The city of London has long been a global powerhouse, leading in both Fashion in Finance. More languages are spoken in the city of London than any other major city in the world, more than 100 or Europe’s 500 largest companies are headquartered in London, and London has the highest non-food retail sales of any city in the world. For these reasons, and many more, we have chosen to study the Finance and Fashion industries in depth this spring.
Students may select one of the two London tracks (listed below) and will travel together to London during spring break, 2017.
Fashion and Luxury Goods Track:
The UK fashion industry supports nearly 800,000 jobs and womenswear sales are expected to grow nearly 25% in the next 4 years. It’s the home of Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Alice Temperley and Stella McCartney. Because of this, we decided that London is an ideal place to explore the Fashion and Luxury Goods industries in depth. Business meetings will take place with the London Evening Standard, a major department store, a British designer, and the British Fashion Council (among others). In addition, the group will have a full day visit outside of London to Bath and Stonehenge.
Students may enroll in this track for 2 (KSB 296 001) or 3 (KSB 296 002) credits. Class meetings will take place on campus on the following dates: Wednesday Feb 15, 22, and March 1. One class will be held upon return on Wednesday, March 29. All classes will take place from 8:10 to 10:40pm.
Finance remains London’s largest industry, so it’s a logical place for us to explore the banking industry, hedge funds, private equity and international bank lending, among other industries. Students on the Finance track will participate in dynamic business visits to companies in all of the above industries.
In order to be eligible for the Finance track, students must have already completed Finance 365 (or must be enrolled in Finance 365 during the spring 2017 semester). This course (FIN 496 004) is available for 1 credit. Students will be expected to attend the pre-departure briefing from 8:10pm to 10:40pm on Wednesday, March 1.
The program will begin on Sunday, March 12 in the program hotel in London. Students are expected to arrive in London on the morning of the 12th. Information on airport transfer will be given to students before booking flights. Those arriving early will be responsible for arranging their own airport transfer and additional nights in the hotel.
The program will conclude on the morning of Sunday, March 19 in London. Please note, students will be responsible for reserving and purchasing their own airfare to and from London, and may choose to arrive early or stay later for personal travel in the region.
Students are responsible for reserving and purchasing their own airfare to and from The UK. The International flight is not included in the program fee.
Itinerary and Housing
The program will begin on Sunday, March 12 with an orientation and welcome dinner in London. The program hotel is in the centrally-located neighborhood of Bloomsbury, just down the street from the British Museum, University College London, and Euston Station. During the week, students can expect up to two business visits per day, based on their chosen track. Typically, evenings are left unscheduled so that students may explore London. Saturday, March 11, both groups will venture outside of London for a full day visit to Stonehenge and Bath, and will return to the city late in the evening. The program concludes on Sunday, March 19.
Students are responsible for the following costs of the program:
Tuition: Costs for tuition are based on the number of credits, calculated per the tuition and fee schedule posted on the Student Accounts website.
Program Fee: The $2,350 program fee includes double occupancy room throughout the program, ground transportation as part of the program, company site visits, and meals and cultural activities as outlined on the program itinerary. Due to possible exchange rate fluctuations, the final program cost may need to be adjusted and will be confirmed 30–60 days in advance of departure. This program fee is billed to your Student Account, minus a $300 non-refundable deposit which is paid to AU through the Kogod Office of Global Learning Programs.
Travel: Students are responsible for the reservation and payment of air travel to and from London, England.
Passport & Visa: Passports must be valid at least until September 14, 2017. If your current passport is expired or is due to expire prior to September 14, 2017, you must obtain a new passport and have it in your possession at least 1 week prior to departure. You must have at least 2 blank visa pages in your passport upon arrival in London. If you do not or will not have 2 blank visa pages in your passport, you must apply for a new passport before departure. Non-US Citizens may need to obtain visas ahead of time and should review the website of the British Consulate in DC for more information (https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa). KSB Global learning will provide visa letters to non US Citizen participants upon request.
Incidentals: Expenses for shopping and personal activities, meals, and local transportation not included in the program itinerary are the student's responsibility.
Financial Aid: Students planning to use financial aid should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine coverage and eligibility.
The deadline to register for this program is Monday, December 19. Registration for this course is limited, and is first come, first served. The course may fill before the registration deadline. To reserve your spot, please complete the registration process (steps 1-5 below):
Photocopy the photo/biographical information page of your passport.
Deliver items 2, 3, and 4 (along with a $300 non-refundable deposit) to the Kogod Office of Global Learning mailbox in KSB 106.
Once your deposit and paperwork have been received, you will be registered based on your online registration form. You will not register yourself. Once registered, your student account will be charged for the balance of the program fee.