Modern-day London

Death & Ritual in Victorian London

  1. Program Details

    Global Seminar May Session 2020: Unearth London’s secrets by studying the rich history of Victorian-era death in literature, art, science, and philosophy.
    Location London, United Kingdom
    Term May Session
    Housing Apartment
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Death & Ritual in Victorian London

    Scientific knowledge about the human body and the process of death expanded hugely in the 19th Century, at the same time that increases in urban populations in England gave rise to the problem of what to do with all the bodies. Concurrently, English explorers in other parts of the world were finding evidence of “buried” civilizations, and construction workers for the Thames Embankment and the London Underground were digging through London’s own buried past. Death—and in particular the dead body—became a nexus of anxiety: individual, social, scientific, and historical. 

    In this Global Seminar, trace a number of Victorian responses to these new kinds of knowledge: spiritualism, funeral practices, public dissections, anatomical museums, fears of premature burial, cremation, vampirism, armchair anthropology, and the particular problem posed by the dead female body. Texts will include Frankenstein, Dracula, She, and a variety of short stories, poems, and essays.

    For a more detailed overview of this course, see the Academics tab.

    Housing & Meals

    Live in shared housing with other program participants. Welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee. Take additional meals in the housing or at local eateries.

    Excursions

    Excursions assist in illuminating program coursework and will take place in London and surrounding areas. Excursion may include, but not limited to, the Museum of London, Museum of London Archeology, Highgate Cemetery, a haunted London tour, and the Tower of London.

    Flight

    All program participants will be taking the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight, you will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center regarding your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.

    It might be possible to deviate your return flight. Inquire with your program contact if interested.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Develop independence by challenging yourself in a new environment
    • Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
    • Explore a specific topic through experiential and interdisciplinary approaches

    Faculty & Staff

    This Global Seminar is led by Ann Tandy-Treiber, Faculty in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota. 

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Instructor-Led
    Program Level 3000 level coursework
    Courseload

    One 3-credit course

    Global Seminars are 3-week study abroad programs led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff that feature:

    • Intensive learning in a location that illuminates the topic
    • Small groups of 15–25 students
    • No prerequisites or language requirements
    • Included excursions and cultural activities
    • Instruction in English

    Coursework

    London and its vicinity provides an incredible range of sites to visit, many of which will also play roles in our readings and discussions. Our excursions will be grouped around three overlapping themes: The Dead in the City (visiting tombs and cemeteries, plague pits, execution sites); Science and Medicine (attending talks and exhibitions at the Old Operating Theatre Museum, University College London, the Wellcome Collection, and the Science Museum of London); and London Archeology (Thames Discovery Walks, the Museum of London Archaeology, The British Museum). Sites and activities associated with Charles Dickens will also help us approach London as a Victorian city, in terms of locations but also in terms of Dickens’ involvement in the massive public-works projects that were transforming the city and its sense of its own past, present, and future.

    Write essays (both informal and formal), present on historical subjects, and create of a "travel guide" in which you will be responsible for researching a site we will visit, providing material for the class to read ahead of time, and then guiding our visit once there. In London, serve as guides for the class, help create structured discussions about the experiences, and produce reflective writing connecting your individual response to the class work.

    Receive credit for: ENGL 3092

    Liberal Education Fulfillment: Literature core

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Priority Application Deadline* Final Application Deadline
    May Session May 16 – Jun 7, 2020 February 1, 2020 March 1, 2020

    Program dates are subject to change.

    If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Important Note: Enrollment on this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    May Session TBD TBD
  5. Priority Deadline

    If you apply by the priority deadline and confirm within the allotted time you will receive the published program fee. Applying after the priority deadline and/or not confirming within the allotted time means you may be subject to an airfare increase.

    Fees for Death & Ritual in Victorian London

    May 2020 Cost of Participation Forthcoming

    Program fees can vary widely due to location, cost of living, airfare, and program inclusions. The program fee generally includes tuition, group flight airfare, airport transfers, in-country program related transportation, housing, some meals, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, program administration, and international health insurance. Generally, the program fees range from $5,500–$7,500. You must also budget for passport and passport photos, some meals, textbooks, independent travel, and miscellaneous living expenses.

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term May Session 2020
    Program Name Global Seminar: Death & Ritual in Victorian London
    Track Name Death & Ritual in Victorian London
    Country United Kingdom

    Submit

    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.

    Complete

    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Application Essay

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Next Steps

    After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
  7. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Lindsey Lahr or call at 612.625.9370.