No pre-requisites; students must have spoken and written English, given that discussion and writing features heavily in the learning experience. Selection criteria is based on fit with the program and its expectations. Accordingly, students are asked to respond carefully to the application's written questions, since creative writing is one of the featured classes.
“Summer In London” immerses the student in the city at every level. While living as a Londoner you learn creatively, watching plays and writing the city, while absorbing the contemporary moment and its diverse histories.
During A-Term Summer quarter, the Department of English will offer a 5-week version of its exciting and highly successful program of study in London. Culture, art, and society--and their interactions--open up as you are immersed in the exciting environment of London, and have the chance to write creatively in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The rewards are incalculable and the experience life-changing. By keeping our program size to 20-25, by tailoring our courses to what is immediately capable of being seen in London, with an emphasis on current plays and exhibitions, and with students participating actively, everyone emerges feeling that the experience was richer: as students who live in London homes with Londoners, and thus become part of London life; and as people and global citizens. The program consists of three courses: "Writing London," a creative writing course that employs excursions to historical and inspirational London sites in order to provide potential material for creative writing that the student produces on-site, taught by Program Director Professor Jessica Burstein; and two classes taught by British faculty: "London's Contemporary Theater," taught by Program founder and theatre expert Professor Peter Buckroyd, and "Contemporary Britain," taught by Michael Fosdal. Professors Buckroyd and Fosdal are experienced teachers of American students. Of the 12 credits offered, 10 credits apply to English major requirements and 2 credits apply toward general education requirements (meeting the VLPA requirement). ENGL 344/444 meets either the forms/genres requirement (if taken as 344) or the senior capstone requirement (if taken as 444) in the English major: ENGL 344/444 (5 credits/VLPA) is taught as a uniquely British theatrical experience in which students attend and critically analyze plays that are both historical and contemporary, ranging from the highest quality of Shakespearian productions--by the Royal Shakespeare Company--and other top-notch contemporary dramatic productions. ENGL 395 (5 credits/VLPA) is taught as a creative writing experience tailored to the landscape and activities of London. ENGL 395 counts toward English major electives for English majors or VLPA general education credits for non-majors. No previous experience in creative writing or theatre is required. Students in the program 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. Students should be fluent in written and spoken English. Housing and 2 meals a day (Continental breakfast, and dinner) are arranged with experienced homestay families in London. London is a large city and commuting is a way of life, and accordingly students should expect a commute to and from Central London (where classes are held) of about 45-55 minutes. (You'll learn to read in/on transit.) All students will receive a London Transport Pass good on underground trains (the Tube), Overground rail, and buses between the homestay zone and central London; this is included in the program fee. *Modified A-Term dates: Students should note that the program begins earlier and ends later than A-term classes in Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma, which run June 24-July 24, 2019. See "London Calling," the story on the London Program that ran in the English Department Newsletter: https://english.washington.edu/news/2018/05/14/london-calling-city-classroom
London, United Kingdom
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 do not provide. We will be working with Britannia Student Services, approved by the British Council (the highest level of licensing available; only 4 in London meet this standard).
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
No pre-requisites; students must have spoken and written English, given that discussion features heavily in the learning experience. Selection criteria is based on fit with the program and its expectations. Students will be asked to submit a one page writing sample as part of the application process in conjunction with the creative writing class, English 395. 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. If a student anticipates needing accommodations for the program, they should consult with the program director and staff early on and coordinate with the UW Disability Resources for Students office to determine that accommodations can be made to meet their personal needs and concerns.
London is one of the theatre capitals of the world. More than ten million people attend performances in the West End alone, and in addition are dozens of "fringe" venues where the theatre is often of top quality and the seat prices very reasonable. We shall be seeing at least one play a week, and read some of them in order to appreciate the decisions that have been made in turning a text into a live production, looking at some of the essential elements of production and stagecraft. In addition to a production at the government subsidised Royal National Theatre and a production at the reproduction of Shakespeare’s Globe where we shall be standing as groundlings, just as the Elizabethan audience did, we shall be attending a commercial West End production. We shall also be attending a fringe production. Backstage tours may include the National Theatre and the Globe in order to deepen your understanding of how theatre works; the class also takes a trip to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, where we shall be seeing two plays, one of them at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. You will be asked to take notes on each of the productions we see and to use these notes to write a critical review of each of the productions, bearing in mind the class discussion.
Learning goals include:
• a review of each production • a portfolio submission (your journal, your reviews and a self-reflective essay) • watching carefully • reading critically • writing to a deadline (as a reviewer has to do) • participation in class discussion • attendance at all the theatre class events
ENGL 395: Writing London (5 credits) VLPA
This course takes London as its inspiration for students' creative writing. We visit some writers' houses--Shakespeare's being one of them-as well as go to sites that are likely to spark imagination: urban spaces that provide insight into (or literal oversight of) the city, bustling markets (Borough Market, Portobello Market), multicultural urban spaces, and quiet gardens, and Bloomsbury Garden Squares as commemoration to possibly the greatest novelist of the early 20th century, Virginia Woolf, and the Bloomsbury Circle. Sites may include the Poetry Library, the London Review Bookshop and possible readings held there, as well as readings throughout the city. Too we will visit some museums and public street art (Brick Lane) in order to think about interarts connections, and read some London texts to consider writerly styles and techniques. One exercise will be to find a good place in London to write, and to write about that place. The course will be conducted as a workshop, with students sharing writing for critique and revision. In addition to producing original creative writing, students will keep and turn in a "Commonplace Book" in which they record bits of the city, overheard conversations (the Tube is a great space for this) and quotations from self-selected readings that jump out to them as worthy, wonderful, and/or peculiar; and turn in a portfolio. Prose (short stories and creative nonfiction in particular), short scripts, and poetry are all welcome, even as the student can specialize in one genre. Students will be asked to submit a one-page writing sample as part of their application to the program. No previous experience in creative writing is required.
Learning goals include:
Students will improve their writing skills, gain exposure to other writers' techniques, and increase their capacity for paying attention to detail. "Art," wrote Laurie Anderson, "is about paying attention."
HSTRY 399: Contemporary Britain (2 credits) VLPA
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, diversity, the problems and delights of being young in Britain today, and current events. 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 allows focus and exposure to the history and culture of the present moment; student projects foster a creative and grounded approach to education.
Prof. Jessica Burstein
Associate Professor, English
Study Abroad London Program Advising, Undergraduate Office of Advising, English & Comparative Literature
Estimated Program Fee: $4,450
Included in the program fee:
$450 Study Abroad Fee
Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $900- $1,100)
Food (about £ 7 ($11) for lunches (which are not included in Program costs; Continental breakfasts and dinners are)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: July 12, 2019
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.
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.
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: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
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.
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 disability.uw.edu.
$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:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.