Spring Quarter in London 2011


March 24 - June 4, 2011

Information for the Spring 2012 program (March 22 - June 1, 2012) is coming soon.



Trafalgar Square

Here's what some of our past participants have to say...

“Studying in London has been the highlight of my time as a UW student. Words can't really describe how exciting the city is and how much there is to experience and learn. Sometimes I couldn't believe how much history was at my fingertips. The faculty was great and the classes were fun and interesting. My fellow classmates also became great friends during our stay in London, a bonus which I count immeasurable!"

-- Erin McKiernan, Spring 2009 participant

"In Spring 2003, I was privileged enough to go to London with the English Dept. I have to say that it is still one of my fondest memories of my undergrad at UW. Even six years later, I am still in touch with many of the friends in London that I made there. I still have great memories of my visits to the British Museum, walking the Thames, and the amount of music I bought there!

I just wanted to let the Department know how important and how lasting of an impression such foreign exchange opportunities are to students during their academic tenure and beyond. It has been about 5 years since I made it back to London (blame it on graduate school), but I just wanted to extend my thanks to the Department for having this opportunity continue to exist for future study abroad students."

--Zachary Y Kerr, Spring 2003 participant

“There is nothing like having a classroom the size of a city and its surroundings – literally! Class time inside an actual classroom is minimal, as most learning takes place on the city streets, at historical sites (such as churches, museums and castles), at The Globe and other theatres in and near London, etc. The teachers also hold classes outside the city limits at places such as Stratford-Upon-Avon and Brighton so students can be exposed to more of an English experience than just London. The assignments are just as unique as the classes and turn out to be keepsakes, as the teachers create an incorporation of learning and visiting a foreign country through their assignments and classes, catering to the students' learning needs as well as their curiosity."

-- Lauren Duncan, Summer 2008 participant

The Program


During Spring Quarter 2011, the Department of English will again offer its highly successful program of study in London. We have found that by keeping our numbers small, by tailoring our courses to what is immediately able to be seen in London and in England, and by asking students to actively participate, everyone emerges feeling fuller, as students, as tourists, as people.

The program will consist of four courses: London's Contemporary Theatre taught by UW English Professor Juliet Shields, Writing London's Neighborhoods taught by UW English Lecturer Carrie Matthews, Art, Architecture, and Society taught by British Professor Peter Buckroyd, and Contemporary Britain taught by British Professor Michael Fosdal. Professors Buckroyd and Fosdal are our London faculty, and have been teaching our students to rave reviews for more than ten years. (Three classes are considered a full-time load, but students may take all four if they wish.)

Students in the program will maintain their UW residency and any financial aid eligibility already established. Credits earned will be recorded on students' UW transcripts and apply directly to UW graduation requirements. Credits earned in English courses may be used to satisfy requirements for the English major.

Housing and board for students will be arranged with families in London. A London Transport pass, good for travel on all subways and busses, will be supplied.

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Courses


Juliet Shields

London's Contemporary Theatre

ENGL 444 or DRAMA 494

5 credits

taught by Professor Juliet Shields, UW English Department Faculty

The goal of this class is to help students become more informed, confident and, especially, active readers and watchers of contemporary theater. We will approach this goal in five ways. First, we will be seeing a series of theatrical productions during the course of the quarter, and discussing each of those productions both before and after we see them. Second, we will be reading several of these plays before we actually see the production—thinking about possibilities for dramatic representations of what we read. Third, students will be writing about what they see. They’ll be keeping a theatre notebook as their contribution to the formal work of the quarter, and I will be reviewing material from that notebook on several different occasions. Fourth, we’ll be engaging in a range of informal dramatic exercises throughout the quarter, introducing students to a range of theatrical techniques that will significantly increase their ability to “see” what’s happening on stage. And fifth and finally, we’ll be visiting several physical sites with special importance to the history of drama in London--the Globe Theater, The National Theater, The Royal Court Theater, The Theater Museum, The Southbank environs of Shakespeare's London. For this is the place!—for fans of the English-language theater, London is the sacred ground of sacred grounds. (The course will also be linked with an excursion to Stratford Upon Avon and what will by then be the newly reopened Memorial Theater.) This course meets the Senior Capstone Requirement for English majors.

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Carrie Matthews

Writing London's Neighborhoods

ENGL 381, Advanced Expository Writing

5 credits

taught by Carrie Matthews, UW English Department Faculty Lecturer

London is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and global capitals—it’s home to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, the biggest Hindu temple outside India, as well as to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Big Ben—but even more, it’s also a patchwork quilt of local townships, each with a character and history of its own. This course introduces students to London’s less known side by inviting them to adopt (even if only temporarily!) one of this huge city’s relatively tiny neighborhoods.

