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- FIE (Foundation for International Education): London - Study and Intern Program
FIE (Foundation for International Education): London - Study and Intern Program
FIE’S INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP COURSE (IIC)Our internship placements, together with classroom seminars and written reflection, form the International Internship Course, or IIC. You will participate in a hands-on work experience placement in conjun... read more
I learned a lot about my self and I really enjoyed the experience. I wish I'd had a better program, but I'm glad I went. NA View Entire Review
I learned to live independently and not be afraid to travel to a new and unfamiliar place alone. I became much more open-minded in terms of other cultures and ways of living. Although London is a mega-city just like the one I grew up close to (New York City), living in the center of a place with such a vast array of culture was ... A student - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself as a person, I figured out what I wanted out of life and what makes me happy. It was definitely worthwhile! Ashley F - SUNY - Albany View Entire Review
My experience made me more confident and way more independent. Absolutely worthwhile, as I want to move back. Allie M - Elon University View Entire Review
There's so much in the response to that. I gained perspective, inspiration, adaptability, friends, memories etc. I was very worthwhile I would do it again if the opportunity came to me. Nick S - Temple University View Entire Review
I gained so much independence and self-reliance. It was also incredibly lonely and stressful; for at least the first 5 weeks I was absolutely miserable. However, I learned that the only way to get past being miserable was to accept it and move on, push myself to new levels, and always always always poke my nose into places I'm... elise.massicotte.1 - Lawrence University View Entire Review
A lot. It was worthwhile, definitely A student - Guilford College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile. I opened myself up to new experiences. A student - Guilford College View Entire Review
After traveling to London, I definitely hope to travel back once again to live there. Tenesa B - Marymount University View Entire Review
I truly enjoyed my study abroad experience. I not only learned so much from my internship about the fashion industry, but I also learned so much more about myself. I was surprised as to how easily I maneuvered the city and explored different museums and cultural experiences. Traveling was also a big contributor to my enjoymen... Dana D - Marymount University View Entire Review
YES! It was great. Everyone should go abroad, and this is a comfortable, dynamic program. London is an amazing city, and since this is affiliated with London it makes it easy to go through our school so all Elon students should consider it. Kari M - Elon University View Entire Review
I gained the ability to live in a large city and basically work, commuting an hour to and from work three days a week Adam O - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
A new perspective and confidence Alex N - Santa Clara University View Entire Review
Although England is an english speaking country, there is still a bit of a language barrier due to colloquialisms that is great to experience and navigate. I learned how to travel by myself, use public transportation, and ultimately live on my own comfortably in a foreign environment. Tessa L - Marist College View Entire Review
I gained a new perspective on the world just from being outside the United States for an extended period of time. Living in the United States my whole life I didn't realize that the world could operate differently and still be able to function efficiently. I would say it was definitely worthwhile exploring new places and meeting... A student - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
I gained a better knowledge of how other people live in the world. It also solidified my constant travel bug and I'm looking into booking a trip back over to London after my graduation from college. Studying abroad was definitely the highlight of my college career and I would absolutely go back to it in a heartbeat. Alyssa O - Marist College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. While I don't think my program had the best administration or housing, I loved the friends I made and living in the London, now one of my favorite cities! A student - Villanova University View Entire Review
I learned about living in a big city and adapting to new cultures not only in London but the other cities I visited. A student - Villanova University View Entire Review
I loved it and can not wait to go again!! Overall it has taught me a lot about myself and giving me the courage to keep on traveling by myself and making friends along the way. Kathleen H - Marymount University View Entire Review
Absolutely. I had a great time exploring London and traveling around Europe. I learned so much about the culture here, especially about the workplace environment. My internship was amazing, and the friends I met here will be my friends for a long time, even when we go back to the states. Living on my own was a challenge, but I t... Elleny N - Marymount University View Entire Review
I believe that any study abroad experience is worthwhile. However, the Elon in London program allows you to explore culture and society in an individual way while still operating within the Elon support system. It encourages independence, curiosity, and exploration. April K - Elon University View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was the best experience of my life. Living in another country for an entire semester was a very eye opening experience that I think everyone who is able to should have. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Heather L - Elon University View Entire Review
FIE’S INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP COURSE (IIC)
Our internship placements, together with classroom seminars and written reflection, form the International Internship Course, or IIC. You will participate in a hands-on work experience placement in conjunction with academic coursework (that relates to your internship). This course forms part of your academic program in London.
Fall/spring students enroll onto a 14 week program and elect to participate in an internship course as part of their academic studies. Summer Internship students enroll onto an 8 week summer internship + study program.
At FIE, we strongly believe that careful monitoring and individual support are crucial in arranging suitable and rewarding internships. FIE’s Experiential Education Team works with students individually upon admission to the program to match his/her skills and background with an appropriate organization. The Experiential Education Team provides pre-departure and on-site support during the placement and internship process. The IIC seminars allow for discussion, analysis and academic reflection throughout the student’s experience.
Please note that all student internships are unpaid and are for academic credit only.
London offers a vast resource for experience-based learning. The work environments available to FIE interns cater to almost every major and include the various business sectors, not-for-profit, political, public sector and creative organizations.
In order to enhance and contextualize the internship experience, there is an important academic component that runs in conjunction with the placement. The classes (called seminars) aim to provide students with support in order to allow them to develop their understanding of the UK workplace and enable to them to make the most of their experience. The seminars will enable students to work with a faculty member and their peers to reflect upon the experience and exchange ideas.Students will be assessed on their ability to engage analytically with the internship experience. Students will be required to submit written assignments, deliver a presentation and write a final report that will provide structured expression of student development throughout the process.By the end of the IIC students should be in a position to:
• Understand general aspects of the UK workplace.
• Have a high degree of understanding of the organization in which they have been interning as well as the sector in which that organization operates.
• Look back and describe and reflect on their internship experience and the ways in which they have developed during the program.
• Reflect on their own performance in the workplace.
• Engage with intercultural issues which have emerged during that experience.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Communication and Media Studies
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Social Sciences
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Business Communications
- Hospitality Administration
- Human Resources Management
- International Business