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  • Locations: Aran Islands, Ireland; Ballyliffin, Ireland; Bath, United Kingdom; Belfast, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Galway, Ireland; Lake District, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Sligo, Ireland; Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom; York, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Don Aiesi - Political Science, Melinda Menzer - English, Terri Bright - Art, Willard Pate - English Areas of Study: Economics, English, Political Science
Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit Minimum GPA: 2.5
Credit Hours Per Term: 16 credits Foreign Language Immersion: No
Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship Housing: Dormitory/ Residence Hall, Hotel
Program Description:

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Build memories that will last a lifetime, exploring cultural and literary landmarks and going to the theatre in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England. Students study Irish literature and drama while in residence at Trinity College in Dublin. And in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, you’ll attend performances at the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre at night and study in the day with renowned scholars from the Shakespeare Institute. The real highlight of the program is, of course, six weeks in London. Study English literature, history, politics, and culture under the supervision of Furman faculty and scholars from Birkbeck College, London while immersing yourself in this culture center and entertainment capital of Europe. See plays at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, and other world-class venues, and such sites as Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore historical and cultural sites of your own choosing.


ENG 342 Drama in London
GER: TA (Critical, Analytical Interpretation of Texts)
Instructor: Pate
Prerequisite: Any first year writing seminar. Study of the drama from the West and elsewhere in performance primarily onstage in London but also in other locations around the British Isles. Attention paid to the conditions of theatre in the present and at the time the drama was first produced. Offered only in conjunction with study away experience conducted in the British Isles. 4 credits.

IDS 371 Travel Study in British Isles
Study of the rich heritage and contemporary culture of the United Kingdom and Ireland. 4 credits.
Instructor: Pate/Aiesi

ART 215 Study Away Photography
GER: VP (Visual and Performing Arts)
Instructor: Bright
Introduction to photography with emphasis on photojournalism. Technical issues such as composition, camera controls, history, and ethics of documentary photography will be discussed. Assignments introduce working methods in the field and post-production printing in the digital lab. 4 credits.

In addition to the required three courses above, students will choose one of the following courses:

ENG 307 Literature Before Print
GER: TA (Critical, Analytical Interpretation of Texts)
Instructor: Menzer
Medieval English Literature. Exploring the differences between the way medieval people read - their experience of reading and their training as interpreters of text - and the way we read today. The complexity and variance of texts created in a pre-print world. Introduction to canonical and non-canonical texts of the medieval English period, with a focus on the question of what it meant to read in the Middle Ages. 4 credits. 

PSC 382 Politics of the UK
Instructor: Aiesi
This course will examine the institutions of the British government and their role in the context of internal politics and in the international community. Prerequisites PSC 101 or PSC 102. 

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Students stay in hotels the entire time. Breakfast is included. Students get their own meals, though there will be some subsidy provided them for meals as part of the budget.


Semester faculty-led programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the program. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. Essential qualifications include being in good standing academically and socially on campus, and demonstrating a lively interest in British and Irish history and the theatre.


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance. 


Students will pay 2017-2018 semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Federal, State and Furman financial aid that a student normally receives will apply. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.


Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.


Roundtrip airfare from a designated city to program location*
Lodging for the duration of the program
Meals for the duration of the program*
Transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)
International phone plan allowance for basic communication purposes*
*may be in the form of a program fee credit


Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees


International cell phone charges above the provided allowance
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Transportation, meals and lodging for independent travel

This program is currently not accepting applications.