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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.7 Language Prerequisite: No
Language(s): English Type of Program: GU Faculty-Led
Non-GU Students May Apply: Yes Housing Options: Off-Campus
Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support) Application Deadlines: December, February
OGE Advisor: Gregory Spear
Program Description:

Georgetown in London and Stratford

Shakespeare in Text and Performance

Georgetown in London and Stratford

At a Glance

Location: London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Program Length: 2 weeks
Arrive on: June 24, 2018
Depart on: July 8, 2018

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome), teachers, and professionals. The course may be taken for graduate as well as undergraduate credit.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
Number of credits: 3 credits

Program Description

Experience the works of Shakespeare as they were meant to be: in performance. In London, you’ll attend three plays by Shakespeare, visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the replica of the open air stage where many of Shakespeare's plays were first produced, and the Middle Temple Hall, the indoor space where Twelfth Night was performed by Shakespeare's company in 1602. From there you’ll travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, where you’ll attend three more plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries performed by the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. All performances in both cities will be accompanied by lectures, post-play discussions with Georgetown professors and other eminent Shakespearian scholars, as well as actors and stage professionals from the Globe, the RSC, and other theater companies. You’ll even have the chance to talk with actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe, take part in a directing workshop, and through a final acting exercise, try your hand at performing Shakespeare yourself!

Georgetown Faculty Directors: Professor Michael J. Collins (Department of English) and Professor Mary Jane Barnett (Department of English)


The course is designed to expose students to the grand variety of Shakespeare’s plays in performance. Students will attend three performances during the first week of the program in London (at least one of which will be staged at Shakespeare’s Globe), and at least three more in the second half of the program in Stratford-upon-Avon. In London, the program will be directed by Professor Michael Collins, who will meet with students to facilitate daily discussions or lectures from guest speakers about the plays in performance. Students will have one free day during the first week for independent exploration of London.

The second week of the course will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, and directed by Professor Mary Jane Barnett. Each performance will be preceded by a class on the play and followed by a discussion about the stage production, both of which will be led by scholars from either Georgetown or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. There will also be group visits to historic Shakespearian houses in and around Stratford and to Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. The week in Stratford will also include a day trip to Oxford.

Upon successful completion of the program, Georgetown students receive 3 GU credits (graduate or undergraduate) for one of the following courses:    
  • ENGL-129-62: Shakespeare: Text and Performance (undergraduate)
  • ENGL-531-62: Shakespeare: Text and Performance (graduate)
The undergraduate course can fulfill the requirement for a course prior to 1800 or count as an elective for the undergraduate major or minor in English.

All coursework, including grades and credits, earned on Georgetown-administered programs are automatically applied to Georgetown students. Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.


The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions have included:    
  • A Tour of Shakespeare’s London
  • Visits to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Hall’s Croft, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
  • A Day trip to Oxford, England


Students will be housed in double rooms in a medium-sized hotel in London and in a lovely bed and breakfast in Stratford.


Students will be responsible for the majority of their meals during the program, but they will be treated to two group dinners, one in London and one in Stratford.

Program Cost

The cost of the program for Summer 2018 is $4,950. This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, housing, all theater entrances for performances, the group excursions, supplemental insurance, two group dinners, transportation by rail between program sites, and local transportation while in London. 

The cost listed above does not include: airfare to/from the United Kingdom, passport fees, visa fees (if applicable), most meals, and individual expenses.


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

OGE advises students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Your acceptance form and program deposit are considered a good-faith commitment to participate on your Georgetown University summer program. Withdrawal from a summer program must be made in writing to the summer program coordinator. Please note that application fees and program deposits are non-refundable. Georgetown University will refund recoverable tuition and costs as determined by our partner institutions. Refunds will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of your intent to withdraw. Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student, including but not limited to passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs. Georgetown University reserves the right to adjust program fees or cancel any program without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide information on cancellations in a timely manner. In the event of cancellation, Georgetown University will refund program deposits and 100% of recoverable program fees.

The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, OGE is confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Contact Information

Office of Global Education
Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Dr. Michael J. Collins
Department of English
Georgetowwn University, New North 321
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5039
Dr. Mary Jane Barnett
Department of English
Georgetowwn University, New North 306
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-7435

Student Voices

View Georgetown student Theresa Romualdez’s #SummerSnaps Snapchat video from the 2017 Shakespeare in Text and Performance program!

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