In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh announced a new opportunity for students interested in the Pitt in London program. For the past year, officials from the University of Pittsburgh have been working to establish links in the UK in order to foster direct learning within some of the finest British institutions. Students who wish to engage in Pitt in London Honors will arrive in London with the Pitt in London group. Housing and student services will be provided by the current partner for Pitt in London, the CAPA London program. Students in Pitt in London Honors will begin their time in London under the tutelage of Professor Colin MacCabe, a world-renowned filmmaker and scholar. In September Dr. MacCabe, the Executive Director of the Pitt in London program, will introduce students to London through his popular course offering, London: Across History, Literature, and Film. In late September or early October, students will then continue their studies in specific departments within select institutions while at the same time continuing to meet in a separate fortnightly seminar with Dr. MacCabe to finish the research projects for his course.
As of fall 2014, the list of institutions with which Pitt has reached agreement includes:
Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) at University of London:
Designed for students in Film Studies, the Pitt in London Honors program at Birkbeck gives students the opportunity to study both film theory and production with some of the world’s leading film theorists, including Professor Laura Mulvey. With a wide range of courses taken from BIMI’s MA in Film Curatorship, students have the opportunity to study alongside British peers and participate in screenings and events. The newly created Derek Jarman Lab provides students with the opportunity to create a film chronicling their time in London.
University College London (UCL): Department of English Language and Literature
Pitt in London Honors: English at UCL offers students the opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious English departments in the world. With courses ranging from Chaucer to the Modern period, courses have been specially selected to fit with Pitt’s English Literature majors and minors. Studying alongside British peers, students on the program will engage in the British tutorial system, offering unprecedented access to the foremost scholars in the field.
University College London (UCL): Department of Anthropology
The Department of Anthropology at University College London is one of the few broad-based anthropology departments in the United Kingdom. With courses available in biological anthropology, social anthropology, material culture, and medical anthropology, students are given an interdisciplinary view of the field. A low student-to-staff ratio ensures that students will have the opportunity to engage with local faculty and experts in the field.
University College London (UCL): Institute of Archaeology
Few other departments in Britain are as highly regarded as the Institute of Archaeology. With courses available in archaeology, cultural heritage, and museum studies, the Institute provides an outstanding research environment for visiting students. In addition to classroom time, students who participate in the program may have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork and on-campus events.
Who do I contact for more information?
Brice Lynn, the program manager for Pitt in London Honors, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-383-1029.
When are these opportunities available?
These opportunities are available to University of Pittsburgh students during the fall term.
What is the application process?
Students interested in applying should visit the appropriate page for the program in which they are interested and click “Apply Now” to get started. A complete application includes the application questionnaire, transcripts, disciplinary clearance form, and two letters of recommendation. Those students who meet the program requirements will be selected for an interview.
When are applications due?
Applications for the fall 2015 term are due by February 6, 2015. Students who are selected for an interview will be notified shortly thereafter.
What is the cost of the program?
Pitt in London Honors costs the same as the Pitt in London program! At $16,499 for in-state students and $21,561 for out-of-state students, the Pitt in London Honors program is considerably less expensive than directly enrolling with any of the institutions.
What is included?
The program fee included tuition, housing, cultural activities, an unlimited transit pass, and health insurance. More details can be found on each page.
Where do students live?
Students live in apartments throughout the city with Pitt students and students from other colleges and universities across the United States.