The Danenberg Oberlin-in-London Program offers students the opportunity for intensive disciplinary and interdisciplinary study in London. The program was instituted as a memorial to the late Emil Danenberg, eleventh president of Oberlin and a great friend to international education. The curriculum is tailored to take advantage of all that the great and diverse city of London has to offer.
Each spring, Oberlin students study with two Oberlin faculty members. Each student takes one six-credit disciplinary course with one of the faculty members, a six-credit interdisciplinary course taught jointly by both faculty members, and a two-credit course on either London history or the London stage.
The faculty directors for Spring 2011 are: Professor Jennifer Bryan (English) and Professor Charles McGuire (Musicology).
Admission to the program is by application only. Applications are due in September for the spring semester, and are reviewed by the faculty directors of the program and by the chair of the London Program Committee.
The program is open to any Oberlin student who will be at least a sophomore at the time the student participates in the program. The faculty and committee are especially interested in students who show a serious interest in taking advantage of the resources of the program. The faculty and committee hope for applications from a wide range of Oberlin students.
The program maintains classrooms and an office within the Florida State University Centre in Bloomsbury, which also contains a library, lounge and internet facilities. Students live in small groups away from the Centre; they can choose between renting small apartments (“flats”) with kitchen facilities or living in international dormitory-like housing. Since students on the Program are registered as Enrolled-Not-In-Residence at Oberlin, and since financial aid applies as well, the tuition costs are identical to those on campus. There is no need to transfer credits, since all offerings are Oberlin courses. Students are responsible for their own housing and food costs, which are higher than in Oberlin, and the London Program Committee works with the Financial Aid Office to adjust aid packages to meet London costs.
Further information about the program may be found on the web at www.oberlin.edu/london.