Students will divide their time between the classroom and their adopted neighborhoods: perhaps Whitechapel, Jack the Ripper’s old haunt, or Harrow on the Hill, where Byron, Trollope, Churchill, and King Hussein of Jordan went to school, or Canning Town, where Charlie Chaplin and Mahatma Gandhi were introduced to each other.

We will begin the course by reading about this other London, starting with travel guides. Students will then spend time in their neighborhood, in groups and individually. Classroom sessions will include time to workshop writing at various stages of the process. At the end of the course, each group will take the class on a tour through their neighborhood and present a final project, a textual representation of the neighborhood (authored singly or collaboratively). This course meets the "Forms and Genres" requirement for English majors.

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Peter Buckroyd

Art, Architecture, and Society

ART H 399, Special Topics in Art History

5 credits, VLPA

taught by Professor Peter Buckroyd, British Faculty

This course is interdisciplinary. The material is London itself. The course is taught entirely on the streets and in buildings, ranging from medieval, Elizabethan and Jacobean to Victorian, modern and post-modern. As well as equipping students to look more carefully at buildings, pictures and sculpture, the course encourages them to do some imaginative re-creation, considering what it might have been like to have lived at different times in the past as a member of different social classes. Field trips, to locations like Stratford Upon Avon, are included, typically via chartered bus with professional drivers. Students usually stay in established B&B's for any overnight trips.

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Michael Fosdal

Contemporary Britain

HIST 490, Topics in History

5 credits, I&S

taught by Professor Michael Fosdal, British Faculty

This course introduces students to various aspects of life in Britain, from royalty to the homeless, from politics to sport. There is a major emphasis on direct contact with the people and institutions of contemporary Britain, including meetings with homeless people and politicians, visits to Parliament and the media, and individual research projects which encourage students to follow up their own interests. The course also looks at issues such as race, crime, the family and the problems (and delights) of being young in Britain today. The course should enable students to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Britain and equip them better to understand their own society.

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Concurrent Enrollment & Pre-Departure Orientations


Students participating in the program must submit UW Concurrent Enrollment forms for Spring Quarter 2011. In addition, students will be required to take the UW International Programs and Exchanges online orientation. For more information, please refer to the IPE website.

Participants will be required to attend two pre-departure orientations in Seattle during Winter Quarter. The first will be on Friday, 1/21/2011 at 3:30pm and the second will be on Friday, 2/25/2011 at 3:30pm. Students enrolling in the program should take these dates into account when registering for courses for Winter Quarter 2011.

Any problems or financial losses that occur as as a result of not attending the orientations are entirely the responsibility of individual students.

The program begins with two days of required on-site orientation sessions in London scheduled for all day Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25.

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Eligibility



Spring 2009 group (photo courtesy Erin McKiernan, Spring 09)

The London program values diversity. Any UW student from any campus, including Evening Degree, is eligible to apply to the program. It is recommended that applicants have successfully completed a 200-level literature course at the UW prior to participation. We try to provide as much information as possible on this site and in our printed materials, but that is no substitute for human interaction. We strongly recommend that interested students attend an Information Session or meet individually with Mel Wensel or Professor Webster.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

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Application and Deadlines



Big Ben
(photo courtesy Brittany Matter, Spring 08)

Preliminary application deadline: Wednesday November 10, 2010. Thereafter we will accept applications on a space-available basis. Historically, this program has had a waitlist, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Special instructions (in addition to the general guidelines in the application packet): Please limit your letter of interest to 500 words.

Depending on the applications submitted, we may maintain a waiting list for the program. Students who are invited to participate in the program will be required to return a signed payment contract, and risk form, before the deadline indicated in their acceptance email.

Questions? Contact Mel Wensel in English Advising for more information.

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Cost


The program fee will be $6,200. This fee includes: instructional costs, room, two meals per day (breakfasts and dinners), a London Transport pass, excursions, and textbooks. No additional tuition payment is required, resident and non-resident students all pay the same fees.

Fees do not include: the $250 non-refundable IPE fee, airfare, weekday lunches, mandatory health insurance, mandatory pre-departure health screening, or personal spending money.

So how does this compare to a quarter at the UW? According to the UW Financial Aid Office, a Traditional, Resident Undergrad would budget for about $7,347 per quarter for resident tuition, books, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.

