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London Business Semester

About the Program

Named No. 23 out of 50 of the best study abroad programs across the nation, it’s no wonder that the St. Thomas London Business Semester (LBS) has been running for over 20 years. Build your network and become part of the legacy – over 1,000 LBS alumni strong. Combine theory with practice as you make London your living classroom. Site visits and excursions complement the topics covered in each course.
  • Earn up to 18 credits towards your degree. All students take Business 200 as well as BUID 490: Exploration of London in the UK Business Environment, a business elective course integrating London into your business studies. Curriculum includes: core business classes; COMM 370: Intercultural Communication and a core requirement in History or Art History.
  • Experience London and Great Britain first hand by living daily life in London. Learn about the history, customs, culture, economy, politics and life in the UK.
  • Create lifelong friendships with members of your cohort and become a part of our LBS alumni network.
  • Become a citizen of the world who understands other cultures and countries and is comfortable and confident being abroad.

In addition to the year-specific information below, view the London Business Semester Program Handbook for insights from past students, life in London, preparing to depart, packing and budget advice, and returning to the U.S.


To apply:

  • Attend one of the London Launch Sessions or a Small Group Advising Session.
  • Access to the online application for the London Business Semester will be granted following attendance of a London Launch Session or a small group advising session at the Office of Study Abroad. Access to the application will not be granted prior to these sessions. 
  • Priority application deadline: April 1
  • Final application deadline (space available): October 1

London Launch Sessions - LBS 2024!

Launch sessions are held prior to the application period, and attendance at one session is required in order to apply for the program. The session is an opportunity for you to meet the faculty directors, hear from a LBS alum, learn about the program components, and ask questions about living, volunteering, and studying in London. If you are not able to attend a Launch session, you may attend a small group advising session or contact the Office of Study Abroad for other options.

Tuesday, February 21, 12 – 1 pm, MCH 100
Thursday, March 2, 12 – 1 pm, MCH 100

Small Group Advising Sessions:

If you are not able to attend a London Launch session, you may attend an advising session. All sessions are in the Office of Study Abroad: MHC 212.

Monday, March 6th - 3:30-4:30
Wednesday, March 8th - 12-1
Monday, March 13th - 3:30-4:30
Tuesday, March 14th 10-11


  • Business major or minor
  • At least sophomore standing at the time of the program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Good disciplinary standing, and
  • Complete a formal application and interview with Faculty Directors and Study Abroad Staff

Final acceptance will be made after an interview.

Note to Accepted Students:  All students accepted into the London Business Semester are required to attend all scheduled pre-departure meetings and orientation sessions. These meetings will take place during the semester prior to departure, dates will be sent with approval notifications.

Once accepted into the London Business Semester, you will need to sign a release for St. Thomas to obtain a criminal background check in order to be placed at your community service site in London (this is a legal requirement of the U.K.). The nature of some offenses may result in limits to the type of placement or restrict students altogether from obtaining a community service placement in London. Note that any reported offenses may be recorded onto your St. Thomas discipline record, and that serious offenses may result in disciplinary action by St. Thomas, including a determination that you are not eligible for Study Abroad programs.

Selection Process

  • Application review by faculty directors
  • Selected students are granted a personal interview. Interviews take place in April.
  • Final students will be selected after the interview.

The program is limited to 50 students.

Courses Offered - Spring 2024 

Students are in courses only with other St. Thomas students. Students take at least 12 and up to 18 credits, plus BUSN 200. Courses listed below are subject to change.

All students take:
BUID 490: Exploration of London in the UK Business Environment (4 credits); fulfills business elective credits
BUSN 200: Community Service – (no academic credit) Each student will receive a placement in London.
Business Courses (all 2 credits)
MKTG 200 - Intro to Marketing
   Prerequisite: BUSN 100, sophomore standing
MKTG 488 - Global Brand Management
   Prerequisite: MKTG 200
OPMT 300 - Operations and Supply Chain Management
   Prerequisite: STAT 200 and MATH 101 or higher; sophomore standing
OPMT 488 - Global Supply Chain Management
   Prerequisite: OPMT 300
MGMT 200 - Working Skillfully in Organizations
   Prerequisite: BUSN 100, sophomore standing
Additional Courses (all 4 credits)
HIST 112 – History of the Modern World Since 1500 - fulfills St. Thomas history core requirement
ARTH 355 – Art of the Last Hundred Years - fulfills St. Thomas fine arts core requirement
COMM 370 – Intercultural Communication - fulfills ALLIED requirement and Integration in the Humanities

Courses Offered - Spring 2023

Students are in courses only with other St. Thomas students. Students take at least 12 and up to 18 credits, plus BUSN 200. Courses listed below are subject to change.
All students take:
BUID 490: Global Business in London (4 credits); fulfills business elective credits
BUSN 200: Community Service – Each student will receive a placement in London.

