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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
WI GI Benefits Eligible: Yes Program Type: *UWL-Faculty-Led Program*
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: English
UWL Course(s): ENG200 or ENG302 Credits: 3
Program Description:

  • Go abroad with fellow UWL students and UWL Professor Dr. Natalie Eschenbaum over the winter to lovely London where we will get the chance to immerse ourselves in the birthplace of Shakespeare!
  • Why London?
    • It is where Shakespeare wrote his plays.
    • It is where the reconstructed Globe Theatre is. The Globe does not have performances in the winter, but the Wanamaker (attached to the Globe) does and allows students to experience what a 16th century playhouse was like. The Globe Higher Education Team also offers fantastic customizable workshops for students.
    • There are always at least 5+ Shakespeare plays on stage in London at any given time. My final syllabus will be designed around the West End schedule.
    • London is a 2-hour drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, and the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where there are also always 2+ Shakespeare plays in rotation.
    • London also is home to a number of the locations featured in Shakespeare's plays, such as the Tower of London and Windsor.


Do you want to spend your winter break away from the frigid Midwest AND earn credit? Look no further! The Shakespeare: "Then & Now" in London program is the answer to your winter woes and is one of the most unique opportunities UWL has to offer when it comes to faculty-led programs.

The historical aspects of the plays will literally be brought to life for the students. They will get to actually be in the Globe Theatre, so they have a good sense of what Shakespeare's audiences were experiencing in terms of the space. They will also get to see the Tower of London where Richard III imprisoned the two young princes, and Windsor which is the setting for Falstaff's silly pranks. And they will get to ogle over a First Folio of Shakespeare's Works at the British Library.

Students will see contemporary productions of every play they read in class; London is the only place in the world where five different Shakespeare plays are on at the same time. Students will be considering how these performances demonstrate the specific relevance of Shakespeare today. 

Students can choose to either take ENG200 or ENG302

ENG200: Literature and Human Experience (3 credits)

Intensive study of selected literary texts, with emphasis on various ways of reading, studying, and appreciating literature as an aesthetic, emotional, and cultural experience. Content varies with instructor.
Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 112 or concurrent enrollment in ENG 112.

ENG302: Advanced Topics in Literary Study (3 credits)
An intermediate course exploring selected topics in literature in relation to various historical or cultural contexts. Topics vary according to the interests of students and the instructor. Sample topics include: Horror Literature and Film; Classical Greek Drama and Culture; the Bible and/as Literature: Literature and Existentialism: Blues, Jazz, and Literature. Open to all students. Consult English Department for application to major or minor. Repeatable for credit - maximum six. Only three credits may be applied to an English major or minor.
Prerequisite: three credits in 200 level English courses. 

Tentative Syllabus: Shakespeare Winter 2019 Syllabus.pdf

Dr. Natalie Eschenbaum - Associate Professor of English
7 January - 25 January 2019

6 Jan:
Depart U.S. on 6 Jan
7 Jan: Arrive into LHR

M: 9 AM-12 PM Class (Introductions); 2-4 PM Tour Globe Theatre and South Bank
T: 9 AM-12 PM Class (Hamlet); 7:30-9:30 PM The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre
W: 9 AM-12 PM Class (Play #2); PM Free
Th: AM (Drive to Stratford-upon-Avon); 1-4 PM Tour Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage; 7:15-9:15 PM Play #2 at RSC (STAY IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON)
F: AM Free; 2-4 PM Tour RSC; 7:15-9:15 PM Play #3 at RSC (STAY IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON; return to London Saturday AM)
M: 9 AM-12 PM Class (Play #3); 2-4 PM British Library “Treasures” Public Exhibit
T: 9 AM-12 PM Class (Play #4); 2-4 PM Hampton Court
W: 9 AM-12 PM Class (Shakespeare and Modern Culture); PM Free
Th: 1-4 PM Class at the Globe (Performing Shakespeare in the 21st Century); 7:30-9:30 PM Play #4 at the Globe’s Wanamaker Theatre
F: Free
M: 9 AM-12 PM Class (Play #5); 2-4 PM Tower of London
T: 9 AM-12 PM Class (Student Presentations); 7:15-9:15 PM Play #5 at Barbican Theatre or similar
W: 9 AM-12 PM Class (Conclusions); PM Free
Th: 9 AM-12 PM Windsor; PM Free
F: Free

Jan 25: Depart LHR for U.S.

PROGRAM COST: $4,450 - $4,850 (Based on an enrollment of 8-12 Students)
Note: the more students, the lower the program cost!

  • 3 Credits of Tuition & Fees
  • Accommodations
  • In-Country Ground Transportation
  • Excursions
  • Site Visits
  • CISI Health Insurance
Out-Of-Pocket Expenses:
  • Airfare to and from the U.S. ($1,350 est)
  • Passport ($135)
  • Meals not included ($500)
Confirmation Deposit:
A $500 confirmation deposit is due at commitment. This goes towards your program cost and is NOT in addition to the billable program cost.
Important Flight Information:
  • All students on Faculty-led Programs are required to book through Fox World Travel - UW System Mandate for University Sponsored Programs for flights to and from the U.S. to the program site location.
  • IEE will setup and share the booking code once program is confirmed
  • Specific booking parameters will be set to ensure students arrive and depart at the appropriate times
  • Airline miles can be used when booking with FWT
  • Students will be encouraged to fly out of either MSP or ORD so that students can travel in together in groups
    • NOTE: Faculty Leaders are encouraged to fly with the students but are not required to

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.