A great opportunity just opened up for eight incoming Skidmore students: a chance to spend their first semester in London!
Students at Trafalgar Square
Each fall, 36 members of the entering class at Skidmore spend their fall semester in our London Program with two Skidmore faculty. This fall, the group will be accompanied by Professor Erica Bastress-Dukehart of the history department and Professor Tom Lewis of the English faculty. Information on their academic backgrounds and descriptions of the First-Year Scribner Seminars they will be offering in London are included here.
First-Year London students take their remaining courses at our affiliate, the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) for the fall semester, receive full Skidmore credit towards all-college requirements and their Skidmore degree, and join their classmates on campus in January for the second semester. All courses are supplemented by a variety of out-of-class activities that utilize London as a resource to enhance in-class work. Participation in the First-Year London Program does not preclude opportunities to study abroad again as an upper-class student. The London students will arrive in Saratoga Springs on August 19th for a two-day on-campus orientation program prior to their departure, as a group, for New York City where they will fly to London, arriving on August 22nd.
It’s a great opportunity and just another reason why you should consider Skidmore College!
I am considering partaking in the first semester in London program. What are the pros and cons?
This is excellent question for Ryan (@rcrotty20). He is a freshman at Skidmore and happened to do the London First-Year Program last semester. His answers may be a little different than mine, but I can tell you a little bit about the program.
Pros: You get to study in London! I mean, talk about your first year away from home. You also receive academic credit that counts toward your Skidmore degree, get the chance to enjoy the historical and cultural riches of London under the guidance of Skidmore faculty members, gain independence, and of course, make lifelong friends.
Cons: I hear it is hard for some students to transition back to academic life on campus, but don’t worry — Skidmore has a built-in support program through the First-Year Experience and Office of Off-Campus Study and Exchange to help ease that transition. Check out this site that has tips and suggestions for helping students not only ease back into life in the states, but also on ways to help incorporate everything you learned while abroad: http://cms.skidmore.edu/ocse/coming_back/index.cfm.
Hope that helps!
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There are a few requirements for consideration for the London program. First of all, participants must be 18 years of age while in London. Usually that date falls around mid- to late-August. (Last year was August 23, 2011.) We even had one student turn 18 as the plane landed! Secondly, you have to indicate you are interested in the London program the Skidmore Supplement to the Common App. After that, students are chosen on a fist-come, first-served basis. Usually, about 40 students are selected for the program. For more information about the program, go to http://cms.skidmore.edu/ocse/programs/london_fye/index.cfm.
Thanks for the question!
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