Core business courses offered:
  • BLAW 300: Law for Business Leaders (2 credits)
  • BLAW 490: International Business Law (2 credits)(also fulfills Writing to Learn)
  • MKTG 200: Intro to Marketing (2 credits) 
  • MGMT 200: Working Skillfully in Organizations (2 credits) 
  • MGMT 383: Effective Teams (2 credits)
Additionally, students may select:
ARTH 355: Art of the Last Hundred Years (4 credits); fulfills St. Thomas fine arts core requirement
COMM 370: Intercultural Communication (4 credits) 
HIST 112: History of the Modern World Since 1500 (4 credits); fulfills St. Thomas history core requirement

Course Descriptions

Business Courses

MKTG 200: Intro to Marketing (2 semester credits)
Introduction to Marketing is designed to help undergraduate students gain a broad, foundational understanding of the basic components of modern marketing. The course will overview the formulation of a marketing strategy (segmentation, targeting, and positioning) and its implementation through the marketing mix (product, price, place, and promotion), tied to a thorough analysis of the marketplace. Prerequisites: BUSN100 
BLAW 300: Law for Business Leaders (2 semester credits)
The course examines how the law impacts daily management decisions and business strategies and provide managers with tools to use principles of law to minimize risk, create value, attain core business objectives, and to resolve legal issues before they become problems. The course uses exercises, simulations and business cases designed to provide hands-on skill development and practical application of key legal concepts. It introduces students to essential areas of business law including contracts, intellectual property, employment law, and resolution of business disputes. Students then learn to apply business law skills to manage legal risks. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing Note: Students who receive credit for BLAW 300 may not receive credit for BLAW 301 or 302.
BLAW 490: International Business Law (2 semester credits)
This course builds on basic business law concepts to focus on international legal stragegy. Using a United Kingdom lens, the course investigates the legal and compliance environment for international business. The class will cover overseas operations, regional trading areas (including the European Union & Brexit), international dispute resolution, trade operations and finance, global licensing, and contracting. Students will gain negotiation, drafting, and leadership skills. Placement in the London Business Semester means that the class will have the opportunity to learn directly from distinguished guest speakers on site. Prerequisites: BLAW 300 
MGMT 200: Working Skillfully in Organizations (2 semester credits)
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills students need to successfully start their careers. This includes understanding that: organizations differ including having unique cultures which is important to consider when choosing an organization to work for; they are leaders and as leaders they need to take initiative and influence others; and, other individuals are different from them and adaptation to those differences is important. Skills developed include initiative, influence, decision making, and behavioral adaptation to be more a more effective team member and leader. Prerequisites: BUSN 100. 
MGMT 383: Effective Teams (2 semester credits)
Businesses use teams to get work done at all levels of the organization. This course examines when teams are the right choice (and when they are not), how to be an effective team member and leader, and how to diagnose and solve common team problems. Prerequisites: MGMT 200 or MGMT 305 and Sophomore standing. Note: Students who receive credit for MGMT 383 may not receive credit for MGMT 388

All Students Take 

BUID 490: Global Business in London (4 semester credits)
This course is an experiential study abroad learning program exploring U.K. history, politics, culture, economics and geography and their influence on the practice of business. The course is interdisciplinary, providing the opportunity for students to explore their areas of business concentration and faculty co-directors to focus on their area of disciplinary expertise in business. 

BUSN 200: Community Service (no academic credit)
This experience is required of all business majors. The course follows the Statement of Purpose of the university to "develop morally responsible individuals who combine career competency . . .while fostering in the student a tradition of service to the public welfare." Students will develop an awareness of the challenges and responsibilities in meeting the diverse, changing needs of the community while experiencing personal growth and awareness. Students will be placed at a volunteer site that follows the mission of St. Thomas and also affords them a unique experience in London. The course is graded S-D-R by the Director of Business 200 at St. Thomas.


