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*London, United Kingdom: Literary London (Summer)
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Type of Program:
Faculty Led
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
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Program Overview

July 18 to August 15, 2016 

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.  

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.

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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.

Heart of the Original London  (3 credits)- ENGL 402, 199 or 499 taught by Richard Doyle  (select one)
Heart of the OriginalWorking with contemporary British writer Steve Aylett's Heart of the Original, a short 2015 book accurately described by graphic author Alan Moore as "force fed with ideas until its liver explodes", this course will leverage its London location to explore the history of the notion of originality and authenticity through the lens of the British writers that played a role in its invention in the 17th century.  Whileaisthetics driven by the percption of Greek and Biblical ideals of exegesis strove fidelity to a tradition of beauty and, often, masculinity, Romantic notions of originalitymanifested by the Lake School valued the breakdown of tradition and the emergence of novel eruptions of the eternal.  Reaings ranging from Wordsworth, Shelley, Coleridge and De Qincey find resonance in the "make it new" modernism of Pound's Blast period as well as the renegotiated tradition of Eliot as well as Huxley's quest for the eternal spiritual narrative of his The Perennial Philosophy  and the neo-gnostic compositions of Swedenborg, Madame Blavatsky and Annie Besante, all negotiating a subtle dialectic betweeen tradition and innovation that would momentarily culminate in the novel punk return to intensified rock and roll.
Working in dialogue with local writer Aylett as well as the extensive bibliography implicit in his most recent work, students will investigate the genealogy of the notion of originality and its kin, authenticity, taking up the closely coupled investigation of what Aylett describes as a public "phobic" originality.  Besides the opportunity to work closely with a world class contemenporary author, this course will offer an intensive wiriting option in order to fulfill University writing requriements as well as 16th-18th century requirement for the English major.

Writing the Grave in the English Renaissance  (3 credits)-  ENGL 455, 199 or 499 taught by Jayme Peacock 
St Pauls Cath. Donne effigyRenaissance writings on and about graves provide a commentary not just on death, but also on how a culture understood life and literature in relation to an inescapable mortality. This course will examine sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writings on and about graves, tombs, and funeral effigies in order to explore early modern notions of mortality, authorship, posthumous love, seduction, the body, and worldly fame. As such, texts in this course will introduce a variety of genres and modes, including epic, lyric, epitaph, elegy, carpe diem poetry, and dramatic tragedy.

Possible texts might include: 

Edmund Spenser—“Astrophel” (an elegy for Philip Sidney), selections from The Faerie Queene
Shakespeare— "Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing"
Ben Jonson—“ To the memory of my beloved, Mr. William Shakespeare,” “To the Reader”
John Donne—“The Canonization,” “The Bracelet,” “The Damp”
Thomas Carew—“An Elegy upon the Death of Dr. Donne,” assorted epitaphs
Andrew Marvell—“To His Coy Mistress”
Christopher Marlowe—“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”
Sir Walter Raleigh—“Even Such is Time,” “Methought I saw the Grave Where Laura Lay”
John Milton—“On Shakespeare,” “Lycidas”

         John Donne's Funeral Effigy, St. Paul's Cathedral

Class trips would be used to visit St. Paul’s, St. Margaret’s, and Westminster Abbey, which house tombs and memorials of such Renaissance writers as Chaucer, Marvell, Sidney, Donne, Jonson, Spenser, and others. The Tower of London presents another possible trip, as the chapel has memorials and graves for Sir Thomas More and several of Henry VIII’s wives, including Anne Boleyn. A trip to Shakespeare’s memorial at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon would serve as a link between Renaissance grave writings and modern receptions and reproductions of them. At least one trip will be to a production at the Globe Theatre, and other theatre productions will be considered based on relevance to the course.


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 Richard Doyle will be the faculty leader for the 2016 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 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
  •  Signature Documents
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.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/01/2016
02/15/2016 07/18/2016 08/15/2016

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