Online Summer Program: London, England

Overview

Take online courses this summer with faculty from Richmond, The American International University in London, from the comfort of your home. Our innovative 3- or 6-week virtual program helps you take the first step towards a rewarding international experience.

What’s Included

  • Up to 6 credits from Richmond, The American International University in London
  • A $500 scholarship/grant towards a traditional 2021 AIFS Study Abroad program
  • Courses in a variety of subjects and disciplines
  • City spotlights of Paris, Rome, Berlin and Prague
  • AIFS Around the World cultural events including cooking classes, scavenger hunts and more
  • Career-focused workshops
  • Virtual hangouts with participants from around the country

Credits Available
Session A, B and C: 3 credits per session
6-Week Program: 6 credits

Courses

3-Week Courses, Session A (May 18 - June 5)

BUSINESS

ACC 6205A (3)
Financial Reporting
This course offers a theoretical and practical approach to the framework of regulations that influences financial reporting practice. Accounting techniques and methods that are adopted in practice will be covered and particular attention will be given to the conceptual framework for financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements that comply with International Accounting Standards (IAS), and provide a true and fair view.

MGT 5400A (3)
Organizational Behavior
This course explores the structure and nature of organizations and the contribution that communication and human behavior makes to organizational performance. The course will address not only macro level issues relating to the environment and context within which organizations operate, but also the micro level influences of people as individuals and groups, their motivations and operating styles. The management of people for successful organizational performance will be emphasized by considering work environmental factors that facilitate or impede organizational success.

MKT 6220A (3)
Digital Marketing & Social Media
The course will provide insights into new marketing concepts, tools, technologies and business models to enhance the consumer value creation process. New technologies have created some radical changes in the way companies reach their markets and in particular the emerging phenomenon of social media.

This course integrates ideas from the process of gaining traffic or attention the rapidly emerging and influential social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. It will provide an understanding of techniques and tools to understand and harness the opportunities provided by best practice social media marketing. Students will have the opportunity to learn about electronic commerce in action; the interplay between the technology and marketing applications; the changing scope and uses of the Internet, along with current management issues facing businesses attempting to use the World Wide Web.

COMMUNICATIONS AND FILM

COM 6400A (3)
Fashion and Media
This course traces the multiple connections between the fashion and media industries. It emphasizes the material realities, pragmatic and creative dynamisms, fantasy components, and essential visuality of fashion. It also highlights how cities in general function as creative agencies for fermenting style and fashion ideas and attitudes.

COM 5200A (3)
Mass Communication and Society
In this course, "mass communications" is taken in its broadest sense, which may include cinema, television, newspapers, magazines, comics, and the Internet, as well as fashion and merchandising. "Society" involves the people who engage with those texts, from critical theorists to fans, censors to consumers. The course examines the relationship between texts and the people at various points during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from various cultural and national perspectives. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to test and debate established theories by bringing them to bear on everyday popular texts.

PSYCHOLOGY

PSY 6435A (3)
Clinical Psychology
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that antidepressant use in the United States has increased nearly 400% in the last two decades, making antidepressants the most frequently-used class of medications by Americans aged 18-44 years. In a similar manner, a study conducted between 2001-2003 by the National Institute of Mental Health reported that, at some point in their lives, 46% of Americans met the criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association for at least one mental illness. This course will explore how modern Clinical Psychology implements evidence-based treatments to improve psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and promote subjective and behavioral well-being and personal development.

MATHEMATICS

MTH 5120A (3)
Probability and Statistics II
This Course is a continuation of MTH125 and is concerned with inferential statistics. It covers sampling distributions, interval estimations and estimating confidence intervals for populations and proportions, hypothesis and significance testing, goodness-of-fit test and Chi-square test, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), applications of non-parametric statistics and linear regression analysis. All practical work will be done on SPSS statistical software.

Session B (June 8 – June 26)

BUSINESS

FNN 5200B (3)
Corporate Finance
This course examines the financial needs of corporations and the range of mechanisms available to meet them. A review of basic financial statement analysis leads into consideration of working capital management. The key concept of the time value of money is applied to bond and equity valuation as well as capital budgeting. The basic Capital Asset Pricing Model is examined, as a key component of WACC calculation. Varying corporate financial requirements are considered including comparison of internal and external sources of funds, their relative availability, and costs. Final topics include capital structure and dividend policy, and ideas of Modigliani and Miller.

