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Reading London

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location London, United Kingdom
Course # SA 10305 or
SA 59000
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2015 05/25/15 to 06/21/15

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Program Leader

Name Melanie Shoffner

Program Description

Program Description

The Reading London study abroad program focuses on the study and teaching of literature. In particular, this program supports undergraduates in the English Education major by offering one required methods course and one literature course applicable to the major and undergraduates in the English major with two courses applicable to the major. The program accepts Purdue graduate students and post-baccalaureate students on a case-by-case basis, with course credit available to those students interested in pursuing graduate level work related to the study and/or teaching of literature in London. For more information, visit the program website.  

Program Overview

The program begins on Purdue’s campus with a week of daily instruction (18-22 May). The program then continues in London for four weeks (25 May-21 June); morning instruction takes place in a classroom setting, while afternoon instruction takes place at different locations throughout the city.  Once a week, the program will travel to locations outside the city of London to broaden students’ cultural understanding and apply that understanding to program concepts.


Program Courses

ENGL 41400: Literary London
This course draws from specific works of literature to examine the culture, history and personality of the city of London. Students will explore the character of London as portrayed through novels, poetry, short stories and images and extend their understanding of both literature and London through personal exploration of the city.


ENGL 49200: Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools
This course addresses the theory, research and practice of teaching literature in today’s secondary English classrooms. Students will explore various educational issues and instructional strategies related to the teaching of literature, drawing specifically from the texts studied in ENGL 41400.


ENGL 59000 or EDCI 59000: Independent Study
Independent study is offered on a case-by-case basis.  Course content and methods will be determined by the program leader in accordance with individual students’ academic interests and needs. Aspects of study will overlap with ENGL 41400 and/or 49200 to align with the program's goals and activities.


EDCI 49100: Global Studies Seminar
This course addresses past and present cultural contexts in order to challenge students’ understanding of history, policy, education and culture. While students will use London, specifically, and the United Kingdom, generally, as lenses to explore course concepts, they will also apply course material to more global understandings.


Program Housing

In London, students live in a residence hall with access to fully equipped shared kitchens. Students share two-person rooms with bathrooms ensuite.


Program Expenses

The cost of the program is approximately $5,500.

The program cost covers all tuition and enrollment fees for 7 credits of Purdue summer study, academic programming in London, London housing and London transportation passes.

The program fee does not include airfare to/from London, lodging during coursework on the Purdue campus, meals, books and materials, international cell phone fees and passport application fees (if a valid passport is not already held).

Application materials consist of the following:

(1) A statement from the student's advisor attesting to good academic and disciplinary standing - an emailed statement will suffice;

(2) The names and email addresses of 2 faculty members willing to serve as references;

(3) A brief written statement (~1 page) addressing the student's interest in the Reading London program;

(4) A brief face-to-face meeting with the program leader - can be arranged when submitting materials;

(5) The required Study Abroad application materials.

Application materials are due Friday, 5 December 2014; those accepted into the program will be notified by Friday, 12 December. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is due by Friday, 30 January 2015 to reserve a place in the program.

Application Deadline

Application to the program

Total student enrollment is set at 10 students, with a maximum of 14 students accepted.

Students apply to the program by submitting the following materials to the program leader:

  1. a statement from their advisor attesting to good academic standing and a lack of disciplinary and/or dispositional write-ups
  2. the names of two Purdue professors in their major program of study who are willing to serve as references

Students must also have a face-to-face conversation with the program leader, either by attending an information session or arranging an individual meeting before acceptance.

Program acceptance is dependent on a favorable report from the student advisor, strong recommendations from professors and a positive meeting with the program leader.

Program deadlines

All application materials are due by Wednesday, 1 December 2010. Early submission of materials is encouraged. Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by Friday, 3 December. 

A deposit of $1,000 is due by Friday, 21 January 2011, to secure one's place in the program.  This deposit counts toward the total program fee.    

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