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  • Locations: Kaunas, Lithuania; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/01/2021
Rolling Admission 06/01/2021 06/15/2021

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Description:
BSBA Multi-Country Summer Program
European Capitals of Culture, Business of the Arts
London, UK and Galway, Ireland (2020 - rotates annually)
PROGRAM OVERVIEW London and Galway

In person program will not run for summer 2021. 

Please visit the brochure page for the Virtual Program: 

Since 1985, the European Capitals of Culture initiative has aimed to increase investment in cultural projects, regenerate cities and boost tourism. As debate rages on about the impact and effectiveness of the European Union itself, Capitals of Culture aims to celebrate art and culture as unifying forces and drivers of economic and urban development.
This dynamic Business of the Arts summer program explores themes of arts and culture management and encourages students from diverse academic backgrounds to engage with members of the local arts community in London to better understand their work and the challenges and opportunities for artists in each local context.

Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA. This program is open to BSBA students, Second Majors, and Business of the Arts minors in the Business School as early as the summer between your first and second years at WashU. Capacity may be limited. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed MGT 460O prior to the application deadline. Prreference will be given to students who are formally pursuing a minor in the Business of Arts at the time of application and BSBA students.  NOTE: This programs requires us to begin booking travel immediately following program admission. Therefore, students MUST have a passport before February 1.

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Summer 2021  June 2- June 15

Students will need to depart the US on June 1, 2021, in order to arrive in-country for the start of the program on June 2, 2021. 
This 3-unit seminar explores the impact of national and international investment schemes, global crisis, and public policy on diverse stakeholders in the arts, challenging students to explore the uneasy relationship between business and art on a global scale. London is a global city and capital of art and culture, providing an introduction to the impact of large-scale events and investments on major cultural institutions. The seminar will incorporate meetings with local curators and artists, as well as leadership from past European Capital of Culture cities in the UK, to spark debate around a series of complex dichotomies: creativity vs. viability, global vs. local, diversity vs. common culture and immediate impact vs. long-term development. These debates will take place against the backdrop of the UK’s ongoing litigation of a post-Brexit identity and relationship with Europe.
Small group research projects will bring students into contact with local artists, business owners, and community leaders as they assess implementation and impact. Through guest speakers, visits to local institutions, and interviews with key stakeholders, groups will analyze narrow themes within the wider project and present conclusions to a panel including course faculty, local artists, and other guests. 

Suggested Reading: Forbes article on 2019 Capitals of Culture
  London, United Kingdom
London, needing no introduction, is the largest city in the UK and is the banking and financial center of the country. London is a global city and truly a world capital of art and culture, offering countless art institutions, theaters, performance venues and important historical sites.
The Accent London Study Center is located in the heart of Bloomsbury, on Bedford Square, a central London district rich in cultural heritage. The Center is near the University of London campus and is just a few blocks away from the British Museum, home to some six million objects covering the story of human culture and one of the greatest museums in the world. The busy shopping and nightlife streets of Covent Garden and Soho are just a few minutes’ walk from the Center.

Note about future locations:
The European Capitals of Culture are established by the European Commission and rotate annually. Therefore, this program will evolve annually. In future years, the program is designed to always begin with London as an introductory and comparative city. The second city will likely change annually to one of the Capitals of Culture or to past Capitals of Culture. As the program develops annually, students will build upon the analysis of previous student's work to explore long-term outcomes. 

Housing: Students will live in flats (apartments) located in central London, within walking distance or a short tube/bus ride from the Accent Study Center. Students generally live with other Washington University participants. Students do not have the opportunity to select external housing. Students are housed in large, shared apartments in twin bedrooms. All apartments include a fully-equipped kitchen, shared bathrooms, a living room space, wireless internet and basic cleaning service.

Student Life: This 2-week seminar program includes numerous visits to museums, galleries, concert halls and theaters during which students will meet with artists, managers and various other community members active in areas of arts and culture. In addition to these visits with seminar faculty, students will enjoy two fine arts performances in London, including a show at the West End, a street art walking tour, and a study tour to Liverpool, 2008 European Capital of Culture.

On-Site Support: Olin's academic and logistical partner in London is Accent Global Learning. Accent is an international education organization that works with over 70 American colleges and universities to provide high quality study abroad programs. Accent staff not only coordinates the European Capitals of Culture seminar and course visits, but also organizes housing, logistics, activities, and are available to assist students in other areas where support is needed. Olin and Accent have partnered for over 20 years and Accent London hosts the BSBA London Internship Program.

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad on a summer program for academic credit, you will be charged a program fee that includes a variety of items, including tuition and administration fees, health insurance, and possibly housing and meals. WU program fee does not cover any study abroad program costs that are not explicitly listed which may include for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses. Upon acceptance a deposit will be required for this program.

Program Fee Inclusions:
  • Academic credit for three WashU units
  • Local instruction, guest lectures, and visits with local artists and agencies
  • Housing
  • Select in-country transportation including airport transport and local transit passes
  • Welcome and farewell meals in London
  • Breakfast daily in London
  • Cultural activities and walking tours, including one West End theater performance in London 
  • Special lectures and exhibits in London
  • On-site support including orientations and staff

Note: This program requires Olin to begin making logistical arrangements immediately upon your confirmation of participation following acceptance to the program. Therefore, upon receipt of admission to the program, be mindful of the required deadlines, dates, and cancellation fees. 

Scholarships: All students, including those who may receive a scholarship or funding, are responsible for the full-cost of the program fee should they withdraw outside of the program withdraw deadlines, which will be sent with acceptance materials. Scholarships are available to students who are actively pursing the Business of the Arts minor. The minor must be formally declared prior to the application deadline in order to be eligible.

Visas & Immigration: 
All students should have applied for a passport PRIOR to completing their application, based on the necessity for us to purchase inter-program airfare on your behalf.

US passport holders do not need a visa if they are staying in London for the short duration of these programs. A valid passport is required and immigration law is always changing; students must research the most current immigration requirements. If you are not a U.S. national, you may need a visa.  

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 
Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change.