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Affiliated Department: English Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 1. Freshman
UW Credits: 15 Estimated Program Fee: 7500
UW Program Director: Jessica Burstein, Peter Buckroyd UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Darielle Horsey
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Location London, United Kingdom
Academic Term Spring Quarter
03/24/2020 - 06/06/2020
Estimated Program Fee $7,950 (includes $450 Study Abroad Fee)
Credits 15-20
Prerequisites 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.
Program Directors Jessica Burstein |
Juliet Shields |
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline November 15, 2019
Information Sessions Friday Nov. 1st, 3:30-4:30 pm, Allen Library Auditorium 
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.

Program Description

Art, literature, society--and their interactions--open up as you are immersed in the exciting environment of London. This Spring the English Department is proud to again offer our exciting and long-standing program. The rewards are incalculable and the experience life-changing. 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 four courses, taught by both UW and British faculty: "London's Contemporary Theater"; "Art, Architecture, and Society"; "Contemporary Britain"; and "Modernist London: The City as Text and Textile." Students typically enroll for 15 of the available 20 credits.

This program provides English majors and non-English majors with an immersion-experience learning opportunity unavailable to students in a traditional university classroom at the UW Seattle campus. All students will be provided with tickets to the spectacular plays, and are included in all excursions, such as the overnight visit to Stratford, Shakespeare's birthplace. 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 (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 50 minutes to slightly over an hour-not due to distance from the city (you're in it), but the fact of commute. (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.

See "London Calling," the story on the London Program that ran in the English Department Newsletter:





London, United Kingdom


Homestays: an integral part of the Program, giving students a unique opportunity to live like a Londoner, a cultural experience that dorms and apartments cannot provide.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

No pre-requisites; students must have spoken and written English, given that discussion features heavily in the learning experience. Much of the program requires walking city streets--many of which are cobblestoned (London has been around quite a while) and visiting museums, theatres, gardens, 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.


15-20 UW Quarter Credits


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

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 the small fringe theaters where contemporary playwrights often stage their new works. In addition to reading and watching one play each week, we will take a backstage tour at the National Theater and an overnight trip to Stratford, Shakespeare's birthplace. Together, these 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. This course (as Engl 444) meets the Senior Capstone Requirement for English majors.

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.

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

Learning goals include:
The course creates close readers of space, spatial objects, and time, equipping students to look carefully at buildings, pictures and sculpture, with the final exam asking the student to identify building and details based on detail. 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--encourages both a sense of idtification with different and diverse populations, as well as widening the students' sense of history as based on the present: that is, it demands that the student think in terms of other cultures and values, contra present-ism. 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. The site visits and walks build active participation, and the experience of on-the-go class lectures; students are encouraged to take notes and ask questions along the way. The final project is a creative one, with students building a portfolio based entirely on their own sense of what constitutes an interesting and pervasive urban or peri-urban phenomenon.

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 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 provide 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.

ENGL 336/395/430: Modernist London: The City as Text and Textile (5 credits) VLPA

Burstein: ENGL 336/395/430 (5 credits): “Modernist London: The City as Text and Textile” As an artistic current and social phenomenon, modernism and modernity are inextricably linked to urban life; London is and was a vital center to both. Literature, fashion, and visual art spring up engaging the new status of women, crowds, public transit, crime, and the urban pressures exerted on bodily and mental experience. Blaring traffic and new forms of advertising like sky-writing compete for attention with the spectacle of a shifting public comprised of the hitherto marginalized, unescorted females, queer sorts, dandies on parade, and even the unobserved flâneur. The audience has become the performance. Beginning in the 19th century and moving through the 20th, with a final leap into the contemporary moment, "Modernist London" uses the city of London as its grounding text. The class will spend roughly half of its time in the classroom and half outside of it, going on tours and getting a sense of the terrain described in the texts: on the streets or in the buildings, cafés, or museums. The appetizers will be one of the most important accounts of the city, Georg Simmel's 1909 essay on "The Metropolis and Mental Life,” in which the sociologist argues that the metropolis shapes the psychology of its inhabitants. (If that doesn't surprise you, it's because you're blasé, which Simmel identified as a response to urban living.) We will do some fun work on flâneurie—the activity of observing city life aesthetically from a particular kind of distance. After this brief set-up, we are ready for London in all its fascinating particulars, and delve into literature on site. We will start with the seedy side, with extracts from journalist Henry Mayhew’s nineteenth-century London Labor and the London Poor. We move into the rise of aestheticism and then read Oscar Wilde's extremely beautiful, extremely queer, and extremely slippery novel *The Picture of Dorian Gray.* Then, shopping and shell shock: We follow the steps of characters in arguably the most important modernist novel of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf's *Mrs. Dalloway* (1925): tracing the steps of a male shell-shocked war veteran and a female urban shopper preparing for her party as they traverse London over the course of single day. Too, we read the essays Woolf wrote on “The London Scene” for that surprisingly modernist journal known as Good Housekeeping, describing parts of London such as its shopping district, docks, and churches. We will pay especial attention to the birth of the first English avant-gardes: one was born in the tea room of the British Museum; another one, Vorticism, valorized speed and mechanism and the rise of the new, even while oddly making a point of trying to keep some paintings in the National Portrait Gallery safe from women agitating for the vote. We may investigate London suffragist fashion—women agitating for the vote and role of clothing, and see if the London Fashion and Textile Museum has some material to thread through our modernism. Depending on what British Vogue is up to while we’re there, this magazine may serve as one of our primary texts: you will learn to close read an image, and bring together the way that fashion—like modernism’s—obsession with the new is irrevocably stitched to its past. Our texts then will include novels, manifestos and poetry, and we will even investigate how the most quotidian experience of the London Underground—the Tube—is part of the birth of modernism, with a visit to the London Transit Museum. (Please mind the gap.) If time allows, we will close by reading a 21st century London novel by the inimitable Zadie Smith, in order to consider a brilliant writer who takes modernism as a vital starting point for the contemporary novel. Student responsibilities will include active and informed participation in class discussion, response papers, attentive walking and looking, and 2 short papers. This class will fulfill both a writing and history requirement.

Learning goals include:
Learning outcomes: You will emerge with a lively and informed sense of London’s cultural history (19th century and forward), with special attention to fashion, the role of women on the streets and how gender and social class impacts citizenry, an awareness of avant-garde art, some fashion theory, and above all the technique and importance of close reading texts and material history. You will become a better writer—for as we learn from the modernist Oscar Wilde, style matters.



Jessica Burstein
Associate Professor, English

Juliet Shields
Professor, English

Amy Feldman-Bawarshi
Study Abroad London Program Advising, Undergraduate Office of Advising, English & Comparative Literature




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $7,950

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 - $1,300)
  • Food (about $10-12/day average; individuals may spend more or less depending)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: April 17, 2020

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 contacting the consular offices of those countries. You can read more about this topic on the Passports and Visas page of the UW Study Abroad 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.