Source: UW Financial Aid Office.

As mentioned above, participants' tuition, books, transportation, housing and two meals per day would be covered by the program fee of $6,200, and all group excursions and field trips are also included. So, how much might you spend on airfare, weekday lunches, personal expenses, and health insurance?

Airfare is even less predictable than exchange rates, but you might spend up to $1,000 for a plane ticket. Personal expenses can be a tough thing to estimate, since they can vary so much from person-to-person, but considering that participants will already have paid their basic expenses (room and two meals a day, London transport pass, excursion tickets) as part of the program fee, we’re really talking about lunch money and pocket/shopping money. You can lunch reasonably on £ 7 ($11) or less a day if you are economical; other costs will vary immensely depending on what you like to do, and whether you like to shop. London is a fairly expensive city with lots of good things to spend money on. A ballpark figure for a moderate spender has been about $2,000 for the quarter ($200/week); if you like to shop, it will be more, but if you are economical, you can get by with a little less.

What about health insurance?

The University of Washington has a mandatory comprehensive health insurance plan that is specifically for students studying abroad on UW programs like the Department of English Spring in London Program. It has a very low premium: approximately $37 per month for the duration of the program (March - June).

Please visit their webpage or contact the International Programs and Exchanges Office for more information.

Mandatory UW Study Abroad Health Insurance Plan

Payment Schedule

After a student is accepted to the London Program, they will be sent a payment contract, risk form, and student conduct form which must be signed and returned to English Advising in order to hold their spot in the program. Payments will then be charged to participants’ UW student accounts, and will be payable to the UW Student Fiscal Services Office. Note: This payment schedule is subject to change. Participants should refer to the payment and refund schedule on their payment contracts.

Note: The $350 program deposit will be due two weeks after the payment contract, risk form, and student conduct form have been received by the IPE Office, and the first program payment of $500 will be due two weeks thereafter. Participants should keep an eye on their MyUW accounts for posted fees and deadlines.

Program fees are paid in dollars; most program expenses are paid in pounds. The English Department program in London reserves the right to modify the program fee based upon dollar devaluation or severe inflation. In this unlikely event, students will be notified of the increase and an adjustment will be made to the final program payment.

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Withdrawal Policy


Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing to the Department of English Advising Office and to the Office of International Programs and Exchanges. The withdrawal date is considered to be the date a withdrawal form is received by the IPE office.

The $350 deposit and the $250 IPE fee are non-refundable. Depending on the date of their withdrawal, students may also be responsible for a portion of their program fees. Confirmed participants should refer to their payment contracts for more information.

Students will be responsible for paying any charges posted to their student accounts by the designated due date, as well as late fees incurred for late payment. Any reimbursements of program fees will be credited to student accounts once a withdrawal has been processed. Typical withdrawals are processed 4-6 weeks from receipt of complete withdrawal paperwork.


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Financial Aid



Warwick Castle


Warwick Castle



Most forms of financial aid can be utilized during participation in the program. Participants who are on financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office to verify that their awards will apply.

The IPE office will create a budget sheet including estimates for expenses not included in the program fee. Students wishing to apply their financial aid toward this program will need to submit this budget to the Financial Aid Office. This budget is available by request from the English Advising Office or the IPE Office.

Students should also reference the IPE website for more information about Financial Aid and scholarships, including the quarterly Fritz Grant and Go Global Scholarships. In previous years, some students in our programs have also applied for the Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship.

UW Financial Aid Office    UW Scholarship Office



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Homestays


Janet Dunlop


Since 1986, Janet Dunlop has been our London Homestay Coordinator. She screens prospective homestay families for our program, and matches students up with London families. Homestays are an integral part of the program, giving students a unique opportunity to live like a Londoner, a cultural experience that dorms and apartments just don't provide. Janet Dunlop lives in London, and she is available to assist students throughout the program.


A London Neighborhood


London is a large city. Few people can afford to live in the very center of town, and commuting is a way of life. Students should expect a commute to and from class of about 35-45 minutes, via The Underground or bus. All students will receive a London Transport Pass, good on all underground trains, over ground rail, and busses between the homestay zone and central London (included in the program fee.)

