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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
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Program Information:
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 Location London, England
Spring Quarter
March 20 – June 2, 2018
 Estimated    Program Fee $7,450
 Credits 15 - 20 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Jessica Burstein, Amy Feldman-Bawarshi
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline November 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Friday, October 27th, 3:30-4:30
Friday, November 10th, 3:30-4:30pm
Both session held in Allen Auditorium
  General An immersive experience foregrounding the cultural and literary aspects of London, providing the student with irreplaceable historical and contemporary experiences of and education about the city, past and present.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

Application process

Program Description

During Spring Quarter 2018 the Department of English will offer a quarter-length version of its highly successful program of study in London. By keeping our program size to 30, and tailoring our courses to what is immediately capable of being seen in London and in England, and by asking students to participate actively, the student emerges feeling that the experience is culturally, socially, and educationally richer--as students, as resident-tourists, and as informed citizens.

The program consists of four courses totaling 20 credits: "London Theater," taught by Dr. Laurie George of the UW Department of English; "Modernist London: The City as Text and Textile," taught by Professor Jessica Burstein of the UW Department of English (adjunct in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies); "Contemporary Britain," taught by Professor Michael Fosdal; and "Art, Architecture, and Society" taught by Professor Peter Buckroyd. Professors Buckroyd and Fosdal are British faculty who are experienced teachers of American students. (Students normally enroll for 15 of the available 20 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 2 meals a day (breakfasts and dinners) for students will be arranged with homestays in London. A London Transport pass, good for travel on all underground trains, overground rail, and buses within homestay zone, will also be supplied. A "Wings to London" scholarship application is available for declared English Majors with special attention to those facing financial challenges.


London, England


London, Stratford, Salisbury


We are in the course of negotiation with 2 experienced London homestay companies. We will conclude negotiations by the end of summer 2017.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements/Physical Components

The London program values diversity. There are no pre-requisites for any of the courses. Any UW student, regardless of major, year, or campus is eligible to apply. We 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 and/or meet individually with Amy Feldman-Bawarshi in English Advising or Professor Burstein.

Physical components: Much of the program requires walking city streets and visiting museums, theatres and monuments; and even as London is the most wheelchair accessible of cities in the UK, with accommodations made by various subway lines and cultural sites, applicants will need to be ready to take a physically active role in the program. Theatre accommodations for the differently abled are made in accord with students' needs.


15 Credits


George: ENGL 344/444 (5 credits): "London Theatre"

"To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination," writes British actor, writer and director Simon Callow. Or as another famous bard put it: "The play's the thing!" That's what we're after in this course: the thrill of London's vibrant, world-renowned theater scene, a unique in-person experience that no mobile device can match. We'll see and discuss a variety of plays in a diverse array of important historical venues, ranging from the National Theatre, the Old Vic, and the Globe Theater, where Shakespeare's plays are routinely performed, to the small fringe theaters where contemporary playwrights often stage their new works. Along with watching, reading, and discussing one play each week, we'll look forward to a backstage tour at the National Theater and an overnight trip to Stratford, Shakespeare's birthplace, where we will see the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company perform. Together, our recreations will engage us in the various elements of dramatic performance--the roles of actors, lighting, costuming, sound, and stage. Course requirements include your personal interest in the topic (of course!), weekly reading assignments and response papers, a short reflective essay, and a final group performance project--indeed, you'll get to be a part of the play, the thing!

Learning Goals

Weekly written responses to theater productions, a self-reflective essay, and group performance. You emerge with increased knowledge of the history of theater and its craft, the current London theatre scene, critical spectatorship, and the ability to evaluate performed plays alongside written scripts.

Burstein: ENGL 336/395/430 (5 credits): "Modernist London: The City as Text and Textile"

As an artistic current and social phenomenon, modernism and modernity are inextricably linked to urban life; London is and was a vital center to both. Literature, fashion, and visual art spring up engaging the new status of crowds, public transit, crime, and the urban pressures exerted on bodily and mental experience. Blaring traffic and new forms of advertising like sky-writing compete for attention with the spectacle of a shifting public comprised of the hitherto marginalized, unescorted females, queer sorts, dandies on parade, and even the unobserved flâneur. The audience has become the performance.

