Friends University is offering a course to experience overseas travel for students fulfilling their world-culture general education requirement. The trip has been offered for several years and is open to non-students, including parents and alumni. The 10-day venture to the United Kingdom will take place during spring break March 11-21, 2010. The deadline for joining the trip is Oct. 14, 2009.
The student program price of $1,700 includes airfare and a flat, but does not include meals or spending money. Everyone traveling must enroll as a full-time or audit student, and the $1,700 price does not include tuition for the prep class. Individuals not currently enrolled at Friends University will be enrolled as audit students for insurance purposes. Program price for non-students is $1,900, which includes the audit fee.
The class will meet monthly in the fall and weekly in the spring before traveling to address history, economics and the political systems of the United Kingdom. Key topics to prepare for travel – not simply as a tourist but as a knowledgeable, confident explorer of the history, arts and culture of London – will also be covered.
Students enrolled in the class for credit are required to attend all class meetings. Those auditing the class are encouraged to attend as many as possible, especially if they have never traveled internationally. For those living outside of Wichita, arrangements will be made to receive all of the information to successfully prepare for the time abroad.
Participants will visit historic sights in London and across the United Kingdom. The itinerary is structured to have both group and individual visits to a variety of places and events including: Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, The British Museum, The Ritblat Gallery in the British Library (home to many historical original manuscripts), The Imperial War Museum (including the Holocaust Exhibit), The National Gallery, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Optional London visits include: Christie’s Auction House, The Churchill War Rooms, Kensington Palace, The London Eye, Madame Tussauds, A Thames River Cruise, The West End Theatres and Windsor Castle.
Participants will be staying in one- or two-bedroom flats in the heart of central London. The flats have 24-hour security with a porter on duty. Each flat has a full kitchen with a grocery store nearby. The neighborhood also has varied restaurants and a Starbucks. The flats are within walking distance of two major tube stations and a main rail station, so getting around London will be very easy.