London Business Semester
- Earn up to 18 credits towards your degree. All students take Business 200 as well as BUID 490: Global Business in London, 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.
- View the LBS Program Brochure - Spring 2023 for a quick program overview.
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.
Our Commitment to You
The Office of Study Abroad and the University of St. Thomas continues to carefully monitor guidance related to COVID and local conditions at all program sites. We are carefully evaluating when to operate programs and how to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, and local communities. Review the University’s full statement on study abroad and COVID-19 on the Office of Study Abroad homepage.
While the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed, we anticipate travel may continue to look a bit different for some time. We will continue to evaluate both these and any new needed parameters as departure dates approach.
For 2021-2022 St. Thomas Faculty-led Programs:
- the University’s Travel and Risk Assessment Committee (TRAC) will continue meeting regularly to review all university-related travel. This includes the COVID situation at destinations, and local, national, and international guidelines and requirements.
- If the environment around COVID-19 requires a re-evaluation of program viability, this decision will be made mid-June for fall semester programs and mid-September for spring semester.
- If the University cancels a program due to COVID-19, you will not be held financially responsible for program costs for St. Thomas Faculty-led Programs.
- we are conducting careful, ongoing review of program itineraries to make the safest decisions possible regarding activities, spaces used, and transportation and accommodation arrangements.
- Considerations regarding independent travel and other student conduct expectations will be communicated to students.
- students must always adhere to St. Thomas policies. Do your part to help keep your group safe!
- 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, 2022
- Final application deadline (space available): October 1, 2022
London Launch Sessions
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.
Thursday, February 24, 2022 -- 12-1pm in MCH 109
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 -- 12-1pm in MCH 109
If you are not able to attend a London Launch session, you may attend an advising session.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 -- 3-4pm in MHC 212 (Office of Study Abroad)
Friday, March 11, 2022 -- 11am-12pm in MHC 212 (Office of Study Abroad)
- 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.
- 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 2023
Core business courses offered:
- BLAW 300: Law for Business Leaders (2 credits)
- BLAW 490: International Business Law (2 credits)
- MKTG 200: Intro to Marketing (2 credits)
- MGMT 200: Working Skillfully in Organizations (2 credits)
- MGMT 383: Effective Teams (2 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
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.
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.
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:
AIFS Student Centre
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:
AIFS Student Centre
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.
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 end up living 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.
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, past LBS participant
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, past LBS participant
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, past LBS participant
Pre-Departure Meetings for Spring 2023*
Business 200 in London
January 31 Arrival in London
March Scotland weekend
March Mid-semester break*
April 7 - 10 Easter holiday
May 1 Bank holiday
May 14 Program ends, return to U.S.
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 to the AIFS Centre upon your arrival.
AIFS Student Centre
2 Elvaston Place
Kensington, London SW7 5QH
- If you will not be traveling with the group, research how you will get from the airport to the AIFS Centre. Factor in the cost of ground transportation.
Note the program dates when booking your flight. Your homestay will not be available outside of the official program dates.
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 LegalResearch.com, 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, and some site visits and excursions.
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.