Study Abroad London

By Amanda Zacharias
September 10, 2019

The deadline to apply for the London Study Abroad class is fast approaching. 

For students who need to fulfill their aesthetics requirement, a trip to London is an option! This trip is perfect for English majors or theater minors. However, others are welcome to join for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

The course is titled THE289/ENG289/CCA213 – On Stage – Life in London. The trip runs from May 7 through May 13, 2020. 


Photo courtesy of Lyndsey Guarino


Students are encouraged to email Filling-Brown for more information and an application packet. All necessary forms and deposits are due to Filling-Brown by Sept. 30. Her email address is Filling-Brown is the dean for the school of humanities and social sciences. 

There is an application process that needs to be completed for each student wishing to attend the trip. Students and parents can meet with or email Filling-Brown with more questions and to receive an application packet.

As part of the application packet students will be expected to fill out forms along with an essay and a transcript. There is a $500 deposit needed as well. 

The trip does cost extra in addition to tuition. “The thing that is good about this trip is that when students pay the costs associated with this (the trip) it pretty much covers everything. It covers our air fare, our lodging in a really nice hotel, a very big breakfast and dinner and the admission to everything. We have unlimited passes for the subway system as well as the double decker busses. So everything is pretty much included. Except souvenirs and such.”

Payment due dates have passed, upon acceptance into the program a total of $3,000 would be due. Totals are estimate until all booking processes have been completed.

In addition to the week-long London trip, the class focuses on English theater. There is an online component as well as in-person meetings so that students can get acquainted with one another before traveling abroad.

Filling-Brown shares some of the trip highlights. “Because it is a theater class we are seeing multiple shows. We will see a show at Shakespear’s Globe Theater, one in the West End and then a National Theater production.”


Photo courtesy of Lyndsey Guarino


Senior criminology major Lyndsey Guarino took the trip during the spring 2018 semester. Guarino said the most memorable part of her trip was “The tower of London which was really awesome. We got to spend a lot of time there. Westminster Abby would be on my list for next time I go back because I did not get enough time there.”


Photo courtesy of Lyndsey Guarino


 Traveling abroad as a student can be challenging, especially if traveling out of the country is a first. Filling-Brown says, “The great thing about study abroad with a university is that you’re going in a group. You’re never necessarily alone ever. There’s never a moment on the trip when you would have any hesitation about something. We (the teachers) are right along side you. From the airport to checking into the hotel, everything, you’ve got two faculty members right along  side you.” Traveling to a new country can be scary, but with the help of other classmates and faculty members, there is no reason to fear. 

Guarino has traveled outside of the country before this trip but still faced hesitation. “It was the first time I was leaving the country without a parent or family member. But it’s a school trip so for the most part we all stayed together and that makes it easier.”

For students that are feeling hesitant Guarino said, “Do it! You’re not going to get a lot of opportunity like this. It’s the perfect time to do it. There isn’t a better time to do it than college.” 

“If I had the opportunity I would definitely do it again and I highly recommend to anyone that if they can take the trip, they should.”

“This spring will be the third time I’m offering it (London study abroad course).” Filling-Brown offers this trip ever-other spring semester. So if you can’t meet this year’s registration deadline, be sure to keep watch for the 2022 trip.

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