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British Media

About the Program

London is home to one of the most distinctive media systems in the world. Students on OCU's British Media program will have the opportunity to spend over four weeks in London exploring the roots, features, and unique characteristics of the media system that has become one of the dominant players in the global arena.

The British Media class takes full advantage of its location and uses London and surrounding areas as the on-site classroom. As students make scheduled media visits, they will be able to tour the different outlets and have working professionals guide them through the facilities and speak with them first-hand about current media issues and professional trends.

Students will find themselves immersed in the daily life of the British media as they make visits to industry leaders such as the BBC, the Guardian, the Observer, noted advertising and public relations firms and sit in on the taping of live shows for television. This course provides the ideal introduction to media professions outside the US. After spending the summer in London studying British media, students will view the media in a different light and will have a clearer understanding of and appreciation for diverse media systems.

The program fee includes 6 hours of tuition (3 from OCU, 3 from Kingston University, the host institution), accommodation in a private bedroom in Kingston campus housing, London Travel Pass, several excursions, and a farewell dinner. Airfare, books, and personal expenses including meals are not included.

Quick Facts

Faculty Leader:

Professor Karlie Harmon


  • Arrive July 3, 2019 (usually requires a July 2 departure from the US)
  • Depart August 3, 2019

Location: Kingston University London

  • On-Campus housing with single rooms, private bath, and shared equipped kitchens
  • On-site laundry facilities available
  • Wifi and linens provided

Credits earned: 6

  • 3-credits of OCU credit for British Media course
  • 3-credits of transfer credit from Kingston University for British Culture and Society


  • Bath and Stonehenge
  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Oxford
  • Greenwich

Optional Weekend Excursions

Past optional weekend excursions (offered at an additional fee payable to Kingston University) include Ireland, Scotland, The Netherlands and Belgium. 2019 excursions will be announced in early 2019. Students sign up for excursions directly with Kingston University.

Tuition and Fees

Program Fee $5250


  • 3 hours of OCU tuition
  • 3 hours of Kingston University tuition
  • Student housing at Kingston University
  • Several excursions
  • A travel pass for London Metro system
  • Airport pick up and drop off on published arrival and departure dates

Additional Expenses

  • International Airfare
  • Meals
  • International phone plan (required)
  • Books
  • See Cost Estimate.

Using the Cost Estimate above, complete the detailed budget found here to determine your costs for this program. You may also use these documents when applying for the OCU study abroad and Honors scholarships.

NOTE: Non-US citizens may need to obtain a visa to enter the UK. Failure to obtain a visa is not a valid reason to receive a refund of program fees.

Application Dates

Applications Open: October 1, 2018

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019 or sooner if enrollment limited reached.

Payment Deadlines

$75 nonrefundable application fee is charged to student account at the time of application

$500 nonrefundable deposit is due within two weeks of being accepted

Balance of program fee is due by January 15, 2019.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Some state and federal aid, generally in the form of student loans, may be available for eligible students


Students will be met at the airport by Kingston University on arrival date and transported back to the airport on departure date provided that they follow the following guidelines:

  • Flights must land at either Heathrow or Gatwick airports in London on July 3, 2019 and depart from Heathrow or Gatwick on August 3, 2019.
  • Students must provide their detailed flight itinerary to both OCU and Kingston University no later than May 1, 2019
  • Students who arrive earlier than July 3, 2019 or depart after August 3, 2019 must arrange their own transportation to Kingston.
  • Neither Kingston nor OCU will provide accommodation or transportation for students who arrive prior to July 3 or who depart later than August 3.