The Department of English offers opportunities for International Study Abroad in such locations as London, Rome, and León. In addition, our faculty participate in foreign study programs offered through other departments, such as Comparative History of Ideas, Honors, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, or the late summer/early fall Exploration Seminars, which are often of interest to our majors. UW students can find information on numerous foreign study programs, both at the UW and at other institutions, at the Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall, (206) 221-4404.
Here are upcoming programs organized by our department:
Program dates: March 20, 2018 to June 2, 2018
Program dates: March 26, 2018 to June 1, 2018
Program dates: June 18, 2018 to July 20, 2018
Program dates: June 16, 2018 to July 21, 2018
Program dates: October 1, 2018 to December 6, 2018
Program dates: September 30, 2018 to December 8, 2018
Program dates: March 26, 2019 to June 8, 2019
Program dates: June 22, 2019 to July 27, 2019
Program dates: August 19, 2018 to September 15, 2018
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Information on current and future programs will be posted as ready. Be sure to also check back for updates. For information on previous years' programs, check our Archives.
What our participants have thought:
"I don't think any given year I've spent at the UW has affected me as profoundly as that single month I spent in Rome."
--Alden Witt, past participant, creative writing in Rome
"Studying in London has been one of the most amazing experiences that I've had in college. Being able to live in one of the most diverse cities in the world for 10 weeks gave me insight to a different culture that I would not have been able to have had otherwise. The curriculum helped push me to explore both the city and myself and having an amazing selection of museums and cultural experiences minutes outside of your door was something I will treasure forever."
--Adam Goldstein, past participant, spring in London
"Study in London in Spring of 2013 was one of the best experiences of my life. Along with being in such a beautiful city, I had the wonderful chance to immerse myself in a culture that, although in some aspects similar to what we have here, is also so incredibly different than what I'd grown up with or gone to school in. I had the chance to prove to myself that I could go literally thousands of miles away from my family and not only succeed, but excel, at experiencing a different way of living, thinking, being. Studying in London helped me to realize that the dreams I have are worth fighting for, and are absolutely within reach."
--Jennifer Schaible, past participant, spring in London
“There is nothing like having a classroom the size of a city and its surroundings – literally! Class time inside an actual classroom is minimal, as most learning takes place on the city streets, at historical sites (such as churches, museums and castles), at The Globe and other theatres in and near London, etc. The teachers also hold classes outside the city limits at places such as Stratford-Upon-Avon and Brighton so students can be exposed to more of an English experience than just London. The assignments are just as unique as the classes and turn out to be keepsakes, as the teachers create an incorporation of learning and visiting a foreign country through their assignments and classes, catering to the students' learning needs as well as their curiosity."
-- Lauren Duncan, past participant, summer in London
"If you have any inclination to write, whether it be creatively or not, this program will definitely be worth your while. You're going to spend 3 life expanding months out in the San Juan Islands memorizing poetry, writing expressively, and spending quality time with students who share the drive to learn and to live boldly in their quest for meaning. But it's not just about writing, this course will push your mind to think in new and wondrous ways in which you may never have known were possible. It will make you so much more curious about what words mean and how words convey ideas and thus shape our entire human experience. I cannot recommend this course more if you are at a place in your life where you don't know quite where to go next."
-- Kimber Loudon, past participant, Friday Harbor