London

This Lafayette College Study Abroad program is hosted by Goldsmith’s College of the University of London.

Core Course: Many Londons, many markets, many cultures

This course will explore and study diverse markets in and around London. During a semester-long stay, students will use the lenses of historical and modern-day cultures to observe Londoners’ connections to local, national, and international business.  These explorations will range from local wholesale and retail clothing and food, to renowned insurer Lloyd’s and Christie’s auction house, to the vibrant London financial markets.  While visiting those local markets and the historic exchanges, students will learn how the institutions grew, as well as the history of the many countries represented among the multinationals that have done and currently do business in London.
We will study firms’ pricing and non-price decision making, the strategic interactions among firms, and the regulatory policies adopted by governments that promote or hinder fairness across economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.  Students will read work by economists, historians, and fiction writers—drawing from great Britons’ rich history of economic thought, from histories and authors on the continent, and from the many connections between Britain and the developing world.  Throughout our discussions, we will connect these ideas to London’s place at the center of world economics and finance, and to the active cultural milieux in Londoners’ neighborhoods and international identities.
For further information, contact Professor Ruebeck at ruebeckc@lafayette.edu.

Goldsmiths College of the University of London is located in New Cross, South East London, in zone 2 of the public transportation system, and five minutes’ walk from New Cross or New Cross Gate Stations. From central London, taking an overground train from London Bridge to New Cross or New Cross Gate is one of the quickest and most straightforward routes. Click here for maps.

What courses can I take?

All students on this program will take four classes, including a core course entitled “Many Londons, many markets, many cultures” which will be taught by the program director, Professor Christopher Ruebeck, from the Economics department at Lafayette College (course description above).

The other three courses may be chosen from among all of Goldsmiths’ offerings (taking into account that some have prerequisites that must be met). Goldsmiths College is particularly strong in the arts – including graphic, plastic, design and textile arts, drama, music, and video – as well as English and comparative literature, computer science, and psychology  (including cognitive science and neuroscience), among other academic departments at Goldsmiths. All of your credits and all of your grades will transfer.

Please note that certain media and performance classes are kept quite small and fill up quickly, so students interested in these specific courses should apply immediately.

Who is eligible?

Students who will be sophomores or juniors next fall may apply to this program; students who will be seniors next fall must submit a petition to the Academic Progress Committee for permission to apply.  While Lafayette requires a minimum cumulative GPA of  2.80 for eligibility, Goldsmiths requests that applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.0; they are willing to consider applicants with lower GPAs on a case-by-case basis. Please note that students on Disciplinary Probation Level 1 or Level 2 may not study abroad. See here for more information on eligibility.

Space on this program is limited to 25 students.
The first 25 eligible students will be admitted; subsequent applicants will be placed on a wait list.

Why should I choose this program?

  • Goldsmiths is an outstanding university with excellent facilities, located in Zone 2, with on-campus housing. You will take 3 of your 4 classes alongside UK students -  you will not be limited to classes exclusively for study abroad students. Your Lafayette tuition will cover your international airfare, local and regional excursions, and program-sponsored activities within London (such as tickets to performances).
  • This program will fulfill your Foreign Culture Requirement.

How much will it cost?

Students will be billed by Lafayette College’s standard fees for tuition, and Lafayette’s room fee; any financial aid that you get while on campus – except for an on-campus work-study job – will automatically be applied to this program as well. This will cover tuition, accommodation in a single room with a private bathroom in a Goldsmiths dormitory (on campus – no commute!), a number of excursions around the UK

Student Bedroom(possibilities include Bath and Stonehenge, Oxford, and Edinburgh), and program-sponsored activities in London. Since Goldsmiths – like most UK universities – does not offer a meal plan, you will not be billed for meals. You will either have to prepare your own meals (all suites in the dorms have kitchens, each shared by 8 students), or you may purchase meals at the student union or any of the local restaurants and pubs. Your international airfare is also covered by your tuition – we will arrange group flight from JFK or Newark to London, and it is included in the cost of the program.

You will also have to submit a paper application to Goldsmiths College; please email banasm@lafayette.edu for a copy.