Tower Bridge, London
The English Department's London Study Abroad program has been running continuously for more than 30 years! Here is what some of our recent participants have thought of it:
"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
During Summer A-Term* 2014, the Department of English will again offer a five-week version 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.
The program will consist of three courses: London's Contemporary Theater taught by UW English Professor John Webster, 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.
*Students should note that the program begins earlier than A-term classes in Seattle, which run June 23-July23. B-term courses begin on July 24.
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 subways and busses, will be supplied.
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Taught by John Webster, 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.
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.
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.
#1: To be held in Spring Quarter (dates and time TBD)
#2: To be held in Spring Quarter (dates and time TBD)
#3: General Study Abroad Orientation, available dates TBD (see the study abroad website to register for your orientation)
Participants will be required to attend a total of three pre-departure orientations in Seattle during Spring Quarter (dates and times TBD).
Program participants must also attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office.You must register for this orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of the IPE website to view the current orientation schedule. The general Study Abroad orientation must be completed prior to June 1, 2014.
Any problems or financial losses that occur as as a result of not attending the orientations are entirely the responsibility of individual students.
The Summer A-Term in London program begins with a required on-site orientation session in London scheduled for all day Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
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 (though not required) 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 Bridget Norquist or Professor Webster.
Enrollment is limited to 30 students.
To apply, please use the online application on the study abroad website.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2014
The application includes
**In most cases, we require that letters of recommendation come from UW Faculty or Teaching Assistants. However, if you are a new transfer student (particularly if this is your first quarter @ UW) we will accept letters from faculty from your transfer school(s) in lieu of (or in addition to) UW Faculty recommendations. Letters from family friends, employers, high school counselors, or high school teachers generally will not meet the requirement. If you have any questions about this or any other part of your application, you are more than welcome to contact Bridget Norquist or Professor Webster.
Following the on-line application process, students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview.
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 Bridget Norquist in English Advising for more information.
The program fee will be $3,870 (based on current exchange rates). This fee includes: instructional costs, room, two meals per day (breakfasts and dinners), a London Transport pass, excursions, and some textbooks. No additional tuition payment is required, resident and non-resident students all pay the same fees.
Fees do not include: the $300 non-refundable Study Abroad Office fee, airfare, weekday lunches, mandatory health insurance and other health-related expenses, or personal spending money.
So how much might you spend on airfare, weekday lunches, and personal expenses?
Airfare is even less predictable than exchange rates, but you might spend around $1,300 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 $1,000 for the five weeks ($200/week); if you like to shop, it will be more, but if you are economical, you can get by with a little less.
Program fees will be posted to participants' MyUW student accounts and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. A $350 non-refundable program deposit and $300 non-refundable Study Abroad Office Fee will be charged to your MyUW Account once your signed contract has been received by the Study Abroad Office.
Total fees: $4,170 (based on current exchange rates).
Note: 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.
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 Summer in London Program. It has a very low premium: approximately $42 per month for the duration of the program.
The $350 program deposit and $300 Study Abroad Office Fee are non-refundable. Students withdrawing from a program will be 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 participants' payment contracts. 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.
Shakespeare property, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing, completing 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 can apply any federal, state, or institutional aid awarded to support their study abroad costs but cannot use tuition waivers or work-study awards. Private scholarships are generally applicable to study abroad but you must verify the conditions of your award with the scholarship administrator or donor directly.
You can request an increase in your financial aid award (typically in
loan funds) from the Financial Aid Office
2. Budget of student expenses for your program: available under the "documents" tab on participants' study abroad accounts once a payment contract has been submitted to the Study Abroad Office.
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.
The Financial Aid Office does have a Short-Term
Fritz Undergraduate Scholarships provide competitive funding to undergraduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Washington through the Chester Fritz Endowment.
GO! Scholarships are funded by the Washington State Legislature and provide students with significant financial need access to international learning opportunities. The scholarship is limited to UW students who are Washington State residents.
Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards is an excellent
for additional undergraduate scholarship advice and options.
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 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 a required on-site orientation sessions in London scheduled for all day Wednesday, June 18. Students will be expected at their homestays Monday, June 16 or Tuesday, June 17, and must plan their travel so they arrive in London no later than June 17 so they will be ready to attend the first on-site orientation on Wednesday morning. They will be expected to leave their homestays on the morning of Wednesday, July 23.
Art, Architecture, and Society
with Peter Buckroyd
with Michael Fosdal
Courses in the London Program are taught as much on the streets and in the museums, theatres, and art galleries of London as possible. Thus all the courses in the program include travel and walking to various London destinations. 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 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. Contact Bridget Norquist in English Advising with questions about registration, credits, or grading, and/or visit the UW Study Abroad FAQ page.
Concurrent Enrollment for UW Study Abroad programs will be discussed at the pre-departure meetings. Students may also reference the Study Abroad website for more information.
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 2014 excursions have not yet been finalized.
bus ride to Stratford
view from Warwick Castle ramparts
Stonehenge, courtesy freephoto.com
view from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral
Historic London Pub Tour
a decorative gate, Bloomsbury
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 September 2013, according to the U.S. government's passport services website, the total cost is $135 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. If a visa is required, international students participating on the program are encouraged to obtain their student visitor visas and/or any other required documentation no later than April 30, 2014. It can take the UK Border Agency several weeks to process your application and to issue your visa. Participants should begin the application process as early as possible (but no earlier than 90 days before your arrival date in London).
We will assist students with this process in any way we can, but please remember that we are not immigration experts. Obtaining a visa (should you need one) is your responsibility. If you've been accepted to the program and you think you need a visa, contact Bridget Norquist in English Advising for more information.
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. Tickets may not be changeable, and flights may not always fly as scheduled. 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 a required on-site orientation sessions in London scheduled for all day Wednesday, June 18. Students will be expected at their homestays Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17, and must plan their travel so they arrive in London no later than June 17 so they will be ready to attend the first on-site orientation on Wednesday morning. They will be expected to leave their homestays on the morning of Wednesday, July 23.
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.
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: