Great Cities London Program
The Great Cities London Program gives 20 UIC students a chance to compare and contrast urban issues in Chicago and London. The participants, a mixture of graduate and undergraduate students, are selected on a competitive basis. Once selected, they attend several orientations in Chicago, during which various experts discuss with them local urban issues. It is at this time that students are broken into research groups, based on similar interests such as health care, education and crime. Students then go to London for five weeks, where they once again meet with local experts to discuss urban issues through field trips and lectures - students often get to meet Members of Parliament in Parliament, tour countless neighborhoods in London, and visit locations such as Oxford. At the completion of the program, students submit a paper and conduct a presentation based on their comparative research. The program is subsidized by the Great Cities Initiative, as well as by the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), making this one of the most affordable programs offered through the Study Abroad Office. Financial Aid may be applied and many scholarships are available.