SPEA in London

Study in London and explore the English countryside on course excursions

SPEA in London has something for everyone. You’ll spend three to six weeks studying in central London, depending on which course option you choose. As part of the program you'll also enjoy excursions out of the city to experience all of the beauty England has to offer.

Learn more about the SPEA in London Program

Note: SPEA in London is SPEA's only summer abroad program that offers multiple course options with varying dates.

National Security (3-week / 3-credit)

    • June 29 – July 20, 2019

National Security (6-week / 6-credit)

    • June 29 – August 10, 2019

Financing Sustainable Development (3-week / 3-credit)

    • Not running summer 2019

V482/V582 – Financing Sustainable Development (3cr.)

Program DIrector: Dan Preston

“The global community has spoken loud and clear – more resources must be mobilized to end extreme poverty and mitigate the effects of climate change (OECD, 2018).”

This statement summarizes the hopes and frustrations of leading global figures interested in meaningfully addressing two of the world’s most pressing and persistent challenges – poverty and the changing climate. There is simply far too little investment in infrastructure and the kinds of projects and social ventures in developing countries necessary to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The numbers are just staggering – a widely cited study conducted by UNCTAD put the investment gap at a whopping $2.5 trillion per annum. While not a silver bullet, blended finance is being promoted by some donor governments, multilateral organizations and policy think tanks as a potential critical pillar to attracting much needed investment to fill a portion of the gap.

This course has been designed to provide students with an in-depth look at the theory, mechanisms and application of blended finance to help them understand how donor countries, development finance institutions, foundations and other stakeholders are working to finance sustainable development by attracting private investors while also allowing them to evaluate its efficacy with a critical eye. London provides the ideal backdrop as one of the primary centers of global finance, allowing students to interface with some of the key institutions, thinkers and practitioners in the field.

The backbone of the course will be framed by a book, co-authored by the instructor, published by the OECD in 2018 exploring how to make blended finance work for the SDGs. It will also be supplemented by additional assigned reading paired with site visits and guest lectures by practitioners and researchers employed in the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. The major course requirements include assigned reading, homework covering the reading/viewing, attendance, in-class exercises and participation, engagement with guest speakers and during site visits, two examinations and a final project. An introductory finance course is recommended but not required.

V482/V582 – U.S. and U.K. National and Homeland Security (3cr. or 6cr.)

Program Director: William A. Foley (IUPUI Faculty)

This three or six credit course is an interdisciplinary approach to national security, homeland security, and Atlantic cooperation. It begins with a detailed look at the history of the U.K. then at national security strategy and counter-terrorism concerns such as ISIS, Iraq, and Syria. It places an emphasis on United States, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and European Union (EU) collaboration, discussing strategies from President Bush’s Global War on Terrorism through President Obama’s Global Counterinsurgency. The U.K.’s CONTEST plan is discussed regarding Atlantic cooperation. An emphasis is placed upon U.S. and U.K Intelligence, with key U.K. Intelligence Officials lecturing to the class. Blending National Security into Homeland Security, how the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operates is also studied and compared to the U.K.’s COBRA plan, with key U.K. Homeland Security speakers. Class visits include the 7/7/2005 Memorial Site in Hyde Park; the American Embassy London; the U.K. Royal High Courts of Justice; and Westminster Abbey.

National Security (3-week / 3-credit)

National Security (6-week / 6-credit)

Financing Sustainable Development (3-week / 3-credit)

  • Enjoy tickets for a tour of the Tower of London
  • Ride the Eye of London
  • Trip to historic university city of Oxford
  • Travel to Brighton and the University of Sussex (tentative)
  • Other course-specific excursions

Due to renovations happening at St. Pancras Way this summer, our housing location has changed.

We are thrilled to announce that we will now be staying at Liberty House – Sebastian Street! Each participant will have their own room, with a single bed, private kitchen space (with a microwave, oven, stovetop, and fridge), en-suite bathroom, desk, and a wardrobe. 

The residence is located in the popular area of Clerkenwell, which is well known for its award winning restaurants, and is home to some popular chains. Some restaurants around the Clerkenwell area include; Jamie’s Italian, Foxlow, The Crown Tavern and Sports Bar and Grill. The area also has a large range of pubs and nightlife local to the residence. 

Exmouth Market is only a short walk from Liberty House and is home to plenty of quirky shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Additionally, Smithfield Meat Market is only a few minutes away, with fresh local produce.

The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre and hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances and art exhibitions and is just a 20 minute walk from the accommodation. Somerset House located south side of the strand is a short 10 minute bus ride away and plays host to many art exhibitions and is home to the world famous London Fashion Week.

Parks which are close to the residence include Regent’s Park – with London Zoo, and Lincoln’s Inn Fields both short tube rides away. The Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe are a thirty minute walk away or just a short tube journey. London Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral are iconic features of London’s skyline and is only 20 minutes’ walk away from Liberty House – Sebastian Street.


Note: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this SPEA Abroad program:

  1. SPEA Abroad program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

Please see below for additional details.

2019 SPEA in London Program Fee:

3 weeks / 3 credit Program Fee: $3,000
6 weeks / 6 credit Program Fee: $4,800

The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:

  1. A $500 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • Several group pizza parties
  • Cultural excursions
  • Course specific excurisions
  • Public transportation pass for central London

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IU Bloomington Tuition – 3 credits OR 6 credits

The tuition cost for this SPEA Abroad program is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The cost of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status and the number of credit hours you take in London. For more information on the cost of summer tuition, please contact IU Student Central.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to London, transportation to and from the airport, food, and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

SPEA in London is open to undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and graduate students in good academic standing.

First you need to choose which SPEA in London course you want to take part in and how long you want to stay.

During the application period (November - January) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is to your benefit to apply early as some programs will close before the deadline. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the priority deadline will be sent out in early December. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the final deadline will be sent out in early February.

Application Process

  • Meet With Your Academic Advisor
  • Submit Online Application
  • Submit Online Disciplinary Check

After Acceptance to the Program

  • Submit Signed Acceptance Letter*
  • Submit Signed Release Form*
  • Submit Photocopy of Your Passport*
  • Submit Online Medical History Form
  • Submit Flight Information, speaintl@indiana.edu
  • Attend All Program Specific Orientations
  • Attend Health & Safety Orientation

*IU Bloomington Students should submit all documents to SPEA 201. IUPUI students should submit all documents to BS 3025 B. Students from all other IU campuses should mail forms to: 1315 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405