London Summer Term
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, University-sponsored faculty-led study abroad programs are on hold. We look forward to the return of a robust travel program schedule at WNE.
Join us in London for the exciting London Summer Program, based at Regent’s University in the heart of central London. Live and learn at Regent’s beautiful campus in Regent’s Park, within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the British Museum, the London Zoo, and many other famous landmarks. The program will consist of a 1-credit course on campus during the spring semester, then two courses for a total of 6 credits during three weeks in London in the summer. The summer classes are designed to fulfill the University’s general education requirements. London and surrounding locations will be our classroom as students embark on field trips across the city and beyond in southern England.
The summer program is limited to 12 students. Students interested in participating should contact Professor Tim Vercellotti at Summer.London@wne.edu or 413-782-1724 for more information or to reserve a seat in the program. Also, follow the London Summer Term on Twitter @WNESummerLondon.
INST 190: Introduction to London and the Home Counties (1 cr.)
Course meets on Mondays from 5:00-5:50 p.m.
Professor Tim Vercellotti
This course will introduce students to the politics, geography, and culture of London and surrounding southeastern England. Students will examine the local and national political institutions that function in London, the role that the River Thames has played in the development of London and surrounding areas, and the changing demographics of the region. The course also will describe the uniquely English norms that shape human behavior in shared spaces in London, including pubs, restaurants, mass transit, and religious institutions.
HIST 212/ART 212: London Through the Ages (3 cr.)
Professor Ted South
Fulfills the History Perspective or the Aesthetic Perspective
Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of London over the past 2,000 years. Students will study what life in the city was like during the Roman, medieval, Tudor, Georgian, and Victorian periods and learn how to identify buildings from those eras while exploring the modern city in depth. Field trips will include landmarks like the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral, but also lesser-known places that have preserved fascinating traces of London’s past.
CUL 295: English Villages in Fact and Fiction (3 cr.)
Professor Tim Vercellotti
Fulfills the Elements of Culture requirement “CA”
Thoughts of England conjure images of a village green, a cricket pitch, the spire of a church, the village hall, and, of course, the local pub. These are the settings for an annual cycle of cultural traditions: village fêtes, cricket matches, flower and produce shows, bonfire nights, Remembrance Day services, and the Christmas pantomime. This course will explore those traditions and their enduring significance in daily life in England, both in fact and fiction. The fictional aspect comes courtesy of The Archers, a 15-minute daily BBC radio drama that has depicted English village life in nearly 19,000 episodes since the program’s premiere in 1950. The course will explore the cultural phenomenon that is The Archers, with its daily audience of five million listeners in the UK and millions more online around the world, as well as the current renaissance of “audio drama” through podcasts. Field trips will include visits to villages in and outside of London, as well as a visit to the BBC studios in Birmingham, where The Archers is recorded.
Start Packing: Here’s What You Need To Know
How much will this trip cost?
What will I see in London?
London will serve as our classroom during the summer term. Field trips will take us to:
- The Tower of London
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Westminster Abbey
- The Houses of Parliament
- Camden Market
- Hampton Court Palace
- The Museum of London
- The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading
- BBC Broadcasting House, London
- BBC Studios, Birmingham
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Mitcham Cricket Club, South London
- The Happiness Museum
- Summer fete in the Village of Burpham
How can I participate?
Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the close of the fall 2019 semester, and must have earned a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher for the fall 2019 semester. We will consider applicants with cumulative GPA’s below 2.5 if they provide a name and contact information for a faculty member who can provide a reference indicating that the student is prepared to succeed in a study abroad program.
Want to learn more?
For more information, contact:
Dr. Josie Brown-Rose, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Director of the Study Abroad Program
Dr. Saeed Ghahramani, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Study Abroad Program
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