Optional Core Courses 

ARTH 355: The Art of the Last Hundred Years (4 semester credits)
Over the last 100 years, there have been major changes in ideas about and attitudes toward art. The concept of what constitutes a painting or sculpture and the role of the artist and his relation to society have become major issues. Because of these changes, the path through modern art is sometimes bewildering to follow. In an attempt to clarify the situation, the class will look at movements and trends in 20th century art rather than make a detailed study of the work of individual artists. Includes frequent museum visits. Fulfills the St. Thomas core fine arts requirement.
COMM 370: Intercultural Communication (4 semester credits)
Study of the influence of cultural values on social behavior; examination of theories of intercultural communication; emphasis on effective intercultural interaction. This course fulfills the Global Perspectives flag and Integration in the Humanities requirements in the core curriculum. 

HIST 112: History of the Modern World Since 1500 (4 semester credits)
Introduces students to historical reasoning. Students learn to analyze evidence from the past in context in order to explain how the past produced the ever-changing present. This course surveys the foundation and expansion of global networks from the sixteenth-century exploration to the contemporary world, and it examines the resulting breakthrough in communication and cultural exchanges between Europe and Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Key aspects of the modern world are explored, such as state power and citizenship, economic systems and human labor, ideas about belonging and community, and the relationships and activities that constitute daily life.
Fulfills the St. Thomas core historical studies requirement.


PLEASE NOTE:  AIFS will allow you to send books directly to London in advance of your arrival:

<Student Name>
AIFS Student Centre
Taylor House
2 Elvaston Place
Kensington, London SW7 5QH

Alternatively, books may be purchased at Blackwell's or Waterstone's on arrival in the U.K.

St. Thomas' partner organization in London, the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), coordinates the on-site logistics of the program.  AIFS staff members coordinate the student homestays, reserve classroom space, and make the community service placements, etc.

AIFS has office space and classrooms in a building called Taylor House which is in Kensington near Imperial College London.

Students' mail may be sent in care of AIFS at this address:

<Student Name>
AIFS Student Centre
Taylor House
2 Elvaston Place
Kensington, London SW7 5QH

Visit the AIFS site for more information.

Taylor House is in the Kensington district of London close to Hyde Park and the Imperial College Union.

The Imperial College Union contains many student amenities including several food options, events, clubs and activities, and workout space. 

View Student Suggestions - Things to do in London and the U.K.


London Business Semester students live in homestays with British families. The homestays are usually in North London, in the Crouch End and Muswell Hill areas, on the Northern and Piccadilly Tube lines. Students may live with a retired couple, a family with children, or a single person.

British homestay environments can be different from American ones. Some European home stays may treat students like boarders, rather than as members of the family. However, no homestay is a "typical" homestay, and students will find varying levels of interaction with their home stay hosts. During the semester prior to departure students will have the opportunity to express some preferences regarding the type of homestay with which they are placed.

Homestay experiences of past LBS students:

I lived with a lovely couple located in the cute borough of Muswell Hill. My host parents have been opening their house to students for 10+ years. I lived with two other students during my time abroad and became very close with them. We would check in with our host parents every day, however, we had plenty of independence. As time went on, they became true family to the three of us and took care of us like we were their own. We keep in touch with them to this day. I will forever be thankful to the LBS program for giving me this experience.     - Danica

My homestay was in Muswell Hill, which is about 50 minutes from the city center by bus or tube. I lived with a host-mom, Meg, and the family dog in a three-story Victorian home with my roommate. We had our own room to share and our host-mom gave us each a cabinet and fridge space to store food in the kitchen. Meg was a school teacher, so we saw her mostly in the evening and on weekends. She usually would ask us how our days went and if we needed anything, which was nice because she made us feel like a part of the family. I enjoyed my homestay experience because it allowed me to see a different part of London I would not have been able to see if I had stayed in a dorm.   - Erin

My roommate and I lived in Northern London in an area called Hampstead, about a block away from Hampstead Heath.  We lived with an older couple who were nice, had hosted many students over the years, and let us have our independence. We lived in a posh house, in a safe neighborhood, and were given our necessities. As college students who were living abroad for the first time, that’s all we really needed. Breakfast was left on the kitchen table for us in the mornings and we were able to come and go as we pleased. Now, I only look back at my time abroad with fond memories.   - Alex

