University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2025: London, England ENGL micro

Program Dates January 06, 2025 - January 26, 2025
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

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.

Writers since Samuel Pepys have described the city of London itself as a character in its own story. And what a story! The tale of London has drama–plagues, the Great Fire, the Blitz; It has romance–the love between Queen Victoria & Prince Albert, star crossed lovers in Shakespeare’s plays; and it has deep human interest–the struggles of the Victorian working class, the stories of immigrants arriving from around the world.

This course will allow you to get to know this ever-changing, but ancient city through works of literature composed there. We will examine fiction, plays, and poetry composed across different historical periods, written by and about people from different gender, race, ethnic, and class identities. All the authors we study will have one thing in common: they wrote in and about the city of London itself, offering different perspectives on how the city both influenced their work and has been influenced by their work. In this course, you will reacquaint yourself with some writers that may be familiar to you, like Shakespeare, Dickens, Keats, and Woolf. But we will also explore new or less familiar voices, like those of women who wrote for magazines during World War II; the Caribbean-British writers of the Windrush Generation; dark fantasy writer, Neil Gaiman; and contemporary writers like poet/performance artist Sophia Thakur.

The literature we read will come alive as we travel the same crooked streets of London the authors did. Group excursions will give a very real sense of what is is like to live and write in London, as we visit authors’ homes, like Keats’ House and Dickens’ House; walk through the beautiful, green squares special to the Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists; visit sites dedicated to literature, like the Sherlock Holmes Museum, Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; and explore places that offer a sense of the context and history London writers lived and worked in, like Churchill’s War Rooms, the Docklands Museum, Borough Market, The British Museum, Covent Garden, Victoria & Albert Museum, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Studying the literature of London in London will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and history of this dynamic city. As part of your experience, you will use public transportation, shop for groceries and meals, and approach daily life in the city like a “real” Londoner. In addition to the group activities and excursions, you will have free time (and lots of suggestions from your professor!) to find what interests you most in a city that has everything to offer. We will also get to take a quick break from big city life through a group day trip to Stratford Upon Avon, where we will explore Shakespeare's hometown and enjoy a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Program Fee includes housing accommodations, all excursions, and international medical insurance and two group meals.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from London, nor airport transfers within 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. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together.

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.

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 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course. This program is open to students from all majors. If you are an English major or minor, this course counts toward completing your degree. If you are not majoring or minoring in English, but love to read and talk about literature, you are very welcome!
ENGL 357: Literature of London (3 credits)
UNIV 370-139: Study Abroad - London ENGL Literature - micro (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$1,755.00$4,710.00
Estimated Program Fee$4,400.00$4,400.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,185.00$9,140.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,200.00$1,200.00

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.

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 IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*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.

Contact Information:
Jennifer Follett
Faculty Director
012 Memorial Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2024
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 03, 2024

Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Interest Meetings:
02/21/2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM,
02/27/2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM,
03/04/2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM,
03/14/2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM,
04/08/2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM,
04/09/2024, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM,

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