Quarter Abroad London - Courses

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Internships and Culture 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.

Students on Quarter Abroad programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Quarter Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements.

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

Courses (14 units)

English (ENL) 149. Global London (4)

“Global London” explores how poems, plays, novels, and films represent the British’s capital’s relation to the rest the world, focusing on London as the administrative center for the British empire, as an “emporium” for colonial imports and other foreign consumer goods, as a host to foreign travelers, and as a multi-lingual city of immigrants. We will read takes from the early modern period to the present day, including William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Sam Selvon, Elizabeth Bowen, Andrea Levy, Monica Ali, Zadie Smith, and Helen Oyeyemi. The class will include trips to relevant literary and historical sites. 

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)

Students will intern approximately 20 hours per week at their program site and will be able to apply for transcript notation through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center. For more details on the internship process, please refer to the Placements tab.


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 
  • UC Berkeley: CW R4A (Reading and Composition) & Sophomore Class Standing (45 quarter units or above)
    UC Irvine: WR 39A (Intro Wrtng & Rhet) & Sophomore Class Standing (45 quarter units or above)
    UCLA: English 4 (Critical Reading and Writing) or courses under "Writing II Requirement" & Sophomore Class Standing (45 quarter units or above)
    UC Merced: Writing 1 (Academic Writing) or Writing 10 (Reading & Composition) & Sophomore Class Standing (45 quarter units or above)
    UC Riverside: ENGL 4 (English Writing) & Sophomore Class Standing (45 quarter units or above)
    UC Santa Barbara: ENGL 10 (Intro to Literary Study) or Writing 1 (Approaches to University Writing) & Sophomore Class Standing (45 quarter units or above)
    UC Santa Cruz: LIT 1 (Literary Interpretation) or Writing 2 (Rhetoric and Inquiry) & Sophomore Class Standing (45 quarter units or above)
    UC San Diego: Sophomore Class Standing (45 quarter units or above) and applicable course from below
         Revelle = Humanities 1 and 2
         Warren = Warren Coillege Writing Program WCWP 10A and 10B
         Thurgood Marshall = Dimension of Culture DOC 1, 2 and 3
         Sixth = Culture, Art and Technology CAT 1, 2 and 3
         Eleanor Roosevelt = Making of the Modern World MMW 1, 2 and 3
         John Muir = Muir College Writing Program MCWP 40 and 50

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