English majors should consider the Dickinson Program in England as a valuable junior-year-abroad option. The program includes a month-long interdisciplinary course in London (taught by a Dickinson faculty member) followed by a year's work as a full-time student at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The program fits extremely well into the Dickinson English major.
The University of East Anglia offers particularly strong course options in English literature and American literature, American studies, dramatic literature and performance courses, film and television studies and popular culture. Students may also elect to take courses outside the major across a wide range of disciplines: art history and museum studies, development (Third World) studies, economics, environmental studies, music, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The program also includes a second interdisciplinary course for all Dickinson students, as well as numerous opportunities for travel in Britain and beyond. London is 1 hour and 50 minutes from Norwich on an hourly train service. Students use the month-long Christmas and Easter breaks to travel to sites as diverse as France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Spain.
English majors also study in other overseas programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Such study can be easily integrated into an English major's curricular requirements and provides important new perspectives on the study of literature.
Students who wish to study abroad for a shorter period of time should consider Dickinson's Summer Session in England. This program offers students an opportunity to study art, architecture, music, literature, drama, and history London's galleries, museums, theaters, and streets as their laboratory. Buildings, plays, operas, concerts, art exhibits, and walking tours are all parts of class activity.