FNN 6420B (3)
International Financial History
The course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the evolution of the international financial system since the 19th century. It covers the development of international monetary systems, the rise and fall of international financial centers and the relationship between finance, industry and economics. The course pays particular attention to financial crises, a phenomenon that represents an endemic feature of capitalist history. The course makes use of students’ analytical and data interpretation skills and allows an evidence based reflection with a direct relevance to the latest financial crisis and the current financial and economic developments.

INB 6210B (3)
European Business Environment
Focuses on the economic, political, social environment for business in Europe within this field, it examines the institutional interplay with the European Union, the dynamics between the different Member States and the different policies with direct relevance to businesses operating in the European Union.

MKT 5205B (3)
Consumer Behavior
The course will focus on the study of consumers and their behavioral patterns in the consumption and purchase of product/services as well as the impact of information technology (social media, digital media) on consumer behavior. It examines behavioral and cognitive psychology and their application in order to measure and interpreting consumers’ formation of attitudes and beliefs. The course provides a psychoanalytic perspective in order to inform the development of marketing strategy as well as to what motivates individual to purchase a specific branded products. It provides an in depth understanding of the consumption culture in modern and postmodern life and how marketers develop lifestyle branding strategies to attract different group of consumers market segments.

MKT 6220B (3)
Digital Marketing & Social Media
The course will provide insights into new marketing concepts, tools, technologies and business models to enhance the consumer value creation process. New technologies have created some radical changes in the way companies reach their markets and in particular the emerging phenomenon of social media.

This course integrates ideas from the process of gaining traffic or attention the rapidly emerging and influential social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. It will provide an understanding of techniques and tools to understand and harness the opportunities provided by best practice social media marketing. Students will have the opportunity to learn about electronic commerce in action; the interplay between the technology and marketing applications; the changing scope and uses of the Internet, along with current management issues facing businesses attempting to use the World Wide Web.

HISTORY

HST 6205B (3)
Pictures of Power
The course aims to introduce students, by way of specific case-studies ranging from the ancient world to the modern day, to innovative methods of studying the past that utilize popular forms of visual culture and propaganda. While recognizing the complexity of the propaganda process and the various influences that form and shape images, the course will focus on the historical relationship between propaganda (in architecture, cartoons, film, painting, pamphlets, photography, posters, sculpture, and television) and politics. The focus on the theme of propaganda and its relationship with various forms of media through the ages allows for the opportunity to compare and contrast particular case studies over time and geographical space and therefore to distinguish elements of continuity and change, which will help students to ‘read’ historic images critically, both as vehicles for understanding the past and in order to identify the relationship between propaganda and power.

MATHEMATICS

MTH 6110B (3)
Advanced Differential Calculus
This course provides an introduction to differential and integral calculus of several variables, functions of complex variables, ordinary and partial differential equations, infinite series and convergence, Fourier and orthogonal functions. Analysis of linear differential equations, non-homogeneous, boundary value problems, various methods of solving differential equations e.g. separation of variables, variation of parameters, Laplace transform, Inverse transforms, Power Series solutions and Fourier series. Methods studied will be shown how they can be applied to problem in business, finance and economics.

Session C (June 29 - July 17)

FLM 6230C (3)
International Cinema
This course examines global cinema while considering the extent to which cultural, political, and historical contexts have influenced the form and grammar of film during the last century. The overall focus of the course is broad, ranging across more than eight decades and many different countries; it aims to study a variety of approaches to and theories of narrative cinema. During the semester, many international film "movements" are covered, which can include the French New Wave, the Chinese Sixth Generation, and Italian Neo-Realism. In addition, the representations of non-Western cultures from an “insider” and a “Hollywood” perspective are compared.

6-Week Courses (May 18 - June 26)

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ECONOMICS

ACC 4205AB (3)
Managerial Accounting
This course introduces students to the generation of cost data for the preparation of proper, representative financial statements, and for optimal planning and control of routine operations and long range organizational goals. It focuses on the uses of formal cost accounting systems and quantitative techniques to make managerial decisions. Topics include: direct absorption income statements, job and process costing, allocation and proration, pro-forma and capital budgeting. This course provides a conceptual and applied foundation for future professional study and qualifications.

ENVIRONMENT

ENV 3135AB (3)
Endangered Species
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of the science of ecology through a study of ecosystems, conservation, biodiversity, and selected endangered or threatened species. The course will address natural and anthropogenic causes of species’ decline and extinction and possible conservation techniques that are, could be, or could have been, used to reverse the extinction or decline. As well as some typical ‘poster species’, other less well known but equally important species will be discussed.

POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

INR 5210AB (3)
Development and Geopolitics in East Asia
Follows the developmental trajectory of East and South-East Asian states in the post-colonial era. The course will address both the international context and the internal social, political and economic dynamics of these states. Particular emphasis is placed on different theoretical and empirical explanations for both the phase of rapid economic growth and development (the ‘miracle’) and the 1997/1998 Asian Economic Crisis (the ‘meltdown’). The international relations of the region are addressed through a study of ASEAN, and of the political economic significance of the ‘hot’ Cold War in East and South East Asia.

INR 6210AB (3)
The Politics of International Law
This course examines the concept, scope and nature of Public International Law and its significance in the context of the international political system. It examines both the legal approach to international politics and the IR approach to public international law. The course explores key issues in international law such as: the nature of international laws, the significance of state practice, the sources and jurisdiction of law, the role of law in limiting the use of force, governing environmental politics and trade. Questions of statehood are examined and case studies discussed to shed light on the controversies that characterize legal debates such as evaluation of the war in Iraq, the independence of Kosovo and South Sudan, the attitudes of the US towards international law, the role of International Tribunals and the United Nations.

INR 6420AB (3)
Global Energy Politics
Examines some of the contemporary geo-political, economic, technical, governance and environmental issue surrounding global energy issues. We look at supply and demand tensions, transit and pipeline issues, infrastructure problems, private companies and state monopolies, deregulation and markets, innovation policy, energy and development, international cooperation, environmental stress, and energy futures.

Career Focused Workshops

Readying Your Resume, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn
Preparing your professional documents and online presence is an essential piece of your career search. This session will cover best practices for connecting the dots from your experiences on-campus and abroad to the job description as well as address common hurdles in composing cover letters. Participants will be invited to schedule a 1:1 review of their resume and LinkedIn profile with Angela Manginelli, AIFS Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives following the group session. 

How to Ace the Interview
Interviews can be stressful, so it’s important to be prepared to put your best self forward in the process. This session will review what employers are looking for in new hires, interviewing etiquette, tips for structuring responses to common interview questions, and provide information on how to craft your personal elevator pitch. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice mock interviews with their peers during the session and will receive resources to continue preparing following the session. 

Navigating the Transition from College Student to Career Professional
Unlike college, your career does not come with a syllabi and that transition can be challenging. This session will help students know how to successfully make the switch to post-graduate professional, including tips on working in a multicultural and multigenerational workforce. We will address how to consider multiple job offers, budgeting for life after college, and knowing how to advocate for yourself throughout your career.

Career Guidance for Working in Education Abroad
Interested in working in education abroad but don’t know how to get started? Join our panel of AIFS alumni and staff who will share their expertise on what it’s like to work in the field and tips for leveraging your cross-cultural experiences into a career. This session will include information on working in various roles at a university and an international education organization as an Admissions Officer, Field Staff member, Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives and many more. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions and set up 1:1 informational interviews following the group session.

AIFS Around the World

Italian Excellence
Do you know that Italy is the country with the greatest number of Unesco Heritage sites?
Do you know that Italy the 4th world’s largest producer of jewelry?
Do you know that Italy has 140 wheat crop varieties, while the US has 6?
Do you know that the Italian automotive sector numbers 3200 companies with some of the best brands in the world?
Do you know that Italy is the undisputed world leader in the production of superyachts?
Learn about this and much more, while participating in interactive webinars.

Virtual Italian Buddy
If you are interested in learning Italian, do not just sit and study. Interact with an Italian student who can help you with your homework and tell you a lot about local amenities while regularly chatting with you.

Sweet Ideas from Italy
Learn how to prepare a Tiramisu or a Sorbetto, or maybe discover how to make the typical Florentine Cantuccini cookies. The secrets and recipes that we would like to share with our American friends are so many!

Spanish Cook-Off!!
You may think Spanish food is the same all over the country, but you would be wrong. AIFS has programs in six different locations in Spain - Salamanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Valencia – and each region has its own cuisine that they are rightly proud of.  Sit in with our wonderful Resident Directors as they discuss the merits of their regional dishes, it may get quite animated, and then tune in for some actual cooking demonstrations. Learn how to make an authentic tortilla from Gaye Michaels in Salamanca and pan con tomate from Inma in Barcelona, as well as more insights into life in each location. 

