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  • Locations: Aran Islands, Ireland; Bath, United Kingdom; Belfast, United Kingdom; Cambridge, United Kingdom; Castle Inveraray, United Kingdom; Cheltenham, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Galway, Ireland; Glasgow, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Salisbury, United Kingdom; Sheffield, United Kingdom; Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom; The Cotswolds, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Areas of Study: Computer Science, English, History, Information Technology, Theatre Arts
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Kevin Treu - Computer Science, Margaret Oakes - English Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship
Foreign Language Immersion: No Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 16 credits Housing: Dormitory/ Residence Hall, Hotel
Program Description:

Furman in the British Isles
Fall Semester 2018



This travel study will explore the United Kingdom and Ireland through several perspectives: the history and emergent use of technologies, Shakespearean and other contemporary drama, and the history and literature of England under Elizabeth and the early Stuarts. We will spend a week in Stratford seeing of Royal Shakespeare Company productions and learning about stage combat, the history of Shakespearean theater and the sights of the area. Our study of the birth and historical use of technology will range from Ada Lovelace’s Analytical Machine to the building of the Titanic, to Bletchley Park and the Enigma code-breaking machines. Through the locations we visit and the people who lived and worked in them, we will explore the literature and history of 16th and 17th century Britain, including Elizabeth I’s court and the English Civil War. We will explore the natural beauty of the Aran Islands, the Cotswolds, and the Scottish highlands (so bring your hiking shoes). Finally we will spend five weeks in London, using that as our base to see several theatrical productions weekly, take specially guided tours of London locations and those outside of London including Greenwich, Windsor, and Hampton Court Palace. You will also have free time to explore sights on your own, and we have many suggestions! Proactive, curious, adventurous students please apply!

To learn more academic, environmental, physical and health expectations for this program view our British Isles Program Inventory.

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ENG 342 Drama in London and Stratford
GER: TA (Critical, Analytical Interpretation of Texts)
Instructor: Oakes/Treu
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: Oakes/Treu

ENG 302 Literature of Early Modern Britain
GER: TA (Critical, Analytical Interpretation of Texts)
Instructor: Oakes
Prerequisite: Any first year writing seminar 
A study of literature written during the reigns of the Tudors and the early Stuart monarchs when England began to develop a distinct cultural identity. Emphasis is on poetry and prose. 4 credits.

CSC 273 History of Technology and Discovery
Instructor: Treu
GER: HA (Historical Analysis of Human Interactions)
A historical survey of technology, invention, and science, and how these have affected society. How have scientific discoveries affected our understanding of the universe and our place in it? How have human needs driven mankind to invent technology and apply scientific principles to solve human problems? Special emphasis will be placed on computer systems and their evolving role in society. 4 credits.



Program Fee

Students will pay 2018-2019 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.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships

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.

Study Away Program Fee Inclusions

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

Program Fee Exclusions

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

Optional Program Expenses

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


Additional Info

Accommodations & Meals

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 demonstrating a lively interest in literature, technology, theatre, and British and Irish history.

Health & Safety

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.