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.
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 a shared apartment or a homestay (with your own room and two meals a day), all within commuting distance to the CAPA center.
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 homestays.
Enjoy a half-day coach tour of London, a 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.
Get involved in something meaningful and earn academic credit with a service-learning placement and accompanying required course. Note: Students participating in service-learning in London require a visa.
These events always include a walking tour of the iconic South Bank on your first weekend; taking a riverboat tour to Greenwich; touring multicultural Brixton, A Beatles and Abbey Road Magical Mystery Walking Tour, and feasting on a multi-course curry dinner in Brick Lane. Other activities reflect what is on in the city at the time.
CAPA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in London. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations. Students will also have access to the Guardian study abroad safety app which includes emergency assistance and other support resources.
As a student on our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.
CAPA is committed to the health and wellness of our students while they are studying abroad in London. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure a safe and productive learning experience, and provide a variety of health and wellness tools and resources.
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LNDN SOCY 3355
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