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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
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Program Overview

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.  

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Education Abroad Credits

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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 must take six credits but the courses may be selected as follows.

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Shakespeare's London: ENGL 129, 199, 444 or 499 (3 credits)
Instructor: Professor Garrett Sullivan

This course focuses on the works of William Shakespeare on both page and stage.  We will study plays that we will then see performed at premier venues such as the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and (in Stratford-upon-Avon) the Royal Shakespeare Company.  In addition to approaching Shakespeare’s works with an eye to their literary and performative qualities, we will consider the ways they engage London’s rich history—a history we will encounter both in the classroom and on field trips throughout the city.
Students will be expected to contribute to class discussion.  Assignments will include quizzes, short response papers focused on both texts and performances, and a final paper.

London UK Used BookshopLove in London: People, Places, and Spaces ENGL 199, 268, 455 or 499 (3 credits)  
Instructor: Mckenzie Eggers

In this course, students will examine both love in London and love of London as they consider how the city and its buildings, homes, neighborhoods, playhouses, museums, cathedrals, and gardens inform the lives of the authors, actors, and fictional characters who live(d) in and among them.  The course investigates love of places and environments as well as people and considers romantic, platonic, erotic, familial, national, and religious bonds.  Works by authors from the Romantic, Victorian, Modernist and Contemporary periods (including William Wordsworth, William Blake, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and Zadie Smith) will be covered. Ultimately, this course shows students that London actively participates in the relationships and identities of its inhabitants.
Students will be expected to participate in class discussion and will be asked to complete short (2-3 pages) weekly reflection papers as well as a longer final paper (8-10 pages). 


Successful applicants will complete pre-requisities for the program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
All students must hold a passport which is valid until six months after the last day of the program (or date of return to U.S if students is extending travel)

Housing and Meals

Students will live in shared apartments in Bloomsbury. They will be responsible for providing their own meals.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

London tubePenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative
Professor Garrett Sullivan be the faculty leader for the 2018 program. To learn more information, you may schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 
You must complete the following materials in your application:
  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application deadline: February 1, 2018

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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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 05/13/2018 06/07/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.

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