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Villanova University, School of Business Global Citizens Program, England

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.

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.

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. Financial Accounting - VSB 2004 / Strategic Information Technology - VSB 2006  (Final Offering is TBD)
  3. Business and Society – SCSI 1975 (Social Natural Science Requirement)
  4. Intro to Macroeconomics – ECO 1002
    Global Political Economy -- ECO 3108 
  5. Internship - BA2002 (Free Elective)

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.

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.

On-campus Orientation

Once the participating students have arrived on Villanova’s campus in the fall, a member of the Office of Education Abroad's 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.  

Logistics. Airport pick-up during designated arrival window and airport drop-off on final day of the program.

Cultural services

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

Program schedule 

Spring 2018: TBA

  • • Arrival: early January
  • • Orientation activities and start of courses:  January
  • • 10-week course component:  January – March
  • • Mid-term break: 4 days in March
  • • 6-week internship component:  March – April (Monday-Friday)
  • • Departure: end of April

See application instructions on main Global Citizen Program page


Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.


For further information, please contact the Office of Education Abroad, Middleton Hall by phone: 610-519-6412 or email

NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.

Additional scholarship available: 

AASAP - Association of American Study Abroad Programs United Kingdom
Lord Action Memorial Scholarship