Study Abroad for English Majors
Coordinator: Ann Jordan
The opportunity to study abroad is often a highlight of
English majors’ college years, and at Winthrop we encourage as many as possible
to take advantage of the chance to experience life in a foreign country. Whether the student selects the traditional
option of a study abroad semester or finds short term study abroad of more
interest, we can help him or her find the perfect experience.
In order to qualify for semester study abroad, a student must
have sophomore standing, a 2.5 GPA, and a clean conduct record. Additionally, he or she must be enrolled as a
full time student while overseas. Another option is a short term study abroad; these trips
range from a few days to a few weeks.
Usually, these travel experiences are associated with classes partially
taught on campus with additional instructional hours in another country. The
English Department offers several courses on a rotating basis that have been
extremely popular with students and are open to anyone who has successfully
exited Writing 101. Interesting courses
that include travel are taught in other disciplines as well and, like the ones
in English, are open to all majors.
Specific requirements for those may vary. Often a student participates in a short term
experience and enjoys it so much that he or she opts to pursue long term study
Though many private companies offer study abroad
programs, the most economical way to spend a semester in a foreign country is
through one of Winthrop’s partner schools.
In this situation, Winthrop tuition is charged, and the student is
additionally responsible for room and board fees at the partner institution,
the airline ticket, a passport, a visa (if required), medical insurance, and
spending money. Scholarships will
transfer, and additional ones may be available at the chosen institution. A complete list of these universities can be
found on the International
Center’s web pages. Staff in the International Center are
available to answer questions and to offer advice on programs of study, and
staff in the Financial Aid office are ready to assist with financial concerns.
As exciting as the idea of study abroad is, the reality is
that some serious planning is required.
With semester-long programs, careful scheduling is essential to ensure
that all requirements in the major are met.
This goal is challenging, but doable with good planning. The charts that follow show a four-year plan
for each track in the English major with a semester at either Edge Hill
University in England or Deakin University in Australia as part of the sample plan. Other
universities may be chosen instead of the two mentioned, and the course
sequencing can, in some cases, be adjusted.
However, these charts were created to show one path toward the goal of a
semester of foreign study for each track in the English major.