London: The British Invasion, Arts and Culture

Experience the city that changed modern music

This Group Study Program will explore current and historical aspects of the rich musical and cultural lives of London, highlighting music, musical theatre, live jazz performances, music museums and cultural experiences including city tours, the National Gallery, and visits to iconic sites, such as Abby Road. An additional emphasis will be on experiencing the jazz clubs and West End musicals that make London a highly respected cultural destination.

Key information




Summer 2020

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status



Application deadline

First come, first considered.
Programs fill quickly - apply today!

Eligibility requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info sessions


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For program information, please contact John Reid at

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Program details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in one course:

    SCPA 503: London: The British Invasion, Arts and Culture (6 credits)

  2. Prerequisites

    SCPA 503: Consent of the instructor

  1. Pre-departure

    Wednesday, August 19, Calgary: Academic preparation session #1

    Thursday, August 20th, Calgary: Academic preparation session #2

    August (date TBD), Calgary: Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs

  2. In-field

    August 25, Calgary/London: Depart Calgary. Overnight flight.

    August 26, Calgary/London: Arrive in London. City orientation, group meal, and West End Musical.

    August 27, London: City tour and Soho walking tour including Carnaby Street and “Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues” blues club

    August 28, London: Free morning. Afternoon London Rock Legends Tour and visit to Spice of Life music club.

    August 29, London: Exploration of Portobello Market and Camden Market. Evening West End Musical viewing.

    August 30, London: Independent research day to complete term paper site visit.

    August 31, London: Visits to Trafalgar Square, St. Martin in the Fields chamber music concert, National Gallery, and Hard Rock Café.

    September 1, London: Exploration of the British Museum. West End Musical viewing.

    September 2, London: “Fat Tire” Bicycle Tour. Afternoon time given for independent term paper. Evening jam session night at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

    September 3, London: Visit to the Hamdel/Hendrix Museum. Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral and musical performances at 100 Club music venue.

    September 4, London: Tours of the Victoria & Albert Museum and Science Museum. Evening concert at Albert Hall.

    September 5, London: Boat ride to Tate Modern Gallery and final West End Musical.

    September 6, London/Calgary: Depart for Calgary or further independent travel

  3. Post-field

    Date TBD: Final assignments due.

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the London: The British Invasion, Arts, and Culture Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. The program cost is $6,085.

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.


    2020/21 Tuition Fees:

    The following proposed rate increases are being shared in advance of their approval to help students plan their finances for the upcoming school year.

    The Government of Alberta recently lifted the tuition freeze that has been in place since 2014-15. As a result, tuition rates for Canadian (domestic) students will be permitted to increase by 7% annually in each the next three years . Tuition rates for international students will no longer be regulated. In response to this change, the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors will be reviewing proposals to increase tuition rates in January 2020. If approved, the following rate increases will apply for the 2020-21 academic year:

    • New domestic students: 7% increase to all tuition fees, except for undergraduate programs in engineering course-based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 10% increase is being proposed.
    • New International students: 10% increase to tuition fees with the exception of course based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 15% increase is being proposed.
    • Graduate thesis students: A new tuition structure that will even out program costs over the length of the program versus having higher costs in years one (Masters) or pre-candidacy (PhD)
    • All continuing students:  5% increase to tuition fees

    If approved, these rate increases will be in effect for the Spring 2020 term.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    New! Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Deadline to apply is March 31st.  Any queries about these scholarships should be directed to Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Gavin Cameron:


    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

Students will be staying in student appropriate, safe and clean accommodations in an easily accessible part of London.

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.

Applications will be considered after your application has been received by Study Abroad.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Conversation with the Instructor

    After your application has been reviewed by the instructor, you will be contacted for a quick conversation to determine if you are a good fit for this program. Please watch your UCalgary email account and expect to be contacted within several business days of submitting all your documents to the Group Study Team.

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

I can’t believe I am having this erudite cultural conversation! I’ve come a long way in two weeks!! I am a changed person. I have a new appreciation for art, culture and music. I know so much more than I knew before this trip. I have learned so much about [music] and live performance. I actually feel cultured and more worldly.

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Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Study Abroad 101 for general information.

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Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

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Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

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Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.