Multimedia Communication May Term: Media, Culture, and Sport in the UK

Simpson students checked out Centre Court at the All-England Tennis Club, home of the Wimbledon championships, near London in May 2017. Students will get a chance again to see Centre Court and much more as part of Media, Culture & Sport in the UK in May 2021
Simpson students checked out Centre Court at the All-England Tennis Club, home of the Wimbledon championships, near London in May 2017. Students will get a chance again to see Centre Court and much more as part of Media, Culture & Sport in the UK in May 2021

Faculty in Simpson’s Multimedia Communication department is planning a travel course to the United Kingdom for May Term 2021, COVID-19 permitting.

Students taking the course, titled Media, Culture, and Sport in the UK, will be staying in the Royal Borough of Kensington in London, from May 3–16, 2021.

Brian Steffen, chair and professor of Multimedia Communication, and Mark Siebert, associate professor of Multimedia Communication and director of Simpson Student Media, will be the instructors and will lead students in their study-abroad experience.

“London is a great city. Students will get to understand how media are run differently in the UK,” Siebert said. “We’re also able to see some venues like Wimbledon or Wembley Stadium that students usually only see on TV.”

Siebert hopes students get to truly experience the differences among sports, media, and culture in the UK compared to what they’ve grown to know in the United States.

“We’re all citizens of the world, and students need to see how other places work,” he said.

Students will begin the course learning how to navigate central London —whether that be through the bus system, walking, or the London Underground. They will compete in a game of “The Amazing Race” before ending their introduction to London with a welcome dinner.

Students will get a tour of the city and spend the remainder of the course visiting sites or locations of media, sport, or cultural importance. On weekends, students are free to travel and explore on their own. Significant tourism spots such as Paris’ Eiffel Tower are only a Eurostar train ride away.

Steffen and Siebert will lead discussions and gather takeaways about the sites during group breakfast times, and students will journal their personal experiences and observations throughout the course.

Students interested in this once-in-a-lifetime experience must pay a deposit and take a one-credit preparatory course in Spring 2021 to learn about British culture, the British government, and how to count and convert British currency.

The Priority Deadline for May Term 2021 applications and financial assistance will be Oct. 6.

Multimedia Communication faculty will inform anyone registered of any changes to the course or trip, and students will get refunds in the event of a COVID-19 related cancellation.

For more information about objectives and activities specific to this course, contact Steffen or Siebert; for information about the study-abroad registration or payment process, contact Jay Wilkinson, Simpson’s director of international education.

Simpson students interested in learning more about May Term international travel courses can attend the Virtual Study Abroad Fair offered asynchronously the week of Sept. 14 and through synchronous Zoom meetings with professors the week of Sept. 21.

Check out this video for a glimpse of the London experience:

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