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UMD-Winter: United Kingdom: Tolkien in Oxford (ENGL)

Oxford, United Kingdom
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Maria Barra
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Oxford 2018
Would you like to know more about J.R.R. Tolkien and the mythology behind The Lord of the Rings? This program in advanced composition takes you behind the scenes of Middle-earth to Oxford, England, where Tolkien lived, studied, taught, and wrote. You will get a chance to visit the halls of Merton and Exeter College in Oxford University, conduct research at the Bodleian Library where many of Tolkien’s manuscripts are housed, and hold writing workshops over meals in the same cozy inns frequented by Tolkien and his colleagues. This course satisfies both the University's Fundamental Studies requirement in Professional Writing and the heart's desire to follow in the footsteps of the 20th century's most influential world-builder and myth-maker.

By participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Recognize and analyze the ways in which Tolkien's scholarship and storytelling intersect.
  • Draw on Tolkien's work as a model for audience accommodation and multimodality in crafting your own rhetorically effective and inventive texts.
  • Accurately contextualize Tolkien's reception and reputation in the UK and the US over the past 50+ years.
  • Identify and explore key themes and controversies linked to Tolkien's work via a variety of professional writing genres.

There are two merit-based and two need-based scholarships of $1,750 available for this program. Complete the EA scholarship application by September 24 and program application by October 1 to be eligible!

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 sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students 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 the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • ENGL391: Advanced Composition

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit. ENGL391 also satisfies the Fundamental Studies in Professional Writing.

Students will share apartments in Oxford.  

Costs are current for winter 2020. 
*There are two merit-based and two need-based scholarships of $1,750 available for this program. Complete the EA scholarship application by September 24 and program application by October 1 to be eligible!

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's 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 $45
Tuition $2,146
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 $639
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $350
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,000
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $300
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

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 cancellation due to low enrollment.

Peter Grybauskas, Program Director, teaches in the English department. Before joining the faculty at Maryland, he lived and taught for several years in Rome, where he also collaborated with the Roman Association of Tolkien Studies. He has published a number of essays on Tolkien and is delighted to share his interest in fantasy with students.

Dr. Christopher "Chip" Crane (Co-Instructor) specializes in Medieval English literature and the works of Tolkien. He regularly teaches Medieval and Renaissance British Literature, J.R.R. Tolkien: Middle-earth and Beyond, and Technical Writing.

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:

  • Follow in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien at Oxford University
  • See rare and unpublished Tolkien manuscripts in the Bodleian Library
  • Share your in the inns frequented by Tolkien and his friends
  • Launch a team blogging venture
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2020 10/01/2019 10/11/2019 12/28/2019 01/11/2020