The homestay aspect of the program was something that I was very excited to experience along with all of the other adventures London offers. My homestay consisted of a British mom and her mother. Our host mom had kids, but they all lived outside the home. She gave us advice on how to get places, what things we should see, and was a good ‘second mom’. I had a great time at my homestay and recently went back to London, and I stopped in for a visit with my host mom. It was a positive experience and I feel that much more connected to London. - Mike

Helpful Links

Pre-Departure Meetings for Spring 2023

Group Meeting #1: Tuesday, October 18, 11:50-1:10, McNeely 100
Program overview, expectations, meeting your cohort
Group Meeting #2 – Thursday, November 3, 11:50-1:10, McNeely 100
usiness 200 in London
Semester Orientation - Saturday, November 12, 9am - Noon, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Orientation for all study abroad students. Health, safety, financial aid, policies, and intercultural learning and adjustment, plus an opportunity for Q&A with program alumni! Parents/guardians invited to attend and will have an opportunity to meet with the LBS program directors.
Online orientation modules -- Instructions will be sent after Nov 12 orientation, you will complete on your own schedule. Modules include: diversity and identity abroad, living with a host family, international academic systems, sustainability abroad, and budgeting

Business 200 Orientation - Wednesday, January 25, 5:30-7pm, Zoom
Spring 2023 Program Dates*
Depart the U.S.      Monday, January 30, 2023
Arrive London        Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Scotland Trip          Thursday, March 2 – Sunday, March 5, 2023
Mid Term Break       Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24, 2023
Easter Holiday         Friday, April 7 – Monday, April 10, 2023
May Bank Holiday    Monday, May 1, 2023
Depart London        Sunday, May 14, 2023

Travel Update
Travel outside of the U.K. and throughout Europe will be allowed for Spring 2023. As noted above, COVID-related travel restrictions continue to change and vary by country. It is your responsibility to know and comply with all travel requirements of any countries you wish to visit. Remember class attendance is mandatory – absences due to travel delays or missed connections are considered unexcused absences.

* All dates subject to change

A suggested flight itinerary will be designated for travel to and from London for the London Business Semester. If you choose to travel on the designated itinerary you will be met at the airport and transported to the AIFS Centre. At the end of the semester transportation will also be provided to the airport.

Traveling on this itinerary is not required, however this is the only travel itinerary where transportation from the airport to the AIFS Centre will be provided. If you choose to find and book a different flight you may either:

  • Book a flight that will arrive BEFORE the designated flight that morning and wait for the group to arrive; you can then join the students traveling on the designated itinerary. NOTE: You will need a backup plan in case your flight is late since the group will not wait for your flight to arrive.
  • Make your own transportation arrangements from the airport in to London upon your arrival. Instructions and exact destination location in London will be provided closer to departure. You are responsible for the cost of ground transportation in this case.
  • Note the program dates when booking your flight. Your homestay will not be available outside of the official program dates.

Spring 2024

Dr Kyle Goldschmidt, Operations and Supply Chain Management

Kyle Goldschmidt, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management. He joined the department in 2014 after receiving his PhD and MBA in supply chain and information systems from Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, he worked as an engineer for Ford Motor Company where he designed steering system components, developed and tested crash safety systems and coordinated the chassis team on a new product launch.

It was Goldschmidt’s experience in manufacturing that inspired his interest in operations and supply chain management. He brings this experience into the classroom where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in business analytics and operations and supply chain management. Goldschmidt’s research interests lie in the field of strategic supply chain management, with a focus on the impact of supply chain disruptions on managerial decisions.

Goldschmidt is an avid traveler and has traveled to 32 countries on six continents. He is an avid football (the real football) fan and supporter of Arsenal. He is looking forward to attending his first match at Emirates Stadium While in London. Ooh to be a Gooner.

Dr Avinash Malshe, Marketing

Avinash Malshe is Professor of Marketing at UST. Dr. Malshe received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he is currently in his 18th year as a full-time faculty member. He has taught a variety of marketing classes in various Graduate Programs within Opus. Further, he has led/co-led six graduate-level study abroad programs over the past twelve years- three of them to India, one to Australia - New Zealand, and one to Dubai.

Dr. Malshe’s scholarly work is published in many renowned marketing and business journals. Further, he has presented his work at various international conferences in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Dr. Malshe is the recipient of many prestigious awards within UST, OCB, and the academy such as John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher-Scholar (2022), University Scholar award (2017-2020), Susan E Heckler Research Excellence Award (2022, 2018, and 2012), James M Comer award (2019), and Marvin Jolson Award (2016).

