Tower Bridge at Night, London
July 28 - August 29, 2008
(Modified B-term dates)
During B-Term of Summer Quarter 2008 (July 28 – August 29) the Department of English will offer a summer session of 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. (Students should note that the program begins and ends later than B-term classes in Seattle, which run July 24 - August 22. This gives participants taking Seattle A-term courses or participating in another international study program during A-term ample time to travel to London.)
The program consists of three courses totaling 15 credits: “Shakespeare on Stage: London and Stratford,” taught by Professor William R. Streitberger of the UW Department of English, “Contemporary Britain,” taught by Professor Michael Fosdal, and “Art, Architecture, and Society,” taught by Professor Peter Buckroyd. Professors Buckroyd and Fosdol are both British faculty who are experienced teachers of American students. (All students will take all 15 credits.)
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 the English courses may be used to satisfy requirements for the English major.
Housing and board (2 meals a day) for students will be arranged with families in London. A London Transport pass, good for travel on all underground trains, overground rail, and busses within homestay zone, will be supplied.
ART H 399: Art, Architecture, and Society in London (5 credits)
This course is interdisciplinary. The material is London itself and is taught entirely on the streets and in buildings, ranging from medieval, Elizabethan and Jacobean, to Victorian, modern and post-modern. We will also take some field trips outside of London. As well as equipping students to look more carefully at buildings, pictures, and sculpture, the course encourages them to do some imaginative recreation, considering what it might have been like to have lived at different times in the past as a member of different social classes.
Houses of Parliament, London
ENGL 490 or DRAMA 494: Shakespeare on Stage: London and Stratford (5 credits)
Professor William R. Streitberger
For over four hundred years, London has been the most important center for theatre in English, and especially for productions of Shakespeare's plays. During our five-week program, we will read and see from four to five of his plays on stage. What we see will depend on what's on, but at the moment I've requested A Midsummer Night's Dream and King Lear at the Globe Theatre in London and have booked The Taming of the Shrew at Stratford upon Avon. We'll study the texts of these plays, of course, but London and Stratford are the principal classrooms. We'll spend much of our time out on the town seeing plays, taking backstage tours, walking the theatre districts in London and the Shakespeare properties in Stratford.
Statford upon Avon
The Globe Theatre, London
HIST 490: Contemporary Britain (5 credits)
Professor Mike Fosdal
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.
ART H 399: Art, Architecture and Society in London
Professor W. R. Streitberger
ENGL 490 or DRAMA 494: Shakespeare on Stage: London and Stratford
Any UW student is eligible. Admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, with final acceptance determined by the English Department. Some years some students applying on the date of the application deadline have been shut out, so please apply and pay your deposit as soon as you are able to make your plans. Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Applications are available from the English Undergraduate Advising office, A-2-B Padelford. (Application forms are not available on-line.)
Priority Deadline: March 14
Students applying (and confirming their participation by returning a signed payment contract) by this date will have first priority, but cannot be guaranteed admission. It would be wise to check with the English Advising Office to see what space is available.
Students applying after March 14 will be admitted on a space available basis.
Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Total costs: $3700.00 ($3500.00 program fees plus $200 International Programs and Exchanges fee). Program fees include instructional costs, room and board, London Transport pass, and excursions. Program fees do not include airfare, International Student I.D. Card, books, weekday lunches, insurance, personal spending money; the $200 IPE fee is in addition to the $3500 program fees.
Upon acceptance to the program, students will be required to sign and submit a payment contract. Payments will then be charged to participants’ UW student accounts, and will be payable to the Student Fiscal Services office according to the following schedule:
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 sever inflation. If such a change occurs, students will be notified of the increase and an adjustment will be made to the final program payment.
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.
Students should reference the IPE website (http://ipe.washington.edu) for more information about Financial Aid and scholarships, including the quarterly IPE scholarship.
A student withdrawing from the program on or before May 8 will be refunded all but the non-refundable $350 deposit. Any student withdrawing from the program on or before May 30, will be liable for 25% of the entire program fee; after this date withdrawals on or before June 27 will be liable for 50% of the entire program fee; afterwards withdrawals on or before July 18 will be liable for 75% of the program fee. Students withdrawing after July 18 will be liable for the entire program fee. 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.
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 get the wheels turning as early as possible. 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.
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:
Thanks to FreeFoto.com, a free picture library on the web, for some of the London photos on this page.