Semester Internships in London

September 1, 2014

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Tayler Gill is an ISA Site Specialist for the UK. Tayler works with students studying abroad in England and Scotland.

While studying on ISA semester programs in London, students are able to participate in an internship through the University of Westminster, King’s College London or the University of Roehampton. While each university offers different placement options and locations throughout the city, all internship placements have a few things in common:

  1. Students must be accepted on the ISA study abroad program to participate in an internship through the host university.
  2. Students will receive academic credit on their final transcript alongside your regular academic classes.
  3. All placements are part-time and unpaid.
  4. Students must apply for and receive a Tier 4 student visa.
  5. Internship placements are competitive and most employers require an interview before offering an internship position at their organization.

See more information below about each university or visit our Service-Learning/Internship webpage.

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Photo by ISA student Kelly Abraham in London, England

University of Westminster: The internship placements at this university are offered during both the fall and spring semesters. All students must also submit an additional internship application. Example subject areas include:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Art/Design
  • Catering Management
  • Charities and NGOs
  • Environment
  • Events
  • Fashion
  • Government/Politics
  • Hotels and Hospitality
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Libraries
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Sports
  • TheatreTrading/Sales

If accepted, students are required to take the Professional Experience in Business Context module worth 15 UK credits (4 US credits) alongside three other classes at the university. Additionally, you will be expected to complete approximately 15-20 hours per week over two to three days at your internship site. The University of Westminster has an Internship Coordinator who will work with each accepted student on the step by step process of securing a placement. Most placements are secured before a student departs for their program or within the first week of arrival.

  • Students are expected to gain professional self-awareness through observation, participation and analysis of professional activities as well as through interaction with colleagues in a work environment.

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King’s College London: Internship opportunities at King’s College are only offered during the spring semesters.  Placements are available in the following areas:

  • Applied Science
  • Arts/Culture
  • Engineering
  • Policy/Human Rights
  • Technology

Students should indicate their interest to participate in the internship program within the first line of their letter of intent. Upon successful completion of the Internship module, students will receive 15 UK credits (4 US credits) on their official transcript. Alongside 3 other modules and the internship modules, students are expected to complete approximately 120-150 hours of work at their placement. Most students secure their placement after working closely with the King’s College London internship team after their arrival in London.

Students will receive training which offers important insights on cultural integration, the world-of-work, life and politics in the buzzing capital.

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University of Roehampton: Internship opportunities are only offered during the spring semesters at the University of Roehampton. This program aims to help students begin to make the successful transition from academic study to a career in their chosen field.  Example subject areas include:

  • Arts Administration
  • Broadcast Media
  • Events Management
  • Newspaper and Magazine Journalism
  • Media Education
  • Public Relations

Students must select the London Internship in Media and Culture module to indicate they wish to participate in the internship program. Upon successful completion of the Internship module, students will receive 20 UK credits (4-5 US credits) on their official transcript. All students must enroll in additional modules to complete their academic requirements.

  • Students will spend 12 weeks in an academic setting followed by a 4 week placement. The course will include a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, visiting speakers, training sessions in relevant skills and tools before their placement begins. Students will interview with potential employers for the beginning of the semester to secure a placement.

For additional information on London Internships through the host universities, please contact the England Site Specialist Tayler Gill at tgill@studiesabroad.com.

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Stephanie Casas is an ISA Site Specialist for Spain. Stephanie works with students studying abroad in Bilbao, Granada and Valencia.

Nestled on the Northern Coast of Spain, Bilbao is off the beaten path – a hidden gem that not many people think of when they think of Spain. The capital of the Biscay Province, is most known for the iconic Guggenheim Museum, but what else is there?

Beyond the modern titanium structure that stands across the river from the Universidad de Deusto and ISA office, students are able to experience an abundance of art, exquisite cuisine and natural beauty. Wonder if Bilbao is the right choice for you? Here are some reasons why you should spend your fall semester in this beautiful city!

1.    Architecture – Bilbao boasts a stunning display of modern and classic architecture by architects such as Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry.

2.    Pintxos – The Basque Country’s own version of Spanish tapas.  They are inexpensive, diverse and delicious!

3.    Entertainment – Beyond the endless opportunities to see art exhibits at the Guggenheim, watch theater performances at Teatro Arriaga or catch a concert in the park – Bilbao is one of the four Spanish cities that will host the first phase of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

4.    Nervión River – Every semester, ISA students kayak down the Nervión river. If you aren’t interested in kayaking, you can always walk along side it’s banks and enjoy the old city.

5.    Coastal Cities – Bilbao is a short metro ride from the coast. You can surf at some of the world’s best beaches. Get excited for the included excursion to San Sebastian and Biarritz!

6.    Academics – The Universidad de Deusto is one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, not to mention the first business school! Students can chose from a variety of courses ranging from Business to Gastronomy. All language levels are welcomed.

We’re accepting applications through October 1st, so there’s still time to apply to venture to the Basque Country!

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Glasgow: City of Music

August 15, 2014

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Glasgow is a city devoted to music. One of only six cities to hold the honor of being named a UNESCO Music City, Glasgow’s live music scene mixes all genres and audiences. The city also boasts an average of 130 music events each week ranging from pop to rock to Celtic music, opera and more.

Some popular bands that have come from Glasgow:

Franz Ferdinand

Camera Obscura

Glasvegas

Errors

The Twilight Sad

Arab Strap

Chemikal Underground

The Pastels

Top 5 Music Venues according to the Guardian:

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Nice N Sleazy

Brel

Tchai-Ovna

O2 ABC

Check out these sites for info on where to catch gigs and keep a pulse on the ever evolving music scene throughout the city:  The Glasgow: City of Music Official Page, Glasgow Music Scene, or the Official Glasgow Music Scene Facebook Page. Carey Lander from Camera Obscura, once stated that Glasgow is, “more resistant to pretentiousness than many cities. It has a different sense of cool and seems less distracted by musical fads… it continues to hold its own and remain important to people from all over the world.”

What else does Glasgow have to offer?  Here’s 8 reasons students from around the world choose Glasgow as their ideal study abroad destination.

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Photo by ISA alumni Yeejkim Yang.

Erin Welsh is the Student Services & Financial Aid Coordinator at ISA.

We’d like to congratulate the 18 ISA students awarded the Gilman Scholarship for their upcoming Fall and Academic-Year study abroad programs.

Fall and Academic-Year 2014 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Winners:
Molly A., Fort Lewis College, Florence Academic Year
Shaylyn B., Boise State University, Meknes Fall
Christopher B., University of Missouri, Kansas City, San Jose Fall
Crystal C., University of Denver, Buenos Aires Fall
Dustin E., Lewis-Clark State College, Barcelona Fall
Fernando E., University of Texas- El Paso, Amman Fall
Elisabeth J., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Seoul Fall
Khaleelah J., Illinois College, Port Elizabeth Fall
Sarah K., Old Dominion University, Buenos Aires Fall
Kaylee O., University of Colorado, Boulder, San Jose Fall
Linda S., University of Michigan- Flint, Amman Fall
Jenna S., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Seoul Fall
Sarah S., University of New Mexico, Amman Fall
Wendy S., University of Texas- El Paso, Salamanca Fall
David S., Texas A&M University- College Station, Amman Fall
Luis V., University of Texas- El Paso, Shanghai Fall
Aerion W., University of Georgia, Meknes Fall
Jasmine W., University of Utah, Meknes Fall

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