United Kingdom: British Literature & Culture in Context

*Please note:   This program will not run for Spring/Summer 2023. Details below are subject to change.

Ormskirk, United Kingdom - On this GVSU study abroad program, students visit the physical settings of some of the most important authors in the English literary tradition, including Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and current poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to work on their own writing as they experience and explore the United Kingdom. 

We are in England for 4 weeks. We study 4 major authors, one each week, with classes Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, we take a trip to a place that is special for that week’s author. We will visit a Medieval castle in Wales and a Medieval Cathedral when we study Chaucer. We will visit Stratford-Upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and see a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Finally, we will visit the beautiful Lake District for a hike when we read the Romantic Poetry of William Wordsworth and to Liverpool when we read Carol Ann Duffy’s book of poems called “The World’s Wife.”

By living in dormitories at Edge Hill University alongside British students, you will be immersed in the culture of the United Kingdom. There will also be opportunities to visit classrooms and observe English teaching in the UK system. 

Students have every weekend free for travel, and classes on weekdays usually end at 1 PM so there is ample time for trips to Liverpool and/or Manchester, shopping, eating in pubs, etc.

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GPA Requirement
2.0 Undergraduate
3.0 Graduate
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2023

Estimated Program Dates: May 2023 - June 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022 (Closed)


Undergraduate students will register for a total of 6 credits:

ENG 440: Major Authors (3 credits)

ENG 495: English Capstone (3 credits)

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives requirement.

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course requirement. Reflection required


Graduate students will register for a total of 6 credits:

ENG 603: British Literature Seminar (3 credits)

ENG 661: Author/Topic Seminar (3 credits)

Language of Instruction: English


Students will stay in on-campus residence halls.

Cost and Scholarships


Program Fee: $4,295


  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Field trips and fees
  • All ground transportation
  • Some meals

Other Expenses

  • GVSU tuition - 6 credits ($3,504) or ($4,146) - Graduate
  • Additional meals ($400
  • Personal expenses ($250)
  • Passport fees ($150)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,599 (Undergraduate) OR $9,241 (Graduate)


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.


To contact the Financial Aid office, email [email protected] with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Open to ALL majors. Junior class standing required.

Open to graduate students.

2.0 GPA (Undergraduate) or 3.0 GPA (Graduate) required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for participation in this program

Additional Information


Excursions include: 

- Visits to Liverpool, Manchester, the Lake District, and Stratford-upon-Avon

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US State Department Information

The first step to an international trip is to read our Traveler’s Checklist to find out things to consider before you go. Pay special attention to our safety and security information and assess for yourself the risk of traveling to a particular country or region.  Some U.S. citizens with special considerations – such as students, women, and LGBTI travelers – may face additional challenges when abroad.  If you do decide to travel, make a plan for what to do if something goes wrong overseas. 

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2023
Jo Miller
Program Director

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