|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Type:||Study Abroad (semester)|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Prerequisite:||No|
|Program Features:||Academic Study||Degree Level:||4 - Junior|
|Time Away:||Fall Semester||Housing options:||Dormitory|
|Program Group:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Adviser:||Johanna Rossi Wagner|
Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program.
This program is only available for the spring term.
Nomination and application deadlines for spring 2021 TBD
rinceton students entering the Departments of English or Comparative Literature have the opportunity to spend the fall of junior year at University College London (UCL), the oldest and largest of the constituent colleges of the University of London. Princeton students take the Junior Seminar in Critical Writing, taught by a Princeton professor, in addition to three other UCL courses on site.
Princeton students live in UCL dormitories and choose three of their four courses from the regular offerings at UCL. The fourth course is the Junior Seminar in Critical Writing (ENG 300, a Princeton course taught by a Princeton professor exclusively for Princeton students). Study of some literary texts will be accompanied by the chance for students to do their own creative writing. In addition, there will be much opportunity to see plays, concerts, museums and other aspects of the city and the country. The seminar culminates in the writing of the Junior Paper.
The UniversityUCL, the third university to be founded in England (after Oxford and Cambridge) was the first to admit students regardless of class, religion, race, or gender. It is one of the largest and most diverse of all British universities. It is regularly listed among the top universities in the world in rankings of institutions of higher education.
UCL has a distinguished history and a strong academic tradition, housing 60 academic departments organized into 11 faculties. It was the first university in England to offer English as a degree subject. Today, the Department of English Language and Literature is considered one of the best in the United Kingdom.
The SettingStudying literature at UCL provides you with a truly inspiring setting. London is the center of British literary life and you will be surrounded by the greatest concentration of libraries, museums, galleries, archives, and professional bodies in Europe. Classical orchestras, rock, rap, jazz, or pop; Shakespeare, musicals, or fringe theater; opera, ballet, or contemporary dance; blockbuster movies or art-house cinema, you will be able to sample them all in London.
- Royal Opera House
- British Film Institute
- Saison Poetry Library
- British Library
- Shakespeare's Globe
- British Museum
- Southbank Centre
- National Theatre
- Tate Britain
- National Gallery
- Royal Academy of Arts
- Victoria and Albert Museum
"The good news is that whatever you do and wherever you stay, you’ll not be bored for a second: London remains one of the world’s great cities and it’s high time you came to join the party." --The Lonely Planet (Read the rest of what The Lonely Planet has to say about London).
Participants on this program take four courses:
- Junior Seminar course with a Princeton faculty member
- 2 courses in the UCL English department* (*COM majors should contact the study abroad program adviser in OIP if they wish to apply to a UCL department other than English. This may sometimes be possible on a case by case basis)
- 1 elective course from any UCL department - The elective course may be chosen from one of the following areas: Anthropology, Architecture, Archaeology, Art, History of Art, Astronomy, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, European Cultural Studies, European Social and Political Studies, French, Geography, Geological Sciences, German, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, History, Italian, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Scandinavian Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies.
Students can take the above structure OR 3 courses in the English department, which is oftentimes more common. It is not always possible to take a vcourse outside of English due to lack of space and availability. Students participating in this fall-term program will be part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Program participants will receive assistance in selecting and registering for courses from the Tutor for Affiliate Students in the Department of English Language and Literature, Professor Chris Stamatakis.
All students will participate in the Junior Seminar in Critical Writing, taught by a Princeton professor. In the Fall of 2019, Princeton Professor Bradin Cormack will teach the following Junior Seminar:
Title: London: Writing and Belonging
Whose London? What is it to write from and for a city that unsettles what it means to belong there? Addressing a range of topics, including the role of class, gender, ethnicity, race, and sexuality in the social dynamics of London life, we will consider from the Renaissance to the present day works of literature and film that represent the city in terms of a longing for kinds of relation that the city seems both to promise and to withhold. The London we will encounter is a city of vibrant neighborhoods, a national and imperial metropolis, a postcolonial and global city. Across the semester, we will attend selected plays in performance and take part in a range of other activities, including a tour of the Globe Theatre; a tour of the Houses of Parliament; a walking tour of East London; a visit to Tate Britain for the 2019 Turner Prize and a special exhibition on William Blake; and a field trip outside London.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UCL offers a wide range of modern and ancient languages and cultures, including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin and Ancient Greek. The School of Slavonic and East European Studies covers all the major languages, literatures and cultures of Central and Eastern Europe. In all, UCL offers undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as research expertise in more than 20 European languages and literatures, with library resources to match. For specific course offerings in these departments, please consult the Study Abroad Guide, published by UCL.
