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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy
Program Director:
Cook, K.L., Menefee, Charissa
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: English
Online Course Catalog Available: No
Iowa State
ISU Course:
ENGL 395
Program Description:

London, Literature, and Theatre    LAS SA red gold logo   

Offered summer 2018

June 9-30, 2016 (travel inclusive; dates for 2018 not yet available)

Live in London for three weeks. Receive three credits. See plays, view films, and read literature about the great city.

Learning in London

Explore cultural and historical contexts in works from authors such as Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway and contemporary writers that are part of London's marvelous multicultural mosaic.

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While living in London for three weeks -- experiencing its lively arts scene, discussing the literature, films, and theater -- you will also be participating in other events like these:

  • Explore Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, and Holy Trinity Church where he is buried.
  • Attend a performance of the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company at one of its three theatres in Stratford
  • Visit Charles Dickens' house, Keats' house, and Highgate Cemetery
  • Travel to many of London's sites including history and art museums, Bloomsbury, and literary and historic pubs.
  • Walk around sites important to wartime London and its war literature (First and Second World Wars) 

 You can earn three undergraduate credits (Engl 395A) or three graduate credits (Engl 595A). Under­graduates may use Engl 395A to fulfill the ISU International Perspectives requirement, and graduate students may use Engl 595A as part of their POS, depending upon their major.

Who is eligible? 

Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and colleges are welcome. Engl 150 or the equivalent (First-year Communications/Composition) and a 2.5 GPA are required. This course is open to students from other universities.

Program Directors

Charissa Menefee, PhD
Associate Professor in English/Theater

K.L. Cook, PhD
Associate Professor, English

The Student Experience


"Here I was, a very recently declared English Education major, obsessed with all things English and drama, and here was a trip to London (top on my wish list of places to visit), where I would get to read English literature, explore the historic city, AND experience several fantastic theater performances. I remember that I didn’t breathe while I read through the description.  This was it. The perfect trip. It was as if it had been designed for me.
-Lisa Robinson, Senior, English Education
London, Literature, and Theater 

"My study abroad experience allowed me to closely study the literature of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and even Harry Potter!"
-Natalie Jennison
London, Literature, and Theater

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"Maybe I would have the opportunity to travel to London after college and maybe I wouldn’t, but I didn’t want to risk this chance to go with my peers and experience London through the eyes of a student of literature and drama."
-Lisa Robinson, Senior, English Education
London, Literature, and Theater

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"The three weeks were perfect for me because I thought I’d get homesick if I did a semester abroad. Three weeks made it long enough to experience so many amazing things, but still short enough to not lose out on a semester back home."
-Jamie Wirtjes
London, Literature, and Theater


"One of the greatest aspects of London is the chance to see live theater. I went to a few must see musicals such as Wicked and Les Miserables.  My favorite part of the theatre was seeing a live production of Much Ado About Nothing at The Globe."
-Natalie Jennison
London, Literature, and Theater


For more information: Contact one the program directors (above)
or call the LAS Study Abroad office in 107 Catt Hall at 515-294-1162.