Study Abroad: Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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English majors and minors have bountiful options for studying abroad. Whether it’s a short-term experience you seek in J-term or summer, or an extended semester-length or year-long immersion, the Office of Study Abroad (MHC 212) can help you find just the right program.

Expand your horizons and the walls of your classroom, and experience the global phenomenon of English through studying abroad. Learn in situ—that is, on site—tracing the footsteps of authors you love and those you’ll meet along the way. Build your cultural awareness and your confidence while discovering how much you don’t know about the world, its people, and its literatures and cultures.

Students writing at the Temple of Apollo, Delphi, in “The Seeing Place: Introduction to Theatre in Greece” taught by Dr. Amy Muse and Dr. Liz Wilkinson.
Students writing at the Temple of Apollo, Delphi, in “The Seeing Place: Introduction to Theatre in Greece” taught by Dr. Amy Muse and Dr. Liz Wilkinson.

Planning for Study Abroad

Where should I go?

There are excellent literature and writing programs in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as you’d expect, and also in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Japan… probably anywhere you want to venture. Think about your long-term academic, professional, and career goals; some programs have internships, service, or other experiential learning opportunities.

In recent years UST English majors and minors have studied at the University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, and St. Andrew’s University in Scotland; University of Lancaster, University of Richmond, and Birkbeck College-University of London in England; University of Swansea in Wales; Trinity College-Dublin and the University of Cork in Ireland; Deree College: the American College of Greece; IAU in Aix-en-Provence, France; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; and on the Semester at Sea program. These, however, are just a few of the options available to you. See the Search for a Program function on the Study Abroad website for more information.

When should I go?

Any J-term or summer will fit smoothly into your academic program at UST. If you’re looking at semester- or year-long study abroad, go after you’ve completed your core Literature & Writing requirement and at least one course at the 200 level (especially ENGL 280: Introduction to English Studies). Junior year is ideal; sometime in the span of time from Spring of your sophomore year to Fall of your senior year is most common.

What courses should I take away from UST?

Talk with your faculty advisor to work study abroad into your 4-year plan and save some of your requirements for that purpose. The easiest requirements to take abroad will be those in the Historical Perspectives, Contexts & Convergences, or Genre Study areas, as well as your elective courses. (You may be able to enhance your learning about the country and culture by also fulfilling core courses such as History, Fine Arts, or your 400-level Theology while abroad.)

Before you go, get your study abroad courses approved for credit by the English Department chair, Dr. Amy Muse [ammuse@stthomas.edu].

Can I afford it?

Yes! Check with your financial aid advisor: most financial aid packages apply to fall and spring semester study abroad programs, and students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible for loans. There are also a number of scholarships you can apply for.

Ready to get started? Attend a First Step Session, held weekly throughout the year.

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Students in San Sebastian, Spain, dressed as matadors and being gored by stuffed bulls in "The Modernist Movement: Literature Between the Wars" taught by Dr. Kelli Larson and Dr. Cecilia Konchar-Farr (St. Catherine University).

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