Study Abroad

Whether you’re interested in King Arthur, or only know about him from Disney’s Camelot, there is nothing that compares to the feeling of standing atop his mystical Tintagel Castle. It was one of our first stops during UChicago’s London program excursion. Five days of weaving in and out of the hedges and hills of Cornwall, England’s most southwestern county. Building up to the trip, we had been reading Le Morte D’Arthur and discussing the hero, the myth, and the historical attributes that we would be encountering throughout the countryside.

Discussing it, and being a part of it, however, were two very separate things. Tintagel Castle looks at first to be just a common ruin. It is now only bits and pieces of a castle that have clung to the cliffs of Tintagel Island, overseeing the Atlantic, and somehow are beating the impossibility of time.  From afar, it seemed average. But as soon as we hiked onto it, a feeling took over; no longer were we standing on top of an old rock, we were standing on top of a medieval fortress. A place where Lords and Ladies existed, wars took place, and Viking ships could be seen in the distance. The wind roared in all of our ears and whipped so strongly that if you leaned into the wind, it would hold your weight as if you were light enough to fly. Nonbelievers before, being on top of Tintagel made us all start to wonder about the truth of King Arthur. Because if we could build a castle, believe in the magic of Merlin, it most certainly would have been there.

Samantha Jones
London Program

London Program (Autumn)

Study AbroadThe London Program provides students in the College with an opportunity to study British literature and history in the cultural and political capital of England in Autumn Quarter. In the ten-week program, students take four courses, three of which are each compressed into approximately three weeks and taught in succession by Chicago faculty. The fourth course, in which students develop their own projects, is conducted at a less-intensive pace. The program includes a number of field trips (e.g., to Cornwall, Bath, Canterbury, Cambridge). It is designed for third- and fourth-year students with a strong interest and some course work in British literature and history. While not limited to English or History majors, such students will find the program to be especially attractive and useful. English and History courses are pre-approved for use in their respective majors. Applications are available online via a link to Chicago's study abroad home page and are normally due in mid-Winter Quarter.

Other Study Abroad Programs

There are numerous study abroad programs sponsored by the University of Chicago at other universities all over the world. Many of these programs focus on academic work in the humanities; in particular, the University has a number of programs at institutions in England and Ireland at which undergraduates in the Department of English can study British and Irish literature.