Ever wondered why Britain thinks it's Great, why there is still a queen or what on earth is cricket? Then you might like a class in which you will not only learn how to bowl a googlie, sip tea and speak proper English, but have the chance to explore the history, politics and culture of the country in which you will be living for four weeks. While gaining a sense of the broad sweep of British history, students will try to figure out how a country that sees itself as the birthplace of Parliamentary Democracy still has a royal family and well-defined social classes. Students will also see how quintessentially English customs like cricket and tea drinking are closely tied to Britain's Imperial past-- a past that is everywhere around us in London's buildings and statues, but also explains why so many people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland refuse to think of themselves as British. Readings will be wide ranging, but will draw heavily on poetry, plays and short fiction. Morning seminars will be followed by afternoon historic walks and field trips to relevant museums and sites of interest. There is also a long-weekend trip to Edinburgh. The program is especially designed for first and second year students of any major.
By participating in this program students will learn to questions/ think critically about issues relating to :diversity and inclusion, national identity and the social-political issues affecting their peers in the United Kingdom. Reflection will be through guided discussion and a combination of regular journal and blog posts.
The program is based in London. Bloomsbury, home to the British Museum, is a centrally located historic neighborhood in one of the world's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. As the great Dr. Johnson put it: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Having said that, we will make several trips outside the city, including a long-weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Students will live with other students in self-contained and fully furnished apartments in central London. Participants will share their bedroom with another Ohio State student. A fully equipped kitchen, complete with stove, refrigerator, oven and microwave, utensils and crockery/cutlery is included. Bed linens are provided. Students are expected to bring their own towels.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4050 program fee. The program fee will include accommodations, in country transportation, site visit entrances, international health insurance and in country instruction. It will not include international airfare, meals, spending money , a passport or immunizations.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Tuesday October 03, 2017 4-5p in 100 Enarson Classroom Building
Tuesday November 07, 2017 1-2p in 100 Enarson Classroom Building
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The most valuable part of the program was by far the freedom we had within the city. Other than classes and excursions, most of our time was our own to do with what we wanted. I was able to see parts of the city that were not covered by class activities as well as spend a weekend in a small town in Wales. This made me feel like I was actually living in the city instead of just visiting as a tourist.
— Summer, 2017 Participant
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.