Fall term students take the first half of the yearlong course. Each course has one or more "convenors." The course convenor is responsible for designing and managing the course. Almost all courses consist of lectures and seminars, though the proportion between these, and their distribution over the period of the courses, is at the convenor's discretion.
It should be noted that all lectures in the English department (and, indeed, in other UCL departments) are open to all students of UCL, unless specifically designated otherwise. Seminars, however, are restricted to those taking the particular course to which the seminar belongs. Credit for the course is given only to those who have attended the complete program of lectures and seminars.
Courses usually consist of weekly lectures that cover key texts. Lectures do not necessarily follow one consecutive theme. Instead, each lecture is a complete entity, covering one topic of the course, which is usually one literary period, e.g., Victorian, or one major author, e.g. Chaucer. Each lecture is usually given by a different lecturer who is a specialist in his/her topic. There is no set reading list, so students should be prepared to read relevant texts. (For example, if a lecture is on the early novels of Henry James, then you should read as many of these as possible.) Each lecture course is intended to give a series of critical perspectives, rather than complete coverage of a period or an author.
Lecture courses normally include a seminar, which meets every two weeks for two hours. Topics for discussion do not depend on the lecture topic but are chosen to provide for more detailed textual work on representative authors or areas within the course. For these seminars, a bibliography or handouts of required reading are provided in advance. For example, one seminar in the Renaissance course, which follows a lecture on “Pastoral” might require students to read selected texts by Sidney, Spenser, and Drayton, while another might set texts by Virgil, Spenser, and Ben Jonson.
Each student is assigned a personal tutor in the course, whom s/he sees for one hour usually twice a month. At these tutorials, a topic for an essay is chosen by joint consultation between tutor and student. It is then marked by the tutor and discussed at the ensuing tutorial, at which time the next topic is selected. Two papers are normally required for each English literature course per term.
English and Comparative Literature concentrators are eligible for the program in the fall term of their junior year. Participants must also obtain approval from the Department of English or Comparative Literature at Princeton.
University College London requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 for admission. For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.
Grading & Credits
For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.
Academic CalendarParticipants on the Princeton English in London program in the Fall will arrive in time for UCL's international student orientation program, approximately one week prior to the start of fall classes. The Junior Seminar will begin the week of orientation and then students will complete all of UCL's First Term.
UCL's First Term (fall semester) typically runs from late September - mid-December. A detailed academic calendar can be found on the UCL Term Dates website. Details regarding the Orientation Programme may be found on the ISOP orientation website.
Fall Semester 2019: Classes start Sept. 23 and the term officially ends on Friday, December 13, 2019.
Students on the fall-term Princeton English Program are guaranteed college housing, only if they have firmly accepted their offer of admission and returned their housing form by UCL's deadline, and request an "early arrival." UCL owns a number of student houses and halls of residence, the majority of which are within a 15 minute walk of UCL, with the furthest being about two miles away. Single or shared study-bedrooms are available. Some accommodations provide meals ("catered"). UCL-owned accommodation is generally considerably cheaper than private accommodation.
Princeton students have the same access to libraries, computing facilities, and health services as do regularly enrolled students. In addition to the UCL library, all students have access to the University of London Library, which is a few minute walk from campus.
The Student Union forms the focus of student’s social and cultural life at UCL. It is also the center of political and sporting activities. There are many student societies to join: special interest groups, cultural and religious groups, general interest groups such as the Debating Society, departmental societies, and sports clubs. There is a flourishing drama group at the College, and student productions of plays and operas are regularly put on at the College’s own semi-professional theater, the Bloomsbury Theater.
Money MattersStudents who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.
Passport and Visa
Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in the United Kingdom. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.
If you are studying in the UK for six months or less and do not plan to intern/work/volunteer while you are there, then you can enter as a student visitor. Non-visa nationals (which include U.S. citizens) do not need to apply for student visitor clearance before arriving in the U.K. They do, however, need to bring specific documents to show the entry clearance officer upon arrival. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should check to see if you need to apply for student visitor clearance ahead of time. If you enter as a student visitor, you must leave at the end of six months.
If you are studying in the UK for more than six months or want to have the option to intern/work/ volunteer while you are there, then you need to get a Tier 4 Student Visa. This visa is complicated, and you will need to start the process six-eight weeks before you plan to leave for the UK. If applying from the U.S., you should first complete the visa application form online, make your payment, and then use the online booking system to schedule a convenient location and time to submit your biometric data. You will visit one of the 129 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Centers, where they will scan your fingertips and take a digital photo. Once you have submitted your biometric data, you will send in your passport and documents by mail.
A complete application consists of:
- UCL online application form
- 1 letter of recommendation - contact details should be provided in the UCL online application. The system will send a request to complete an online reference form
- Official transcript
- Personal statement
- Home institution slip
Students are also asked to indicate their preliminary module selection from their host department on their application form. In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.
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