UC Davis Quarter Abroad


Status: Closed

British Culture & Internships in London


This program carries a total of 14 quarter units. Students will enroll in the courses listed below. Auditing is not an option. Contact your program coordinator to inquire about special course options for graduate students.

Please see the Academics Student Resource page to learn more about applying Quarter Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements.

Quarter Abroad programs are academic programs so participants should expect a substantial amount of course work.


English (ENL) 149 - Draft

English (ENL) 163 - Draft

Courses (14 units)

English (ENL) 149. London Crime and Detection in Fiction and Film (4)

By the turn of the nineteenth century, London was the biggest city in the world, and it continued to grow as the center of an empire as well as of national and global trade and culture. The size and complexity of the city required the development of a professional police force and, in 1842, of a detective division.  Thereafter, crime and detection began to feature prominently in the plots of novels and stories: the rest is history. This course will study some masterpieces of classic crime fiction and film, including Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Marsh’s sensation novel The Beetle, and Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, among others. We will also sample movies from Hitchcock to the present day. While our main focus will be film and literature, the course should also be of interest to anyone interested in politics, history, geography and international relations. The class will meet as a weekly seminar and will include site visits as appropriate

English (ENL) 163. British Life and Culture (4)

Taught by a local London faculty member, this course aims at facilitating student orientation by helping students to connect their experience in London within the broader context of British society. The course will enable individuals to develop an understanding of British society as an integrated whole which is more than the sum of its parts. This in turn should encourage critical discussion and reflection about the differences between US, British, and European cultures, and the collective relationship that individuals have with their own societies.

English (ENL) 192. Internship (6, Pass/No Pass)

CAPA International Education will provide internship placement in London for our program. Students will be placed into internships for 18-20 hours/week in a field related to their areas of interest. Internships are available in almost any field, including: Communications and Publishing, Accounting and Finance, Business and Economics, Education, Fashion Design, and many others. Internship courses (92 or 192) are available for credit on a Pass/No Pass grading basis only. 

NOTE: All credited internships will be sponsored by a UC Davis faculty member from the English Department. Students will receive transcript notation for their internships. Internships are not paid internships. 

All students participating in this program are required to complete and submit a CAPA Internship Application, a Resume (known in the UK as a Curriculum Vitae or CV), a Personal Statement, a police background check, and two letters of recommendation (one academic, one professional). After being accepted into the program, you will receive a copy of the Internship Application and instructions for completing the other documents. Failure to submit a complete internship application by the deadline can lead to dismissal from the program. If you are thinking about applying to this program, it is most advantageous to start thinking about these additional requirements now. If you need help with this component of the application process, please feel free to stop by the Quarter Abroad Office or contact Luis Miguel Esparza (lesparza@ucdavis.edu) at the Internship & Career Center.


This program is open to students who meet the eligibility requirements. Program-specific requirements listed below:


ENL 3 or UWP 1 or equivalent*

Sophomore class standing (45 quarter units or above)

*Equivalents include: Comparative literature (COM) 1, COM 2, COM 3, COM 4; Native American Studies 5; UWP 1V, UWP 1Y; or equivalent courses for non-UC Davis students.

Prerequisite Equivalents for Students from Other UC's

NOTE: International students may be required to take a language test as part of the visa process.