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Villanova University, School of Business Global Citizens Program, England

Program Basics

This program is open to Villanova University freshman who will be enrolled in the Villanova School of Business. This sixteen week overseas study experience combines academic coursework with a practical internship located in London, England.

Overview

London

The city of London is an exciting and vibrant multicultural city, and an excellent location for students interested in expanding their international experience. The Global Citizens Program London is centered in South Kensington, with accommodation and classroom space within walking distance of each other, and both locales are close to the Underground for easy transportation throughout the city. 

Program dates

Spring 2014: January 6 to April 26. 
A 16-week program, including:

Program schedule 2014

  • Depart from US (Sunday, January 5)
  • Arrival in London and airport pick up (January 6)
  • Orientation Activities (January 6 – January 10)
  • 10-week course component (January 9 – March 12)
  • Mid-term break (March 13 – March 16)
  • 6-week internship component (March 17 – April 25)
  • Housing ends, depart London (Saturday, April 26)

Professional practice internship

Villanova University will partner with EUSA, a provider of academic internship services in London. EUSA has partnered with the Villanova School of Business since 2001 and the organization has placed over 500 Villanova students in academic internships throughout Europe. Students will participate in a 6-week professional practice internship, working 40 hours a week, Monday-Friday (240 contact hours)

Villanova University students will have access to professional practice internship opportunities spanning a wide variety of industry sectors in London. The internship services include:

  • Instructions on preparation of a placement essay and a resume appropriate to the England
  • Individual interview with an internship director on the Villanova University campus approximately two months prior to the program start date
  • Group orientation on the Villanova University campus and on-site in London
  • Placement of student in a professional practice internship
  • Follow-up and any required trouble-shooting
  • Coordination with each internship supervisor and obtaining the supervisor’s and the student’s written evaluations

Internship placements are based on the skills, interests and professional goals of the student and the project needs and work cycles of the internship sponsors. Students are placed in internships that directly reflect or relate to their courses of study to ensure quality and academic relevance of the placement.

Academic Coursework

In addition to the internship, there will be four course components, developed in collaboration with Villanova University and taught by British faculty. These four courses are designed to fulfill freshman year VSB requirements and to ensure that all GCP participants will remain on schedule to graduate in four years:

  1. Augustine and Culture Seminar – ACS 1001
  2. Business Dynamics – VSB 1002 *subject to change in 2015
  3. Business and Society – SOC 2700
  4. Intro to Macroeconomics – ECO 1002 - OR - Global Political Economy ECO 3108
  5. Internship - BA2002 - free elective

On-campus Orientation

Once the participating students have arrived on Villanova’s campus in the fall, a member of the Office of International Studies’ staff will lead a series of orientation sessions on various topics that will prepare the Global Citizens for their semester abroad and internship placement.

Support Services in London

Orientation

All Global Citizens will participate in a pre-departure orientation on the Villanova University campus and an on-site orientation for students upon arrival to London.

Management and safety

EUSA’s London office, located near student housing, provides management and support to students for the duration of the program. A EUSA program director will be the principal contact for students on issues of housing, safety, culture and social life in the city. The program director will also serve as the principal contact with the Villanova University campus.

The program director will be available via regular office hours, outside the students’ normal work schedules, to answer questions and resolve problems and will also be available to students 24 hours per day via cell phone for medical, legal or other emergencies.   

Housing

Students will be provided with 16 weeks of centrally located student housing in London. Students will stay in centrally located and fully renovated flats in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of London’s most attractive and safe neighborhoods. All flats are fully furnished, self-contained and specially designed for the student lifestyle. Each has a kitchen with modern cooking facilities, high-speed Ethernet connections, phone lines and basic weekly housekeeping.

Logistics

  • Airport pick-up for group designated flight and airport drop-off on final day of the program.

Cultural services

  • Two one-day trips
  • One theatre trip
  • Tour of London
  • Farewell reception

United Kingdom Visa Application Procedure

All students participating in the Villanova Global Citizens Internship Program London must obtain an official Tier 4 PBS Student Visa from the British government prior to entering the country. Failure to obtain a Tier 4 PBS Student Visa prior to departure may result in deportation upon arrival in the UK. Students with UK or EU citizenship may be exempt from this requirement.

The Tier 4 Student Visa application is a multi-step endeavor and typically consists of the completion of an online application form, biometric fingerprinting and digital face scan, and physical submission of supporting documents to the British Consulate General in New York or Los Angeles. Student visa applications can take up to 6-8 weeks to complete so all students must begin the process as soon as possible. 

Each GCP student will be issued a CAS statement by EUSA which is a required piece of the Tier 4 Visa application.  The CAS statement confirms that EUSA is sponsoring the visa application of the individual student. 

Proof of financial stability is another important requirement in the final submission of forms to the British Consulate. Students must be able to show that they have sufficient money in their bank accounts to cover the 'maintenance fees' associated with studying in the UK.  For study abroad in London, students must show that they have access to the equivalent of £800 per month. Therefore, if a student is planning to spend four months in London, their bank account must show the dollar equivalent of £3200.  The complete £3200 must be remain in the student's bank account for least 28 days prior to starting an online Tier 4 Student Visa application. Therefore, students planning to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa must make arrangements to obtain the necessary funds in their bank account well in advance of starting a Tier 4 Visa application. For current currency conversion rates please visit  www.oanda.com.

After the online application is submitted, students are required to obtain official biometric fingerprinting and digital face scans from a local Application Support Center run by the US government. After that step is complete, students send a copy of their online application form, their biometric data, their passport, their financial information, and all other required supporting documents to the UK Consulate designated in their online application.

The above information is up to date as of January 2011, however the visa application process for the UK has changed over the past year, so all students must visit the UK Border Agency’s website for current visa application instructions and information.

The UK Border Agency has also created a YouTube video that outlines the Tier 4 Student Visa application process.

Passport

In order to participate in the Global Citizens Program, all students must have a passport that will be valid at least six months after when they are supposed to return (December 2014). The UKBA will not issue a Tier 4 student visa in a passport that is about to expire. 

Questions

For further information, please contact the Office of International Studies, Middleton Hall, Villanova, PA 19085-1699, or by phone: 610/519-6412 fax: 610-519-7649

Cost Estimates

View of St. Paul's across the Millennium Bridge

Guide to the Tier 4 Student Visa

Follow Jacqueline James - GCP 2014 - through her adventures in London!