyster card with start up; Excursions to Liverpool, Stratford, Oxford/Windsor ; program-related performances onsite

Additional Information on the United Kingdom

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook .

Health and Safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination.

 Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the State Department site for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodations for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.


Entry and Exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here. US citizens won’t need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You will need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country.

Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program.  Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's   Visa Information Page.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here .

For more information, contact

Andre Gribou
Faculty Director
450 Robert Glidden Hall

Emily Englehart
Global Programs Coordinator






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