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UMD-Spring Break: United Kingdom: London and the British Empire (HIST/HONR)

London, United Kingdom
Terms Offered: 
Spring Break
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              UK HIST in Trafalgar sq

This 3 credit study-abroad course will focus on the people, places, and policies that shaped the development of the British Empire, the single largest trans-cultural phenomenon in the world since 1500. During visits to political and cultural sites in London, you will examine how ideology, migration, technology and resistance shaped the expansion and eventual retrenchment of British imperial power in the Atlantic world and the Indian sub-continent. With the nation’s capital as our classroom, you will explore the complex workings and legacies of the British Empire from the perspective of its nerve center.

The curriculum will illuminate the experience of the empire for subjects both in the colonies and the metropole and will pay particular attention to the maritime origins of empire, the lives of black Britons and the abolition of slavery, and the rise and fall of the British in India. Site visits will be accompanied by student presentations and class exercises. Final course grades will include substantial weighting for class participation.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • HIST231 London and the British Empire
  • HONR231 Honors Seminar: London and the British Empire

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit. This course also satisfies the History and Social Sciences General Education requirement.

You will prepare for departure by writing a short paper based on some introductory readings.

You will stay in apartment accommodations (wifi and laundry included) in the heart of London.

Costs listed are for spring break 2024

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

*This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. Online applications will open in mid-August and are due Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 11:59pm PT.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Education Abroad Fee  $700
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance (estimate) $26
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.  
Meals (estimate)
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course materials
Incidental expenses
Trip cancelation insurance (optional)



PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Prof. Richard Bell is a veteran Education Abroad Faculty Leader. He teaches early American and Atlantic world history at the University of Maryland. British by birth, accent, and sense of humor, he loves working with Maryland students in London, the most exciting city in the world.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leader. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Unlimited travel on London's amazing take-you-anywhere metro system, the Tube (Mind the Gap!)
  • Guest lectures from museum curators, professors and expert guides
  • Optional trips to the theatre, ballet, opera, soccer, etc.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring Break 2024 10/01/2023 10/11/2023 03/15/2024 03/24/2024