Earn a Certificate in Community Engagement

Do something meaningful and give back to the community while studying abroad!

The Community Engagement Certificate focuses on the key concepts of active citizenship, social entrepreneurship, activism, and social protest in the contemporary city. This program includes a service-learning component which enables you to become directly involved in community engagement and grassroots initiatives in London, a city which remains one of the most cosmopolitan, diverse, and unequal in the world.  A Certificate of Study in Community Engagement is awarded upon successful completion of the program.


January 8, 2020
thru April 18, 2020
Program Fee: $18,345
Application Deadline October 17, 2019

The London Experience



Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan London with our My Global Education events: Tour Camden, enjoy the food on Brick Lane or visit The Globe.


Live like a Londoner and stay in shared apartments or opt for a homestay, all within a one-hour commute to the CAPA London Center. Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.


Required curriculum: Experiencing Globalization, Contemporary Issues through Service-Learning course and service learning placement, plus choose 2-3 courses from the designated optional curriculum for a total of 15 credits. 

service work

Service-learning placements with local organizations are unique opportunities to be directly involved in community engagement and grassroots politics in London. 

Learn About Studying with CAPA in London


CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!


Earn 15-18 credits per semester (courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; the service learning placement and accompanying course is 3-6 credits). Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.


You can opt to live in shared apartments or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.

Local Transit Pass

A Zone 1-2 London Underground pass is included for use on the Tube (subway) and buses for students living in apartments. Zones 1-3 is included for students in homestay.

Excursions & Activities

Half-day coach tour of London, full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath plus choose one from: full-day excursion to Oxford, Brighton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle, or Salisbury and Glastonbury. Social events include an arrival tea, midterm dinner, and a farewell ceremony. 

Service Work

Get involved in something meaningful and earn academic credit with a service-learning placement. Note: service-learning in London requires a visa.

My Global City

These events always include; a walking tour of the Iconic South Bank on your first weekend; taking a riverboat tour to Greenwich; touring multi-cultural Brixton, A Beatles and Abbey Road Magical Mystery Walking Tour, feasting on a multi-course curry dinner in Brick Lane. Other activities reflect what is on in the city at the time.

24/7 Emergency Support

We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan with staff available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.


As a student on our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.


The CAPA London team is available throughout your program to help you make the most of your experience.

spring Courses

Campaigners, Activists and Radicals: Gender and Citizenship in Modern Europe  

This course will analyze women's claims for citizenship throughout the 20th century from a variety of European perspectives. Students will chart the ways women have adapted to, and attempted to challenge, ideological, political, and material conditions of citizenship in 20th century Europe; examine such topics as women’s political activism, citizenship and warfare, consumer citizenship, sexuality and reproductive rights, and citizenship within the context of multicultural society; engage with a wide array of historical and contemporary sources; and attend field studies around London.



Community Engagement: Service-Learning in London  

This interdisciplinary course with a sociological focus will present a unique opportunity in which students will become directly involved in the realities of community engagement and grassroots politics through community service placements. Students will engage in critical thought and reflection on urban inequalities in London while examining the historical, sociological, and political context of community service and social, economic, and political exclusion in the UK. Students will explore three key interrelated themes: urban life, super-diversity, and welfare and exclusion. This course is 6 credits.



Experiencing Globalization: Society, Space and Everyday Life in London  

This course will explore London’s complex relationship with the forces of globalization and the ways in which everyday life and experience in London, as well as its people, institutions, and organizations, have been shaped by—and are contributing to—global change. Students will critically examine the effects of neoliberal globalization, the growing (though uneven) global dominance of projects promoting increasing freedoms for capital under the banners of “free markets” and “free trade; develop an understanding of a variety of collective challenges to these projects; analyze their economic, political, cultural, and ecological aspects; and address several theoretical and conceptual concerns.



Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action  

The notion of human rights has become central to global politics today. It is not a single subject but a broad field of potential investigation: this intensive seminar provides a multi-disciplinary introduction to the topic, critically examining the politics of human rights, their contentious nature and uneven global implementation. Throughout, the focus will be on practical issues and the contested politics of human rights in action through a range of topical case studies. Students will evaluate key debates about the politics and morality of human rights, analyze and explore the theoretical foundations of human rights concepts and topical issues relating to human rights from a variety of global, regional and local perspectives. The course critically examines the history and development of concepts of human rights and the philosophies underpinning them, as well as current frameworks of international human rights law and the relationship among current debates in human rights, political power and social injustice. Topics to be covered will include human rights and international relations; humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect; postcolonial and feminist critiques of human rights; the intersection of human rights with gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class; the relationship between human and civil rights; women's, children's and indigenous peoples'; rights; and the practical implementation and enforcement of human rights.



Islam, Politics, and Britain: A Case Study of London's East End  

This course will examine how complex, multiethnic diversity shapes and defines our understanding of modern Britain, through a specific focus on Muslim communities in London and the nature of their interactions with wider society. Students will analyze the ways in which imperialism and its legacy, as well as Britain's global relationships, have influenced political policies and social attitudes toward multiculturalism and Muslim groups in particular; explore London’s spaces of diaspora identity, including Southall and Spitalfields; and develop an understanding of contemporary race relations in Britain.



Queer Studies and LGBTQ Life in London  

This is a Queer Studies course which will analyze the relationship between sexuality and London's history from the late 19th century to the present day. Students will explore how understandings of sexuality have changed; consider how western identity terms, such as bisexual, gay, lesbian, straight, and transgender, are relatively recent inventions; acknowledge how these terms have been reclaimed as a result of various political movements and freedom struggles; and engage with contemporary Queer life and culture in London via an interdisciplinary approach to sexuality.



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