Study Abroad Opportunities & Requirements

Keble College

Keble College is one of the largest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford with 410 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. Keble is a vibrant community whose students excel not only academically, but also in music, drama, and sport. They pride themselves on their traditions, but are forward looking, as shown by their exciting plans for enhancing graduate provision on the recently acquired Acland site within a few minutes walk from the main College site. 

Coursework

The academic year at Oxford consists of three terms: Michaelmas, Hillary and Trinity. Students are slotted into the 2nd year curriculum for Keble College students within their major. Students receive the equivalent of 10 WU credits per term for a total of 30 WU credits.

Instruction at Keble is organized around weekly tutorial meetings supplemented by lectures. The tutorial system, which is at the heart of Oxford University's educational process, entails 20-25 hours of extensive, highly critical reading and research towards the submission of a paper for analysis and discussion. The student will then meet his or her tutor alone, and be examined on the work submitted. This intensive, one-on-one, Socratic approach is both challenging and highly profitable and permits a level of depth and insight incapable of being achieved by other methods of teaching. Students at Oxford must be prepared to work independently and to write an enormous number of papers.

Read more about Keble’s English program here.

Location

Keble College is one of the many independent colleges within the University of Oxford. Little more than a century old, Keble is one of the few Oxford colleges built of brick. Oxford is a medium-sized university town that is home to over 30,000 students and has an overall population of just over 150,000. Beautiful and historic architecture sits alongside all the main high street stores, numerous coffee shops and restaurants, and a thriving bar and club scene. Oxford also has beautiful riverside walks and the oldest Botanic Garden in the country. Approximately 62 miles from Central London, Oxford is easily accessible by air, bus, train, and car.

Housing

Students accepted in the program at Keble live in the college, in rooms that are unusually comfortable by British university standards. Most of the 360 rooms are within the College itself. Meals are included during the academic term.

Student Life

Academic life consists of a mixture of one or two tutorials conducted usually in pairs, sometimes alone, with a Keble tutor, or with another tutor whom he or she arranges for the student. With support, students learn how to think critically, write forcefully, and accept criticism, and the validity of other points of view.

Students will be part of Keble College with full privileges. Within the college, students are welcome to participate in Keble’s tradition in many different sports, at both College and University level. There is a very high level of participation among the student population, not only in sports but also in drama and music. Off campus, Oxford provides a wonderful environment, too.

Program Dates

The Keble College program is for the full academic year only. The first term begins in early October and the third term ends in late June.

Application deadline: February 1

Requirements

There are only two places for English majors each year in the Keble program and admission will be quite competitive, but it offers an extremely challenging educational opportunity and an unparalleled opportunity for full integration into university life at Oxford.

Minimum 3.7 GPA; English major who has taken intermediate level courses for the major. Samples of written work required with application.

Program Contact

For more information, click HERE or contact Carrie Canham in the Overseas Program office (mosebach@wustl.edu, 314-935-7695).

King’s College

King's College in London (KCL) is one of the UK's most historic and prestigious universities. With a forward thinking vision and state-of-the-art facilities, King's is renowned for excellence in both its innovative teaching and pioneering research. Based in the heart of central London, King's is one of the largest multi-faculty institutions in the UK. KCL has nearly 23,000 students from 140 countries across its nine academic Schools.

Coursework

Students should take 60 KCL units per semester, which is typically 4 courses. 15 KCL units equals 4 WU units. Students must take at least 2 upper-level courses (2nd or 3rd year) in their major department.

Location

King’s College is a prestigious British institution of higher education. Its central London location provides easy access to major libraries, institutes, and societies. It is also close to the Houses of Parliament.

Student Life

In addition to a variety of sports and clubs that students can participate in, the number of things that students can to do around the three campuses is infinite. The Strand campus is between Trafalgar Square and St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is next to Somerset House and The National Gallery. Nearby is the West end, famous for shops, markets, and nightlife. Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet are there, too. The Waterloo campus, on the bank of the Thames River opposite the Strand campus, is next to the National Theater, the National Film Theater, and the Festival Arts Hall. The Eye of London is nearby as well. Guy’s campus is along the river, too, near the Tate Modern Gallery of Art.

Housing

Visiting students are usually offered a place in either a KCL or intercollegiate residence. The majority of KCL residences are self-catered student dormitories and apartments with kitchens that are shared with other students. The KCL and intercollegiate residence halls include cafeteria meals in the contract rate. The intercollegiate halls are only available to academic year students, not for one semester. Commercial apartments are available at higher cost if a student residence is not available or not desired.

