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Finance in London

Application Open: Nov 1-15.

Quick Info

  • Academic Term: Summer Whole
  • Tentative 2020 Program Dates: June 20 to August 1
  • Credits: 6 UT credits
  • Eligibility: BBA students with minimum 3.33 GPA
  • Prerequisites: FIN 357
  • Course Language: English
  • Faculty & Staff: McCombs & UT
  • Student Body: 20-25 students
  • Housing: Student Residences
  • Meals: Not included
  • Financial Aid: Eligible; scholarships available
  • Program Code: 350123

Spend the summer in London taking finance courses at the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE). Commonly regarded as the financial capital of the world, London offers an exciting backdrop to one of the most unique summer faculty-led programs offered,London School of Economics as it allows students to take a UT faculty-led course, as well as choose a course to take alongside LSE students from all over the world.

Founded in 1895, the university is known for its excellence in quality, high caliber faculty and its 16 Nobel Prize winners. The LSE ranked 25th in The Times Higher Education World Reputation Ranking and continues to grow in regard around the world. Students will be taking courses at the central London campus.

About the Program

Basics

Eligibility:

  • This program is open to BBA undergraduates with a minimum 3.33 GPA. Please note, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of FIN357 and any additional pre-req required by LSE for the LSE courses. Completion of STA 371G highly recommended before going to London.  

Academics

  • FIN 367: Investment Finance – Taught by UT faculty
  • Credit Varies– Taught by LSE faculty. Students will choose from a pre-approved list of courses taught during the LSE Summer School Term. Please see below for list of approved courses:
LSE Courses for Summer 2020       
 UT Course Equivalent
 Pre-Reqs Required by LSE
AC215 Business Analysis and Valuation                   FIN 377.4 Finance Track Elective Intro Accounting and Intro Finance (Please check for UT pre-reqs)
FM202 Analysis and Management and Financial Risk                    FIN 377.2 Finance Track Elective Basic Mathematics and Statistics. Intro Finance or Intro Microeconomics. 
IR200 The Challenges of Global Governance in a Divided World GOV 360N Topics in International Relations     3 hours in Social Science (i.e. Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Economics, History or Law)
EC260 The Political Economy of Public Policy GOV 365N Topics in Comparative Politics    
3 hours in Social Science (i.e. Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Economics, History or Law)
MG300 Negotiation Boot Camp: Personal Mastery in the Art of Negotiating MAN 337.21 MAN/SCM Track Elective  
3 hours in Social Science (i.e. Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Management or Economics)

Schedule 

Classes are generally held M-Th (UT class) and M-F (LSE class). Students are strongly urged to refrain from making weekend travel plans until receipt of finalized schedule. Absence from class will not be permitted. 

Cultural Analysis Assignment

You will be responsible for completing a short analysis of the local culture. You will receive instructions and guidance throughout the process. Each student will receive a set of materials they can use during this assignment and in their future careers.

The assignment is designed to be a short, fun and enriching group activity. You will receive valuable feedback on your analysis, and all contributions will be compiled into the class' group observations of the culture. 

During the re-entry session, you will receive feedback and guidance from the assistant director. You'll learn how to leverage this project and the skills you have developed while abroad to distinguish yourself during the recruitment process. 

Faculty

Andres Almazan and Ken Wiles

Fees and Tuition

 

Program Cost 

2020 BBA International Program Fee

$ 7,500
In-State Tuition for UT-taught courses abroad (3 credits) $ 2,134
Affiliated Studies Fee for LSE course (3 credits)
$ 600
Total program cost $ 10,234 
  • Please note: The tuition amount listed reflects the McCombs in-state tuition rate. Out-of-state students are eligible to apply for the Texas Waiver Scholarship.
  • To view an estimated budget including airfare, meals, etc., check out our study abroad budget for London.
  • For information on payment, managing your budget and info on financial aid, please visit ourfinancial resources page.
  • For information on the average cost of living in London, check out our cost-of-living sheet.

What is included in the BBA IP Fee?

  • Tuition for LSE Summer School Course 
  • Housing in London in double room with access to kitchen
  • Weekly cultural activities
  • Welcome/farewell receptions
  • Visits to local companies and/or organizations
  • On site UT staff familiar with language/culture
  • Pre-departure sessions during spring semester
  • Re-entry guidance for recruiting

What is NOT included in the BBA IP fee?

  • UT tuition for UT course (3 credits)
  • UT affiliate studies fee  (3 credits)
  • Study Abroad Office Fee 
  • Overseas Insurance
  • Textbooks
  • Meals
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses (toiletries, shopping, traveling, etc.)
  • Flight

Excursions

Company Visits

Company visits are an important component of the program in London. They are designed to provide students with a firsthand look at important local industries and business practices. Company visits will vary on a yearly basis.

Weekday Trips

Cultural excursions provide students with an opportunity to experience the local flavor. Weekly cultural outings are coordinated by the International Programs (IP) Office.

These events are built into the program and participation is mandatory.

With this in mind, the excursions are designed to fit into the schedule and will usually take place Monday through Thursday in the early evenings, so as not to interfere with courses or weekend travel. Depending on the year, weather and availability, excursions will vary on a yearly basis.

Housing-Transport

Housing

You will live in a student residence. All students will be assigned double rooms at the residence and will be able to request a roommate.

  • Earliest check-in to dorms: Saturday prior to first class day
  • Latest check-out of dorms: Saturday after last class day

Transportation

Transportation from the Airport

You will most likely arrive at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). This airport is located 22 km west of Central London. There are two options to get to to central London from Heathrow: the London Underground and Heathrow Express.

  • London Underground

There are three stations at Heathrow Airport located in Terminals 1,2,&3, Terminal 4 and Terminal 5

  • Heathrow Express
Non-stop trains run every 15 minutes. The journey between London Paddington and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 & 3 takes 15 minutes (a few minutes more for Terminals 4 or 5).

Transportation within London

The Underground (within London city limits) - are designated by color.

Buses - Buses will also take you anywhere in London and are a nice way to explore the city. 

Tube/Bus passes (weekly or monthly) available and are cheaper than buying tickets every day. Your Oyster Card pass is good for the Tube as well as buses. Maps are also available in any Tube station. Most of you will want to purchase a Oyster Card.

More Info: www.tfl.gov.uk

Visa and Passport Information

Passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months prior to the conclusion of your study abroad trip.

U.S. citizen traveling to London

U.S. citizens traveling to London will not require a visa to study, however, you will need to bring the following items with you when you go through immigration:

  • Your offer letter from the London School of Economics (provided to you at the Pre-Departure Orientation) 
  •  Financial evidence such as bank statements which demonstrate how you will pay for your studies/living costs
  • A current passport or other valid travel identification with a page that is blank on both sides
  • Evidence that you intend to return to your home country, such as:
    • A return air ticket 
    • A letter from your home University or employer stating that you are required to return (we can provide this letter if requested)

The immigration officer will stamp your passport and write the letters “S.V.” (or similar) next to the entry stamp.

Other nationality traveling to London

Depending on your nationality, you may or may not require a visa. Please visit the U.K. Border Agency Home Office to check requirements for your specific nationality.

It is your responsibility to research specific requirements for your nationality, and to apply for your visa. If you request, we will provide additional program related documentation to support your visa application like:

  • a letter which describes the nature of the program
  • enrollment status at UT
  • housing
  • insurance coverage.

We also encourage you to request an official student enrollment status from the UT Registrar Office. Also, you must notify the UT International Office of your travel plans to avoid experiencing problems with re-entry to the United States.