University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2022: London MUSC

Program Dates January 03, 2022 - February 03, 2022 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

Program Overview Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program.

If you do not have a current passport, you should be aware that COVID-19 has delayed passport processing times significantly. The U.S. State Department has announced that it now takes an average of 18 weeks (4.5 months) to process a passport.

Given the circumstances, if you want to study abroad in 2022, you need to apply for or renew your passport NOW - even if you’re not 100% sure about your study abroad plans yet. We recommend expediting both the processing time and the shipping time for your passport.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by CGPS).

Are you passionate about classical music? Do you love movie soundtracks?? Are you fascinated by the power of a symphony orchestra and curious about the people who make all this music come together??? Come learn about the incredible orchestral tradition of the city of London. With 5 major symphony orchestras, multiple period-instrument and modern ensembles, two opera companies, and a fabulous ballet, London ranks as one of the most prolific musical centers in the world. In addition to learning about the evolution of the orchestral scene, we will study the film score industry’s reliance on London orchestras to provide soundtracks for many of Hollywood’s blockbuster films. NO PRIOR MUSIC TRAINING NECESSARY, simply a love for the arts!

Students will take two classes:

MUSC 226 - City of symphonies: A Critical View of London’s Orchestral History is a course designed to examine the fertile arts environment in London that led to the development of one of the world’s greatest symphonic traditions. Dating back to the late eighteenth century and the rise of an established public concert series to the present day symphonic tradition, London boasts a diversity of orchestral opportunity that is unparalleled. After a brief examination of the historical roots, this class will focus on the contemporary orchestral music scene. We will visit the archives of major orchestras, attend open rehearsals, hear at least 5 performances and talk with a variety of experts including musicians and administrators.

MUSC 224 - London and the Movie Soundtrack is a course designed to examine the role music plays in film with a particular concentration on the scores recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra (e.g. The Star Wars episodes, Harry Potter), London Philharmonic Orchestra (e.g. Lord of the Rings, Lawrence of Arabia) and the Philharmonia Orchestra (e.g. Shipping News, Resident Evil II). The class will begin with a brief overview of the evolution of film music, an exploration of select composers and their unique compositional style, as well as recording session techniques. We will visit the archives of one of these orchestras, attend open rehearsals, performances, screen select films and hear from a variety of experts on music and film.

Students will reside in double rooms in hotels, with a full English breakfast and occasional dinners provided.

Whether you’re interested in film scores, symphony orchestras or immersing yourself in a vast and unique cultural landscape, a Winter Session in London, England is your chance to take advantage once in a lifetime opportunity!

The Program Fee includes accommodations in a hotel with full English breakfast, group excursions, cultural events, a tube pass for zones 1-2, international medical insurance and a farewell meal.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from London and airport transfers in the United States. The program officially begins when students arrive in London. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
MUSC 224-070: London and the Movie Soundtrack (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Arts/Humanities Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group A
MUSC 226-070: London: City of Symphonies (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University History Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group B
UNIV 370-072: Study Abroad - London MUSC (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,435.00$6,534.00
Estimated Program Fee$3,465.00$3,465.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$5,930.00$10,029.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,300.00$1,300.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
James Anderson
Faculty Director
AED 322

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2021

Interest Meetings:

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.