Undergraduate OpportunitiesStudy Abroad

UG Opportunities Study Abroad

  • Florence
  • London
  • Stratford-upon-Avon

English in Florence: American Writers and Artists Abroad


American writers and artists loved Florence (and Italy generally) and often went there to write, paint, and sculpt. This program offers an opportunity to read American novels and short stories that were written in Italy, set their stories there, or featured expatriate American writers and artists as characters—or all of the above. Novels and stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Julia Ward Howe, Henry James, William Dean Howells, and Constance Fenimore Woolson will be studied, along with the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s great translation of the Florentine poet Dante’s Inferno. Walking tours of Florence and its surroundings, visits to the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace Museum, the Boboli Gardens, the Dante Museum, and the nearby hilltop town of Fiesole—all enchanted locations for these writers—will allow program participants to experience firsthand the city of Florence (birthplace of the Renaissance) that Americans loved so well. Registration begins November 15.

Program Director: Professor Christopher Looby, UCLA Department of English

Curriculum: 10-14 units

  • English 119-Literary Cities (Florence) (5 units)
  • English 177-Interdisciplinary Studies of American Culture (5 units)
  • English 199-Individual Studies (optional 4 units)

July 4-28, 2016

For more information, visit http://ieo.ucla.edu/travelstudy/English-Florence

Romanticism and the Age of the Revolution (London)

This program offers students an opportunity to encounter firsthand the traces of one of the most turbulent and exciting moments in London’s history: the Age of Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century, which gave birth to the cultural explosion known as Romanticism. Visits to museums, galleries, and archival collections—including Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London, and the British Museum—will allow program participants to examine some of the age’s revolutionary pamphlets, cultural manifestos, and experiments in visual culture, including many unique examples of work that can be seen nowhere else. Registration begins November 15.

Program Director: Professor Saree Makdisi, UCLA Department of English

Curriculum: 10-14 units

  • English 169-Topics in Literature, circa 1700 to 1850: Romanticism and Revolution (5 units)
  • English 182D/184-Topics in Romantic Literature/Capstone Seminar (5 units)*
  • English 199-Individual Studies (optional 4 units)

*English majors who will have completed 4 upper-division English courses by the end of spring term will be registered in English 184 for capstone credit; all other students will be registered in 182D.

 For more information, visit http://ieo.ucla.edu/travelstudy/English-London

Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and London

Experience Shakespeare’s plays as they were meant to be experienced, on the stage as well as the page, and in the company of his fellow dramatists, during a summer session spent in

Stratford-upon-Avon and London, England. During this intensive program students will be immersed in the study of multiple plays in performance, as mounted both on the two stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in Southwark, London. Classroom work will include analysis of literary and historical approaches to the plays led by longtime UCLA Shakespearean Professor Claire McEachern, as well as visits from actors, directors, and other production staff of these two world-famous theater companies. Beyond the classroom, students will be introduced to the major historical sites and museums of Shakespeare’s hometown as well as the cultural offerings of London.

Registration begins November 15.

Program Director: Professor Claire McEachern, UCLA Department of English

Curriculum: 10-14 units

For English Majors

  • English 150A-Shakespeare: Poems and Early Plays (5 units)
  • English 150B-Shakespeare: Later Plays (5 units)
  • English 199: Individual Studies (optional 4 units)

Students who have already taken English 150A or 150B may substitute English 150C-Shakespeare:

Special Topics for that course.

For non-English Majors

  • English 90-Shakespeare (5 units) may fulfill GE requirement
  • English 110-Studies in Drama (5 units)
  • English 199: Individual Studies

For more information, visit: http://ieo.ucla.edu/travelstudy/English-Stratford

Additionally, the UCEAP (University of California Education Abroad Program) is partnered with 115 universities worldwide and offers programs in 42 countries; and the UCLA Career Center offers individual and group advising to students on a wide array of international opportunities.