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British Culture and 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 Academics 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.

Courses (14 units)

English (ENL) 149. Dark London: Reading the City from Nightlife to Nightmares (4)

This course will explore London and its darkness, a trait not only copied but also created in the city’s literature. In addition to discussing dark texts from 1700 to today, we will visit their real-life settings, pursuing such authors as J.K. Rowling, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Henry Mayhew, Charles Dickens, Mary Prince, Olaudah Eqiano, William Wordsworth, Charlotte Smith, and Eliza Haywood. We will explore various genres (novels, short stories, slave narratives, poetry, investigative journalism, and travel writing), and we will examine a range of urban life, weighing questions of wealth, race, gender, health, industrializations, slavery, pollution, and poverty. At the same time we will focus on a particular theme each week: Dark Magic, Crime, Death, Fog and Coal, Night Walks, Slavery, Dark Verse, Disguise – and Dark Drinks (Coffee and Tea).

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 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 at the Internship & Career Center.


Students will participate in a professional internship for 20 hours per week in almost any career field and have the opportunity to receive transcript notation. After students enroll in UC Davis Quarter Abroad London, there will be a separate internship application that is required in order to participate in the program. Students will receive information about deadlines for the supplementary application which will require a resume, cover letter, two letters of recommendation (academic and professional), police background check, and an online application to CAPA. Final internship placement will be determined just prior to departure and may require an in-country interview. Click on the internship examples below to get an idea of the types of placements that can be offered. Please note: you apply to a specific field for your desired internship, not a specific company.

This list is not exclusive. If you'd like more information about internships, feel free to contact the program coordinator.


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.