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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Affiliated Department: Engineering, Human Centered Design & Engineering Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 4250 UW Program Director: Brock Craft, Tyler Fox
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location London, UK
Academic Term Early Fall
Estimated Program Fee $4,700
Credits 5
Prerequisites Students should have a foundation in core principles of Human Centered Design. Students from the HCDE program should have completed the some or all of the HCDE 3xx core courses in order to participate.
Program Directors Brock Craft |
Tyler Fox
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15th, 2019
Information Sessions Feb 1, 2-3pm. Gould Hall Room 435 (Other sessions will be offered, TBD)
General This three week short course aims to encourage critical practice rooted in London's vibrant Human Centered Design culture. 

Program Description

This three week short course aims to encourage critical practice rooted in London's vibrant Human Centered Design culture. London remains a globally significant crossroads for creative cultures of all kinds, and has a thriving interaction and user experience design scene. A crucial aspect of this process is cultivating awareness of physical and social contexts and how they are mediated by technology, and how they may be investigated. The infrastructure of the city presents opportunities for developing deeper understanding of how to engineer interactions and experiences at a system-level scale.

We will be working over three weeks to develop a deep understanding of people, place, and how our work as designers relates to socio-technical systems. We will deploying the metaphor of "mudlarking". A mudlark is someone who scavenges in river mud for items of value, a term used especially to describe those who scavenged this way in London during the late 18th and 19th centuries. We will focus on systems of urban infrastructure, including the River Thames and the Tube network, directing attention on how, when, by whom and why the systems are used. This means thinking about what happens beneath the surface, what moves on/in it, navigates or spans that surface, and the space above it. We will consider ourselves as scavengers for meaning and data on and around systems of civic infrastructures.

Outcomes will be research-driven, exploratory speculations on how London's infrastructures shape how it is experienced. Student work will be materialised in physical forms, involving people in the creation and communication of the work. Interactions with London's Design culture will include studio visits, use of maker-spaces, exhibition visits, talks and seminars. These encounters will give participating students a taste of London's creative environment, and lead to a wider awareness of how Human Centered Design contributes to placemaking, cultural development, and engaged critical practice.





London, UK


Shared student accommodations in central London are included in the program.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

This program is open to Seniors (or students who will be seniors), Graduate Students, and PhD students from all disciplines. It is designed for students who are eager to explore how technology is designed and used in diverse and rich ubran contexts. London is international city that is the technological and economic hub of Europe, with a population of more than 8 million. Students should have a foundation in core principles of Human Centered Design. Students from the HCDE program should have completed the 3xx core courses in order to participate. We will make every effort to accommodate students with require mobility assistance. However, applicants should be aware that London presents unique mobility challenges. Many locations in London are difficult to get to or are not yet wheelchair accessible. Significant portions of the Tube network are stairs-only access. The program is designed so that all of the course requirements can be met, regardless of the abilities of participants.


5 UW Quarter Credits


HCDE 497 / HCDE 597: Discovering Human Centered Design in London (5 credits)

This course offers students and international perspective on issues in human centered design. Students will visit several sites of interest within the domain of human-centered design, conduct field research in the city, attend seminar sessions, and produce designed responses to their experiences. Their visit will culminate in participation in the weeklong London Design Festival 2019.

Learning goals include:
By the end of the course, students will: Use qualitative and quantitative data collection methods to inform Human Centered Design Develop a method and process for responding to place through design. You will develop an understanding of how international trends in design research and practice impinge upon and influence the UCD process. You will experience the dynamic technical culture of a major world-renowned, creative city. You will connect people and place through critical design practice and collaborate to devise designed expressions and representations.









Brock Craft
Senior Lecturer, Human Centered Design and Engineering

Tyler Fox
Lecturer, Human Centered Design and Engineering

Not yet available
PhD Student




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,700

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,100)
  • Food (about About $20)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11th, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Additional Info

Accommodation and transit costs in London are included in the program fee.