At a Glance
Location: London and Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Program Length: 2 weeks
Arrive on: June 16, 2019
Depart on: June 30, 2019
Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome) with good academic and disciplinary standing. The course may be taken for graduate as well as undergraduate credit.
Number of credits: 3 credits
Experience the works of Shakespeare as they were meant to be: in performance. Begin your journey in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, where you’ll attend three plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries performed by the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. From there, you will travel to London to attend three more plays by Shakespeare, as well as visits to 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. 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 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 at least three performances during each week of the program (at least one of which will be staged at Shakespeare’s Globe). The first week of the program will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon 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.
At the midway point of the program, students will travel to London, where the second week of the program will be directed by Professor Michael Collins. Professor Collins will meet with students to facilitate daily discussions or lectures from guest speakers about the plays in performance. Students will have one free day for independent exploration of London.
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 a small, independently-owned bed and breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon, and in double rooms in a medium-sized hotel in London.
Students will be responsible for the majority of their meals during the program, but they will be treated to two group dinners, one in Stratford and one in London.
The program fee for Summer 2019 is $4,795.
This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, academic fees, accommodations, some meals, program excursions, local public transportation, and supplemental insurance. The program fee listed above does not include: airfare to/from your program site, passport and visa fees (if applicable), and other individual expenses.
For more information on total costs of this program, please visit the program's budget sheet.
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 20% to 50% of billable program cost 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
Commitment and Withdrawal Policy
A student’s commitment to a study abroad program confirms his or her intention to participate in that program. Students who notify the Office of Global Education of their intention to withdraw from their overseas program after the stated Commitment Deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $300, in addition to all non-recoverable costs that have been paid on their behalf, as determined by the Office of Global Education and its overseas partners. These costs may constitute as much as twenty-five to one hundred percent of the program fee.
A committed student’s decision to withdraw from a study abroad program is effective from the date on which the Office of Global Education receives a written confirmation of the student’s decision to withdraw. All withdrawal fees and refundable program costs will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of this decision. No refunds will be given for the education abroad insurance fee.
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 cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner. In the event of a non-voluntary cancellation, Georgetown University will refund application fees as well as all recoverable program costs.
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
Dr. Michael J. Collins
Department of English
Georgetowwn University, New North 321
Washington, DC 20057
Dr. Mary Jane Barnett
Department of English
Georgetowwn University, New North 306
Washington, DC 20057
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Snapchat video from the 2017 Shakespeare in Text and Performance program!