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UMD-Summer: United Kingdom: British Culture, Art and Life in the UK (ENGL/THET)

Canterbury, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Norwich, United Kingdom
Oxford, United Kingdom
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SU 19 UK

This program looks at British culture via six focal points: History, Literature, and Drama as well as Art History, Archaeology, and Architecture. Lectures are conducted on foot as the group walks around London, Norwich, Oxford, and Canterbury looking at historic and archaeological sites, important buildings and neighborhoods, museums, and the haunts of such greats as Shakespeare, Freud, Darwin, Keats, and Jane Austin. The course starts at 9:30 am every day and concludes with a play nearly every night. Guest lecturers include British academics, actors, museum curators, archaeologists, and historians. Students are required to take extensive notes in a journal they carry about with them everyday. Discussions at group meals and lunches are focused on the ideas generated by that day’s visits or lectures. After the course, students will read 10 great books as well as the texts of some of the 16 or 17 plays they saw in London. Based on issues and ideas that engaged them in London, students are expected to write several short papers, including one on a topic of deep interest to them. These papers are due August 1, a month after you return.

Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19). 
Scholarships will also be awarded by the English Department to the first three English majors who commit to the program. 

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

In lieu of recommendations, all prospective students must come for a short, informal interview with Professor Olmert - Tawes office (3116).  Please contact him directly (see Contacts tab) to make arrangements.

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 course:

  • ENGL 409M: Literature, Art and Architecture in London
  • THET 428B: Literature, Art and Architecture in London

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

There will be two pre-departure meetings in April to review the course books, intellectual content, and expectations. 

A required course paper will be due after you return to the US.

In London, we stay in a B&B near Russell Square. In Castle Acre, we stay in the Old Red Lion B&B.

Costs listed are for summer 2019.
Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19).  
Scholarships will also be awarded by the English Department to the first three English majors who commit to the program. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $43
Tuition $3,337
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $1,545
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $400
Course Materials $40
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $40
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

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

Michael Olmert, Faculty Program Director, has taught this Study Abroad course 20 times. He holds both a B.A. and a Ph.D.(both in English) from Maryland. He also has an M.A. in English from Georgetown. He’s taught in the Maryland English Department for the last 32 years, and has written 5 books, 8 plays, 3 feature films, an IMAX film, over 100 television documentaries, and more than 200 articles, essays, and reviews. He has also been awarded 3 Primetime Emmys. In 2005, he was inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame.

Jonelle Walker is a wildly popular teacher and PhD candidate in the Maryland Theatre Dept. and is a produced playwright. Her edgy adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," called "Illyria," was produced by Avant Bard in Arlington, Va., in the fall of 2018.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. 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:

  • Visit Charles Darwin's house in Down, Kent.
  • Take a backstage tour of all three stages inside the National Theatre in London.
  • Walk among the 5,000-year-old stone circles at Avebury, Wiltshire.
  • Take a guided tour through Westminster Abbey with Freda Bates, historian and scholar.
  • See at least 16 plays on the West End, Off West End, and Fringe stages of London.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2019 03/03/2019 03/11/2019 06/08/2019 06/28/2019