British Studies - The London Eye: The City as Performance
About the Program
London is an unparalleled space for spectacle, performance, and “play” in all its
senses. Students in “The London Eye” will earn 6 upper-division credits in English
(and satisfy the University’s International Requirement) by living and playing in
London, exploring the myriad ways the city has been imagined on the page and on the
stage. The five-week course will include trips to the theater (including the restored
Globe and, as part of an overnight excursion, the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon);
novels that map London, such as Mary Poppins and Mrs. Dalloway; many of London’s museums
and galleries; and the city itself, in all its spectacular and labyrinthine glory.
The program is subsidized by the English Department’s Gordon B. Hinckley Endowment.
We are committed to keeping costs low and making study abroad in London accessible
to as many students as possible; the program is designed for both English majors and
non-majors alike. Students live and study at the Foundation for International Education
(FIE) campus in Kensington Park, one of London’s most beautiful and exclusive neighborhoods.
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that
life can afford.” --Samuel Johnson
London is a city that is at once ancient and modern, and students who pursue the English
Department’s London program learn about the city’s history by exploring its present.
The topics of the courses we offer in London change every year, but exploring and
learning about the city itself is a constant. Every course prominently features London’s
many museums and collections—from Tate Britain and the National Gallery to the British
Museum, the V&A, and Sir John Soane’s Museum—and introduces students to a range of
London’s iconic neighborhoods. Students live and study in Kensington Park, one of
London’s most beautiful and exclusive areas and an excellent home base for exploring
the city. The cost of the program includes a transportation pass that allows students
to travel freely within Central London (zones 1 and 2) by underground and bus.
We believe that the chance to experience London and travel independently is just as
important as our course activities. To this end, our classes in London meet Monday,
Tuesday, and Wednesday, and program activities are generally scheduled Monday through
Thursday, leaving long weekends open to allow students to explore the city and travel
beyond it. What London students explore and learn is limited only by their imaginations
and interests. In recent years, students in the program have devoted their free time
to seeing West End shows at reduced student prices; seeking out experimental theater
in and around London; visiting tourist destinations like St. Paul’s Cathedral, the
Tower of London, Greenwich, Hampstead Heath, Kew Gardens, and the palace of Henry
VIII at Hampton Court; exploring the city’s underground comics scene; rock climbing
in the London suburbs; and traveling to Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, and beyond.
Students live and study at the Foundation for International Education (FIE) campus
in South Kensington. FIE provides classrooms and accommodations, a computer lab and
student lounge, and furnishes London students with a mailing address. Students live
in shared suites (two to four people), each of which has its own bathroom, and all
students share a large kitchen and common area. Rooms are cleaned and fresh linens
provided once a week, and the building has live-in staff. For more information about
the flats and FIE (including photos!), visit https://www.fie.org.uk/fie-kensington-campus.
South Kensington is a very safe neighborhood, and FIE takes security and student safety
seriously. Twenty-four-hour emergency assistance is available, and overnight guests
are not permitted in student accommodations.
Housing Type: Apartment
The Foundation for International Education’s accommodations arm, Educational International
Services, provides our housing in the safe, beautiful, upscale neighborhood of South
Kensington. Students live in a multi-story apartment building with good WiFi in dorm-style
rooms with ensuite bathrooms housing two-four residents each. A large kitchen and
lounge are provided exclusively for our students. The building is served by a team
of resident managers who live in. All rooms are cleaned and clean sheets provided
once per week. Overnight guests are not permitted.
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Truly the best thing I have ever done for myself and well worth the investment. Study
Abroad was my greatest adventure yet!
Krista Maack, Summer 2018 Participant
The cultural immersion was amazing I felt like I got a really good sense of what it
is like living in London and I was able to discover a lot of history that I never
knew and would have been much less interesting if I were to just read about it.
Summer 2018 Participant
London Eye Study Abroad is an exceptional opportunity to explore historic, accessible,
cosmopolitan London. The program offers context, location, guidance, and time to ensure
you will get the most from your adventure.
Summer 2018 Participant
Annually, the University of Utah Office for Global Engagement awards over $250,000
to students who participate on Learning Abroad programs.
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If you are the recipient of Financial Aid or an Office for Global Engagement Scholarship,
it will be applied to your U of U student account according to the regular disbursement
schedules. Be prepared to make some payments before aid is released.
