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“The UEA faculty members are more than willing to help students with their studies, but the students must be motivated to learn on their own as well. ”

- Jeff Niemitz

professor of geology, former Norwich resident director


"In England, I was always surprised at how different the culture is from American culture.  It is easy to assume similarities, since we share a common language, yet the differences are quite striking when you immerse yourself in British culture."

- Katie McClellan

Dickinson in England:  Norwich Science Program, fall 2005

Dickinson in England

Norwich, England

Norwich, a 1,000-year-old city with 200,000 residents, combines the best of new and old England, from a trendy underground shopping mall to a Norman castle on a hill overlooking the community.  Norwich also features pedestrian walkways (ancient streets too narrow for vehicles) where shops and cafés hang over the passageways.  Norwich also boasts one of the oldest open-air markets in England.

Just a short train ride northeast of London, Norwich is the ideal university town for students looking to gain an understanding of English culture by learning alongside British students.

The University of East Anglia

Dickinson College operates the largest study abroad program based at the University of East Anglia (UEA), located just a short bus ride from the center of Norwich.  Typically, 25-30 students participate in the Norwich Humanities Program each year, and 10-15 students participate in the Norwich Science Program each semester, with several remaining at UEA for the entire academic year.

Classes are held at UEA's campus on "The Broads," 270 acres of open parkland on the outskirts of Norwich with views of rivers, woods and meadows from all angles.  University buildings are connected by elevated pedestrian walkways.

UEA is well known for the quality of its academic programs, and the structure of the Dickinson programs allows students to select courses from a variety of "schools" (departments) at UEA while enrolled in two Dickinson core courses.  Many UEA faculty members are leading scholars in their fields, and the university library contains 500,000 volumes and more than 2,500 periodicals.  The campus offers many social opportunities through various clubs and organizations, and a new state-of-the-art sports facility provides for recreational pursuits.


Norwich Humanities Program
The Norwich Humanities Program emphasizes an interdisciplinary curriculum with course offerings in a variety of subjects.  The Humanities Program begins with four weeks in London, where students take an innovative interdisciplinary course (Humanities 309) that focuses on the history and culture of the city.  Students actively research and study various aspects of London and, at the end of their time there, they are responsible for (and capable of) leading a walking tour through a specific section of the city.

After the first month, the program moves to Norwich, where students complete their Humanities 309 work and begin the Humanities 310 class along with courses from UEA's regular offerings.  Humanities 310 focuses on the history and culture of Norwich and the Norfolk region.  During the fall semester, students design and begin work on a major research project associated with the Humanities 310 course.  This project comprises an academic component, consisting of research conducted in the library, and an experiential component that takes students outside the university into the world of Norwich or beyond.  For English majors, the experiential component may mean the study of a place in literature and involve visits to specific sites in East Anglia.  For history majors, it may mean working in local archives or compiling oral histories.  For art majors, a regional artist may be studied.  Others choose volunteer work wtih a community organization or conduct independent research in the Norfolk region.  Students continue to work on their projects throughout the spring semester.

In addition to the Humanities 309 and 310 courses, students enroll in two UEA courses during the fall semester and three during the spring.

Spring Semester Program (for students majoring in English with an education minor)

Students actively pursuing a major in English as well as a minor in education may apply for a spring semester program designed to focus specifically on these disciplines.  Students enrolled in this program typically take two courses at UEA, enroll in a core course or independent study with the Dickinson resident director, and complete a one-credit independent study interning in a classroom at a local Norwich school.  Students interested in this opportunity must apply for the program by Sept. 15.

Norwich Science Program
Participants in the Norwich Science Program have full access to the course offerings and research opportunities of a major research university, while at the same time participating in the program-sepcific curriculum offered by the Dickinson resident director.  UEA has highly regarded programs in the sciences, particularly in the areas of environmental science, biology and chemistry.

In addition to the three UEA science courses taken each semester, a required Dickinson course is taught by the science program director.  Prior to the start of the fall semester in Norwich, a four-week experiential History of Science course is held in London and various locations throughout England.  In London, museums, libraries and historical sites are used as natural laboratories for investigating the development of science from the mid-1600s to the present.  Other sites throughout England of historical significance to the Industrial Revolution also are visited.  Using an active learning approach, students conduct walking tours, research the lives of individual scientists and present their findings to the group.

The spring semester Dickinson course, chosen at the discretion of the resident director, is either The Science of Sustainability or Science and Society.  Both are general science courses, and both incorporate a field experience while engaging students in science-oriented topics.  At the outset of the semester, The Science of Sustainability integrates experiential learning in Iceland so students can explore the strides this country has made in sustainable living and development.  Science and Society begins in England, where students discover and discuss the interactions and ramifications of science and its impact on society in Great Britain and the European Union.

The excellent opportunities for research at UEA include project-based courses taken in the respective science schools and opportunities at the Norwich Research Park and the new Norfolk and Norwich Hospital/Medical School.  Student research topics have included cancer cell genetics, cataract development, environmental politics in Europe and plant gene expression.


Academic excursions and student field research are integral to the programs.  In addition to the London- and/or Iceland-based field experiences at the beginning of each semester or academic year, past students have visited Blickling Hall (a 17th-century country house), Cromer (a Victorian-age railway resort on the North Norfolk coast), Wicken Fen (a nature preserve), and other locations.

On-Site Administration
Dickinson College professors serve as the resident directors of the Humanities Program and the Science Program.  The resident directors plan and lead the academic program, advise students, and teach the Humanities 309 and 310 courses (for the Humanities Program), or the History of Science, Science of Sustainability, and/or Science and Society courses (for the Science Program).  Dickinson resident directors also may collaborate with UEA colleagues on research efforts and potentially team-teach courses in their given areas of expertise.

Students are housed in furnished flats at the University of East Anglia in an area known as "the Village."  Each student is housed in a single-occupancy dormitory room with a private bathroom and shares a common kitchen in the flat with five to seven other students.  An effort is made to place students in an international setting, where they will meet representatives of many other countries.  Students receive a weekly stipend, enabling them to purchase food and cook for themselves in their flats.

Quick Facts
  Dates Program Fee* Application Deadline
Humanities late Aug. to mid-June $49,860 Feb. 15
Science (Year) late Aug. to mid-June $49,860 Feb. 15
Science (Fall) late Aug. to mid-Dec. $24,930 Feb. 15
Science (Spring) early Jan. to mid-June $24,930 Sept. 15

* This is the program fee for 2009-2010; the program fee for 2010-2011 will correspond to on-campus tuition and fees and will be determined during spring 2010.

Program Fee Includes
• tuition and fees
• room and board
• pre-departure and on-site orientations
• academic excursions

The program fee does not include primary health insurance, airfare, passport, visa, immunizations, optional travel, personal expenses, meals and housing during vacations, books or supplies.

Special Requirements & Recommendations
3.0 GPA
Humanities applicants are encouraged to take a course in English literature, a 200-level course in English history, and history of art, history of music, or theatre history, or classical archaeology.


Norwich Handbook

Norwich Student Budget Sheets

Photos for the Norwich Program

University of East Anglia International Office

British Council Pre-departure Guide

* Please contact the Office of Global Education for specific information regarding passports, visas, course registration, etc.

For more information, contact
The Norwich Humanities Program:
Prof. Todd Wronksi, On-Campus Coordinator
Department of Theatre and Dance
Dickinson College
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Phone: (717) 245-1611

The Norwich Science Program:
Prof. David Crouch, On-Campus Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
Dickinson College
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Phone: (717) 245-1351

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