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Our Summer Program in London, England, U.K.


London Theater



Londond, England, UK


July 16, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Credits Offered     




6 Credits - Pre-requisite: ENGL 220; for English majors, ENGL 252

(undergraduates) ENGL 388.62(3cr) or THEA 397.47(3cr); AND ENGL 352.00(3cr) or THEA TBA(3cr)

(graduates) ENGL 780.50(3cr) or THC 710.56(3cr); AND ENGL 715.68(3cr) or THC TBA(3cr)

CUNY Tuition is NOT included in the Program Fee.

Application Deadline


Due to housing constraints, applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and the program may be filled early.

We encourage you to submit applications early!

Financial Aid

Pell, Tap, Gilman, Student Loans

Program Fee



$ 2,600.00

Program Fee includes housing, theatre tickets, excursions and international health insurance.

AIRFARE is NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program, this may mean flying the day before.

We encourage you to submit payments early!

Payment Schedule


$ 350.00 Application Fee due with all application materials before March 18, 2016.

$ 2,250.00 Program Fee Balance due before April 21, 2016


This four-week, six-credit program will explore the diversity of theatrical offerings in London and vicinity, providing a wide-ranging and historically rich understanding of British theater as it is practiced today in both traditional and experimental venues.  The 12 performances we attend will encompass works of Shakespeare and Restoration comedy, classics of the modern British stage, and contemporary and experimental offerings by leading dramatists.

Throughout the program, we will consider the complex ways in which written texts are changed as they come to life in performance through the creative imagination of playwrights, directors, and actors in interaction with audiences.  We will explore how British theatrical institutions, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theater, the Old and Young Vic, the Globe, the Haymarket, the Almeida, the Donmar Warehouse, present different styles of productions based on varying aspirations, from the aesthetic to the political.  We will also engage with the critical reception of current theatrical productions as published in London newspapers and on line, in which heated controversy and lively debate are the norm.  In short, this program encourages individual and collective encounters with a representative selection of performances across the historical spectrum through the experience of world-class theatrical productions.

The summer 2016 British theatrical season promises to be an especially exciting one.  Complete information about the offerings will not be available until late March, but in 2015 students saw classics such as Much Ado about Nothing, Richard II, Othello, As You Like It, and The Importance of Being Earnest, contemporary works like Red Lion and a musical version of Bend It Like Beckham, experimental productions of A Number and The Trial, and an immersive production of Alice in Wonderland.  This coming summer, the theatrical possibilities will likely include works by Baker, Rattigan, Osborne, Friel, Rowling, O'Casey, Brecht, Birch, Mallatrat, Stone, and of course Shakespeare, so the 2016 program should be as equally wide-ranging and stimulating as in the past.

To make the most of these opportunities, we will draw on published texts of performed works as well as relevant critical and theoretical writings.  While students need hard copies of each play (most available for purchase in London), links to reviews and other materials will be posted on our Blackboard site.  Our schedule will typically consist of a morning classroom discussion followed by attendance at an evening performance of the same play.  At least four plays will be by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, thus providing an opportunity for deeper study of these early works and their cultural contexts.  Also included in the schedule are guided tours of the Globe and National Theatres and, whenever possible, meetings with actors, directors, producers, scholars, and critics in order to explore the often hidden mechanics of theatrical production.  Also planned are a walking tour of Shakespeare's London and a trip to his birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, to take advantage of the RSC's summer season and visit sites important in his life.  New this coming year will be a visit to a significant Tudor site, such as Hampton Court Palace.  Because 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we'll be sure to take advantage of other opportunities as they arise.

Even with our busy schedule, most activities will be organized for Monday through Thursday, allowing time both for study and for exploration of London and beyond. During the four weeks of the program, students will be expected to comment regularly on our class blog.  Formal written work will include four short reviews (2-3 pages each) completed during the course and a longer essay (10-12 pages) due by the end of August.

Students will be housed in single rooms with bathrooms in the PURE Student Living residence (, centrally located between Clerkenwell and The City, close to tube stations, bus lines, and trendy Angel, Shoreditch, and Brick Lane.  This location includes 24-hour security, wireless internet access, laundry facilities, and kitchens and other communal spaces.  Class will be held in a meeting room at PURE.  Everyone will also gather for at least two group meals, a welcoming get-together and a final class dinner, at local London restaurants.





Estimated Total Costs of Attendance:

Summer 2016 - LONDON COA


$ 1,650.00 (undergrad)

$ 2,550.00 (graduate)

Program Fee

$ 2,600.00

Not included in program fee (estimates):


$ 1,200.00


$ 1,100.00


$ 160.00

Local Transportation

$ 120.00

TOTAL:  $ 6,830.00 (undergrads)

TOTAL:  $ 7,730.00 (graduate)




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