Studies in International Business and London Internship Program

Location: London, England - London School of Economics & Political Science

The program is full for 2014 and we are no longer accepting applications.


This 11-week program gives students, from all Villanova University colleges/majors, the opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious schools in the world, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), take a Villanova course on international business, as well as participate as an intern for an organization located in London, UK.  Students from all Colleges may participate in this program, internships are available in a variety of areas, not only business! The summer program is designed to allow each student to earn a total of 6 undergraduate credits.

Upon arrival, during the first week, students will participate in a comprehensive orientation.  In addition to a city tour and program orientation, students will also complete an intensive Internship Capstone seminar. During the Internship Capstone seminar, each intern will work to establish clear academic learning objectives and goals that will focus on enhancing the overall internship experience. The student will learn what is expected within the British workplace; participate in discussions about the professional working culture within London, and other related insights to this overseas internship placement.

Students will be placed in a four-week internship that corresponds to that student's course of study, professional and personal goals, to ensure the quality and academic relevance of the placement. To determine the appropriate opportunity, the student receives an individual assessment meeting with the placement team to clarify the student’s skills, interests and professional goals. The student will select three areas in which they would like to intern; all three areas will receive equal consideration. The placement team then draws upon the extensive employer network to find the right match. If a match does not exist in the employer database, the team will conduct vigorous outreach to locate a proper placement. The companies and organizations that make up the list of approved internships in the database are carefully and regularly monitored by site visits and student assessment. Once the student commences the internship, the team provides office hours for counseling beyond the standard workday, offers mid-term reviews to ensure learning goals are being met, and acquires the supervisor evaluation at the conclusion of the placement.

Once the internship has been completed, students segue into a one week Internship Capstone seminar which will guide the students through reflective exercises, learning objectives, and culminates in a final paper. Once completed, this paper will be assessed and credit granted for the internship experience.

The student will take one course (3 academic credits) at LSE during Summer Session II during the final three weeks of the program. Once the LSE course has been completed, the program will finish its time in London by holding a farewell reception for the students.

Villanova University College of Liberal Arts & Science (CLAS) and College of Engineering students must obtain approval for their LSE course prior to departure.

Please email the Office of International Studies to begin the course approval process for the selected AUR course:
Subject line - LSE London Course Approval

Additional Academic Requirements and Program Details

  • 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling-admissions basis until the March 1, 2014 deadline. Program may fill prior to the deadline.
    *Priority will be given to students who apply by the "early action" application deadline of Dec. 13, 2013.**
  • Students interested in business work placements must have completed one business-related course, preferably in business. Placements within business include: HR, Financial Recruitment, Economics, Company Finance/Accounting, Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Banking, Marketing, Operations (Logistics, Supply Chain Management)
  • Students interested in finance placements must have completed at least one University course in Finance.
  • Once accepted, students will be required to submit a $850 non-refundable commitment fee. This commitment fee will be due within two weeks of receiving the acceptance letter. Final invoicing for the program will be assessed in early-April, with the program balance due no later than May 1, 2014.
  • Due to UK Tier IV Visa Requirements, students whose first language is not English must have a valid, recent (within two years) TESOL/TOEFL language exam. Please notify the Dr. Chaudhry or the OIS if this applies to you.


In previous years, Villanova University will sponsored group trips to Greenwich, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, a West End musical, and a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theater. There will also be a welcome reception, a farewell party, and other social events during the program.
Upon completion of the MGT2350 and internship, students will take a day trip to Paris before beginning their three week LSE course.

Internship Placements

  • Business: Economics, Finance, Management, International Business
    *See 'Additional Academic Requirements' for more information on internships within business, finance and economics
  • Arts/Architecture/Art Administration
  • Professional Theatre
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Comparative Law
  • International Organizations
  • Health & Human Services
  • Advertising & Marketing or Public Relations
  • Film, Radio & Television
  • Journalism

Faculty Coordinator

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Dr. Peggy Chaudhry
Department of Management and Operations/International Business
Villanova School of Business
Bartley 2039
(610) 519-6442

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Application can be found on the Forms site.

Program is full for 2014 and no longer accepting applications.

Payment Information

Applications will be accepted until the March 1, 2014 deadline. Priority will be given to students who apply by the "early action" application deadline of Dec. 13, 2013; the non-refundable commitment fee of $850 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Total: $15,950
Includes tuition, housing, internship placement, excursions. Students should budget additional funds for flights, meals and travel expenses. 


Residence style housing in the South Kensington area of London is provided for the program. Each room has shared kitchen facilities with a private bathroom. The rooms will be shared with other students on the program. The housing is located in an exclusive area of London with many cafes, restaurants, and stores within walking distance of the housing facility. The South Kensington subway stop is just minutes away.


Potential transferable Session II courses at LSE:

Analysis and Management of Financial Risk; Business Analysis and Valuation; E-Business in the Digital Age; Economics of European Integration; Financial Markets; International Business Strategy; Human Rights: Theory, Law and Practice; International Law; Public Finance, and Social Science electives, such as Understanding Foreign Policy: The Diplomacy of War, Profit and Justice; The Middle East in Global Politics; World’s in Collision: International Politics from the end of the Cold War to the War on Terror; and What Kind of Europe?

Please keep in mind that students must meet any pre-requisites placed on LSE courses.

Please visit the LSE summer school web site at for a detailed list of courses offered during Session II.

VU Arts & Science students should contact the OIS in order to ensure that the selected LSE course will be approved for credit.