British Literature in Great Britain

Tentative Dates: June 13 – July 20, 2017

The application deadline for this program has passed.

Look for it again in Summer 2019!

  • Read and study great works of literature in the places that bring them to life!
  • Explore Ancient Stonehenge, Elizabethan Palaces, and the skyscrapers of modern London.
  • Visit Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and the Globe Theatre.
  • Explore Canterbury, Dover, and Hampton Court Palace.
  • Follow Jane Austen through the city of Bath and tour the stately homes of England.
  • Travel to Hay-on-Wye, the Welsh city with the largest number of bookstores in the world.

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  • ENGL 201: British Literature 1
  • ENGL 419: Special Topics
    • Will fulfill a requirement for an English Major and for a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
    • ***ENGL 419 may be taken as HONOR elective***
  • Dr. Donna Waldron
  • Dr. Eric Dunnum

Estimated Program Fee: $4,800 – $5,200

Inclusions: Program fee includes flight, ground transportation, shared housing, some meals, and all entrance fees. Tuition is not included.

Tuition: Tuition will be the Campbell University summer tuition fee per credit hour.

You can apply for financial aid!

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“Studying abroad was the best way I could have spent my summer…The impact of my trip did not hit me until I returned to the U.S. Walking into my room I thought, ‘Wow, I was in London this morning.’ In that moment, the past month of my life felt unreal. To be completely cliché, it felt like a dream from which I would be content to never wake.”

Mechelle Powell, “Great Britain,” 2015

Q&A with Dr. Donna Waldron

Who should go on this trip?
My favorite students to travel with are those who are curious and who face each day with a spirit of adventure. We have had Biochem or Trust majors as well as history, theatre and English majors—the trip is great for any student wishing for English or Humanities credits who also enjoys learning. I enjoy leading students to find not only exciting things to learn and experience abroad, but also to find strengths and new confidence in themselves as they travel. British Author George Eliot said, “Adventure is not outside… it is within.” We are transformed by the way we respond to opportunities, and we are shaped by what we encounter. Study Abroad is learning about ourselves not just a class.
How will students benefit?
The student will benefit by seeing firsthand what they can only imagine on the page. The faculty will do our best to offer the student an opportunity to read literature where it was written, and to bring literary time periods and people to life in a unique way. Exciting Shakespeare performances, awe-inspiring cathedrals inspiring pilgrim faith, homes where authors imagined their works, the beauty of the British countryside and the bustle of one of the world’s great cities—such an itinerary brings the words on the page to life in exciting ways. Places one may have read of—whether in a medieval text or from Harry Potter—are around every corner. Students frequently have trouble grasping the reality of their first walk through London…it is REAL, and you are THERE.
What’s on your bucket list/what are you most looking forward to on this trip?
I grew up reading British literature like Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, Sherlock Holmes, and Jane Eyre and watching BBC television shows on PBS like Doctor Who, Shakespeare Plays, and Masterpiece Theatre. When I finally got to travel to Britain itself, the beautiful green countryside, and the vibrancy of London only confirmed that literary love. I’ve made more than 8 trips to London…and I still am working on my bucket list of things to see and do there…18th century author Samuel Johnson said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” There is just so much to experience and explore!

Q&A with Eric Dunnum

Who should go on this trip?
Students who love to travel and those who love English literature in general and Shakespeare in particularly, obviously. In addition, I think individuals who have never traveled abroad would benefit the most from this trip. London is a great place for first time American travelers. We share a language (well sort of), and London, despite its size, is actually quite easy to navigate. Oh and those who hate North Carolina summers. It will be twenty degrees cooler in London!
How will students benefit?
All the clichés are true: you will have a renewed appreciation of literature, a clearer vision of history and a deeper understanding of our culture. But also confidence. Traveling half way across the globe, becoming comfortable with one of the largest, busiest cities on the planet, and visiting the great cultural landmarks of the western world will turn you into a more capable, accomplished and worldly individual. It is like adulting on steroids.
What’s on your bucket list/what are you most looking forward to on this trip?
Shakespeare’s Globe, the English countryside and fish and chips.