England Term is a semester-long group study and travel experience that celebrates literature, drama and writing. Students travel with a Bethel professor as program leader exploring Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Ireland, and France, hearing from literary experts and building their own skills in writing, reading and interpretation. Sponsored by the English Department, England Term 2019 will be led by Dr. Susan Brooks.
--Hold a Wordsworth first edition in your hands as you compare his original manuscripts to more modern versions.
--Learn to move like a Shakespearean actor from a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
--Write a journal entry at Oxford’s The Eagle and Child Pub, where C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the rest of the Inklings frequently met for food and conversation.
--Re-enact the famous Cobb walk from Austen’s Persuasion in Lyme Regis.
--Walk the trenches of the World War I battlefields in Northern France and mourn with the War Poets.
Who Participates in England Term?
Students from all majors are welcome to apply to England Term. The only prerequisites are a love for reading, writing, and exploration Priority is generally given to juniors and seniors, but a number of factors are considered in the application process, so please apply if you are interested. The group size is normally about 22 people--the perfect size to build community but still benefit from diverse points-of-view.
• Talk with your advisor – off-campus study should complement your academic plan.
• Consult your parents – England Term does represent an additional financial investment. Make sure this works with your budget.
• Ask questions –contact the study abroad office (651.638.6492), or the English Department:
-Dr. Susan Brooks, Program Director for 2019
• Apply online!
Courses (12 credits total)
ENL321 Drama in Great Britain 4 credits
The British Isles has a rich dramatic tradition that still flourishes in a number of places, from the National Theatre, the New Globe Theatre, and the Barbican in London, to stages in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin (co-founded by W.B. Yeats). This course focuses on Shakespeare, and includes time in Stratford, where we will see plays and take classes at the Shakespeare Centre. Lecturers include leading British scholars and actors in the Royal Shakespeare Company. This course may substitute for ENL303: Shakespeare: The Art of the Dramatist (4 credits).
ENW303AZ Travel Writing 4 credits
We will participate in a rich tradition of travel writing in Great Britain, reading a number of traditional and modern travel authors, including those who write in digital form. Experiences while in Great Britain will serve as one basis for travel essays, but time spent in independent travel in Europe will also provide rich materials for writing in many subgenres of the travel writing field. England Term 2019 fulfills the Z-tag requirement of the general education curriculum. These courses stress significant off-campus, cross-cultural experiences. One focus of this aspect of the program will be in Northern Ireland, where students will learn about reconciliation efforts among Protestants and Catholics. If at all possible, home stays will be arranged. This course may substitute for ENW205A: Prose Studio Essay Writing (4 credits).
ENL354 Literature on Location 4 credits
One of the unique elements of England Term is the opportunity to read and study the works and lives of authors in the places that inspired their creativity and influenced their perspectives. We will hike in Wordsworth’s Lake District, explore the London streets of T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, trace James Joyce through Dublin, and sit outside the Paris cafes as Hemingway did—just for starters. This course counts as a literature elective or may substitute for ENL350: 20th-Century Literature (4 credits) or ENL352 Contemporary Literature (4 credits).
• Minimum sophomore standing
• Minimum 2.5 GPA
• See application for additional policies
Accommodations & Meals
When traveling, the group generally stays in self-catering facilities, hostels, and small hotels, with meals sometimes prepared at our lodging and sometimes in local restaurants, giving you a good chance to explore local cuisine. For these meals, a generous food stipend is included in program costs. Larger venues where we stay for more extended times typically provide catered meals; they have dorm-like facilities, laundry, and recreational areas. Conveniences vary, ranging from secluded locations that feel like stepping back in time to modern venues with Wi-Fi en suite rooms. Information on specific venues will be available in the spring before departure.
Every attempt is made to keep the program cost equivalent to Bethel tuition, room (junior level) and full board. The program fee covers all program-related expenses, including transportation, lodging, food, most books, ground transportation, excursions, entrance fees, and miscellaneous costs. Items not covered include passports, immunizations, supplies, personal expenses (such as bottled water, snack money, spending money, laundry money, etc.), and the costs of a 11-14 day independent travel break in the middle of the term. Most financial aid (including loans and Bethel gift aid) can be applied toward the cost of this program.
The dates for England Term generally coincide with Bethel’s fall semester schedule, often departing slightly ahead of Bethel's fall semester start and returning before finals week in December. England Term will include an 11-14 day fall break to allow for independent travel in Europe; this will provide both a period of rejuvenation and an opportunity to experience additional locations as material for travel writing.
The application fee is $50. A $250 confirmation deposit will be required 2 weeks after acceptance.
October 15 Priority application deadline
November 18 Final application deadline
Fall Informational meetings
April '19 Study Abroad Orientation (mandatory – date TBA)
August '19 Final program payment due with Fall 2019 bill
Sometime between August 20 and 25 Planned departure date
Sometime between December 9 and 12 Planned return date
Rock skipping and relaxing with a Lindisfarne sunset
Storming the castle with fellow travelers
Following in the footsteps of the poets up Mt. Snowden
Reflecting and exploring in the Irish countryside
Hanging out with an incarnation of Robert Burns
Tracing the paths of those who lived and died in France during the Great War
Finding the perfect spot to read in Paris' Luxemborg Gardens
Comparing Wordsworth's drafts with later editions under expert direction at Dove Cottage
Communing with God and others on a sunlit walk in Caernarfon