Beginning in the 19th century and moving through the 20th, with a final leap into the contemporary moment, "Modernist London" uses the city of London as its grounding text. The class will spend roughly half of its time in the classroom and half outside of it, going on tours and getting a sense of the terrain described in the texts: on the streets or in the buildings, cafés, or museums.

The appetizers will be one of the most important accounts of the city, Georg Simmel's 1909 essay on "The Metropolis and Mental Life," in which the sociologist argues that the metropolis shapes the psychology of its inhabitants. (If that doesn't surprise you, it's because you're blasé, which Simmel identified as a response to urban living.) We will do some fun work on flâneurie--the activity of observing city life aesthetically from a particular kind of distance.

After this brief set-up, we are ready for London in all its fascinating particulars, and delve into literature on site. We will start with the seedy side, with extracts from journalist Henry Mayhew's nineteenth-century London Labor and the London Poor. Staying with the "lower" classes even as we move into the rise of aestheticism, we will read Oscar Wilde's extremely beautiful, queer, and slippery The Picture of Dorian Gray, go on a Jack the Ripper tour, visit a beautiful aestheticist homespace, and hopefully get a chance to tour a music hall, a space akin to vaudeville that operated in the 19th and early 20th centuries' as a multi-entertainment venue in which lower and upper-classes mingled. Other texts are likely to include Conrad's The Secret Agent, which features the impact of anarchist and terrorist agitation in early twentieth-century London. For that novel we'll go to Greenwich, learn about the establishment of Greenwich Mean Time, and stumble on some tree roots (Note: this aspect of the class will be a challenge for those in wheelchairs, but with notice I will seek to adjust the demands of that terrain).

Then, shopping and shell shock: We follow the steps of characters in arguably the most important modernist novel of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway (1925): tracing the steps of a male shell-shocked war veteran and a female urban shopper preparing for her party as they traverse London over the course of single day. Too, we read the essays Woolf wrote on "The London Scene" for that surprisingly modernist journal known as Good Housekeeping, describing parts of London such as its shopping district, docks, and churches. We will pay especial attention to the birth of the first English avant-gardes: one was born in the tea room of the British Museum; another one, Vorticism, valorized speed and mechanism and the rise of the new, even while oddly making a point of trying to keep some paintings in the National Portrait Gallery safe from women agitating for the vote.

We may investigate London suffragist fashion--women agitating for the vote and role of clothing, and see if the London Fashion and Textile Museum has some material to thread through our modernism. Depending on what British Vogue is up to while we're there, this magazine may serve as one of our primary texts: you will learn to close read an image, and bring together the way that fashion--like modernism's--obsession with the new is irrevocably stitched to its past.

Our texts then will include novels, manifestos and poetry, and we will even investigate how the most quotidian experience of the London Underground--the Tube--is part of the birth of modernism, with a visit to the London Transit Museum. (Please mind the gap.) If time allows, we will close by reading a 21st century London novel by the inimitable Zadie Smith, in order to consider a brilliant writer who takes modernism as a vital starting point for the contemporary novel.

Student responsibilities will include active and informed participation in class discussion, response papers, attentive walking and looking, and 2 short papers. This class will fulfill both a writing and history requirement.

Learning Goals

You will emerge with a lively and informed sense of London's cultural history (19th century and forward), with special attention to the role of the Great War, the role of women on the streets and how gender and social class impacts citizenry, an awareness of avant-garde art, some fashion theory, and above all the technique and importance of close reading texts and material history. You will become a better writer--for as we learn from the modernist Oscar Wilde, style matters.

ENGL 295 (5 credits, VLPA): Art, Architecture and Society in London

This course is interdisciplinary, and 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 you to look more carefully at buildings, pictures and sculpture, the course encourages you 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 stay in established B&B's for any overnight trips.

