UMW Advanced Studies in England

UMW in England

Advanced Studies in England


Program Dates

June 3 — July 8

Summer 2017


Program Fees


$400 deposit payable to UMW due upon registration.
$300 confirmation fee payable to Franklin & Marshall University due within 2 weeks of acceptance by ASE.
Final $4,950 payable directly to ASE by April 1st.


  • ASE Tuition (8 course credits)
  • Housing and accommodations
  • Group excursions
  • International health insurance
  • UMW Education Abroad fee

NOT Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Day-to-day transportation while abroad
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Immunizations
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Health Information

International travel may require immunizations or preventative medicines. Please refer to the US Center for Disease Control’s Traveler’s Health Information Page for recommendations. The UMW Health Center provides free travel consultations by appointment, as well as travel information for UMW students. The Center for International Education recommends that each student have a personalized medical consultation prior to international travel.

This program requires light to moderate levels of activity, with walking and optional hiking as part of the program.






















Along with Dr. Eric Lorentzen of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, spend your summer in the beautiful World Heritage city of Bath! Participate in the summer program offered by Advanced Studies in England (ASE). The program, which may be of special interest to students of English, Cinema, Creative Writing, History, Education, Pre-Law, or Studio Art, also includes a weekend study trip to London and other travel in England.

  • Live within easy walking distance of the first-century Roman Baths, the fourteenth-century Abbey, the Theatre Royal, art galleries, and museums.
  • Explore Bath’s pubs, bakeries, and cafes, including the famous Pump Rooms, which tempt the bold with a taste of the Bath Waters.
  • Relax by the River Avon or in the luxurious Bath Spa while in “Jane Austen’s City.”
  • Visit the rugged Cornwall coast and London on weekend program trips.
  • Explore ancient Stonehenge, mystical Glastonbury, and stately Oxford.


Students will be housed in historic properties throughout the city center. Equipped with full kitchens, accommodations are nestled within walking distance of remarkable tourist sites, cosmopolitan shopping, and grocery stores. ASE student residences are chosen specifically to give students the feeling of being part of a local neighborhood; each fosters a sense of British life.


Students will earn 8 transfer credits for two 4-credit courses of their choice. ASE is associated with University College, Oxford; many of the British faculty are from Oxford University. Classes are held in the Georgian town homes formally occupied by Lord Admiral Nelson, now equipped with a common room, library, and technology. Students will choose one core course from ASE’s summer offerings (taught by U.K. faculty) and one seminar (taught by U.S. professors).

Seminar Courses (U.S. Faculty) — Choose One

  • Detective and Sensation Fiction (Eric Lorentzen, UMW)  English.  This course surveys, and provides a fascinating introduction to, two of the most predominant and popular forms of English literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Our focus will be on the principal concerns of British detective and sensation fiction – such as the civilizing mission of education, empire, gender, class and racial roles – and we will scrutinize the part it played in larger social, literary, and artistic arenas, its ideological functions, and the ways in which narrative representations helped to construct and/or transform real British lives during this literary period. Texts will include Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White and The Moonstone, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret, Arthur Conan Doyle’s short fiction and The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. The course includes a hike on Dartmoor in the footsteps of Sherlock’s infamous hound, and a visit to Greenway, Agatha Christie’s beautiful home on the English Riviera.  Course Description
  • What’s the Big Idea? Great moments in the History of the English Language (Kim Armstrong, F&M) Linguistics/English/History
  • The English Reformation: Religion and Society in 16th Century England (Anne Meredith, UofR) History
  • Public Media, Private Media in the Land of the BBC (Andrew Lindner, Skidmore) Media/Communications
  • Writing the Literary Ghost Story (Peter Grandbois, Denison) Creative Writing
  • The British Past in Film (Dan Nathan, Skidmore) — Film

Core Courses (U.K. Faculty) — Choose One

  • The Triumph of Georgian Bath
  • Jane Austen in Bath
  • The Romans in Britain

Theatre Summer School

As an alternative to the above course offerings, students may choose to participate in Theatre Summer School under the instruction of William & Mary’s Elizabeth Wiley. Those who take part in Theatre Summer School will enroll in the following two courses:

  • Acting, British Style
  • Not Just Shakespeare: British Theatre History

Please visit the ASE Summer Program webpage for detailed course information and ASE application instructions.  This course satisfies the Experiential Learning OR the Global Inquiry general education requirement by contract with the faculty director only.

Requirements & Prerequisites

ASE requires a minimum 3.0 GPA but will consider applicants with a 2.5 or higher GPA with strong letters of recommendation. This program is open to all UMW students regardless of major or year of study, but preference is given to students who have completed their sophomore year.  There are no specific prerequisites for this program.


Faculty-Led Program Scholarships are available to UMW students (deadlines apply).


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