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ENGL391: Advanced Composition: Tolkien in Oxford

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Maryland Virtual
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Global Classrooms Team

GCA professional writing course exploring the life and works of JRR Tolkien, professor and author of The Lord of the Rings. Virtual visits with scholars and experts in Oxford, England, where Tolkien spent much of his life, offer a unique opportunity to learn about the writer's world and the unique intersections between his scholarship and his fantasy. Watch this short video clip to learn more!

This is a Global Classrooms course, developed in partnership with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to provide virtual opportunities for global engagement. Global Classrooms can range from embedded experiences to immersive, project-based collaborations. Learn more at 

UMD and non-UMD freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible. ENGL391 also satisfies the Fundamental Studies in Professional Writing.
Register in Testudo for the following three credit course:

This course will include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

Non-UMD undergraduates will need to submit an application through the Office of Extended Studies to register. Non-UMD graduate students or professionals will need to apply to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this course.

OIA International Education Scholarship
The Office of International Affairs is committed to increasing student access to international education opportunities, both at home and abroad. The OIA International Education Scholarship is a need-based scholarship awarded to students who enroll in one of OIA's Global Classrooms courses currently for Winter 2023. Eligible students can receive up to the value of three credits of undergraduate tuition ($1,212) based on financial need and funding availability.

Scholarship Eligibility: Degree seeking UMD student in good academic standing who is registered for one of the Winter 2023 Global Classrooms courses
Application deadline: Sunday, December 11, 2022.  

Previous terms offered: Winter 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Summer 2022

Peter Grybauskas 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. If you are interested in this course but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to Peter Grybauskas to discuss your interest. For general questions, please contact the Global Classrooms team.

Course costs are calculated based on UMD Office of Extended Studies' standard tuition and fee rates for Winter 2023.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2023 10/01/2022 10/11/2022