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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location London, UK
Early Fall 2017
August 20 – September 16, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $3,500
 Credits 5 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors William R. Streitberger, Peter Buckroyd, Janet Dunlop
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline March 15, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General This program links classroom activities, site visits, and walking tours to bring our readings to life and to enrich students’ understanding of the ways in which contemporary London has been shaped by its past.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

The last years of the reign of Elizabeth I presented the country with a political crisis: Elizabeth did not have a male heir and forbade the court to discuss who might be her successor, Uncertainty about the future was only resolved by the accession of a foreign king—James VI of Scotland who became James I of England. The turmoil of the period is seen in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. We will read a Shakespeare play and see a production of it performed at the Globe theatre. We will also tour the Globe theatre, do a walking tour of Shakespeare’s Southwark, and a tour of Southwark Cathedral. Later in the seventeenth century the Great Fire wiped out large sections of London. Much of the architecture we associate with London was built after this event, and building codes today are still impacted by fears of the fire. Samuel Pepy’s Diary will provide a basis for examining the devastation of the fire. Visits to the Museum of London and to some of the buildings in reconstructed London such as St. Pauls’ Cathedral and some of Sir Christopher Wren’s churches illustrate the importance of this event in London’s history.

A major turning point came in the early twentieth century. London had become powerful and wealthy during the high point of its colonial empire in the nineteenth century bringing prosperity to some but great poverty to many others. By Queen Victoria's death in 1901 the divide between the elite and the workers who increasingly lived in poverty is one which Britain is still trying to heal in the twenty first century. Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance will introduce students to Victorian society. Visits to Linley Sanbourn House, walking tours of Victorian neighborhoods, and a consideration of Preraphaelilte artists will provide some understanding of the upper classes and their attitudes at the end of Victoria’s reign. The first World War created another crisis. The deaths of so many men on the battlefields of Northern Europe and the horrors of the conflict left an entire generation in shock. The sense of fragmenation and disorientation is illustrated by Virgina Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. A visit to the Imperial War Museum will complement this section of the course.

The decision to leave the European Union was made by the people of Britain in a 2016 refernderum in which concerns about Immigration was a key issue. Some commentators point out that Britain’s relative prosperity in the late twentieth century could not have come about without immigration: that of Indians and Pakistanis to provide labour for the cotton and wool industries, particualry in the north of the country; that of West Indians to service the London Underground and National Health Servce; and that of Eastern Europeans to service agriculture. Clealry, Britain is experiencing something of an identity crisis yet again in the early twenty first century. Andrea Levy’s Small Island will open up a consideration of the effects of immigration and the challenges faced by immigrants. Visits to Brick Lane and to Brixton Market will help students appreciate the nature of multi-racial, multi-cultural twenty first century London.


London, UK


Homestays. Janet Dunlop, our housing coordinator, has been providing homestays for the English department spring program since 1986, for the summer program since 2001, and for this Exploration Seminar since 2011. All homestays are carefully vetted.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The program is designed for all undergraduate students seeking a better understanding of the historical crises that have made London the ultra diverse, multi-cultural city it is. The couse works by historical analogy to address the variety of issues related to Brexit—fears about loss of national identity, fears about the growing population of ethnic and racial minorities, and concerns about economic stagnation. This course which is taught in English meets the Diversty requirement. Students may also elect to take this as a W course by arrangement with the instructor.


5 Credits


ENGL 259, Literature and Social Difference, VLPA, DIV, W credit available by arrangement.

Situated on the edge of Europe, Great Britain, like many of its European neighbors, has had its fair share of crisis and change. Reading about it is one thing. Visiting the sites where the change took place is an invaluable addition to understanding the past and, in part, the present. In each of the four weeks there will be a discussion of the week’s reading in the classroom before our site visits which are designed to complement and bring the readings to life. Readings include one Shakespeae play (TBA), Samuel Pepys, Diary of the Great Fire, Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, Virgina Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, and Andrea Levy, Small Island.

Learning Goals: 

The goal of this course is to help students becomes more informed about the great crises in London’s culture and their effect in shaping modern London. These include the succession crisis and the great fire in the 17th century, the wide disparity between social classes at Victoria’s death in 1901 brought about during the high point of Britain’s colonial empire in the 19th century, the alienation and fragmentation following World War I, and the Brexit decision in 2016 in which prejudice related to immigration was a key factor. Students will write weekly essays and keep a journal of their experiences. Individual students may elect to receive W credit for this course.

Program Directors & Staff

William R. Streitberger, Department of English, Program Director

William Streitberger was the former Director of the UW English department’s London Programs and has been teaching courses in London since 1994.

Peter Buckroyd, Department of English, Program Co-Director

Peter Buckroyd lives in London and has been teaching UW courses there since 1985.

Janet Dunlop, Homestay Coordinator

Janet Dunlop has been arranging homestays for UW English department programs in London since 1986.

Program Expenses

Cost: $3,500

Estimated Program Fee of $3,500, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about £5/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money. Breakfast and dinner are provided – lunch (about £5) is not.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,500 - $1,700* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $3,500 October 13, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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 might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are 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 UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by 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 UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.