Washington University in St. Louis staff have no control over the housing placements abroad and do not have the authority to change students’ accommodations. At KCL, a student may swap housing placements with another student who wants to switch, and KCL provides a mechanism for students to find each other. Students may also find apartments on their own in London if they are not happy with their housing assignments; however, they may lose their housing deposit. WU students at KCL have been placed in dorms as far as 45 minutes away from campus and Central London. Although the location of these residences may not be ideal, they have the advantage of being more spacious and housing more British students. Students housed in these facilities are encouraged to befriend the other students in their dorm in order to have people with whom to commute to and from Central London at night. More information about accommodations at KCL may be found HERE.

Program Dates

Students can study at King’s College for the full academic year, or in the spring or fall.

Term                                     Dates                                                                      Application Deadline

Academic Year                    mid September – early June                                February 1

Fall                                      mid September – end of December                     February 1

Spring                                  mid January – mid June                                       May 1

Requirements

Minimum 3.3 GPA (both overall and within the major) for English majors. At least three courses of prior or current academic work relevant to the area to be studied at King’s College.

Program Contact

For more information, click HERE or contact Carrie Canham in the Overseas Program office (mosebach@wustl.edu, 314-935-7695)

    Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies (OPUS)

    The Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies was founded in 1992. Its mission is to educate and open doors for well qualified students from a limited number of participating US colleges and universities through a relatively short, intensive period of study under the  guidance of Oxford tutors to the same standard and in the same manner as matriculated Oxford undergraduates, while providing a high level of support and pastoral care.

    Coursework

    The academic year at Oxford consists of three terms; Michaelmas, Hillary and Trinity. Spring semester OPUS students are there for the Hillary and Trinity terms. Students take a primary and a secondary tutorial per term. Primary tutorials are typically worth 5 WU units each and secondary tutorials are generally worth 3 WU units each for a total of 16 WU credits. OPUS summer students are there for the second half of the Trinity term, known as Late Trinity Term and take one tutorial for 5 WU credits.

    The tutorial system which is at the heart of Oxford University's educational process entails 20-25 hours of extensive, highly critical reading and research towards the submission of a paper for analysis and discussion. The student will then meet his or her tutor alone, and be examined on the work submitted. This intensive, one-on-one, Socratic approach is both challenging and highly profitable and permits a level of depth and insight incapable of being achieved by other methods of teaching.

    Because of the flexibility of the tutorial system there is no finite list of courses which may be taken at Oxford. The choice will depend on personal preference, the need to meet specific credit requirements, and the level of proficiency already attained.

    The OPUS program offers more flexibility in the choice of courses and provides good opportunities for independent research. Students at Oxford must be prepared to work independently and to write an enormous number of papers.

    Location

    Oxford is a medium-sized university town that is home to over 30,000 students and has an overall population of around 150,200. Beautiful and historic architecture sits alongside all the main high street stores, numerous coffee shops and restaurants, and a thriving bar and club scene. Oxford also has beautiful riverside walks and the oldest Botanic Garden in the country. Approximately 62 miles from Central London, Oxford is easily accessible by air, bus, train, and car.

    Student Life

    OPUS students have Associate student status at Oxford, which means that their access to university facilities is slightly limited: access to the main library, the Bodleian, is limited to a few hours; students are loosely associated with one of the residential colleges, but do not live "in college," etc. Most students on the program have been satisfied with this arrangement, but we don't recommend it as enthusiastically as the other programs.

    Housing

    OPUS provides high quality accommodation within the city. Most OPUS students live in off-campus apartments with other students on the program. All students have their own fully furnished bedroom and share a modern well-equipped kitchen, lounge, and bathroom. A regular cleaning service is included at no additional cost. All properties are professionally managed by housing agents and regularly inspected by OPUS. Students may remain in the housing during an intervening vacation period at no extra cost.

    Program Dates

    Students can study in the Spring (courses start January 8 and end June 25), with an application deadline of May 1.

    For students who wish to study in the Summer (courses start May 15 and end June 25), the application deadline is February 1.

    Requirements

    Students must have a 3.2 GPA overall, 3.4 in major; strong writing skills; preparation to undertake serious academic work in the subject area(s) to be studied.

