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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: English Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 3600 UW Program Director: Peter Buckroyd, William Stretberger
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey UW Program Staff Email:,,
Program Information:

Location London, United Kingdom
Academic Term Early Fall
08/17/2019 - 09/14/2019
Estimated Program Fee $4,050
Credits 5
Prerequisites The course is taught in English and is open to all interested undergraduate students.
Program Directors William Stretberger |
Peter Buckroyd
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Extended Application Deadline March 17, 2019
Information Sessions 1 February and 1 March 2019, 3:30 pm in Padelford B-13
General The goal of this program is to help students become more informed about the great crises that have shaped the diverse culture of modrn London.

Program Description

This program is designed to link 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.

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.

Not long after 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 fragmentation 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 referendum 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, particularly in the north of the country; that of West Indians to service the London Underground and National Health Service; and that of Eastern Europeans to service agriculture. Clearly, 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, United Kingdom


Housing vetted and selected by professional homestay program provider. We have been using many of the same homestays for years.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

The course is taught in English and is open to all interested undergraduate students. London, like all large cities, requires a great amount of walking. On an ordinary day students will walk a couple of miles just getting to, on, and from public transport.


5 UW Quarter Credits


English 259: London in Times of Crisis and Change (5 credits) VLPA, Diversity, W credit (by arrangement with the instructor), Ad Hoc Honors credit (by arrangement with the instructor)

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 Shakespeare play (TBA), Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, Diaries related to the Great Fire, Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, Virgina Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, and Monica Ali, Brick Lane.

Learning goals include:
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 by 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.









William Stretberger
Professor, English

Program Director, has been teaching UW students in London for the past thirty years.

Peter Buckroyd
Affliiate Assistant Professor, English

Program Co-Director has been teaching UW students in London for the past forty years.





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,050

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 - $1,200)
  • Food (about about $10/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 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.

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 Study Abroad 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.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  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. Below 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 online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. 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 you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 application 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 withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.