London

Program Date: July 8 - July 22, 2023

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The History of London as a Global Trading Capital

For two weeks, students immerse themselves in one of the world’s oldest and greatest cities renowned for its distinct literature, acclaimed theater, iconic architecture, and thriving financial district. The curriculum focuses on how London came to be one of the leading trading capitals in the world through an exploration of its fascinating history and culture by visiting its many historic buildings, museums and diverse neighborhoods. Each day will focus on a different period, and a different area of London, from the city's Roman foundations through to the 2012 Olympic games, to build up a multilayered understanding of how London came to be the place it is today. We will particularly focus on how London developed as a global city of trade and immigration over the centuries. Simultaneously, the course will explore the idea of history, not as a simple set of facts about “what happened in the past," but as a changing interpretive discipline, rooted in the evaluation and interpretation of primary source material.

Guest lecturers who are experts in their field will guide students through London, with academic and extracurricular activities, including field trips, plays and theater tours, museum visits, and catching a performance on the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Classroom instruction is taught by Notre Dame faculty from the London Global Gateway at Fischer Hall near Trafalgar Square in the heart of London’s governmental, cultural, historical, royal, and entertainment districts. Students live in Conway Hall, a Notre Dame residential facility on the South Bank, one of London’s best connected and vibrant areas.

Answer the call to become a global citizen by joining us in one of the most international cities in the world for a summer you’ll never forget! Students are eligible to receive one transferable college credit upon completion of the program. The program is limited to 18 students who will be rising high school seniors by the time of the program.

Check out the full Notre Dame Pre-College experience as a study abroad student in London!

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