Considering Study Abroad?
There are a wealth of opportunities for undergraduate English majors and minors when it comes to studying abroad. Whether you are looking for a short-term experience during January or a semester/year-long experience, the International Education Center (IEC) at St. Thomas can help you find just the right program. The English Department strongly encourages its majors and minors to participate in a study abroad program if they can.
Why Study English Abroad?
- To increase your understanding and appreciation of Anglophone people and cultures around the world.
- To develop your critical and creative thinking skills as you interact with faculty and students from around the world.
- To live and learn in settings you only read about in literature.
- To experience the diverse cultural life that defines contemporary Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
When is the best time to go abroad?
Students usually go abroad after completing their core literature and writing requirements and at least one course at the 200-level or above. Abroad, majors are encouraged to take courses that fulfill the one or more of the various distribution areas (Early Literature, American Literature, British Literature, Diversity Literature, or Writing).
Can I afford it?
YES! The cost of studying abroad is within the reach of most UST students. Financial aid applies to semester study abroad, and students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible for loans. In addition, there are special scholarships for studying abroad.
What do I do next?
- Begin planning right away. It is never to early to start planning. Stop by the International Education Center, sign up for a "First Step" session through the IEC website, and use the resource library to begin researching destinations.
- Set some goals. There is not one program best suited for all English majors. You need to determine which one best fits you. Prioritize your goals. Consider your long-term academic, professional, and career goals.
- Think about what you want to learn from (and what you can contribute to) the program and country where you want to be.
- Prepare academically. You may need to take prerequisites or plan for classes upon your return.
- Prepare a budget.
- For help with the above points, talk to your academic advisor of visite with a study abroad advisor at IEC.
- In consulation with your academic advisor, create a tentative "4-year" academic schedule as soon as possible. Ideally, try to complete at least one or more of your 200-level English requirements and ENGL 380 Issues in English Studies before studying abroad. When abroad, try to concentrate on your 300-level English requirements.
- Many students take a Shakespeare course or a course about a single author or literature from a region where they are studying. Others choose a university known for an area that interests them, such as Victorian literature, medieval literature, or postcolonial literature.
- In short, the English major and minor provide ample opportunity to fulfill major requirements abroad as well as take electives and special topics courses. Study the list of courses available at the university that most interests you and discuss with your advisor the possible approval of these courses for English requirements.
- As part of your application process, you will identity particular courses of interest and get them approved before you depart. In the English Department, Dr. Heather Bouwman is the designated faculty person that can sign off on study abroad classes. Finally, in addition to studying abroad, you should also consider research, service-learning, internships, volunteer, and extracurricular experiences off-campus, just as you do when you are on campus.
Common Study Abroad Programs for English Majors/Minors
Birbeck, University of London
University of Leeds
University of Nottingham
Royal Holloway, London
Queen Mary College, London
University of York
Trinity College Dublin (full year only)
University of Edinborough
University of Glasgow
Monash University, Melbourne
Murdoch University, Perth
University of Sydney
Otago University, Dunedin
Victoria University, Wellington
University of Cape Town