This post was written by Liv Taylor as a ‘how to’ for our London Passport Program. All study abroad students are granted passports at the beginning of the semester to record their development as global citizens.
The London Passport
One of the most amazing aspects about studying in London is a student’s ability to travel around both their neighbourhood and the world. The Syracuse London Abroad program does a fantastic job recognizing travelling as a pivotal part of the abroad experience by strongly encouraging each student to explore new places. The development of the London Passport Program was specifically designed with the intention of assisting students in their reflective process during their semester abroad. By going to lectures in the city, visiting museums, building your network of contacts, joining in all-school field trips, developing a blog or vlog related to your stay in London, collaborating on projects at the centre, or traveling in and outside the UK, you can earn stamps in your Syracuse London Passport. Collectively, the stamps in your Syracuse London Passport could lead to a certificate in a particular category, a LinkedIn endorsement from Syracuse London, an end-of-semester aware, and even cash prizes!
Supporting your Engagement
Syracuse University London is committed to excellence, inclusion, and discovery. In the Passport Program, that means making sure everyone has the chance to explore London, Britain, and Europe. A £30 passport scholarship is available to all students to cover admission charges or related fees for passport activities. You should speak with a member of the Program Team to confirm your chosen activity is eligible for reimbursement. You will then need to bring original receipts from event admission/entrance and a reflection for approval to receive cash reimbursement (rounded to the lowest £5). You may spend the £30 on multiple activities (e.g., admission to three special exhibits at the British Museum costing £10.99 each) or one big event (e.g., a ticket to The Lion King in London’s famous West End).
How to Earn Stamps
Each stamp marks a stage of your journey, your growth, and your overall learning as a student abroad. Your Syracuse London Passport opens up possibilities for you to tailor and shape your adventures in ways that are meaningful to you. By reflecting on your experiences and submitting a thoughtful written reflection that provides an insight of what you have gained from this experience, you will become eligible for a stamp! Here are four categories for you to pursue, according to your interest, while abroad:
- Sport, Wellbeing & the Environment
From a holistic perspective, the wellbeing of the person and the planet are connected. This category encourages you to pursue activities that help develop the awareness and practice of healthy, sustainable living.
- Social & Political Justice
The desire for a fairer world for all is the foundation of notions of global citizenship. This category encourages you to participate in any social or political issue that matters to you and that aims to bring about a more just society.
- Global Professional
As a university student, you are not just studying-you are also training yourself for your future career, whatever it will be. This category encourages you to continue preparing for professional life beyond university, using your semester abroad to give your career plans a global, cross-cultural perspective.
- Arts, Architecture & Heritage
The soul of a place- city, country, continent- is perhaps best discovered in its artistic expressions, its built environments, the ways it commemorates the past. This category encourages you to immerse yourself in the history and culture of London, the UK and Europe.
As long as you are able to reflect on an experience you have had while abroad, you are able to send in a documentation of some kind. Think about: How do you want to challenge yourself? What types of experiences do you most want to immerse yourself? How will you move beyond being a tourist and become a local Londoner, global traveler, a global citizen?
Here are just a few ways to incorporate your reflections into creative pieces:
- Blog and/or Vlog Posts
Indicate specifically which whether your entry is a video or blog post. Check out Maddie’s vlog series for an example: http://sulondon-blog.syr.edu/passport-blog-spitalfields-brixton-walking-tour/
- Reflective Writing, Reviews, & Journal Entries
Journal entries should be between 250-1000 words. Anjelique’s wanderings around Rome are chronicled here: http://sulondon-blog.syr.edu/passport-blog-art-architecture-heritage-in-rome/
- Social Media Engagement
This might include Twitter discussions, thoughtful Instagram posts, etc.
- Evidence of attendance
This may include ticket stubs, selfie videos, etc. – and must include a written piece of work alongside of it
Getting stamps for your Syracuse London Passport is easy, so if you qualify for any of the following, you’re sure to win big:
- 3+ stamps in a single category: Certificate, LinkedIn Endorsement, and Cash Prize
- 3-5 Stamps: £20 Voucher
- 6-8 Stamps: £40 Voucher
- 9+ Stamps: £50 Voucher
- there is also a prize for an outstanding submission in any category, Best Visual or Multimedia Submission or Best Written Submission: £50 Voucher
Email all of your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also go into the Program Office (SR109) with all of your paperwork. The relevant team member will look over your submission and confirm that you have been successful. Be sure to bring your passport so it can be stamped and logged on the Syracuse London Passport system!