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One Week, Three Nations: Territory, Identity, and Belonging in 21st Century Britain

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Course # SA 11003
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2022 03/12/22 to 03/20/22

Program Leader

Name Nathan Swanson

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union has made questions of territory, identity and belonging in Britain as salient as ever. Throughout the process of breaking away from Europe, Brexit has exposed and enflamed deep divides within the UK, as the boundaries of British identity and its meaning in the 21st century are openly contested, especially in relation to the UK’s diverse migrant communities and others at the margins of society. Some in the UK are even turning away from “Britain” as a source of collective identity altogether, renewing interest in Scottish and, to a lesser extent, Welsh nationalism. This study abroad program will focus on these developments and allow us to witness them first-hand as we visit England, Wales, and Scotland over Spring Break.


We will explore how these nations look to the past in defining themselves (and even one another), thinking critically about who is valued and who is excluded in traditional narratives of the nation. With attention to the experiences of Black British people, migrant communities, and other historically marginalized populations in the UK today, we will interrogate the dissonance that so often exists between national politics and the everyday lives of ordinary people. With the island of Great Britain as our classroom, we will visit major historical sites and world-class museums, join local guides for unique tours of cities and neighborhoods, meet with guest speakers, and experience a diverse range of cultures and natural landscapes.

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Please note: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted normal processes for travel and created much uncertainty for planning. Students’, faculty, and staff health and safety are our priority. For these reasons, the Honors College is taking a circumspect approach to study away programming for 2021-2022.

Academic Credit

Students will earn 3 credits of HONR 299 for this study away experience: 2 credits for the Spring Break portion in the UK and 1 credit for the required pre-departure class, which will be held asynchronously online during the first half of the spring semester.

Please do not rely on a Spring Break study abroad program to fulfill graduation requirements if your expected date of graduation is May 2022.


Preliminary Program Itinerary (subject to change)

Depart the United States for London: Friday 11 March

LONDON, ENGLAND: Saturday 12 March through Wednesday 16 March

     Day Trip to CARDIFF, WALES: Monday 14 March

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: Wednesday 16 March through Sunday 20 March

Return to the United States from Edinburgh: Sunday 20 March



Please contact the faculty program leader, Dr. Nathan Swanson:




This program is open to all Purdue students. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to enroll in HONR courses.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated program cost:  $2468  $1850

  • Includes: program fees; accommodations; daily breakfasts; day trips, entrances, guest speakers, and other course activities; airport transfers; and ground transportation
  • Does not include: airfare and some meals (lunch/dinner)

The estimated program cost has been reduced in large part because of the support of a SAIL Grant awarded by the Purdue Office of International Programs.


Purdue Moves Scholarship

Participants who are US citizens or permanent residents are strongly encouraged to apply for the Purdue Moves Scholarship through the MyStudyAbroad system. Purdue Moves awards are based on total family income and require having a FAFSA on file. For this Spring Break program, participants are eligible for the following amounts of scholarship funding: 

- Total family income of $75,000 or less: $1000 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $75,001 to $100,000: $700 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $100,001 to $125,000: $500 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $125,001 to $150,000: $300 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $150,001 or greater: Ineligible

For complete details on eligibility, application procedures, and deadlines, please visit Additional financial aid information can be found below!

Please do NOT make any financial commitments toward the program (such as purchasing airfare) until instructed by the program leader. Neither the Honors College nor Purdue University will be liable for refunds should programs be canceled owing to mitigation measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application Deadline

Applications are being processed on a rolling basis. Once an application has been moved into "accepted" status, payment of the deposit ($500) formally reserves a place in the program. Applications will close once all seats in the program have been filled. If this page is indicating to you that enrollment is closed, you are welcome to contact the program leader about being placed on the waitlist.


Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

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