London Maymester: The U.S., U.K., and World Order

In partnership with the world-renowned War Studies Department at King's College London, the Maymester in London provides exemplary students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the U.S./U.K. special relationship. The program is taught at King's College London and includes visits to important landmarks in British cultural heritage and Anglo-American strategic history, as well as private events with senior policymakers and historians. 

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In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Great Britain was the world’s dominant power and chief proponent of a liberal international order. By the middle of the twentieth century, a badly weakened Britain was mostly replaced by the United States in those roles. But British thinking about diplomatic and military affairs exerted a strong influence on American strategy, and the two nations formed what became known as the “Special Relationship.” This course, to be held in London as a Maymester, will explore the diplomatic and military history of the United Kingdom and Great Britain and especially how the two nations have interacted and shaped each other’s national security policies and visions of global order. Classroom sessions will include faculty guest instructors from the renowned War Studies Department of Kings College London, and the course will be supplemented with regular field visits to historic sites in London and throughout the United Kingdom. The group will also make a visit to the battlefields of Normandy.  

Students will receive credit through the Department of History upon successful completion of the course. The course has also been approved for the IRG Track II: International Security concentration. 

Photos from 2015 Maymester in London

The course fee is $1,500 and includes airfare, housing, a transportation pass, all program related excursion expenses, and most meals. Scholarships are available and students will not be turned away based on financial need. Note: The fee DOES NOT include overseas health insurance, the Study Abroad Office's application fee, a refundable housing damage deposit, personal travel, and some meals.

Program dates: May 22-June 17, 2016

For more information, please contact Jacqueline Chandler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are due Sunday, November 1, 2015.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following items as PDF documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring them by the Clements Center in the FAC 248-O, Harbin Hall.

  • pdfApplication
  • A 400-500 word essay explaining why you are interested in the relationship between the United States and United Kingdom, and why understanding the history of that relationship is important for national security policy today.
  • Official transcript