UMass Lowell in London

Application Deadlines

Summer 2020 February 3, 2020

Application Deadline is February 3, 2020.

Program Dates

Department of English Practicum - International Experience

Arrive in London June 1, 2020
Depart London June 14, 2020

Program Fee - $2,835.00

Cancellation Penalties

Withdrawal Date Cancellation Fees
Cancellation prior to 60 days $300
46 to 60 days prior to departure 25% of the program fee plus $300
22 to 45 days prior to departure 50% of the program fees plus $300
21 days or fewer prior to departure 100% of the program fee

This cancellation penalty policy is necessary because the booking of overseas facilities requires substantial non-refundable payments and commitments from CAPA in advance of the program start date. All notifications of withdrawal must be made in writing and sent to CAPA The Global Education Network. Students requiring CAS numbers for Tier 4 visa applications on the London program to participate in internships or service learning will include a $500 cancellation penalty for withdrawal from the program, or just the internship component between issuing of the CAS and 61 days prior to departure. Standard penalties will go into effect after that point.

  • Accommodation in homestays in London, including 2 meals/day
  • Excursion to Stratford Upon Avon
  • Entrances to British cultural institutions
  • Group welcome & farewell reception
  • Public transit pass
  • Insurance & 24/7 Support from the CAPA London Staff
  • …and more!

Application Deadline is February 3, 2020.



Homestays are a great way to get a better insight to your new city. Living with a local host family may provide you with a way to get to know other aspects of the community, such as meals, living arrangements, day-to-day activities, and the lifestyle aspects of Londoners.

Here are some considerations to have about the homestay experience:

  • You might be the only student living with your host. Your host may also have rooms for other international students, who will most likely be learning English as a second language during their stay in London. You will not be living with any other American students. It is unlikely that homestays will be near CAPA’s student apartments.
  • Hosts tend to live in familial suburban areas that are further away from central areas of London where many student apartments are located. This means that your commute into CAPA for class and to your internship site may take longer than students who live in apartments.
  •  Homestays offer a domestic setting and will certainly not reflect the type of ‘college environment’ that students living in apartments might experience. For some students, this is more desirable than living in a ‘dorm-like’ setting, but for others the homestay option may be seen as a detriment to a campus style social life with lots of other students around at all times.
  • Remember that homestays are not typically located near CAPA’s student apartments and are most often located in suburban areas. Journeys into (and back from) central London at night will take longer and may need to be done on your own.
  • Hosts must provide a continental breakfast and a dinner for students; you may be told that these meals will be served at the same time each day, or be prepared to call in to report if you will not be home to your host. Likewise, your host may set specific times during the week for you to do your laundry or, in some circumstances, may even set a curfew for you to be home by at night. You must be prepared for the possibility of these rules in a homestay.
  • Hosts come from a variety of cultural, educational and religious backgrounds.  This is a great way to experience the multi-culturalism of London, which IS the ‘typical London experience’, but you need to be prepared to be flexible and open to a different type of environment than you may be expecting. For example, your host might be any of the following: A single parent, an immigrant who came to England a few or many years ago, still have adult children or grandchildren living at home, retired, of a different ethnic, religious or cultural background than yourself.

Some things to remember about staying in a homestay:

  • This is someone’s home! Please remember you will be expected to respect their space—belongings, household guidelines, and schedule. If you are expecting to have early mornings or late nights, it may not be the most convenient fit to be living in a homestay.
  • You will be provided breakfast and dinner every day. This means you will be able to save money by eating with your host family—a great time to connect and catch up on your day. They will be able to provide you with interesting tips about your new city. You can be upfront about your diet, and your host family will do their best to accommodate you, but keep in mind American eating habits vary greatly from the rest of the world! It will still be your responsibility to buy lunch and snacks and any other goods that your host family doesn’t provide.
  • The Wi-Fi and landlines are in the control of the host family. They may have these accommodations, but if not, please be aware that you may need to go to a local café or restaurant to pick up Wi-Fi. The CAPA center has Wi-Fi access to all students.
  • Your host family is not your personal tour guide! They live busy lives, just like you. They will be able to give you tips and tricks of the city, but the exploring will be left up to you. My Global City events are a great way to get involved and interact with the city and your fellow CAPA students.

Homestay guarantees:

  • Students living in a home stay have a single room to themselves, equipped with a bed, a closet / dresser or some clothing storage facility, and a desk or place to study / do homework.
  • Students will have access to a bathroom that includes a bath / shower.
  • The host will provide a continental breakfast and dinner for students living in their home.

Application Deadline is February 3, 2020.

Programming and Activities

CAPA’s unique My Global City Program was developed to offer you, the student, a unique opportunity to make decisions about how you will learn about culture according to how you enjoy learning. Compiled by local CAPA education abroad advisers, the calendar offers a menu of different activities, events, volunteer opportunities, lectures, visits, and self-directed tours to help teach you the most about London.

With My Global City in London, you and your new CAPA friends will be able to:

– Go on the street art walking tour and attend curry night in Brick Lane
– Tour the BBC Broadcasting House
– Attending the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
– Witness a Victorian Amputation and the Old Amputating Theater
– Attend a Mendhi (Henna) Workshop
– Visit the Victorian Jurassic Park

– And many more!

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning. CAPA presents a My Global City Calendar to all students and faculty. The events, reflective sessions, and activities listed are designed around significant academic themes such as Diversity, Social Dynamics, Globalization and Urban Environments. Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well rounded, and in depth view of London and the UK.

Some CAPA professors integrate My Global City activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about and present your experiences. My Global City is also an excellent way to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.


Application Deadline is February 3, 2020.

Have Questions?

Dr. Kevin L. Petersen

Associate Teaching Professor or 978-934-4095

Fern MacKinnon

Director, Office of Study Abroad & International Experiences or 978-934-4660

Christine Francois

Program Manager or 800-793-0334


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