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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
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Program Description:
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 Location London, England
Spring Quarter
March 22 – June 3, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $7,350
 Credits 15-20 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors John Webster; Anis Bawarshi
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline November 28, 2016
 Information  Session(s) Friday, Oct 14, 3:30-4:20pm in Smith 405
  General The program consists of four courses totaling 20 credits: “London’s Contemporary Theater,” “Representing London—Writing and the Experience of Place”, “Contemporary Britain,” and ”Art, Architecture, and Society.” Students will normally enroll for 15 of the available 20 credits.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

Program Description

During Spring Quarter 2017 the Department of English will offer a quarter-length version of its highly successful program of study in London. We have found that by keeping our program size to 30, by tailoring our courses to what is immediately capable of being seen in London and in England, and by asking students to participate actively, everyone emerges feeling that the experience was richer for them, as students, as tourists, as people.

The program consists of four courses totaling 20 credits: “London’s Contemporary Theater,” taught by Professor John Webster of the UW Department of English, “Representing London: Writing and the Experience of Place,” taught by Professor Anis Bawarshi 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. (Students will 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 families in London. A London Transport pass, good for travel on all underground trains, overground rail, and buses within homestay zone, will also be supplied.



London, England


Stratford, Salisbury, and London.


Janet Dunlop has been our London Homestay Coordinator since 1986: 29 years. 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.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

The London program values diversity. Any UW student from any campus or any major 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 Bridget Norquist or Professor Webster.

Much of the program requires walking city streets and visiting museums, theatres and monuments, and applicants will therefore need to be ready to take a physically active role in the program.


15-20 Credits


ENGL 444 (5 credits): London’s Contemporary Theater

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—such as the Globe Theater, The National Theater, The Royal Court Theater, or 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 the Royal Shakespeare Company’s main stage.

Learning Goals: 

Students will become better viewers of and writers about theatrical productions; they will also become more aware of the ways in which the arts of theatre invite and develop ethics-based critical thinking skills. Many will become lifelong theatre goers (students from the 2006 program just had a theatre-based reunion in London!).

ENGL 381 (5 credits): Representing London—Writing and the Experience of Place

In this course, we will explore how writing can shape the ways we experience place. We will do this by analyzing and producing textual representations of London, and then considering how these representations mediate the ways we encounter, experience, and make sense of the city. The course will begin by asking students to analyze various London-related “travel genres” such as travel guides, tourist maps, postcards, websites, and brochures. Students will learn and apply methods of genre analysis in order to examine how these genres work to construct our sense of place. In the second part of the course, students will conduct mini-ethnographies of various places around London. We will learn strategies for conducting fieldwork, and then each student will visit a selected place (historical landmarks, popular tourist attractions, lesser known, everyday sites) over a period of time in order to conduct observations about what happens (and does not happen) at that place, how people interact with each other and experience the place, what artifacts they use in that place, how, and why, etc.

Learning Goals: 

After they complete their fieldwork, students will write up their observations as ethnographies. In the final part of the class, and based on their ethnographic research, students will be asked to produce their own representation of the place they observed. They can select the genre that would be most effective, and then they will write/design it in a way that will, in their view, enable visitors to that place to experience it in a richer and/or an alternative way. At the end of the term, students will conduct guided tours of their sites to our class so that we all can visit and experience the places students have studied. Throughout the course, students will have a chance to workshop, present, and get feedback on their work in progress.

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

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.

Learning Goals: 

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

Learning Goals: 

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. Students will be assessed based on participation, a mid-term exam, a final exam, and individual projects.


Program Directors & Staff

John Webster, Department of English, Program Director

Professor Webster regularly teaches introductory literature classes and advanced language study classes, and has a special interest in introducing international students to English studies. He has won both the English Department and the UW Teaching Awards, and has written in the field of teaching and learning studies. Webster currently serves as Director of Writing for the College of Arts and Sciences, and as such is responsible for the Odegaard Writing and Research Center.

Anis Bawarshi, Department of English, Program Co-Director

Professor Bawarshi teaches graduate and undergraduate courses connected to the teaching and practice of writing. He is internationally known as a scholar of composition; at the UW he regularly teaches the English Department’s “Teaching Composition” courses. Bawarshi recently completed 9 years of directing the First-year Composition program. 

Program Expenses

Cost: $7,350

Estimated Program Fee of $7,350, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (about $30/day), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,600 - $2,000* 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 April 14, 2017
Program Fee Balance $7,350 April 14, 2017


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 recommendation 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.