    Program Contact

    For more information, click HERE or contact Carrie Canham in the Overseas Program office (mosebach@wustl.edu, 314-935-7695)

      The University of Edinburgh

      The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities.  Today, the university is a leading European center of academic excellence. The university's academic disciplines are structured into 21 Schools in three Colleges: Humanities and Social Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Science and Engineering. The College structure underpins a broad range of courses, with students able to choose their studies from more than 300 degree programs. The university's operations are spread throughout the city in an estate ranging from some of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh to modern, highly specialized facilities.

      Edinburgh is one of the UK’s larger, more diverse research universities, with a current student population of over 27,500 (roughly 19,000 undergraduates and 9,000 postgraduates). The University of Edinburgh is the largest university in Scotland and, with over 6000 international students drawn from more than 130 different countries, its student body is extremely cosmopolitan. Nearly 6500 students are housed in university accommodation.

      Coursework

       All students must enroll in 60 Edinburgh units for a total of 15 WU credits.

      Location

      Edinburgh is the Scottish capital and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in northern Europe. The University of Edinburgh is more than 400 years old and an integral part of the city. Historic sites include Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.

      Student Life

      The university and the city offer students all of the intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities one would expect in a European capital city. Travel opportunities within Scotland, England, Ireland, and on the Continent are readily available too.

      Through the Edinburgh Buddies program, international students can be paired with current Edinburgh students to help them adjust to life at the University of Edinburgh. The university also has its International Student Centre (ISC), which is a student-run arm of the International Office that deals with the social aspects of the international community in Edinburgh. Run completely by volunteers, the ISC aims to make every student’s time in the University of Edinburgh unforgettable.

      Housing

      The University of Edinburgh offers full board residence halls, self-catered dorms/houses, and self-catered shared apartments. University housing is guaranteed for full year visiting students who submit the accommodation application in a timely manner. Similarly, one semester visiting students have a good chance of being assigned university housing if they apply promptly. Otherwise, Accommodation Services assists students in securing suitable private accommodation.

      Program Dates

      Students can study at the University of Edinburgh for the full academic year, or in the spring or fall.

      Term                                     Dates                                                                      Application Deadline

      Academic Year                    early September – late May                                 February 1

      Fall                                      early September - mid December                        February 1

      Spring                                  early January – late May                                      May 1

      Requirements

      Minimum 3.0 GPA.  Applicant must have appropriate background of prior course work or courses in progress.

      Program Contact

      For more information, click HERE or contact Carrie Canham in the Overseas Program office (mosebach@wustl.edu, 314-935-7695)

        The University of Sussex

        The University of Sussex was founded in the 1960s and had become a leading teaching and research institution. From its foundation, Sussex has had an international perspective to its academic activities and its outlook. The University attracts staff and students to its campus from over 120 different countries across the world. Nearly a third of staff come from outside the UK.

        Coursework

        Sussex is more experimental: students enroll both in the English Department and in one of the interdisciplinary schools. Teaching goes on in seminars and lectures and is a bit more oriented to critical theory and cultural studies than at UCL. The expected course load is 60 Sussex units per semester. Most Sussex courses are worth 15 or 30 units. At the end of your studies at Sussex, the University issues a transcript listing the modules you have taken and the grades and credits awarded.

        Location

        The University of Sussex is located in Falmer, a suburb of Brighton, the old seaside resort, which has become a major center for the arts and, particularly, one of the centers of British youth culture. Since London is an easy 75 minutes away by train, Sussex students often go into London for the evening when something especially attractive is going on there. Sussex, like WU, is a medium sized university – small enough to be friendly and welcoming, but large enough to offer a lively social life and an exciting range of extra-curricular activities. Set in acres of parkland overlooking the sea, the campus combines award-winning modern architecture and green open spaces.

        Brighton is a British resort, popular among students and visitors.  Students can take daytrips around southern England. Canterbury, Bath, and the Isle of Wight are just a few of the possible destinations by train or bus. London is just an hour away by train, readily accessible for the day or just an evening. Connections across the English Channel to the Continent are readily available too from Gatwick airport or by ferry.

        Student Life

        You need never be bored at Sussex. As well as the variety of activities and sports facilities offered in Brighton, there is a wide range of on-campus opportunities to fill your spare time. The Students’ Union supports over 140 societies, over 30 sports clubs and hundreds of volunteering opportunities, so you are bound to find something that takes your fancy. Whether you are into Ultimate Frisbee, filmmaking or break-dancing, this is your chance to try something different and meet a whole new group of people. The Students’ Union also supports a range of campaign groups.

