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English London: Spring in London
Location London, United Kingdom
Academic Term Spring Quarter
March 26 - June 8. 2019
Estimated Program Fee $7,450
Credits 15 - 20
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Jessica Burstein -, Amy Feldman Bawarshi -
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline November 15, 2018
Information Sessions Friday, November 2nd from 9:00-10:00 - Allen Library Auditorium

Please contact Amy Feldman Bawarshi or Jessica Burstein for more information:;
General The London Program lets you live as a Londoner, educating the student to close-read the city as an exciting and evolving space, one with thousands of years of history and an ever-changing present. Art, architecture, society, literature, and history come together in courses, group excursions, and an overnight to Shakespeare’s birthplace, with trips to country houses, spectacular gardens (in and out of the city), and an irreplaceable opportunity to experience some of the world’s finest theatre. See

Program Description

During Spring Quarter 2019, the Department of English will offer its long-standing and highly successful quarter-long program of study in London. You learn about literature, culture, art, and society--and their intersections--by being immersed in the exciting and diverse environment of London. The rewards are incalculable and the experience life-changing. By foregrounding immersive experience, you become a true learner, one who lives in London homes with Londoners. You thus will become a true part of London life. The program consists of four courses totaling 20 credits. “Contemporary Britain,” taught by Michael Fosdal, provides a history of the present; “Art, Architecture, and Society,” taught by program founder Professor Peter Buckroyd, takes the city as the literal classroom: you learn by walking. Both of our British faculty are experienced teachers of American students. “London’s Contemporary Theatre” is taught by the UW’s Professor Juliet Shields: Each week students attend a London theatre production, ranging from contemporary theatre and Shakespearean drama. “On (Trans-)Languaging in London” is taught by Professor Nancy Bou-Ayash, also of the UW English Department. Here students will take to the streets, museums, and historical sites of London to study English language variation and its flow between and among various cultural groups. While students typically enroll for 15 of the available 20 credits, students have in the past completed 20 credits towards their degrees—busy but do-able. Students in the Program will maintain their UW residency and any financial aid eligibility already established. Credits earned will be recorded on UW transcripts and apply directly to graduation requirements. Credits earned in the English courses may be used to satisfy requirements for the English major. Housing and 2 meals a day (Continental breakfasts, and dinners) are provided by experienced homestay host families. A Transport pass tailored to your London homestay zone, good for travel on all underground trains (the Tube!), over-ground rail, and buses, is also supplied. A “Wings to London” scholarship application is available for declared and ready-to-declare English Majors, with special attention to those facing financial challenges.



London, United Kingdom


London, Stratford, and additional excursions.


Homestays are an integral part of the Program, giving students a unique opportunity to live and commute like a Londoner, a cultural experience that dorms do not provide. The Program will work again with Britannia Student Services, officially approved by the British Council (the highest level of licensing available; only 4 homestay companies in London meet this standard), and place students with homestay hosts throughout the city.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Physical Components Applicants need to be ready to take a physically active role in the program; traversing the streets of London is an integral aspect of the Program, and commuting an hour to an hour and ½ is part of London life. Accommodations may be made for the differently abled after consultation with the Director and staff, and must be in contact with the Study Abroad Office and Disability Services. Pre-requisites: None. Students must have spoken and written English, given that discussion features heavily in the learning experience. Any UW student, regardless of major, year, or campus is eligible to apply. Selection criteria is based on fit with the program and its expectations. Visas: U.S. citizens are provided with an entry letter that meets U.K. immigration standards for student visitors and no visa is required. International students may need visas. Amy Feldman-Bawarshi, English Department Study Abroad Program Support (, can assist with the application process (with the understanding that she is not an immigration expert). The London Program is a member of the American Association of Study Abroad Programs in the UK and receives excellent immigration advice from them. Students are fully responsible for their visa applications.


15-20 UW credits


ENGL 344/444: London's Contemporary Theater (5 Credits)

Why do people continue to go to the theater in an era when many of us can watch whatever we want whenever we want on a computer or TV screen? In this course we’ll take advantage of London’s vibrant, world-renowned theater scene to learn how to analyze and appreciate live performance. We will see a variety of plays in a diverse array of venues, from the Globe Theater, where Shakespeare’s plays are routinely performed, to small fringe theaters where contemporary playwrights stage their new works. In addition to reading and watching one play each week, we may take a backstage tour at the National Theater and will take an overnight trip to Stratford, Shakespeare’s birthplace. Such activities will help us consider how the various elements of a performance—lighting, costume, sound, and staging, among others—make watching a performance different from reading a play. Course requirements will include weekly reading assignments and response papers, a short reflective essay, and a final group performance project.

Learning goals include:
Weekly written reviews of theater productions, a self-reflective essay, and final group performance lend themselves to critical writing, reading, and viewing. The work entailed for the group performance allows the student to engage collaboratively as well as individually. The student will emerge versed in critical spectatorship—watching carefully, as well as reading critically. Too, collaborative work fosters real-world and interpersonal skills directed toward specific outcomes created by the team. Writing on deadline, as do journalists for theater reviews, is a skill that will also serve the student well. For English Majors: if taken as ENGL 344, this course counts as a Forms and Genres; if taken as ENGL 444, this course counts as a Senior Capstone. For non-English majors, this course counts as a VLPA.

ENGL 363: Art, Architecture, and Society in London (5 Credits)

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 consider what it might have been like to live 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. 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.

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. Student also emerge with a highly educated sense of how to “read” physical space, and understand the context of different historical periods. For English majors: This course is an English elective and meets 5 credits of pre-1900 course-work toward the English major. Non-English majors: This course counts as a VLPA.


HSTEU 490: Contemporary Britain (5 Credits)

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 equips them better to understand their own society. Students will be assessed based on participation, a mid-term exam, a final exam, and individual projects.

Learning goals include:
Direct contact with the people and institutions of contemporary Britain provides students with knowledge about 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. This course counts as an IS (Individuals and Society) general education requirement-- or if already fulfilled, will apply toward general electives toward graduation requirements.




Professor Jessica Burstein

English Department, London Program Director

Professor Carrie Matthews

English Department

Amy Feldman-Bawarshi

English Department, Advisor and Study Abroad specialist



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 your buy your ticket - $1,300)
  • Food (about $10-12/day average; individuals may spend more or less depending)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: April 14, 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 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.