Study Abroad for English Majors
The Dickinson English department encourages majors and prospective majors to plan on study abroad. English majors typically study abroad for one or both semesters of the junior year.
The English major may be combined with study abroad through any of Dickinson’s overseas programs, and majors have studied in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
We encourage students to consider the Dickinson in England Humanities Program, which combines study in London, travel in the U.K., and coursework at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. UEA offers course options in English and American literature, drama and performance, film and television studies, and popular culture. It also is home to a renowned creative writing program. Read more about recent student experiences at Norwich here, here and here.
We also encourage English majors is Dickinson’s program at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago is a top research university in New Zealand and has excellent offerings in Anglophone literature from around the globe, linguistics, film studies, media studies, and creative writing. Otago is home to Te Tumu—the School of Maori, Pacific, & Indigenous Studies—as well as a Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies and other relevant resources.
A third excellent option for English majors is Dickinson’s study abroad program with Mansfield College, Oxford. Students admitted to this selective full-year program become visiting students at the University of Oxford and receive instruction through its distinctive tutorial system. Applicants must have a 3.7 GPA and have taken between 3 and 5 300-level courses by the end of sophomore year. Read more about the Oxford study abroad experience here and here.
We encourage students who wish to study abroad outside the United Kingdom to take advantage of Dickinson’s many other excellent programs; in recent years, students have combined the English major with study in Brazil, Cameroon, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, and elsewhere. You can read here about a recent English major who studied abroad in Italy.
An important note as you make your study abroad plans: the English department is responsible for giving department credit for courses taken off-campus. Please consult the following guide and be in close touch with your advisor and the department chair or study abroad liaison as you plan your classes. For 2019-21, the department’s study abroad liaison is Prof. Sider Jost (firstname.lastname@example.org).