SPEA in London

Study in London and explore the English countryside on course excursions

SPEA in London has something for everyone. You’ll spend three to six weeks studying in central London, depending on which course option you choose. As part of the program you'll also enjoy excursions to Bath and Stonehenge.

Learn more about the SPEA in London Program

Note: SPEA in London is SPEA's only summer abroad program that offers multiple course options with varying dates.

Bubonic Plague

    • June 30 – July 21, 2018 (3 weeks–3 credits)

Managing Hazards

    • June 30 – July 21, 2018 (3 weeks–3 credits)
    • June 30 – August 11, 2018 (6 weeks–6 credits)

National and Homeland Security

    • June 30 – July 28, 2018 (4 weeks–6 credits)

Wars, Wealth and Welfare: State-Building

    • June 30 – July 21, 2018 (3 weeks–3 credits)
    • June 30 – August 11, 2018 (6 weeks–6 credits)

E482/V482/E582/V582 - Ring Around the Rosie: Environmental Study on the Bubonic Plague (3cr.)

Program Director: Dr. Marc Lame

The purpose of this three-credit offering is to examine the associations between environmental factors and the Bubonic Plague through a mixture of lectures, field trips, and classroom discussions. The program is offered in an educational context that invites a historical comparison of the impacts of the Plague past, present and future.

It is a management course. However, some of the lectures and case material will have significant scientific and quantitative content.

2017 Course Syllabus

V482/V582 – Managing Hazards in Europe and the U.S. (3cr. or 6cr.)

Program Directors: Dean Graham (SPEA) & Dr. Ragnar Löfstedt (King's College London)

This course compares how the United States and Europe cope with known or potential hazards to human health, safety and the environment. The analysis will be done through an interdisciplinary lens, incorporating literature, discussions, and lectures from a variety of fields: environmental science, public health, public management, non-profit management, policy analysis, political science, economics, and law.

This is not a technical course in the methods of risk assessment or risk-benefit analysis.  It is a management course.  However, some of the lectures and case material will have significant scientific and quantitative content.  Pre-course reading requirements include some background on the European Union and some background on risk analysis.

2017 Course Syllabus

V482/V582 – U.S. and U.K. National and Homeland Security (6cr.)

Program Director: William A. Foley (IUPUI Faculty)

This six credit course is an interdisciplinary approach to national security, homeland security, and Atlantic cooperation. It begins with a detailed look at the history of the U.K. then at national security strategy and counter-terrorism concerns such as ISIS, Iraq, and Syria. It places an emphasis on United States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and European Union (EU) collaboration, discussing strategies from President Bush’s Global War on Terrorism through President Obama’s Global Counterinsurgency. The U.K.’s CONTEST plan is discussed regarding Atlantic cooperation. An emphasis is placed upon U.S. and U.K Intelligence, with key U.K. Intelligence Officials lecturing to the class. Blending National Security into Homeland Security, how the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operates is also studied and compared to the U.K.’s COBRA plan, with key U.K. Homeland Security speakers. Class visits include the 7/7/2005 Memorial Site in Hyde Park; the American Embassy London; the U.K. Royal High Courts of Justice; and Westminster Abbey.

2017 Course Syllabus

V482/V582 – Wars, Wealth and Welfare: State-Building (3cr. or 6cr.)

Program Director: Dr. Jennifer Brass

“Do this program if it is possible for you to do so, and find a way to do it if you don’t think it is. It will be worth what you put into it many times over when all is said and done.” --Jeremy Wainscott, SPEA in London 2013

This three or six credit course builds on your location in the very heart of London, former home to the world’s biggest empire, to dig into issues of nations, states and development. You will learn not only from SPEA professors Jennifer Brass, Matthew Baggetta and Dean John Graham, but also from state building experts from the British government, development agencies and UK universities. The course will take you into the city on several in-class Tuesday excursions, which are designed to make course concepts become real by applying them to things you see in present-day London. From the British Museum exhibits to the protestors outside Big Ben to the signs posted in the pub, we will explore what it means to be a nation, and a state. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a traditional Afternoon Tea service and to explore the amazing city of London.

At the end of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of the varied paths communities have taken toward statehood in the past, as well as the challenges of developing and strengthening states today. You will be able to look at any given country and assess whether or not it meets the full criteria of “stateness.” If it does not, you will be able to explain why not, analyze the obstacles facing it and options available to it (and to the international community in which it sits), and predict its future trajectory. You will have deepened your analytic thinking, writing, public speaking and research skills.

2017 Course Syllabus

SPEA in London is open to undergraduate students with a minimum 2.75 GPA and graduate students in good academic standing.

You will stay at the Connaught Hall, centrally located near Russell Square and the British Museum. Accommodations include a private room and shared bathroom, bed linens and towels, a weekly cleaning service, and a round-the-clock security desk.

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

2018 SPEA in London Program Fee

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, and cultural excursions.

    • Bubonic Plague (3 weeks) Program Fee: $3,000
    • Managing Hazards (3 weeks) Program Fee: $3,000
    • Wars, Wealth and Welfare (3 weeks) Program Fee: $3,000
    • National Security (4 weeks) Program Fee: $3,300
    • Managing Hazards (6 weeks) Program Fee: $4,800
    • Wars, Wealth and Welfare (6 weeks) Program Fee: $4,800

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 3 credits or 6 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in London is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status and the number of credits you elect to take in London.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to London, transportation to and from the airport, food, and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.