Prior to starting his academic career, Dr. Malshe worked for over five years a Brand Manager in the Pharmaceutical industry with Pfizer Inc. and Ranbaxy Ltd. in their South Asia operations. In addition to teaching at UST, Dr. Malshe regularly trains and consults with business executives and their trade association partners/affiliates in both for profit and non-profit firms within the twin cities metro area.

Dr. Malshe lives in Plymouth, MN with his wife, their 11-year-old twin boys, and their family dog- an English Labrador named Sam. He enjoys reading, traveling, watching basketball and football with his sons, and solving puzzles. He speaks four languages and can converse in six.


Spring 2023

Dr Erica Diehn, Management

Erica W. Diehn is a tenured faculty member of the management department in the Opus College of Business. She teaches management courses at the undergraduate and MBA levels. Specific courses taught include working skillfully in organizations, management and leadership, leadership development, organizational behavior, and leading organizational systems. Diehn’s research centers on employee adjustment in the workplace including cognitive, emotional, and behavioral factors, whether that is amidst a promotion, international assignment, or adapting to a new boss.

Diehn earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota, Calrson School of Management and her B.S. in business administration from Marquette University.  While an undergraduate student, she spent a semester abroad at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Her love for world travel was ignited then and she dreamed of one day working abroad. Diehn began her corporate career with Eaton Corporation and held progressive HR roles in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Illinois before accepting an international assignment with the company in the United Kingdom. She worked as an expatriate in Birmingham, England and partnered with management staff in the U.K. as well as a stint in Vejle, Denmark.  After this amazing work experience, her passion led her back to higher education and the pursuit and calling of teaching in an academic setting to inspire future leaders to manage people and organizations with expanded capacity. During her time in graduate school she also had opportunities to work for Microsoft in Washington state and General Mills here in MN.

London remains Diehn’s favorite city in the world, even after travelling to over 32 countries to date. Her nearly two years as a British resident endowed many a holiday weekend trips to the countryside (gardens in the Cotswolds are devine) or hiking in the Peak District, as well as favored high street shopping in Oxford, the bull ring in Brum, or of course London proper. The superb train system in the U.K. made it easy to visit Wales and Scotland or hop a ferry over to Ireland.


Susan (Stacey) Supina, Business Law

Stacey Supina teaches business law, international business law, compliance for business organizations, and other courses.

Prior to joining St. Thomas, Supina served as general counsel and managing director of governance, risk and compliance for, a legal services company. She also worked in private practice and as a licensed customs broker. Supina’s professional background includes corporate compliance, business-to-business contracting, international trade, and employment issues.

Supina holds British and American citizenship, and lived in London for multi-year periods during the 1990s and 2000s. In 2002, she established the London office for an American company, which she managed until 2006. She returns to Britain at least annually, and has traveled throughout the country, with a particular focus on the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. She earned her LLM in London, during which time she lived in Camden Town.

Supina received her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and her LLM from University College London, England, where she focused on European Union law. Her research interests involve strategic compliance and ethical responses by businesses to emerging legal issues. Supina volunteers as a business attorney with LegalCorps, as a landscape supervisor with Habitat for Humanity, and as a board member for Twin Cities Catalyst Music.


Costs are comparable to the St. Thomas comprehensive semester fee for tuition, room and board plus the off-campus study fee. Program fees include tuition, room, five light breakfasts/week, some site visits and excursions, local transit pass, and international health insurance.

The majority of Financial Aid can be used for semester and academic year study abroad programs. Study Abroad scholarships are also available.

For the most up-to-date London Business Semester costs, and cancellation policy information, view the program cost page.

Danica Shinehouse-Gansen
I am currently a senior at the University of St. Thomas and will be graduating in the Spring of 2023. I am majoring in Business Law and Compliance and am hoping to find a job in the Twin Cities area post-graduation. I had the opportunity to go on the London Business Semester (LBS) program in the Spring of 2022. I worked with students currently in London this Spring and helping students get set up to go Spring semester of 2024. I am excited to work with you and help you gain lifelong memories and friendships through this program!


Danica's Peer Advising Hours
Stop by with questions or just to chat and learn more about LBS!

Spring 2023 hours in the Office of Study Abroad (Murray-Herrick 212)

Mondays 11:45-1:30
Wednesdays 3:15-4:30