Study Abroad Short: London, England with the Program for Women in Science and Engineering

Program Overview

The focus of the program is a comparative analysis of issues facing women in science and engineering here in the United States and how those issues are different/similar for women internationally. The program will also provide students the opportunity to explore the broader social, economic, political, and historical contexts of STEM and gender within the US and UK. Students will enroll in INST 295 and receive 3-credits towards their International Perspectives requirements in Spring 2017. The class will meet Tuesdays from 4:10-5:30 PM.

In addition to pre- and post-coursework students would have opportunities to:

  • tour science & engineering facilities
  • meet with professional scientists and engineers
  • meet with university students and faculty
  • engage in the culture of the destination
Flamenco dancer
Flamenco dancer in Madrid, Spain. One of the many cultural
experiences particpants will have!

At the end of the program, students will:

  • develop a basic understanding of the geography, cultural, economic, political, educational, and social systems of United Kingdom
  • be able to compare and contrast the experiences and issues (in higher education and in the workplace) surrounding women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines in the U.S. and UK
  • gain an understanding of the globalization of STEM
  • understand the relationship and intersection of current issues in UK and the U.S., and their impact on STEM education and careers
Spainish University
Learn about Spain's education system and interact with female students and faculty.

Tentative Itinerary

  • Friday, March 10, 2017: Depart Iowa State University
    Des Moines International Airport (DSM) to London, England (LHR)
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017
    All day: 24-hour ticket provided for Double Decker Bus Tour (Hop on/off) in London for independent exploration. Double Decker bus offers flexible hop-on/hop-off with over 80 stops and 3 main sightseeing routes to see all of London and major landmarks.
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017
    Morning: Tower of London tour Afternoon: Guided tour of the Natural History Museum Evening: Option London Walk with Program Directors: Jack the Ripper
  • Monday, March 13, 2017
    Students have the option of attending a bullfight while in Madrid.
    Morning: Cultural & government overview specific to issues and initiatives to support women in science and engineering in the UK/ Afternoon: Corporate visit, tour facility, meet with female STEM employees/ Evening: London Theater (Let It Be or Sunny Afternoon)
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    Morning & Afternoon: Sustainability in the city: visit and tour facility/ Evening: Free time and time for student class projects
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    Morning: University visit with faculty and female undergraduate STEM students/ Afternoon: Cultural experience – afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason/ Evening: Free time on own
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017
    Morning & Afternoon: Engineering site visit and tour, meet with female STEM employees/ Evening: London Theater (Kinky Boots)
  • Friday, March 17, 2017
    glass house in Retiro Park
    Enjoy strolling through Retiro Park in the City Center.
    Day Trip: Windsor Castle: tour, shops, group lunch/ Evening: Optional dinner at Simpsons on the Strand with Program Directors
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
    Morning: Guided tour of Westminster Abbey/ Afternoon & Evening: Free time (souvenir shopping, remaining sightseeing, etc.)
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017
    Travel Day: Return to Ames, Iowa

Cost Estimate

fountain in Madrid
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Madrid, Spain.

The total cost of the Study Abroad Short is estimated at $3500 for the 10-day experience. Scholarships from the Program for Women in Science and Engineering in the amount of $500 to $1000 are available.

Program Requirements

Priority will be given to students who are:

  • Participating in a Women in Science & Engineering Learning Community (first-year, second-year or transfer)
  • Majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math major (a complete list can be found at:

Applications will require:

  • Statement of Interest (approximately 300 words)
  • Resume
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation

Program Coordinator

segovia aqueducts
Enjoy two day trips: One to Segovia and another to Toledo while in Spain.

Carly Miller