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Summer: Rutgers- Shakespeare in England
London, United Kingdom; New Brunswick, United States; Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Your Host Cities: London & Stratford-upon-Avon:
London is quite simply one of the most exciting cities on earth. It is the center of everything British—culture, politics, finance, history, and royalty—but also a world capital with a huge multinational population. “When a man [or woman] is tired of London, he is tired of life,” said 18th-century author Samuel Johnson, and the quote is no less true today. Cultural highlights range from St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London to the new British Library and Tate Modern art gallery and, especially, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home town from which he commuted to London, is an extraordinarily well-preserved city, in which Shakespeare's original home, along with those of many of his contemporaries (including his wife Anne Hathaway), still stand. Stratford-upon-Avon is also now home to extraordinary resources for Shakespeareans: the Royal Shakespeare Company, which runs two major theaters in Stratford, the Shakespeare Center at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and the Shakespeare Institute.
To view the program’s 2017 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
This course studies the work of England’s greatest dramatist. We will spend two weeks reading plays at Rutgers, and then we move to England to see them performed on the stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s Birthplace) and the Globe Theatre and other theaters in London. Attention will be given to Shakespeare’s context and contemporaries, film and stage interpretation, and the challenges of production and performance. While in England, we will see the major theatres and sites associated with Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and study with actors, directors, and scholars associated with the major centers for Shakespearean studies and performance in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will reside in student apartments while in Stratford-upon-Avon and in dorms at the London School of Economics while in London. Breakfast and dinner will be provided in Stratford-upon-Avon, and breakfast will be provided in London.
For information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.
Rutgers English Department Shakespeare Travel Award- Available to all Rutgers students participating on the summer Shakespeare program. To be considered for this award students will need to submit an application for the Center for Global Education scholarships (available upon acceptance to the program). Applications will be reviewed by the English department scholarship committee after March 15th.