UMW Advanced Studies in England

UMW in England

Advanced Studies in England


Program Dates

June 12 — July 17

Summer 2021

Program will run again Summer 2024


Register for this program by March 15, 2021. Registration is not confirmed until your deposit has been received.

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Program Fees


$500 deposit payable to UMW due upon registration.
$300 non refundable confirmation fee payable to Franklin & Marshall University due within 2 weeks of acceptance by ASE.
Final $5,200 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. Chris Foss 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

  • The Importance of Reading Oscar Wilde (Chris Foss, UMW)  English.
  • Victorian Modernism and the History of Sexuality (Erica Gene Delsandro, Bucknell) Women’s and Gender Studies, English
  • King Arthur, Life and Legend (Myra E. Wright, Bates) — English, History
  • Creative Non-Fiction (Cassandra Kircher, Elon) — English
  • Food for the Future: The Sustainable Food Movement in the UK (John Brueggemann, Skidmore)  — Sociology

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

  • Bath, Britain and the Black Atlantic
  • 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 Wells’ Siouxzie Easter. 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.  The ASE Application is due by March 15, 2021.  This course satisfies the Experiential Learning/Beyond the Classroom or Global Inquiry/Diverse and Global Perspectives 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 two 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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