Next fall, 36 students from Skidmore’s Class of 2017 will have the opportunity to spend their first semester of college in London, one of the world’s great cities. In addition to allowing students to enjoy the historical and cultural riches of England’s capital, the First-Year Experience in London enables them to begin working toward their Skidmore degrees; helps prepare them for Skidmore’s academic challenges and opportunities; and builds strong connections and friendships among the participants. This unique program is in its 13th year.
Students will study under the guidance of two Skidmore faculty directors who will oversee the academic program, serve as advisors and mentors for the students, and organize a variety of group cultural excursions and activities. The directors, Tom Lewis, Professor of English and Erica Bastress-Dukehart, Associate Professor of History, will each teach a required Scribner Seminar. These courses have been specifically designed for the program and take full advantage of London's resources. Students will take additional classes at the IES Abroad (Institute for the International Education of Students) London Center. All courses are considered Skidmore courses; grades will appear on the Skidmore transcript and will count toward the Skidmore GPA. A number of courses may also count toward core-curriculum requirements. At the conclusion of the program, students will join their classmates in Saratoga Springs for their second semester.
Why the FYE in London?
— Karen Donovan, Class of 2012, studied on the London FYE program in fall 2008
The River Thames meandering through the city center; the trendy West End with Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square; the cultural melting pot of the East End; and the world-famous theaters—all combine to form today’s London. Students can explore artistic treasures at the National and Tate galleries, visit the resting place of the royals at Westminster Abbey, watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, or pick through antiques at Portobello Market. It’s easy to see why London attracts visitors from around the world. It’s also easy to see why so many students find this to be a fantastic study abroad destination.
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