Program Dates: 5/19-6/15/2019 (Start dates mark arrival in host country. End dates mark departure from program housing.)
Over the course of four weeks, Penn State students and faculty will stay in shared apartments in Bloomsbury, located in central London with easy access to the London Underground. Nearby attractions include the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington Palace and the Natural History Museum. The program will include walking tours, visits to museums, theatre events and historical sites. Students will be issued an Oyster pass for transportation within London. Some formal class meetings will held at Florida State facilities within walking distance of the apartments. However, many classes will be held outside of the classroom, "onsite" in the city of London.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
All students will take the same two courses for six credits, but the courses may be selected as follows.
English 473: Rhetorical Approaches to Discourse (for English majors and minors) OR English 130: Reading Popular Texts (for gen ed credit):
Instructor: Jack Selzer, Paterno Family Professor Emeritus
How do we “read” museum holdings, memorial structures, and historic sites—and how can we understand the designs those sites have on our values, beliefs, and actions? Anyone acquainted with the news knows that how communities allocate honor and remember the past are topics of intense controversy these days. Loaded with monuments and memorials designed to allow the past to speak to the present, London offers an ideal site to take up questions related to how public memory is created through rhetorical action.
Mysticism, Magic and the Occult in Literary Modernism (3 credits)
English 455: Topics in British Literature (for English majors and minors) OR English 262: Reading Fiction (for gen ed GH credit)
Instructor: Aaren Pastor
Long before Harry Potter, London was a hotbed of magic, mysticism, and the occult. This course will investigate how these cultural currents (in addition to late Victorian spiritualism and the “new” study of psychology) impacted great works of literature and art produced by "the moderns" between 1890 and the start of World War II.
Minimum 2.5 GPA
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Application deadline: February 1, 2019
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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