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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 10/15/2017 10/16/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy
Program Director:
Chrystal, Lora-Leigh
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: English
ISU Course:
INT ST 295x
Program Type:
Program Description:
WiSE London Eye
Program Overview
The focus of the program is a comparative analysis of issues facing women in science and engineering here in the United States and how those issues are different/similar for women internationally. The program will also provide students the opportunity to explore the broader social, economic, political, and historical contexts of STEM and gender within the US and UK. Students will enroll in INST 295 and receive 3-credits towards their International Perspectives requirements in Spring 2017. The class will meet Tuesdays from 4:10-5:30 PM.

In addition to pre- and post-coursework students would have opportunities to:
     - tour science & engineering facilities
     - meet with professional scientists and engineers
     - meet with university students and faculty
     - engage in the culture of the destination

At the end of the program, students will:
- develop a basic understanding of the geography, cultural, economic, political, educational, andsocial systems of United Kingdom,
- be able to compare and contrast the experiences and issues (in higher education and in the workplace) surrounding women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines in the U.S. and UK,
- gain an understanding of the globalization of STEM, and- understand the relationship and intersection of current issues in UK and the U.S., and their impact on STEM education and careers.

Tentative Itinerary
Friday, March 9: Depart Iowa State University
Des Moines International Airport (DSM) to London, England (LHR)
Saturday, March 10
All day: 24-hour ticket provided for Double Decker Bus Tour (Hop on/off) in London for independent exploration. 
Double Decker bus offers flexible hop-on/hop-off with over 80 stops and 3 main sightseeing routes to see all of London and major landmarks.
Sunday, March 11
Morning: Tower of London tour
Afternoon: Guided tour of the Natural History Museum
Evening: Option London Walk with Program Directors: Jack the Ripper
Monday, March 12
Morning: Cultural & government overview specific to issues and initiatives to support women in science and engineering in the UK
Afternoon: Corporate visit, tour facility, meet with female STEM employees
Evening: London Theater (Let It Be or Sunny Afternoon)
Tuesday, March 13
Morning & Afternoon: Sustainability in the city: visit  and tour facility
Evening: Free time and time for student class projects
Wednesday, March 14
Morning: University visit with faculty and female undergraduate STEM students
Afternoon: Cultural experience – afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason
Evening: Free time on own
Thursday, March 15
Morning & Afternoon: Engineering site visit and tour, meet with female STEM employees
Evening: London Theater (Kinky Boots)
Friday, March 16
Day Trip: Windsor Castle: tour, shops, group lunch
Evening: Optional dinner at Simpsons on the Strand with Program Directors
Saturday, March 17
Travel Day: Return to Ames, Iowa

Cost Estimate
 The total cost of the Study Abroad Short is estimated at $3500. Scholarships from the Program for Women in Science and Engineering in the amount of $500 to $1000 are available.

Program Requirements   
Priority will be given to students who are:
- Majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math major
(A complete list can be found at:

Applications will require:
·         Statement of Interest (approximately 300 words)
·         Resume
·         One (1) Letter of Recommendation

Program Coordinators 
Lora Leigh Chrystal
Carly Miller

Program for Women in Science and Engineering Office
218 Carver Hall