London Summer International Business Internship and LSE

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


This 10-week, 9-credit 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 nine undergraduate credits.

Upon arrival, during the first week, students will participate in a comprehensive program and city orientation. Students 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 take the VU-taught MGT2350, Global Business, alongside a part-time, six week internship. Students will be placed in an internship that corresponds to that student's course of study, professional and personal goals, to ensure the quality and academic relevance of the placement.

Students will work with our London partner to determine the appropriate placement opportunity. All students are expected to enunciate his or her skills, interests and professional goals for the internship. 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 and acquires the supervisor evaluation at the conclusion of the placement.

Upon completion of MGT2350 and the Internship, students will take a trip to Paris, taking a city tour and seeing the monuments and museums for which Paris is known. 

Upon return to London, students will take one course (3 academic credits) at LSE during Summer Session III 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.


  • BA2002 - Global Internship, 3-credits (Graded S/U)
  • MGT2350 - Global Business, 3-credits (Letter-Graded)
  • One course at LSE, 3-credits (Students must earn a C or better in order to receive Transfer 'T' credit)
    *Non-VSB students should refer to the course approval information, below, to ensure their course is approved and able to transfer back to Villanova University

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, 2017 deadline. Program may fill prior to the deadline.
    *Priority will be given to students who apply by the "early action" application deadline of Dec. 10, 2016.**
  • 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 (*very competitive, consider General Finance), Marketing, Operations (Logistics, Supply Chain Management)
  • Students interested in finance placements must have completed at least one University course in Finance.
  • Due to UK Tier IV Visa Requirements, students whose first language is not English must have a valid, recent (within two years) IELTS language exam. Please notify the Dr. Peggy Chaudhry, or the OEA, if this applies to you.

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/*Theatre (*acting not feasible)
  • Professional Theatre
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Human Resources and Legal
  • International Organizations
  • Health & Human Services
  • Advertising & Marketing 
  • Public Relations
  • Film, Radio & Television
  • Journalism
  • Real Estate

Potential transferable Session III 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; 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 III.

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

Please use this link to faciliate the approval

Template wording will need to be changed to indicate that you are planning to study in London on the VU summer program at the London School of Economics. The OEA should be Cc'd on all email requests so that we receive the approval from the faculty approver:
Subject line - ID #, Last Name,  VU-LSE London Course Approval

  • CLAS students must email the departmental chair for course approval.
  • Engineering students must email the following person for course approval:
    Civil - Dr. Andrea Welker; Mechanical - Dr. James O'Brien, Chemical - Dr. Dorothy Skaf, Electrical/Computer - Dr. James Peyton-Jones.

    Failure to obtain approval for your course will result in no credit being awarded. Please make sure your course is approved prior to registration so that you can be reassured that it counts towards your correct academic requirements.


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.


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.

MGT2350 will include various company site visits to further enhance the in-classroom learning with practical application to London-based companies.

Upon completion of the MGT2350 and internship, students will take a trip to Paris before beginning their three week LSE course.

2018 Itinerary to be announced soon!

June 11 - August 19, 2018

2018 Itinerary

10 June: 
Departure from US
11 June: Arrival in London, group transfer from London Heathrow to housing
11 - 15 June: London orientation and internship interviews and placements
18 June - 27 July: VU-taught coursework and Internship
28 July: Day-trip to Paris
29 July: LSE registration
30 July - 17 August
: LSE Summer Session 3 Coursework
19 August: Group departure from housing to airport, Depart London for USA




2018 Program Fee: $16,600

For a detailed breakdown of the expenses, click here

Includes tuition, housing, internship placement, excursions, London Underground zone 1 & 2 transportation pass, airport pick up and drop off, day-trip to Paris with guides and museum/monument entrance fees, and London farewell reception. Students should budget additional funds for flights, meals and travel expenses.
Dr. Chaudhry will coordinate an optional, highly suggested group flight.

Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit a $850 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.

Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship page. Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Please also apply to the CAPA Scholarship. Villanova works with CAPA for their excellent internship placement services.

Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!

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.

Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 10-weeks
  • Dates: June 11 - August 19, 2018
  • Credits: 9
  • Program FEE: $16,600
    Early-admission deadline: December 15, 2017
    Rolling admission, deadline March 1, 2018

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