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, 'on site' 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 must take six credits but the courses may be selected as follows.
Virgnia Woolf's London (3 credits)- ENGL 402, 199 or 499 taught by Christopher Reed (select one)
This course will take advantage of our location in Bloomsbury to explore the city and its environs from the perspective of one of modernism’s foremost authors: Virginia Woolf. A member of the Bloomsbury Group – so called because of its members’ shared houses in our neighborhood – Woolf nurtured a lifelong love of London, as is evident in her novels, short stories, and essays. The course will also explore the London connections of Woolf’s Bloomsbury Group colleagues, in particular the artists Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, and Duncan Grant..
Readings will include Woolf’s “London Scene” essays, her novels Mrs. Dalloway and Orlando, as well as some of her diary entries, short stories and secondary scholarly literature about her relationship to the city. Drawing our inspiration from these readings, we will visit such sites in and around London as Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, and Kew Gardens. We will also visit sites associated with Woolf outside London, including Monk’s House and Charleston farmhouse in Sussex, and the castles of Sissinghurst and Knole.
London was, for Woolf, a repository of history and a site of constant renewal, a place to “go adventuring among human beings” and somewhere that stimulated her to write. With Woolf as our guide, we will go adventuring and writing in a London that is today, even more than her time, a – perhaps the – vibrant center of world culture.
Second three credit English course to be determined.
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.
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
Penn 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 theFunding Study Abroadsection 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.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs 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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
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.