The Department of English encourages study in other countries, prior to the senior year, to increase understanding of English language and literatures from diverse cultural perspectives. Past English majors have studied literature, language, and culture in Korea, Venezuela, South Africa, France, Italy (Florence, Milan, Rome, etc.), England (Lancaster, London, East Anglia), Greece, Austria, Egypt, Australia, Scotland, Japan, Ireland, Germany, and other countries. Planning for international study requires conversations with CLA and English major advisors prior to your trip to help you coordinate credits earned abroad with your degree program.
For information specifically on learning abroad for English majors see the Study Abroad Major Advising Sheet (PDF). Contact the Learning Abroad Center, 230 Heller Hall (612-626-9000) for information on available programs.
The LAC also offers a variety of programs and opportunities for returning students, including the chance to share stories with past and prospective travelers.
The English Department is proud to present a new blog entitled Tales from the Road that offers undergraduate students a chance to submit creative works about their experience abroad.
The LAC offers semester-long and summer courses as well as internships of particular interest to English majors.
Visit the Program Search page on the LAC website for worldwide study and internship opportunities.
See these links for helpful information beyond the LAC.
I've visited indigenous ruins, climbed the Andes Mountains, bathed in thermal baths from volcanic hot springs, lived on an island in the Pacific Ocean, ziplined through the rainforest canopy, and straddled the equator. But beyond just exploring the country for fun, I've been learning so much about Ecuador's history and culture. Through the university program here in Quito, we've learned about the political, cultural, and economic history of Ecuador as well as its current issues in those areas. We've experienced the culture firsthand through our time living with host families. My Spanish has improved significantly since I've arrived. We were also given the opportunity to separate into tracks of study, and in the track of education I've learned vast amounts about the educational system in Ecuador and how it compares with that of the United States. I will also be leaving the capitol for a five-week long internship in which I will be teaching English at the high school and elementary level. Lindsay H.
Cairo is wonderfully aggravating, with daily protests against the regime’s constitutional amendments, snarling traffic, frequent elevator malfunctions, vernal blossoms on the trees in Zamalek (the rest of the city doesn’t have trees), days both miraculously clear of pollution and others choked with it, Cairoians still wrapped in scarves and sweaters against the chimerical chill in the air, endlessly bemusing cab stories (our driver today had an air freshener advertising Viagra), afternoons lolling in the courtyard at American University–Cairo drinking in the sunlight as if we had just survived a Minnesota winter. On Thursday, I awaited the end of classes with more eagerness than usual, as a friend and I planned on riding horses at the pyramids to catch the sunset. . . . Laura S.
I have met some amazing people overseas and have been presented with travel opportunities I only dreamed of. I spent the Christmas season in Scandinavia with a friend I had met in England, allowing me to spend time in Copenhagen and Stockholm. I have also learned to travel alone, having been to Barcelona, Edinburgh and Glasgow within the past two months. I have scheduled trips to Berlin, Krakow, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, and Dublin. I still want to visit the Netherlands and Italy if time and money allow. Suffice to say, travel is one of my passions along with writing. Studying abroad is the best thing I ever did for myself. Rachel K.
Studying in Durban, South Africa, I cherished the many opportunities to challenge myself as a student, a woman, a member of a family, a traveler, a friend and a world citizen. I was able to really integrate into the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, and made many friends. During an independent study period, I researched the reading patterns of people in two communities in Durban. I surprised myself with the length and depth of my final project. Learning to research and use unfamiliar resources has been such an asset to my education, and I feel more and more confident in my abilities as a member of the greater academic community. I still struggle to realize that I am back in Minnesota permanently as I feel, strangely, that I am home for a visit and will return to Durban sometime soon. Anna K.