        Joining a society is a great way of getting to know people. Many societies have a thriving social programme in addition to their main activities. They organise activities to celebrate events as diverse as Holi, international speak like a pirate day, or Chinese New Year to name but a few.

        Campus has most facilities that students will need, including: a supermarket, a post office, a bank, cafes and bars, launderettes, a health centre, a dentist, a pharmacy, and a chaplaincy.

        Housing

        The university offers both on and off-campus self-catered student housing. Visiting students tend to be housed on campus.

        Program Dates

        Students can study at Sussex for the full academic year, in the spring or fall, or for one or two summer sessions.

        Term                                     Dates                                                                      Application Deadline

        Academic Year                    mid September - early June                               February 1

        Fall                                       mid September - mid December                        February 1

        Spring                                   early January - early June                                 May 1

        Requirements

        Minimum 3.0 GPA.  Applicant must have appropriate background of prior course work or courses in progress.

        Program Contact

        For more information, click HERE or contact Carrie Canham in the Overseas Program office (mosebach@wustl.edu, 314-935-7695)

          Trinity College, Dublin

          Located in the heart of Dublin city and founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is an historic university making a modern impact. As Ireland's leading university, ranked No. 1 in Ireland by the QS World University Rankings, Trinity holds a global position as a leader in top-quality, internationally recognized higher education. Trinity has a diverse and multicultural community of over 17,000 students pursuing courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.

          Trinity College Dublin offers a wide variety of courses and appeals primarily to those students who are ready for the challenge of adapting to an entirely new academic culture that requires significant independent work. For students interested in studying modern drama or Irish Studies, we strongly endorse a year abroad at Trinity College Dublin. Also, students interested in religious themes in literature have often found the Trinity curriculum especially engaging.

          Coursework

          Students should take the equivalent of 15-16 WU credits (25-30 ECTS) per semester, including the Semester Start-up Program for fall/academic year students. 2 ECTS (European Community Course-Credit Transfer System) units usually equal 1 WU unit. 5 ECTS courses are worth 3 WU credits and 10 ECTS courses are worth 5 WU credits.

          Location

          Dublin is the cultural center (and the heart) of Ireland. You'll be studying in the City of Literature that's home to such literary greats as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, and Samuel Beckett. Dublin’s historic architecture blends with modern design. Dublin also has a unique and lively atmosphere that attracts millions of visitors every year. The city is steeped in culture through arts, theatre, and folklore. Art galleries and museums, such as the National Museum, are available. Students can visit Croke Park to see a football match or Lansdowne for some rugby. Dublin has restaurants, bookstores, street markets, and ethnic restaurants all over. There are numerous pubs and clubs for the nightlife scene.

          Student Life

          On campus, there is a wide range of activities to suit all tastes. While enrolled in Trinity, students are welcomed as full members of the academic community and encouraged to participate fully in student life in the University. All students are welcome to join student clubs, sports clubs, and student government. There are also countless special events and guests on campus.

          Housing

          Students stay in IES apartments that are located in various residential areas of central Dublin. Between four and six students usually share an apartment that consists of a kitchen, two or three bedrooms, and a common area. The apartments are completely furnished and include a computer, printer, and wireless Internet access. Students usually prepare meals on their own or eat at inexpensive local restaurants. Meal plans are not included. Commute time from student apartments to the IES Dublin Center is 15-30 minutes by foot or via the light-rail system, Luas.

          Program Dates

          (One can enroll for the fall or spring semester, but because so many American students seek opportunities to study abroad in Dublin, it can be difficult for students to find places in their preferred classes if they’re only going for the spring: they have much better chances of getting into the classes in which they’re most interested if they enroll for an entire year.) 

          Term                                     Dates                                                                      Application Deadline       

          Academic Year                    mid-September to late May                              February 1

          Fall                                         mid-August to mid-December                        February 1

          Spring                                     early January to late May                                 May 1

          Requirements

          Minimum 3.3 GPA overall and within the major. Strong preparation in the subject area(s) to be studied.

