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  • Locations: Exeter, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy
Program Director:
Levis, Greta
Cumulative GPA: 2.8 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Online Course Catalog Available: No
Iowa State
ISU Course:
ENGL 250, ENGL 395
Program Description:
English 250:
The City, the Countryside, and the International University
Spring Break in England (Exeter and London)


English 250, Spring 2017: The University of Exeter, Western England, and London

(Also being taught as an Honors section in Spring 2017: English 250H)

Students will be enrolled in English 250 during the spring semester and will have the option of participating, for an additional one credit, in the study abroad component during spring break. 
Taught by Greta
Levis and Erin Zimmerman.


In the class component of these special sections of English 250, students will:

  •       learn about the influence of place on our lives and on our learning, about travel, and about a liberal arts education in our global world;
  •       explore how these international universities are rooted deeply in their pasts while transforming knowledge and the lives of those who work and study there today; 
  •       create and share multimodal projects about these international universities; and
  •       learn about opportunities for extended study abroad at Exeter or Edinburgh (available even years).campus

And then students in this section will travel during Spring Break 2017 to England and the University of Exeter, or during Spring Break 2018 to Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, for an extra hour of credit and a tantalizing sample of studying abroad.

The University of Exeter
The University of Exeter is located in the historic city of Exeter in the southwest of England and is the site of one of Iowa State University's university-wide reciprocal exchange programs.Campus

Exeter is one of the UK's most popular and successful universities with14,000 students, of whom 3,500 are postgraduates. Members of the university community enjoy some of the finest campus environments in the UK. The southwest counties of Devon and Cornwall boast an unrivaled mix of city life, countryside, and coastline.

Exeter is a highly ranked British university (7th in Sunday Times University Guide 2013, 10th in Guardian University Guide 2013) and named University of the Year 2013 by the Sunday Times.  The university also scores highly for student satisfaction, completion rates, and for students achieving good honours degrees (Firsts or 2:1s). It has been short-listed for the Sunday Times University of the Year Award more times than any other university and has won three Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Exeter and SurroundingsCity

Exeter, with a population of approximately 115,000, is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the UK, with a high quality of life and a low crime rate. It has something for everyone, whether your tastes are for exploring the city or enjoying the countryside. The city itself is only a 10 minute walk from the university. It is a safe student-friendly city where international students are made to feel welcome. Enjoy heritage, arts, festivals, and award-winning locally-produced food and drink.

With a touch of busy, big city atmosphere, a large student population, and a thriving arts Cityscene, Exeter is one of the liveliest cities in the South West. The excellent selection of funky bars, cafes, and restaurants makes Exeter a vibrant place to be after dark. The city centre itself has a large range of high street stores, with a multi-million pound new shopping complex that has recently been completed in the city center.

But the real enjoyment of shopping in Exeter is to explore the side streets and some of the more unconventional shops, such as Cathedral Green with its bars and restaurants or Gandy Street with its diverse range of shops selling designer labels, jewelry, and gifts. Exeter's arts centre, the Phoenix, offers top quality theatre, live music, exhibitions, and films.

As well as the Northcott Theatre on campus, Exeter has two Londonsmaller theatres, the Barnfield and the Northcott Studio Theatre.

Road and rail links with the rest of the UK are good. The main St David's station is only 10 minutes' walk away from the Streatham campus and has regular services to London and all major cities. London is just over 2 hours by train and around 3 hours away by road. Exeter also has its own regional airport with an increasing number of scheduled flights to the UK and Europe including flights to Paris, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, and many other UK cities.


The South West of England

The South West is one of Europe's top holiday destinations, and as a student in Exeter you will be able to enjoy it all year round. There are views of the Exe estuary from the campus, and the coastal town of Exmouth with its sandy beaches is just nine miles away. Venture beyond the city and explore the Jurassic Coast of East Devon and the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor, which will challenge hikers, climbers, canoeists, horse riders, and cyclists, and gentler Londonlandscapes of rolling hills, rivers, and attractive market towns and villages.


The City of Exeter
Exeter University
Exeter Cathedral
Dartmoor National Park
British Museum, London
London Visitor Guide


See also English 250, Section TBA, Spring 2018: Edinburgh and Its Ancient University
Taught by Dr. Barbara Ching, Chair of the English dept. Linked to an optional Spring Break trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, and the University of Edinburgh for an additional hour of credit.

Photos (top to bottom)
Dartmoor National Park (outside Exeter)
Reed Hall, University of Exeter
The Forum, University of Exeter
Quay at Exeter
Exeter Cathedral
Trafalga Square, London
British Museum, London

Itinerary (TBD)

This program is currently not accepting applications.