Learning Goals 

As well as equipping you to look more carefully at buildings, pictures, and sculptures, the course encourages you to do imaginative re-creation, considering what it might have been like to have lived at different times in the past, and as a member of different social classes. The course is taught in the British University style, culminating with a final examination and student project, as well as weekly journal entries for sites visited. Site visits and walks are on-the-go class lectures; students are encouraged to take notes and ask questions along the way.

HSTEU 490 (5 credits): Contemporary Britain

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 enables students to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Britain and equip them better to understand their own society.

Learning Goals 

You emerge with a concrete, educated sense of having encountered a range of the realities of London society, having been given direct contact with the people and institutions of contemporary Britain: meetings with homeless people and politicians, visits to Parliament and the media, and research projects which encourage you to follow up your own interests. Students are assessed based on participation, a mid-term exam, a final exam, and individual projects.

Program Directors & Staff

Jessica Burstein, Department of English, Program Director

Scholar of British modernist and contemporary literature and culture: has published on fashion, literature, and art from the late 19th century to the contemporary moment, culminating in the work of English/Scottish designer Alexander McQueen. She has participated in the London Program repeatedly, and as a recipient of the English Department's Excellence in Teaching award, is dedicated to the fact of the Program's irreplaceable value as education in its highest form.

Laurie George, Department of English, faculty

Dr. Laurie George, a recent recipient of UW English Department's "Excellence in Teaching" award, has devoted herself to effective and engaging university-level learning: For over two decades, she has garnered consistently first-rate approvals by UW students and faculty for teaching success, including a London-based course on city landscapes. Other scholarly credits include prestigious national teaching and curriculum-development grants from L.A Theatre Works and Georgetown University's Crossroads Visual Knowledge Project. She is a founding and current board member of the Duke University journal Pedagogy, initiated by UW English graduate student teachers she mentored and inspired to value teaching excellence in higher education.

Amy Feldman-Bawarshi, Undergraduate Advising, English Department, UW

Amy Feldman-Bawarshi recently joined the advising team in English, but she has been an undergraduate and graduate academic counselor at UW for many years. She has explored the isle of Great Britain, and specifically London, for over 30 years, on numerous occasions. Amy attended the spring London study abroad program three times (alongside her husband, Anis Bawarshi, who taught in the program and served as Co-Director) in 2010, 2013, and 2017. As a result, she deeply understands the program's design, management, and implementation as a whole--as well as its intricacies--and has established excellent relations over the years with the British and UW faculty involved in the London program. She is committed to supporting the program's experiential learning goals, and has experienced first-hand how each class works together to strengthen students' whole understanding of the intersection between art, literature, architecture, and British society. Alongside the students, and through faculty facilitation, she has engaged the city of London as the classroom by which students produce their meaning-making. By attending many classes and excursions alongside the students, she deeply understands programmatic elements and day to day experiences of student life abroad. Amy can support our UW Study Abroad students before, during, and after their London experience.

Program Expenses

Estimated program fee: $7,450

Included in the program fee
  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee
  • Airfare - average price subject to when and where you buy your ticket - $1,300
  • Food (about $10-20/day--continental breakfast and dinner shall be supplied by homestay)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($62/month)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

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
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $7,800 April 13, 2018

Financial aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • Students can also submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually in the form of loans.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for additional financial aid, special considerations for Summer and Exploration Seminar program students, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW has some of our own, but there are also national awards available to you as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based and some are merit-based.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact your Program Manager listed above if you have any questions about the information on this page, or in the Finances section of our website.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You are also required to attend all program-specific orientations offered by your program directors.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend a scheduled session. 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.

Application Process

The application includes:

  • four short answer questions
  • one faculty recommendation
  • electronic signature documents related to UW Study Abroad policies and expectations

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 receive an email from the UW Study Abroad application system.


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:

For Non-U.S. Citizens

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: 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program may be 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 business day UW Study Abroad receives your signed withdrawal form.

Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice of your withdrawal in writing to the Program Director
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad, 459 Schmitz Hall

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.