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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: December
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December, Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective Study Abroad Contact: Julianne Angeli
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
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London is one of the greatest cities in the world and has always been a strong ally of the US both in trade and in government. During this course we will help students identify and create a formal business plan in London that could result in a successful business in the US. Many business ideas are generated from looking at business trends and cultures in other countries that do not yet exist in the US. There are many companies in London that could provide a tremendous business model for a business in the US. The primary learning objective will be to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and look at various UK businesses with a creative and innovative eye. The final project will be the completion of a business plan document and also making a formal presentation to local UK entrepreneurs and students, acting as judges to evaluate their overall plan. We will be visiting most of the tourist sites of London, including Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace as well as a day trip to Windsor. We will also visit the startup scene in Chicago near the former Olympic 2012 grounds. We will also do a day trip to Warwick Castle, Stratford upon Avon and Oxford University. We partner with Loughborough University and Kings College in London and work on some projects with their students.

Bruce Leech Bruce Leech is the Founder and a Director of CrossCom National, an IT data/voice company that provides nationwide installation, service, maintenance and Help Desk support to large national retailers such as Kohl’s, Walmart, Walgreens, TJX and Starbucks. Leech also opened an office for CrossCom in the UK, where he lived for several years. He is also Co-Founder of evolve, a membership organization for business owners, helping them to enhance their leadership skills, create value in their business and develop plans for the rest of their life. In March of 2016, Leech assumed the position of Executive Director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University, where he has been on the Advisory Board for 10 years. At DePaul, he leads the effort to help students and alumni develop their entrepreneurial skills and connect them with the vibrant ecosystem in Chicago.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate), International Business Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
Class meeting times Oct 30, Nov 6, and Nov 30, all 10:00 am-1:00 pm in the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, DPC 7900
Liberal Studies Domain Global Business Perspective and/or Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Bruce Leech
Course description The overall academic focus of this course will be to help students identify and create a business plan in London that could result in a successful business in the US. Many business ideas are generated from looking at business trends and cultures in other countries that do not yet exist in the US. The primary learning objective will be to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and look at various UK businesses with a creative and innovative eye. They will also better understand the business and cultural differences between the UK and US.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in fall quarter, but coursework is due in winter quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students stay in hotels in double occupancy rooms.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the Developing a Business Plan in London program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Do not over-pack! Remember that you'll probably end up buying things there and you'll have to fit them in your suitcase.
  • The time goes by fast so enjoy and soak in every minute of it.
  • You will have a lot of fun if you open up, find friends that you are comfortable with and do as much as possible.
  • Enjoy the night life but don't let it take up the majority of your trip.

If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:  

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.