Winter session in London provides mix of class and exploration

By Katelyn McBride

Kensington Palace, LondonKensington Palace, London, U.K.

Leah Jessen, a University of Iowa finance major from Waukee, Iowa, recently returned from the trip of a lifetime in Europe. She enrolled in the winter session study abroad program in London offered by Tippie College of Business and filled her schedule to the brim with sightseeing when she wasn’t in class.


Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

This unique study abroad program allows UI students to earn 3 semester hours of credit in one 15-day program. Students choose one of two classes, both taught by faculty of the Tippie College of Business. This year’s courses were International Finance, taught by Associate Professor Artem Durnev, and Contemporary Topics in Marketing: Problems in International Marketing, taught by Professor Cathy Cole.

Leah headed to London ready to learn and explore. She toured London by bus, attended a ballet at the Royal Opera House, navigated the London Underground (a.k.a. “the Tube”), and visited historic Stonehenge, among other activities.

After their classes ended January 10, students could either return to Iowa or travel independently. Leah took advantage of her time in Europe by making stops in Ireland and Italy before coming home.


Trevi fountain, Rome, Italy

While most of her time in Ireland was spent in Dublin – which Leah says is one of the coolest places she’s ever visited – she also took a day trip to the beautiful Cliffs of Moher.

The final stop on her agenda, Rome, included visits to the Colosseum, Trevi fountain, and Vatican City, as well as lots of pasta and gelato.

Leah says the entire trip was an amazing experience and she encourages other students to study abroad if they have the opportunity.

“What better way to get college credit than traveling the world?” she says. “Take a break from your routine life in Iowa and go see what else the world has to offer you. Go into travel with an open mind and willingness to try new things. You will learn so much about yourself and life.”

To learn more about the winter session in London for business majors, visit the program pages on the Study Abroad and Tippie College of Business websites. Or, learn about all short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs at the spring Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, January 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Capitol Centre.

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