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Study Abroad for English Majors

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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 abroad afterward.

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.

Sample Program of Study for English Majors Wishing to Study Abroad (Language & Literature and Writing Emphases)

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