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UNC Honors Shakespeare in London and Oxford
Professor Christopher Armitage of the UNC Department of English Faculty since 1957, an Oxford graduate and an Honorary St Edmund Fellow, is the on-site faculty director throughout the program and teaches a course on Shakespeare and Other Playwrights in Performance.
The first three weeks of the program will be spent in London, living amid its unrivaled resources such as the British Museum, the British Library, the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Globe and the National Theatres.
The following three weeks will be spent in Oxford at St. Edmund Hall, a college which traces its origins to c.1220 and the beginnings of Oxford University. Attractions include the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum, superb architecture, the meeting room of J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and the Inklings, Christ Church with its Meadow, and two rivers for boating.
Students enroll in English 225H "Shakespeare" (students who have taken English 225 earn alternative credit for English 583H "Studies in Drama". At least ten plays are attended in London, Stratford, and Oxford; most are by Shakespeare, with one or two by modern playwrights. For example, in a recent summer, we saw Measure for Measure and Richard III at Stratford, Richard II at the Globe, Coriolanus and The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Old Vic, A Midsummer Night's Dream in Regent's Park, The Tempest in Oxford, Ibsen's Brand with Ralph Fiennes in the title role, and Mamet's Edmond with Kenneth Branagh in the title role. Other modern plays have been O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh with Kevin Spacey in the main role and Mamet's Oleanna with Julia Stiles.
ENGL 225H carries the LA, NA, and WB general education attributes and ENGL 583H carries the VP general education attribute. Please check with the Study Abroad Office if you need either course to be reviewed for different general education attributes, keeping in mind that the overall limits on the numbers of gen eds one course can count for still apply. Classes meet Monday through Thursday with weekends free for travel. Written a
ssignments include reviews of the plays and a cumulative final exam on all the texts.
Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
UNC Graded Credit Programs (often taught by UNC Faculty): No action required
- These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
- You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.
UNC's Winston House will serve as your home-away-from-home in London. Students have access to WIFI, a small library and study area, as well as printing facilities.
In Oxford, you will have a private room at St. Edmund Hall (also known as "Teddy Hall"). Originating in the 12th century, St. Edmund Hall is one of some 40 colleges which together constitute Oxford University. Professor Armitage is a graduate of Oxford and an Honorary St. Edmund Fellow. Breakfast (Mon - Fri) and lunches (Mon - Thurs) are served in the Hall and are included in the program cost.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are based on the cost of operating the program abroad and are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
Selected applicants may be required to interview with program faculty and staff.
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