Taking Courses in London
The Temple London program incorporates 14 weeks of study with a Temple faculty-led course and three to four elective courses. The semester is divided into two phases with an orientation at the start and at midterm break, for a total of 15 and a half weeks.
Each student must enroll in
- a Temple faculty-led course (see below),
- a key course (required for study pathway students and recommended for all students), and
- 3–4 additional electives and/or internship credit (see below).
Weeks 1-7: Phase 1: Academic Courses
The majority of the elective courses listed below are offered in the first 7 weeks of the program. The Temple faculty-led course runs throughout the entire 14 week program.
Week 8: Mid-Semester Break
Weeks 9–15: Phase 2: Academic Pathway
Semester students will choose one of two pathways: internship or study. Students who choose the internship pathway will begin their internship placements following the mid-semester break. Internships are completed Wednesday through Friday each week for the second half of the semester. Students who choose the study pathway will continue a key course and begin a new course (or courses) following the mid-semester break.
Temple Faculty-Led Course
Each Temple student will enroll in a Temple faculty-led course to help them contextualize their experiences in London in a broad, academic manner. This course spans both semester phases, and the subject matter varies each semester. Course descriptions are included below.
Electives and Internships
All courses listed below are offered during the fall and spring semesters, and students must select their top 10 choices of the following key courses, electives and internships in addition to the required Temple faculty-led course (described above). All students must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be eligible for financial aid and be in compliance with U.K. laws.
Students interested in examining British culture more deeply, and in some cases through a particular lens, are encouraged to enroll in one of the four key courses. It will span both semester phases and is required for study pathway students and encouraged for internship students.
NOTE: You may only enroll in one key course per semester.
All Temple London fall and spring students may apply for internships. Internships usually consist of three full days of each week of unpaid work at professionally relevant British organizations in London. Internships are organized ahead of time on behalf of students by the Temple partner FIE (Foundation for International Education). Internships are found each semester in a variety of industry areas, such as film, journalism, marketing, media, public relations, TV and theater or relevant departments within other companies.
Faculty Program Leaders
Spring 2019: Tracey Weiss, Public Relations
Dr. Weiss is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. She served as the co-faculty program leader for the college’s Global Internship Program and is an active member of the college’s Global Opportunities Committee. In 2013, Dr. Weiss received the Senior Teaching Award at Klein College. Dr. Weiss has had international teaching experience both for Temple University, Rome Campus and the University of New Hampshire, London, England.
Dr. Weiss also founded a consulting firm specializing in management and organization development. Prior to starting her firm, Dr. Weiss was a vice president with the Hay Group where she held numerous leadership positions, including practice director for the human resources planning and development. She also has held human resource management positions at both GlaxoSmithKline and ARAMARK. She utilizes her corporate experience to inform her teaching in global leadership and communication. Dr. Weiss wrote two books in the area of leadership development and has also been featured in recent publications for media professionals.
Summer 2019: Abbe Depretis, Communication and Social Influence
Abbe S. Depretis, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Instruction in the Department of Communication and Social Influence at Temple University, where she teaches courses in persuasion, argumentation, speech writing, public advocacy, rhetoric and social movements, and the rhetoric of hate and violence. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in rhetoric and social change. Her current research focuses on the rhetoric of anti-war movements, feminism, and archival history.