SCHEDULE NOTE:  As noted above, the program begins with two days of required on-site orientation sessions in London scheduled for all day Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25. Students will be expected at their homestays Tuesday or Wednesday, March 22 and 23, and must plan their travel so they arrive in London no later than March 23 so they will be ready to attend the first on-site orientation on Thursday morning. They will be expected to leave their homestays on the morning of Saturday, June 4.     Homestay Tips

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Teaching Style/Classroom


Visit to Sir Albert Memorial


Michael Fosdal's
"Contemporary Britain" class


All courses in the London Program employ the 'peripatetic' style of teaching. The courses in Art, Architecture, and Society, for example, is taught entirely on the streets and in the museums and art galleries of London. All other courses in the program include some walking trips. To successfully participate in this program, students must be capable of meeting the physical requirements the courses demand.


Russell Square, Bloomsbury
a short walk from the classroom


While much of the program will take place on the streets and in the buildings of London, there will, of course, still be time spent in our classroom on 6 Great James Street, which is located in the Holborn neighborhood in central London. Credits and grades earned on the London Program will count toward UW residency and degree totals. Students receive regular, numeric grades that are factored in to their UW GPAs.

Concurrent Enrollment for UW Study Abroad programs will be discussed at the pre-departure meetings. Students may also reference the IPE website for more information.

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Excursions/Group Trips


Some excursions and group trips are included. Transportation for field trips will be via chartered bus with professional drivers. During overnight trips, students are housed in established hotels or bed and breakfasts. Pictured here are some typical destinations, but please note that the Spring 2011 excursions have not yet been finalized.



bus ride to Stratford


Stratford-Upon-Avon


view from Warwick Castle ramparts


Stonehenge, courtesy freephoto.com

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Contact Information



a decorative gate, Bloomsbury


Professor John Webster
London Program Director
(206)543-6203
cicero@uw.edu

Mel Wensel
Director of Academic Services
(206)543-2634
wensel@uw.edu

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Passports/Visas


You will need a passport to travel to the United Kingdom. It can take time for your application to be processed and your passport issued, so it's a good idea to apply for (or renew) your passport as early as possible. As of July 16, 2010, according to the U.S. government's passport services website, the total cost is $100 for a 10-year passport, and the University Neighborhood Service Center, 4534 University Way NE, is the passport acceptance facility closest to campus. The most extensive passport information, including application procedures, fees, office locations, and even printable application forms you can download, is available from the State Department's passport services website. Some general information on applying for passports is also available by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free number: 1-877-487-2778, while an automated appointment line and some general information is available at the Seattle Passport Agency: (206) 808-5700.

If you are not a U.S. Citizen, a visa, or additional documentation, may be required for your period of study in the United Kingdom. For more information, please contact your home country's consulate or embassy. If a visa is required, international students participating on the program are encouraged to obtain their visas and/or any other required documentation no later than January 31, 2011.

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Travel Arrangements



Statue of John Betjeman
St. Pancras Station

Participants make their own travel arrangements - there is no group flight to London. Airfares fluctuate too often and too much to make any estimates here, but we encourage students to begin shopping for flights as soon as they are officially enrolled in the program. Council/STA Travel is a student-friendly travel agency we recommend, but students often find great deals on their own by taking advantage of frequent flyer miles and individual airline promotions.

NOTE to participants: Please be wary of some of the cheap airfare websites. Read all the fine print. Their tickets are never changeable, at least, not by you. Students have run into problems with these sites in the past. Just use your best judgment and consider your options carefully.

IMPORTANT:  As noted above, the program begins with two days of required on-site orientation sessions in London scheduled for all day Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25. Students will be expected at their homestays Tuesday or Wednesday, March 22 and 23, and must plan their travel so they arrive in London no later than March 23 so they will be ready to attend the first on-site orientation on Thursday morning. They will be expected to leave their homestays on the morning of Saturday, June 4.

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London Weather - What to pack?


The photos below were taken in April 2008, within a few days of each other. Londoners open many conversations with comments about the weather - and with good reason. London weather is unpredictable and often mercurial; over the course of a single, Spring day, one might see sun, rain, hail, and sleet. Students often ask us what to pack. There are two kinds of travelers: those who pack light and those who wish they did. We recommend that students pack a week's worth of clothing, with options for layering. Comfortable shoes and a waterproof shell are must-haves, and students should keep in mind that they will have limited storage space in their host family's home. For more packing and backpacking ideas, check out the Rick Steves' website.



London, April 5, 2008 (yes, that is snow)


London, April 8, 2008 (a bright, sunny morning)

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More Web Sites 


There are innumerable sites on the Web pertaining to London and the United Kingdom.  Let your favorite search engine loose and explore. Here are just a few links to help you get started:

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