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Location London, United Kingdom
Academic Term Summer A-Term 2018
June 16- July 21, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4950
Credits 12 UW credits
Prerequisites Participants will attend 3 pre-departure orientations in Seattle in spring (2 held by the Department; 1 held by Study Abroad). On-site orientation is held the first day of the Program.
Program Directors Jessica Burstein; Amy Feldman-Bawarshi; Dr. Peter Buckroyd
Program Manager Darielle Horsey|
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions Friday January 26th @3:30 pm in Allen Library Auditorium (North)
General An immersive experience foregrounding the cultural aspects of London, providing the student with irreplaceable historical and contemporary experiences of and education about the city. We focus on the city, and provide excursions to Stratford and Brighton as well.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.

Program Description

During A-Term* Summer Quarter 2018 the Department of English will offer a 5 week version of its exciting and highly successful program of study in London. You will learn about culture, art, theater, and society--and their interactions--by being immersed in the exciting environment of London. The rewards are incalculable and the experience life-changing. By keeping our program size to 20-25 participants, 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--who live in London homes with Londoners, and thus become part of London life--and as people.

The program consists of three courses, totaling 12 credits: “London’s Contemporary Theater,” taught by Professor Burstein of the UW Department of English, and two classes taught by British faculty: “Contemporary Britain,” taught by Dr. Michael Fosdal, and “Art, Architecture, and Society” taught by Professor Peter Buckroyd both experienced teachers of American students.

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. Five credits earned in the English courses may be used to satisfy requirements for the English major.

Housing and partial board (2 meals a day: breakfast and dinner) for students will be arranged with London homestay hosts, via an accredited homestay London company. A London Transport pass tailored to your homestay zone, good for travel on all underground trains (the Tube!), Overground rail, and buses, will also be supplied.

*Modified A-Term dates.



London, United Kingdom


London; Stratford-Upon-Avon overnight


Students stay in homestays—London host families throughout the city- giving students a unique opportunity to live like a Londoner, a cultural experience that dorms do not provide.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Physical Components: Much of the program requires walking city streets--many of which are cobblestoned (London has been around quite a while) and visiting museums, theatres and monuments. Applicants will therefore need to be ready to take a physically active role in the program. Accommodations may be made for the differently abled after consultation with the Director and staff.

Visas: Since Spring 2012, we've had increasing numbers of international students participate in our programs, many of whom need visas. Amy Feldman-Bawarshi and Jessica Burstein can assist them with the application process (with the understanding that they are not immigration experts). American citizens are provided with an entry letter that meets UK immigration standards for student visitors.


12 UW Credits


ENGL 344/444: London's Contemporary Theater (5 credits, VLPA)

For theater--from Shakespeare to modern "fringe" productions--London is hard to top. More than ten million people a year attend performances in the West End alone. In this class, we'll see one play a week to become active and more sophisticated viewers of contemporary theater. We will make a pilgrimage to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace and home town, to see a Royal Shakespeare Company production (or possibly two productions), and combine this with our experience of London's own Globe Theater’s staging of another play by the Bard. We'll also see productions of some more modern plays. You’ll write a brief critical review of each production we see together. These reviews will be based on the notes you take in your theater journals and on class discussion. We shall read some, but not all, of the texts of plays before we see them, and the course will conclude with a self-reflective essay.

Learning goals include:
Weekly written reviews of theater productions, and a final portfolio submission (collected weekly reviews plus a self-reflective essay) will improve writing skills alongside viewing techniques. The student will emerge versed in critical spectatorship—watching carefully, as well as reading critically. Writing on deadline, as do journalists for theater reviews, is a skill that will serve the student well.

ENGL 295: Art, Architecture, and Society in London (2 Credits, VLPA)

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 stay in established B&B's for any overnight trips. ENGL 295 is an art history course (art & architecture) and counts toward VLPA credits but does not apply toward English major electives.

Learning goals include:
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: Contemporary Britain (5 Credits, I&S)

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 include:
Direct contact with the people and institutions of contemporary Britain provides students with the knowledge of the complex, specific interrelations of an individual's place in society. Active engagement alongside exams allows focus and exposure to the history of the present moment, and individual projects foster a creative and grounded approach to education. Students will be assessed based on participation, a mid-term exam, a final exam, and individual projects.



Jessica Burstein, English Department, Associate Professor

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.

Amy Feldman-Bawarshi, English Department

Amy Feldman-Bawarshi recently joined the advising team in English, and 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. She is committed to supporting the program’s experiential learning goals, and has experienced first-hand how each class works together to strengthen students’ 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. Amy can support Study Abroad students throughout their London experience.

Dr. Peter Buckroyd, Affiliate Faculty with UW English, Co-Director

A founder of the London program, Professor Buckroyd has worked with it for more than 30 years. His expertise extends from the pedagogical to the administrative to the scholarly, having published on topics ranging from scholarly editions of Oscar Wilde to analyses of D. H. Lawrence’s poetry.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,950

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 your buy your ticket - $1,000-$1,300)
  • Food (about $10-20/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

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.

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.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.