Program Information
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Winter 2025: London, England BISC/ENGL
January 03, 2025 - January 26, 2025 (dates are tentative)

Interest Meetings:
03/18/2024 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
03/20/2024 9:30 AM - 10:30 AMMem125
04/05/2024 2:30 PM - 3:30 PMWolf 243
Program Notes
All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 6-8 weeks (2 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad at this time poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad must be prepared to adapt to evolving situations and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country which are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and world events as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates. If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students.
Program Description

This program introduces students to the science, literature, and culture of Victorian London. Students will be based in London, United Kingdom, and will take courses in biology and literature. Students will enjoy the vibrant life of modern-day London, and will also trace the legacies of Victorian England in London today.

Based in London, you’ll also make day trips to Down House, Charles Darwin’s home and laboratory; Oxford, center of English higher education; and frequent excursions in London itself. Specifically, we will use our coursework and day trips to explore the cholera epidemic of 1854, which led to pioneering public health work by the scientist John Snow, and to deepen our understanding of Victorian London through studying Victorian literature and culture.

Students will reside in double rooms in apartments, and will be responsible for preparing the majority of their meals.

If you’re interested in seeing Big Ben and Westminster Abbey in person, want to immerse yourself in the science and literature of Victorian London, or if you would like to experience a traditional English afternoon tea, this Winter Session program is your chance.

The Program Fee includes accommodations in double rooms in shared apartments, group excursions, cultural events, and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from London and airport transfers in the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in London. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
BISC 367-070: Seminar: The Story Behind the Science (3 credits)
When we learn science it is presented as sterile and fact-based. Science and scientists are part of a living, breathing world and the straightforward discoveries that are presented in textbooks often have convoluted backstories. The relationship between science and society (both directions) has never been more apparent than it is currently. In this course we will utilize the story of Dr. John Snow and the first proper epidemiological study of a disease outbreak (an outbreak of Cholera in 1854 London) and the historical, political, religious and downright petty ego-based events that shaped the acceptance of this work.

This course will also ask you to reflect on the course content and your experience living in London, and extend your thinking beyond just what we discuss in class.
ENGL 338: Studies in Victorian Literature (3 credits)
Studies of significant British texts from the nineteenth century, the social forces they shaped, and those by which they were shaped. Content varies by expertise of instructor.

The 19th Century witnessed the invention of “the scientist” and “the detective” as two new character types in fiction. In this course we will read from texts like Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and Charles Dickens’s Bleak House to better understand the culture informing John Snow’s cholera investigation. Assignments will include keeping a Victorian-style travel journal for the duration of our trip.
Prerequisite: ENGL 110.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University Arts/Humanities Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group A
Restrictions: May be taken up to three times when topics vary.
UNIV 370: Study Abroad - London BISC/ENGL (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale). Faculty Director will begin to interview applicants in early May.

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,300.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$2,633.00$7,065.00
Estimated Program Fee$5,010.00$5,010.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,673.00$12,105.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,300.00$1,300.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedOctober 02, 2024
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Siobhan Carroll
Faculty Director
Christopher Trimby
Faculty Director
Biological Sciences
402E Patrick Harker ISE Lab (ISEL)

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.