Every matriculated student participating on the program will receive a $1500 scholarship
from the English Department’s Gordon B. Hinckley Endowment for British Studies. This
is already reflected in the program budget.
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long they can learn abroad. They may be more affordable than longer programs when
considering the overall advantages. For example, short-term programs allow you to
complete a course in as little as 7 days, leaving your schedule open for other academic,
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Professors Gambera and Stillinger co-teach a single six-credit course: English 5660.
It will appear in your transcript as two sections of English 5660 and will count as
two separate 5000 level electives for the English major. The course also satisfies
the International Studies requirement. We will meet in the classroom three mornings
a week (MTW), and many Thursdays will be devoted to excursions connected to the course.
In addition to the morning classes, every week there will be planned activities connected
to the course readings and taking advantage of London’s unparalleled cultural resources,
including walks, museum visits, and exploring historic sites in the city. These activities
will generally be scheduled so as to leave long weekends open for students to do their
own exploring—in London and more broadly. We will also take an overnight trip to Stratford-upon-Avon
to watch a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Our syllabus will be a mix of works that originated in and focus on London. Theater
schedules will partly shape the order in which we do things, but, as much as we can,
we’ll proceed chronologically—moving from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, across
the Great Fire of 1666 and into the foggy London of the 19th century, and ending with
the modern and post-modern city all around us. (Expect to discuss Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway
in the Rose Garden at Regent’s Park, one of the novel’s settings.) We’ll start with
one of the first texts to originate in London, the General Prologue from Chaucer’s
Canterbury Tales (in modern English translation) as a way of understanding London’s
medieval roots. That week, we’ll retrace the pilgrimage from London to Canterbury
(by train rather than horseback). We’ll then explore Renaissance London through studying
a Shakespeare play and watching it performed in Shakespeare’s hometown. Theater is
a central part of London’s identity as a city, so we’ll plan to read and then see
at least two other plays. These selections will be determined once the theater schedule
for the spring is released in early 2022. (This page will be updated as we know more.)
We will read plays and discuss them in the classroom before seeing them put on—and
afterward, of course, we’ll discuss the play and the performance.
The final week of the course will be devoted to contemporary London when we read Caleb
Femi’s Poor, a memoir centered on the experience of a young black man in 21st century
London, and selections from other contemporary London authors.
Lively participation in the discussion will count significantly in your grade. In
addition, while we’re in London, you’ll be responsible for writing very short papers,
reading responses, and discussion posts; a longer paper will be due several weeks
after the class meetings end and you’ve returned home.
Courses and Credit
Available Credit(s): 6 credits
Applicants are required to enroll in the program courses
Please consult with your Faculty Director and Academic Advisor to determine course
Click on the Courses Offered link for more information, including prerequisites
An optional, non-transcripted program designed to help you turn your international
experience into transferable skills that you can then use in school, your communities,
and at work. In addition to taking classes, you can enrich your time abroad by participating
in badge opportunities such as, Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience, and Community Engagement:
The badges listed in the Available Badges section below are included in this program. Some programs offer opportunities to
earn additional badges through independent options. Students interested in earning multiple badges can participate in the Global U Program and receive special recognition at graduation.
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Bridging the Gap: Black British Writers 1789 to the Present (Professor Wilfred Samuels)
Professors Norm Council and Mark Matheson
Underground London (Professors Scott Black and Andrew Franta)
The London Eye (Professors Disa Gambera and Thomas Stillinger)
The Bloomsbury Group and England Between the Wars: 1910-1939 (Professors Mark Matheson and Vince Pecora)
Graphic London (Professors Stuart Culver and Barry Weller)
Street Scenes: Imagining London from Blake to Post-Colonialism (Professors Stacey Margolis and Matthew Potolsky)
Underground London: Crime and Disorder, 1720-1840 (Professors Scott Black and Andrew Franta)
Cabinets of Wonder: Art, Literature, and the Logic of Display (Professors Paisley Rekdal and Lela Graybill [Art history])
Filth, Fog, and Fantasy
Street Scenes: Imagining Cosmopolitan London (Professors Stacey Margolis and Matthew Potolsky)
The London Eye: The City as Performance (Professors Disa Gambera and Thomas Stillinger)
London Underground: Crime and Disorder (Professors Scott Black and Andrew Franta)