          Program Contact

          For more information, click HERE or contact Carrie Canham in the Overseas Program office (mosebach@wustl.edu, 314-935-7695)

            University College London (UCL)

            UCL was founded in 1826 and is located in the heart of London. UCL has a well-established Study Abroad program, welcoming students from colleges and universities around the world. Over 900 study abroad students seek UCL each year from most parts of the world, including the USA, Canada and Latin America, from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea, from Australia and from all over Europe. UCL tries to ensure students gain the maximum benefit from their year or semester abroad. Study abroad students will attend classes with regular degree students and will have the same course load, academic support, and access to student services. Thus they will not only gain from the experience of studying in a different system but also from full integration with UK and other international students in classes. In return, UCL expects its students to be serious-minded in their wish to study; they must be willing to participate, keen to learn, and prepared to expend time and effort on their studies in order to reap the rewards of their time at UCL.

            Coursework

            The program at UCL is organized around a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorial sessions; the department is a traditional one like our own and is ranked as one of the finest in Britain. Students must take 4 courses for a total of 15-16 WU units per semester. At least two of the courses must be within the admitting UCL department. English majors must take all 4 classes within the English department unless they apply to a 2nd department, in which case they would take 2 English classes and at least 1 in the secondary department. Students who wish to take classes in select departments must first be admitted by that department.

            Location and Student Life

            UCL is a prestigious British institution of higher education. It is located in central London in the vicinity of other Colleges and libraries comprising the University of London. London's appeal is obvious and hardly needs description, but there's very little of what you might call a "campus" in London. UCL is located just north of Oxford Street and the British Museum. Students enjoy being in the center of the British capital, with its culture, arts, politics, government, media, etc. London has over 200 museums, 150 theatres, 34,000 shops, 5,700 pubs, and 8,000 acres of parklands. The UCL Union provides many clubs and activities and hosts regular events and entertainments. For students wanting to socialize and relax, the Union provides a number of bars and cafés.

            Housing

            Students at UCL usually live in university housing, but are occasionally obliged to live in independent flats.

            Program Dates

            Students can study at UCL for a full academic year or for one semester during the academic year.

            Term                     Dates                                                                      Application Deadline

            Academic Year       mid September - mid June                                 February 1

            Fall                         mid September - mid December                        February 1

            Spring                     early January - mid June                                    May 1

            Requirements

            Minimum 3.5 GPA (both overall and within the major) for English majors. At least three courses of prior or current academic work relevant to the area to be studied at UCL. Students apply directly to a department.

            Program Contact

            For more information, click HERE or contact Carrie Canham in the Overseas Program office (mosebach@wustl.edu, 314-935-7695)

              General Policies

              Preparation Required for Study Abroad

              You should begin your planning early, and must have declared your major before you leave. Before departure, you should have completed your prerequisite courses for the major at the 200-level and have taken at least one and preferably two 300-level courses, including Literary Theory if at all possible. Students going abroad in the second semester of your junior year should have no difficulty in completing these requirements. You should discuss your program with the Study Abroad advisor to get a sense of how the specific course work anticipated in the UK or Ireland or Australia will fit into your English major. Though it is not always easy to predict what courses will be available to you on arrival at your chosen program abroad, our WU department will be flexible in counting these toward our requirements.

              This consultation is especially important for students who plan to apply to the Honors program. You will need to apply for the Honors program in late spring; applications initiated at the beginning of senior year will not be considered. In general, students who wish to study in the UK, Ireland or Australia should expect to satisfy at least one of the two 400-level course requirements for the major here at Washington University.

              Award of Credit

              Because the courses you end up taking abroad may differ from your initial section, we do not assign course codes until after your return.

              If you are going to study English in the UK or Ireland, you should keep all syllabi and all written work from your courses abroad. This material will make up the bulk of the portfolio that you must submit, upon return, before course equivalents and course credit can be assigned. The

              portfolio should include a debriefing email, or short essay, describing your experience abroad and the advice you would give other students thinking of following you in your program of choice. In order to get credit, the portfolio should be submitted to the Study Abroad Advisor, Professor David Lawton. Most courses taken at our approved programs will transfer here as 300-level courses. If you did extremely well in particular courses, and if the level at which the courses were pitched warrants it, you may be assigned 400-level course equivalents. The assessment will be based on an examination of the written work you did abroad, as well as on your grades and on any written reports we receive from the host faculty.

              If you have further questions, please contact our Study Abroad Advisor, Professor David Lawton (dalawton@wustl.edu).

              For the individual programs, see the links on this page. For notes on the programs from Professor Lawton, and feedback from returned students, see here.

              Contact

              If you have further questions, please contact our Study Abroad Coordinator, Professor David Lawton.

                Contact Professor Lawton