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Teach and Live in London

Each spring semester, CIE offers a 3-month study abroad program for UWM students in London, England in partnership with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), a study abroad logistics provider and three U.S. partner universities (University of WyomingMount St. Mary's University, Metropolitan State College of Denver).

AIFS provides logistical support services for the program, including: orientation, classroom space, housing, advising, cultural and social events, emergency support, and a computer lab. AIFS also arranges an optional pre-semester European tour as well as other mid-semester excursions to other U. K. destinations. The academic setting for the program is the University of London in its Student Union, located at the heart of the Bloomsbury district, just minutes away from Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, the tower of London, and Buckingham Palace.

Courses in the program are taught by faculty from the U.S. partner institutions, and London-based instructors, who are selected by AIFS in consultation with the U.S. partner schools. Participating students are required to take a course titled "British Life and Culture," plus a full-time schedule of other courses from those taught by the visiting U.S. campus instructors. Past visiting instructor courses have focused on a range of disciplines, among them art, history, literature, political science, social science, music, and theater. All courses in the program are specifically designed to maximize the benefits of being in London. During the program, participating students only take courses with each other; they are not in classes with British students.

Any current UWM educator (faculty or teaching academic staff) may apply to lead the program.


The UWM instructor who leads this program has responsibilities before, during, and after the program of study.


  • Recruit students (attend fall study abroad fair)
  • Review and accept applicants
  • Conduct a pre-departure, site-specific orientation along with CIE staff and an AIFS representative
  • Arrange London housing and international air travel
  • Apply for a visa
  • Receive UWM School/College approval for courses to be taught in London

In London

  • Teach two of his/her own classes (one lower- and one upper-division) and serve as instructor of record for the "British Life and Culture" class
  • Serve as onsite advisor for UWM students
  • Work with AIFS and CIE to manage on-site emergencies
  • Account for a modest program budget


  • Submit student grades
  • Meet with CIE staff to review program

CIE will manage all other program logistics, to include, but not limited to, budgeting, contracting, invoice payment, pre-program student advising, registering students for course credit at UWM, and pre-departure orientation.

Money Matters

This program employs a cost recovery budget, whereby participating students pay an equal share of total program costs. Students are not charged UWM tuition. Hence, the program will NOT take place if it fails to enroll a minimum number of students. If the enrolment target is not met by the application deadline, the UWM Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel the program.

The program covers the following costs for the participating UWM instructor:

  • Transportation to and from London (including airport transfers)
  • Housing
  • Visa
  • Course development costs
  • (Salary paid by instructor's UWM department)

A lump sum in the amount of $9,000 is paid directly to the UWM instructor to cover these expenses. It is the instructor's responsibility to arrange and pay for their own transportation, lodging, and other expenses (CIE and AIFS will offer support and advice as needed). Any and all expenditures in excess of the stipend are the sole responsibility of the selected UWM instructor.

Important Note: The UWM instructor remains on his/her department's budget while in service, receiving regular academic salary and fringe benefits. Because replacement costs are not provided, the department must concur in granting leave during the term of service. 

Application, Review, and Selection Process

To apply to serve as resident director for the spring 2013 London program, e-mail the following documents to Mark Eckman by January 20th, 2012:

  1. Teach in London application
  2. Syllabi for two proposed courses [template] (Note: UWM School/College approval for courses required before program start)
  3. Current CV

Completed applications will be reviewed by members of CIE's Overseas Programs and Partnerships Advisory Committee after the application deadline. Selection of an instructor will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Strength of course design (use of London as teaching laboratory; interdisciplinarity; appeal to a diverse mix of student majors)
  • Recruitment plan
  • Professional qualifications

The committee's decision will be announced as soon as possible following the application deadline and is considered final.

Previous program materials: