United Kingdom

Important Dates:



Deposit Deadline:
February 7, 2020
Scholarship Deadline: December 11, 2019
Final Payment Due: February 14, 2020
Mandatory Orientation Meeting: Spring Semester 2020

Courses Offered:

ENGL 2060: Intro to Literature: Tolkien and Lewis
Professor: Christina Heckman
Email: checkman@augusta.edu
In this course, you will explore literary techniques, conventions, and genres by experiencing the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in their original home, the United Kingdom. Friends and colleagues during their time at the University of Oxford and beyond, these literary innovators charged into uncharted territory in their written works, inspiring countless future readers, writers, filmmakers, scholars, and artists. In our study of the writings of Tolkien and Lewis, we will examine diverse genres of both ancient and contemporary literature, including epic, allegory, romance, lyric poetry, the essay, short fiction, drama, and the novel. In this study abroad course, you will also experience the writings of Tolkien and Lewis as a lived reality. You’ll tour the colleges of Oxford and visit the Eagle and Child, the pub frequented by Tolkien, Lewis, and the other Inklings. You’ll explore iconic villages like Lacock and Lyme Regis, exploring the country lanes treasured by both writers and the seacoast that so inspired them. In London, you’ll learn about the dreadful cost of the Great War, in which Tolkien and Lewis both served as young men, and the dark years of the Second World War which open The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Finally, you’ll wander among the trees that Tolkien so loved, enjoying the food, drink, and fellowship treasured by his Hobbits. Your introduction to literature will also be an introduction to its life, its relationship to the lived world in which literary texts take shape and inspire transformation.

***Prerequisite: ENLG 1101-1102 or 1113-114

ENGL 4350A: Studies in Medieval Literature and Medievalism
Professor: Christina Heckman
Email: checkman@augusta.edu
In this course, through study both on campus and abroad in the United Kingdom, you will increase your understanding, both intellectual and experiential, of the relationship between the medieval cultures of the past and contemporary cultures, exploring that connection through the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. In the course, you will read poems and essays by both Tolkien and Lewis; Tolkien’s translations or re-interpretations of medieval literary texts; and selected fantasy writings of both authors. As a Study Abroad course, this class will allow you to experience the work of Tolkien and Lewis within the context of its creation in the southern counties of England. In London, you will examine artifacts of the prehistoric, Anglo-Saxon, and medieval periods as well as learning about Tolkien’s and Lewis’s service in the First and Second World Wars. In Oxford, you’ll walk in the Inklings’ footsteps at Magdalen, Merton, and Pembroke Colleges and the Eagle and Child, the Oxford pub frequented by Tolkien, Lewis, and the other Inklings. You’ll explore the streets of Oxford, where Tolkien and Lewis spent much of their professional careers. You’ll visit villages in the Cotswolds and the Jurassic Coast which preserve the village life celebrated in the joy and fellowship of Tolkien’s hobbits. And you’ll wander the country lanes, seacoasts, and forest paths celebrated in the works of Tolkien and Lewis, examining the complex history of Saxons, Vikings, and Celts in this region saturated with the legends of King Alfred the Great and King Arthur.

***Prerequisite: ENLG 1101-1102 or 1113-114

HUMN 2950B: Special Topics: Being British: Space, Place, and Dress in Nineteenth-Century British Culture
Professor: Lee Anna Maynard
Email: lamaynard@augusta.edu
For the British, the question of what it means to beBritish has been a topic of intense interest for hundreds of years. In the 1800s, though, arguably Great Britain’s century of greatest power and influence, the British Empire stretched across the globe and counted over one third of the world’s people as its subjects. As you may have heard, the sun never set on the British Empire. With immense power comes immense scrutiny. The British, both at home and abroad, were highly conscious of their status and responsibilities. In this study abroad course, we will be exploring art, artifacts, architecture, clothing, literature, and the land itself to analyze how Nineteenth-Century Britons determined what buildings, interiors, fashions, landscapes, traits, behaviors, and ambitions defined what it was to be British. In Augusta, we will be reading some major works of Jane Austen and discussing theories of aesthetics and practices of landscape design. Once we leave the Summerville campus, we will travel to England, visiting London, Oxford and Oxfordshire, Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, Lyme Regis, Cheddar, Winchester, and more to explore interiors, exteriors, landscapes, and artifacts.

***Prerequisite: ENLG 1101-1102 or 1113-114

ENGL 4000A: Studies in British Literature
Professor: Lee Anna Maynard
Email: lamaynard@augusta.edu
Nineteenth-century England saw the emergence of an issue so dominant in its cultural landscape that three words were sufficient to define it: The Woman Question. What were women, at their core? What should they do and what shouldn’t they do? How should women be educated (or should they be)? Should women be protected in the safe bubble of their homes? Were women morally superior yet physically and intellectually inferior? The woman “question” often boiled down to a woman “problem.” Most importantly, did women help England or hurt England? Our study abroad course will investigate, both in Augusta and England, not only how the proper lady and the femme fatale were formulated but what they say about femininity, masculinity, British self-concept, and imperialism. We will read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion, as well as H. Rider Haggard’s She and texts by Pre-Raphaelites, and we will visit London, Oxford and Oxfordshire, Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock, Lyme Regis, Cheddar, Winchester, and more. 

***Prerequisite: ENLG 1101-1102 or 1113-114


May 18-22 and May 26-29
Meet daily on Augusta Campus for 1 hour 50 minutes

May 30
Fly ATL-London Heathrow (evening)

May 31
Arrive at London Heathrow
Walking tour of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park
Victoria & Albert Museum
Group dinner at the King’s Head Pub, Bayswater
Optional activities within walking distance:
Natural History Museum
Science Museum
Kensington Palace
Buckingham Palace
National Portrait Gallery
Churchill War Rooms

June 1
Walking tour of Bloomsbury (morning)
British Museum (morning)
British Library (afternoon): bespoke tour emphasizing manuscripts relating to medieval (especially Anglo-Saxon) literature, Jane Austen, Capability Brown, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis

Optional activities within walking distance:
Sir John Sloane’s Museum
Regents Park
London Zoo

June 2
Walking tour of Westminster (morning)
Imperial War Museum (First and Second World War collections)
Jane Austen’s London: Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Mayfair

Optional activities within walking distance:
London Eye
Tate Modern
Shakespeare’s Globe
London Dungeon
Coach to Oxford at 3 PM

June 3
Walking tour of Oxford
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (morning)
Tolkien walking tour: Pembroke College, Merton College, Magdalen College, the Eagle and Child
Austen and Morris walking tour: Brasenose College, Exeter College, Botanical Garden
Bodleian Library 90-min tour (afternoon)

June 4
Day trip from Oxford:
Vale of the White Horse, Uffington Castle, Wayland’s Smithy
Kelmscott Manor

June 5
Free time in Oxford
Back to the hotel by 3 PM
Coach to Winchester 4 PM

June 6 
Walking tour of Winchester
Winchester Castle, City Museum
Winchester Cathedral, Abbey Gardens

June 7
Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge

June 8
Walking tour of Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis Museum
Tour of Lyme Regis harbor and the Cobb
Free time in Lyme Regis (afternoon)

June 9
Cheddar Gorge and Somerset
Cheddar Gorge cave tour
Cheddar Man Museum of Pre-History
Coach to the Bridge Tea Rooms, Bradford-on-Avon (group meal)
Free time in Bath (afternoon)

June 10
Walking tour of Bath
Torchlit Visit to Roman Baths
Bath Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms
Group dinner at the Roman Baths and Roman Baths Kitchen

June 11
Free time in Bath

June 12
Lacock and Avebury
Avebury stone circle
Lacock tour
Coach to London

June 13
Depart from Heathrow London to ATL
Shuttle back to Summerville Campus

June 15-18
Work time: projects and travel journals

June 19
Final Exam period: Project Gallery showcase


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Program Fees: $3995 + Tuition & Fees

           Deposit: $200

           Final Payment: $3795

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What's included? Airfare, lodging, meals, travel insurance, mandatory excursions
Additional Expenses: Passport, some meals


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