Summer Quarter in London 2022

Program Dates: 
June 18, 2022 to July 23, 2022
Application Deadline: 
January 31, 2022
Information Sessions: 
Friday, January 28, 2022 @ 3:30pm in Allen Auditorium

Program Information


During Summer A-Term* 2022, the Department of English will again offer a five-week version of its highly successful program of study in London. We have found that by keeping our numbers small, by tailoring our courses to what is immediately able to be seen in London and in England, and by asking students to actively participate, everyone emerges feeling fuller, as students, as tourists, as people.

Culture, art, and society open up as you are immersed in this global, multicultural urban space—one dotted with more parks than one might imagine a city could hold. "Summer London" provides students with a historical and evolving space in which to experience art as culture.

The program consists of three courses: "Writing London," a creative-writing course with excursions through inspirational London sites; and two classes taught by British faculty: "London's Contemporary Theater," taught by program founder and theatre expert Professor Peter Buckroyd, and "Contemporary London," taught by London artist and activist Natasha Langridge. The theatre course is a uniquely British experience in which students attend and critically analyze classical and contemporary plays. They range from Shakespearian productions (by the Royal Shakespeare Company!) to new emerging playwrights. Given that the London theatre scene is at the cutting edge of issues regarding diversity and representation, this is a unique space and moment in which to explore how all the world's a stage. "Writing London" teaches beginning and advanced students to write creatively amid the shifting landscapes of London--all while "Contemporary London" walks you through historical and emergent spaces that make up this great town.

Students need not be English majors, and no previous experience in creative writing or theatre is required. You should however be proficient in written English.

We are committed to physical diversity. Students should be aware that daily walks and commutes are part of the program, and wheelchair access can be difficult in some Tube stations, with lifts/elevators/escalators not consistently available. Much of the program requires traversing city streets--many of which are cobblestoned (London has been around quite a while)--and visiting museums, theatres and monuments. Applicants will therefore need to be ready to take a physically active role in the program. If a student anticipates needing accommodations for the program, please consult with the program director and staff early on and coordinate with the UW Disability Resources for Students Office to determine that accommodations can be made to meet their personal needs and concerns.

*Modified A-Term dates: The program begins a tad earlier and ends slightly later than UW campus-held A-term classes.

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. 

Contact Information: 

Professor Jessica Burstein


Nancy Sisko
Associate Director - Humanities Academic Services

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