Shakespeare in London & Stratford-upon-Avon
Explore Shakespeare’s world in London and Stratford through lenses of the early modern period and English literary culture of today.
Explore Shakespeare’s world in London and Stratford through lenses of the early modern period and English literary culture of today. Spend your time exploring significant cultural sites through the eyes of Shakespeare. Attend performances of his famous plays while in London and enjoy walking tours of the Medieval village of Stratford-upon-Avon he once called home.
Housing & Meals
You will live in shared rooms with fellow program participants. Welcome and farewell meals, and some additional meals are included in the program fee. We will eat additional meals in the housing or at local restaurants.
Excursions in London may include:
- Shakespeare walking tour: Shakespeare's London
- Walking in Shakespeare’s footsteps: Shakespeare’s Theatre World, including visits to the Globe Theatre & Borough Market
- Visit to the British Museum
- Visit to the National Gallery
- Visit to Tate Britain
- Guided tour of Westminster Abbey
- Visit to theTower of London
- Guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral
- Multiple Theatre performances including a performance at the Globe Theatre complex
An overnight excursion to Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon may include:
- Tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace,
- Visit to Holy Trinity Church (where Shakespeare and his family are buried)
- Tour of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (Shakespeare's wife’s home),
- Tour of Royal Shakespeare Company theaters
All program participants will take 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 about your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.
- Socialize as global professionals who understand that human interaction and culture are relevant to achieving professional goals
- Discover and connect with the University of Minnesota campus and community
- Think critically, analyze topics, and appreciate diverse perspectives through pre-departure coursework, studying abroad, and guided reflection
- Function as an effective team member by utilizing personal strengths in a group setting
- Develop an understanding of the importance of future international and intercultural learning
- Understand the role of creativity, innovation, discovery, and expression across disciplines
- Acquire skills for effective citizenship and lifelong learning
One 3-credit course
This is an on-campus class during the spring semester. On-campus Spring Semester 2023 course meets: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. on East Bank. Abroad term: Spring Break 2023
This program appeals to students interested in English culture and how Shakespeare influenced today’s art and literature. Explore performing and literary arts, both historical and modern, to understand how they have impacted English identity. While on campus, your projects will include reading and elaborating on Shakespeare’s works. While abroad, you’ll apply course concepts and gain memorable experience with English literary culture.
Receive Credit for: ENGL1922W
Liberal Education Fulfillments: Literature and Writing Intensive themes
Although a COVID vaccination may not be required to enter your host country or or an exemption is granted by an onsite partner, local regulations still apply. Admission and participation in areas of this program may require accessing venues or public transportation which require proof of COVID-19 vaccination/booster. Participants will be required to present valid proof of vaccination/booster to gain entrance or will not be able to participate in this portion of the program. Participants are responsible for working with leaders to find an acceptable alternative. Refer to the Apply tab for further details.
Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
|Term||Program Dates||Application Deadline|
|Spring Break 2023||March 3 - March 12, 2023||December 7, 2022|
Important Note: This program departs for the UK on Friday, March 3. If you have any classes on that date, you may need to miss them in order to travel.
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 20 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.
Join in-person or over Zoom. Register and learn more about this and other events on this website.
|Thurs. Sept. 22||10:00am||Peik 225|
|Wed. Sept. 28||2:00pm||Bruininks 123|
|Thurs. Nov. 17||12:30pm||HHH 289|
|Mon. Nov. 21||12:30pm||HellerH 230C|
On Campus Dates
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., on East Bank- Minneapolis Campus
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.
|Spring Break 2023||TBD||TBD|
The program fee includes airfare, housing, program administration, welcome and farewell meals, some additional meals, international health insurance, entrances to course-related excursions and site visits, airport transfers, and in-country transportation for all course related activities. Students must also budget for passport and passport photos, a few meals, spending money, and miscellaneous living expenses.
If a student is required to isolate during the program dates, due to Covid-19, there may be an additional cost for the isolation period. Additional housing costs might also be covered by the onsite partner's insurance plan. In some cases, with agreement by students and prior approval from the university, roommates, apartment-mates or students who are in close contact with each other and who both test positive, may share a room in quarantine housing, in accordance with local regulations. This information is subject to change and will be updated accordingly.
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.
If you are registered for less than 13-credits, or if you are a non-UofM student, you will be charged tuition for this course in addition to the program fee. Notify the Learning Abroad Center if this applies to you.
Billing & Payments
Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.
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.
Spring Break 2023
Freshman Seminar Abroad: Shakespeare in London and Stratford-upon-Avon
Spring Break 2023
|Tuition and educational costs||$2,814|
|International health insurance||$26|
|Housing and/or mealsStudents will be housed in shared hotel rooms: breakfast included daily. Welcome and farewell meal also provided.||$600|
|Transportation (if required and included in program fee)Group flight||$1,330|
|Total Program Fee||$5,170|
|Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable||$0|
|Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable||$5,170|
Estimated Additional Expenses
|Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.|
|Transportation to and from program site||$0|
|Travel clinic/immunizations*Visit your travel clinic and consult for any costs||$50|
|Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure||$200|
|Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country|
|Housing and/or meals not included in program fee$165 - $180/night of housing not included here, in case of the cost of required quarantine. Contact the LAC to have this added to your SACE.||$250|
|Essential daily living expensesphone credit/charges, etc.||$150|
|Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country||$400|
Total Estimated Cost of Participation
|Total Estimated Cost of Participation||$5,770|
|Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation||$200|
|Additional Notes & Information|
|* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.|
Be aware: Learning Abroad Center programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
Current US passport processing times are longer than normal. If you do not have a passport, or your passport expires less than 6 months after your return date from your time abroad, apply for a new passport now.
A COVID-19 vaccine is required by our on-site partner for this location, per CDC Guidelines and you may be asked to present proof upon request.. This may change before departure. Exemptions are be allowed on a case-by-case basis with proof. Participants are also expected to follow local and governmental COVID-19 guidelines and requirements such as masking, social distancing, or curfews. Admission and participation in areas of this program may require accessing venues or public transportation which require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and these requirements could be updated before departure or during the program. Participants will be required to present valid proof of vaccination to gain entrance or will not be able to participate in this portion of the program. Visit the CDC International Travel and the LAC COVID-19 Protocols or LAC COVID Policies websites for updated information.
U.S. Consulate in United Kingdom COVID-19 site (current updates on entry/exit and local requirements).
More information can be provided during advising sessions and pre-departure orientation with the program contact in the LAC.
You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
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.
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.
Register for On-Campus Course
Your participation on this program is secured by applying and confirming through the Learning Abroad Center application process.
You will also need to register for the on-campus course ENGL 1922W.
Note: Registering for the course, but not confirming through the Learning Abroad Center, will not hold your spot in the program.
After You Apply
Before your program begins, review these resources.
Health & Safety
Learn more about staying healthy and safe abroad, including mental health and wellness, international travel insurance, and safety precautions.
Power of Attorney
Consider designating someone as your power of attorney to act as your legal representative while you’re abroad.
Consult our resources on student identities as you prepare for your abroad experience.
Ready to go abroad? Our travel resources will help you pack and learn what to expect.
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