Italian Wine Tradition
Wine is a big tradition Italians have always been proud of. Meet Marco, AIFS Rome staff, to get introduced to the world of Italian wines. Classes are meant to introduce inexpert users to a correct and functional approach to the very complex culture of wine consumption. By tasting a different wine variety in each single class, topics such as wine tasting and food pairing methods, wines and grapes geography, table manners and drinking etiquette, and wine seen as cultural trait d’union between cuisine and local Italian traditions will be covered. 

A Taste of Italian Cuisine
While home, how many of us have spent (at least!) some hours in the kitchen trying to duplicate some tasty special recipes? Join Luigi and Riccardo, our talented Roman chefs, to discover the secrets of Italian cuisine. Get the recipes, be ready with the ingredients required and have fun! You will learn how to cook two traditional Italian recipes while you practice from home. Buon appetite!

From Rome with (Remote) Love
Meet Christiaan and Lavinia, our professional and super friendly certified tour guides, as they virtually walk you through the wonderful streets of our beautiful Rome. Two appointments for two highlights of the Eternal City: Bernini vs. Borromini, or how the magic role of water, and the new impact of contemporary street art on the walls. Roman art has something for everyone!

Parliamo Italiano?
Would you like to practice your Italian skills with a native? Book a conversation session with one of our fabulous Italian staff: meet Rosanna, Chicca and Marco in Rome for a fast and fun way to improve your language skills!

Prague: Interactive Cultural Quiz and Scavenger Hunt
Follow the clues and answer questions on the many cultural and historical sites in Prague. Our staff will introduce you to some fascinating historical figures, buildings and sites – the stories behind them and experiences you can enjoy in Prague. Play against fellow students and win a prize while learning about one of Central Europe’s most iconic cities.

A Study Abroad Journey: AIFS Student to AIFS Coordinator
Meet Gina and Trung, Coordinators on our Florence, Italy program.  But before that they were both AIFS students on our Florence program.  Learn about what drew them to Florence, how the program influenced their academic choices and the path that led them to later come back to AIFS as part of our team.  Who better to guide our students than staff who were previously in their shoes. 

Practicing Advocacy in Daily Life
It used to be that advocacy work just involved protest signs, sit-ins and rallies. But we’re now living in a time where your voice can be just as powerful from home. From registering fellow students to vote to learning about how you can support local, national and international policies that matter to you, Advocacy 101 is the place to get a basic understanding of the legislative process and how best to move forward and be heard in the digital age. This non-partisan session will explore opportunities to take action for international education and global engagement, and you’ll learn how to work with and educate your elected officials and their offices.

Coronavirus Around the Globe - Lockdown Lowdown
How is the pandemic affecting people in different countries?  You can see reports on the news but the only way to really know what is going on is to talk to the people living there.  Some of our wonderful Resident Directors have come together to discuss how things are where they live, how it has impacted their lives, but also to discuss the positive things they have seen and heard during this crisis.  Please join Edu in Seville, Deniz in Budapest, Nele in Berlin and Miranda in Grenoble as they discuss the situation.  

City Spotlights

London: History and Diversity
Home to over 9 million people, with over 300 different languages spoken per day, London is one of the most diverse cultural capitals of the world, renowned for its creative industries including fashion (London Fashion week alone generates over £100m of orders), art, theatre and media. It boasts of over 200 museums and galleries, including the world-renowned British Museum (home to the Rosetta stone) and the Tate Modern Art Gallery, along with the main residence of Her Majesty the Queen, Buckingham Palace, and picturesque parks such as Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Richmond Park. Yet, despite all this, tradition is not the driving force behind London’s creativity – rather it is the diversity of its people that fuels and shapes London’s formidable cultural landscape. London professor Nicole D’Adamo Moody will introduce you to London’s rich cultural past and present.

Paris Virtual Tour
Discover areas of Paris with our local staff member Jane.  Jane is our Assistant Resident Director and her specialty is arranging all of the cultural activities for our students and accompanying them on the excursions to they get the most out of them.  Join her as she explores some of Paris’ classic districts and she shares her knowledge as only a local can.

Berlin Virtual Tour
Nele is our Resident Director in Berlin, and when she is not assisting our Berlin students with all elements of the program she is also a registered tour guide. Join Nele as she takes us on a tour of her favorite sites in Berlin.

Prague Virtual Tour
Join our Prague staff as they guide you around the beautiful city of Prague, the tour will include sites such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the Old Town and a particular focus on the Jewish history with a tour of the Jewish Quarter. Join Renata, Jenny and Zdenek, our wonderful Prague staff, as they lead you on a tour of this beautiful city.

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