Summer B-Term in London 2011

July 25 - August 26, 2011

The Globe

During B-Term of Summer Quarter 2011, from July 25– August 26 (note: modified B-Term dates) the Department of English will offer a five-week, 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 21 - August 19. 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: “20th Century Literary Responses to London,” taught by Professor Sydney Kaplan 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 Fosdal 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 course may be used to satisfy requirements for the English major.

Housing and partial 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.

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Professor Sydney Kaplan

20th Century Literary Responses to London

(ENGL 431)

5 credits

taught by Professor Sydney Kaplan, UW English Department Faculty

We will explore life in London over the past century through the eyes of its writers. We will read poetry, fiction, and drama by a diverse group of insiders and outsiders, members of the literary establishment and rebels against it, including Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Ian McKuen, and Zadie Smith. We will also read and attend plays by British writers currently being produced in London. Our reading will be enhanced by walks and visits to locations of incidents in several of the works we'll read. For instance, we will take Mrs. Dalloway's walk, and stroll through the City with Eliot's 'The Waste Land' in hand, and we'll take advantage of current art exhibitions and peek at some of the original manuscripts in the British Library.

Meets the Histories of Language and Literature requirement for the English major, or the Senior Capstone requirement. (Does not fulfill the Pre-1900 literature requirement.)


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.

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.


Participants will be required to attend two pre-departure orientations in Seattle during Spring Quarter:

Room locations for orientations will be announced closer to the orientation dates.

The Summer in London Program begins with a required, on-site orientation in London on Monday, July 25.

Students should plan to arrive in London the weekend before, no later than Sunday, July 24.

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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. There are no pre-requisites for any of the courses in this program. 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 Kaplan.

(see Contact Information)

Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

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Application and Deadlines

Big Ben
(photo courtesy Brittany Matter, Spring 08)



Applications are due February 15, 2011.

The application includes

Following the on-line application process, students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview.

To apply, please use IPE's online application.

Summer in London 2011 Online Application


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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Program fee: $3,500 (Cost was originally listed in error as $3,350.). This fee includes: instructional costs, room, two meals per day (breakfasts and dinners), a London Transport pass, excursions, and most textbooks. No additional tuition payment is required. Fees do not include: airfare, International Student I.D. Card, weekday lunches, mandatory UW Study Abroad Insurance, some books, personal spending money, or the non-refundable, $250 IPE fee.

After a student is accepted to the London Program, they will be sent a payment contract and risk form which must be signed and returned to English Advising in order to hold their spot. Payments will then be charged to participants’ MyUW student accounts once the signed contract has been received by the Study Abroad Office.

Total fees: $3,750.

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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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. Students withdrawing from a program will be liable 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 date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing, following the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

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 applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions may not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Revision Request:

You can request an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds) from the Financial Aid Office if the cost of the program exceeds the regular budgeted amount for a student living in the Seattle area. To do this, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

1. Revision Request Form

2. Summer Application for Financial Aid (scroll to bottom of page)

3. Budget of student expenses for your program: e-mail


Please remember that financial aid and most scholarships will be disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid award will not be disbursed until after the start of the program. If your program begins after the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid award will be delayed until the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare and health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you plan your foreign study.

Short-term Loans:

The Financial Aid Office does have a Short-Term Loan Program to assist students with temporary cash flow problems. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in regular classes in the UW Student Database. For students studying abroad during summer quarter will need to apply for a short term loan before the end of Spring Quarter.


There are funding opportunities through the Global Opportunities Program, and students should also reference the IPE website, including their Funding Options page, for more information about Financial Aid and scholarships, including the quarterly Fritz Grant and Go Global Scholarships.

UW Financial Aid Office

UW Scholarship Office

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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 buses between the homestay zone and central London (included in the program fee.)

As noted above, students should be prepared to arrive at their homestay on Saturday July 23 or Sunday, July 24th. Students will move out of their homestays on Saturday, August 27.

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 Summer 2011 excursions have not yet been finalized.

bus ride to Stratford


view from Warwick Castle ramparts

Stonehenge, courtesy

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Contact Information

a decorative gate, Bloomsbury

Professor Sydney Kaplan
London Program Director

Mel Wensel
Director of Academic Services

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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 October 16, 2009, 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 June 30, 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.

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London Weather - What to pack?

Londoners open many conversations with comments about the weather - and with good reason. London weather is unpredictable and often mercurial. 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.

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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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