Undergraduate OpportunitiesStudy Abroad

UG Opportunities Study Abroad

  • Florence
  • London
  • Stratford-upon-Avon

English in Florence: American Writers and Artists Abroad


July 2-26, 2018

American writers and artists loved Florence (and Italy generally), and often went there to write, paint, and sculpt.

Travel and residence abroad was an essential part of their aesthetic education and creative development. Especially in the nineteenth century, the old world (and Italy in particular) served as the site of significant artistic education, exploration, and adventure.

This summer study program offers an opportunity to read American novels and short stories that were written in Italy, or that set their stories there or featured expatriate American writers and artists as charactersor all of the above.

This program examines the experiences of some of the most important American writers and artists who spent time in Florence, the beautiful Tuscan city where the Italian Renaissance originated. The program also includes an overnight excursion to Rome, the seat of the Roman Empire and a place of significance for Western civilization.

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)

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

London and the Age of the Revolution


July 1 – 21, 2018

Spend a few weeks living in London this summer, and get to know one of the world’s greatest cities as an insider, not just a tourist.

This is an opportunity to gain an intimate knowledge of London, discovering, walking and mapping the psychogeography of the contemporary capital while recovering the hidden traces of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—such as the churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor and the illuminated books of William Blake, which remain active nodes in the city’s cultural maps and provide major reference points in literature from T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland to the graphic novel From Hell.

The program combines the study of the cultural history of London with the study of the shifting patterns of urban design and development in the city, comparing the great nineteenth-century transformations of the capital (for example Trafalgar Square, Regents Street) with more contemporary developments (e.g., Canary Wharf and the Docklands; the purged and reinvented sites of the 2012 Olympics; Shoreditch and the east end).

The program aims to trace and re-trace the many recurring patterns of demolition and development that have shaped London for two centuries, and an unfolding Romantic contestation of those changes that have persisted into the present.

Program enrollment is limited to maintain an intimate environment for discussion in the classroom and on the street.

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 (Stratford-upon-Avon and London)


July 20 – August 12, 2018

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 the reconstructed Globe Theater in Southwark, London.

Classroom work will include analysis of literary and historical approaches to the plays led by 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.

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 129-Topics in Genre Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Critical Theory (5 units)
  • English 199: Individual Studies (optional 4 units)

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.