UMD: A Globally Connected University
UMD-Winter: United Kingdom: Tolkien in Oxford (ENGL)
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.
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 satisfies the Fundamental Studies in Professional Writing.
Housing information will be updated shortly.
Costs are current for winter 2019.
|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||$40|
|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.|
|This fee represents the housing provided during the program.|
|TOTAL PROGRAM FEE||$3,550|
|Roundtrip Airfare (estimate)||$1,000|
|Optional Activities/incidental expenses||$300|
|Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate)||$180|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE:||$5,600|
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 cancelation 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 own work in the inns where Tolkien read drafts of The Lord of the Rings
- Launch a team blogging venture