Spring Quarter in London 2022

Program Dates: 
March 22, 2022 to June 4, 2022
Application Deadline: 
November 15, 2021
Information Sessions: 
Friday, October 29 @ 3:30pm in Allen Auditorium

Program Information


Live like a Londoner! Literature, science, culture, and society open up as you are immersed in this glorious, historic global capital. We pride ourselves on keeping our program size communal, and tailor courses to "what's on" right now in London. Our students participate actively: living in London homes with Londoners, and learning (on) the streets of the town--its parks, towpaths, art galleries, byways, and monuments. You learn on the streets of the city, literally walking its history in order to understand the present. Our students come to know the city deeper than any tourist.

In addition to multiple excursions, the program includes 10 weeks of London theatre tickets (itself an amazing bargain), and an overnight to Shakespeare's birthplace. We weave classes together for what is one of the stimulating educational experiences of a college career. The London Program's thirty-plus year history marks it as one of the founding international programs at the University of Washington--and it remains one of the most economical and intellectually stimulating ways to study abroad. This season we engineer one of our first science/humanities-based courses, "The World of Sherlock Holmes: Science and Fiction in the Imperial Metropolis,” taught by award-winning scholar Professor Jesse Oak Taylor. Learn how one of the world's most enduring literary characters is a lens through which to understand the history of London Fog, the nature of evidence, and climate change. It’s elementary.

London is a large city and commuting is a way of life. Accordingly students should expect a commute to and from our classes in central London of about 45-55 minutes. (You, like other commuters, will read while in/on transit.) Whether you've been here before, or have never left the Washington State, this experience will change you forever. The rewards are incalculable and the experience life-changing. See "London Calling": https://english.washington.edu/news/2018/05/14/london-calling-city-classroom

Wings to London Scholarship application is open to English majors--both declared and ready-to-declare, with an especial eye toward those facing financial challenges.


The London program values diversity. Any UW student from any campus is eligible to apply to the program. It is recommended (though not required) that applicants have successfully completed a 200-level literature course at the UW prior to participation. We try to provide as much information as possible on this site and in our printed materials, but that is no substitute for human interaction. We strongly recommend that interested students attend an Information Session or meet individually with Professor Jessica Burstein or Academic Counselor Nancy Sisko.

The application includes:

  • 3 short answer questions,
  • 1 Faculty recommendation** and
  • Electronic signature documents related to University policies and
    expectations for study abroad.

**In most cases, we require that letters of recommendation come from UW Faculty or Teaching Assistants. However, if you are a new transfer student we will accept letters from faculty from your transfer school(s) in lieu of (or in addition to) UW Faculty recommendations. Letters from family friends, employers, high school counselors, or high school teachers generally will not meet the requirement. If you have any questions about this or any other part of your application, you are more than welcome to contact Nancy Sisko at nsisko@uw.edu.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students. Depending on the applications submitted, we may maintain a waiting list for the program. Following the online application process, students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview.

Possible Travel Restrictions due to COVID-19

For the 2021-22 academic year, study abroad programs will likely include the following limitations: 

  • Programs will be limited to taking place in one country (no international border crossings)
  • Student personal travel during program dates will be limited to the host country 
  • All program excursions/field trips will be limited to day trips (no overnights) 

These restrictions on travel are being considered to reduce complications due to factors such as differing levels of pandemic control between countries, possible border crossing restrictions and/or quarantine policies, regional lockdowns within the host country, etc.

Visit Study Abroad's COVID-19 page for more information. 

***If previously accepted to a London program that was cancelled due to COVID-19, you are still accepted to our 2021-2022 program. Please contact the London Program Director, Jessica Burstein or Nancy Sisko for instructions on how to proceed.

Contact Information: 

Professor Jessica Burstein


Nancy Sisko
Associate Director - Humanities Academic Services

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