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GENERAL PLANNING TIPS FOR ENGLISH

  • Start planning for your study abroad experience early. You can take general education, KU Core, elective and English courses abroad and still stay on track for graduation. England is obviously an ideal destination for English studies; however, other possibilities include Costa Rica, Ireland, Scotland, South Korea and Wales. 
  • Study abroad is a great way to satisfy your KU Core Goal 4.2 requirement.  Remember, only some programs qualify for 4.2.  
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through the KU Office of Study Abroad and national organizations. Research your opportunities early.
  • U.S. Specific Courses: Students should take the KU Core Goal 6 capstone course at KU.

WHEN TO GO

Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for English, B.A. Creative Writing Track
Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for English, B.A. General Track
Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for English, B.A. Rhetoric, Language & Writing Track

Freshman & Sophomore

  • Schedule a meeting with an English advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your four year plan and identify specific courses as well as specific timing opportunities for your study abroad experience.
  • After you’ve met with your academic advisor, continue your program research by visiting the KU Office of Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott Hall. Study abroad peer advisors can help you to identify suitable study abroad options based upon the information you received from your advisor.
  • Studying abroad usually requires two letters of recommendation, so it’s good to start identifying individuals who can speak to your academic qualifications as well as your ability to be successful during an international experience.
  • If you plan to take mostly general education, KU Core and/or foreign language requirement courses abroad, the spring semester of your freshman year, or either semester of your sophomore year are ideal times to do that. The summer after your freshman or sophomore year is a great time to participate in the KU faculty-led British Summer Institute or to gain some experience through an international internship.

Junior & Senior

  • The ideal times for an English major to study English courses abroad are either semester of junior year or fall semester senior year. Application deadlines are typically on March 1st for fall programs and October 1st for spring programs.
  • There is significant flexibility with your course sequencing during this time. Some sample junior and senior level English courses that are commonly offered abroad include American Literature I & II, Irish Literature & Culture, Topics in British Literature, Major British Writers, Major Authors, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Victorian Literature, Twentieth Century Literature and Culture, Contemporary Literary Theory, Rhetoric and Writing, various creative writing workshops and more.

COURSES AND CREDIT

  • English faculty have already pre-approved a number of English courses abroad.  To see available pre-approved courses, visit the Course Equivalencies Database.
  • If you want to take a class/classes that have not been pre-approved, complete the credit approval process.

RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS FOR ENGLISH

Semester Programs

University of Birmingham - England

Recommended Tracks: All tracks; especially good for Creative Writing track
Recommended Timing: Either semester - junior year
Sample courses: ENGL 301, ENGL 302, ENGL 314, ENGL 323, ENGL 331, ENGL 332, ENGL 352, ENGL 353, ENGL 354, ENGL 360, ENGL 560

University College Cork - Ireland

Recommended Track: General track
Recommended Timing: Either semester - junior year
Sample courses: ENGL 200, ENGL 203, ENGL 302, ENGL 312, ENGL 318, ENGL 322, ENGL 331, ENGL 332, ENGL 508, ENGL 530, ENGL 590, ENGL 592

University of East Anglia - England

Recommended Tracks: All tracks; especially good for Creative Writing track
Recommended Timing: Either semester - junior year OR Fall semester - senior year
Sample courses: ENGL 308, ENGL 312, ENGL 327, ENGL 331, ENGL 332, ENGL 351, ENGL 352, ENGL 353, ENGL 355, ENGL 479, ENGL 506, ENGL 508, ENGL 552, ENGL 553, ENGL 560, ENGL 570, ENGL 579, ENGL 655

University of Exeter - England

Recommended Track: General track
Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior year
Sample courses: ENGL 302, ENGL 312, ENGL 323, ENGL 331, ENGL 351, ENGL 354, ENGL 508, ENGL 640, ENGL 650

University of Kent - England

Recommended Tracks: General track and Rhetoric, Language and Writing track
Recommended Timing: Either semester - junior year
Sample courses: ENGL 302, ENGL 322, ENGL 323, ENGL 325, ENGL 332, ENGL 351, ENGL 352, ENGL 360, ENGL 466, ENGL 520, ENGL 530, ENGL 570, ENGL 579

University of Leeds - England

Recommended Track: General track
Recommended Timing: Spring semester - junior year
Sample courses: ENGL 302, ENGL 314, ENGL 322, ENGL 334, ENGL 479, ENGL 560, ENGL 570, ENGL 572, ENGL 590, ENGL 650

University of Leicester - England

Recommended Tracks: General track and Rhetoric, Language & Writing track
Recommended Timing: Spring semester - junior year
Sample courses: ENGL 209, ENGL 302, ENGL 309, ENGL 312, ENGL 314, ENGL 320, ENGL 322, ENGL 325, ENGL 332, ENGL 340, ENGL 387, ENGL 560, ENGL 590, ENGL 610, ENGL 640

University of Stirling - Scotland

Recommended Tracks: General track and Rhetoric, Language & Writing track
Recommended Timing: Spring semester - junior year
Sample courses: ENGL 210, ENGL 302, ENGL 312, ENGL 331, ENGL 351, ENGL 380, ENGL 466, ENGL 479, ENGL 522, ENGL 655

Short Term Programs

British Summer Institute - England

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman or sophomore year
Sample courses: ENGL 315, HA 311, HNRS 492/LA&S 492

London Review - England

Recommended Timing: Spring Break - junior or senior year
Sample courses: ENGL 492 or HNRS 492

Travel Writing and Costa Rica

Recommended Timing: Winter Break - sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: ENGL 360 or HNRS 492

Internship Programs

Internships in Dublin, Ireland

Internships in London, England

Internships in Shanghai, China

Internships in Sydney, Australia

TESOL Practicum in South Korea


Announcements

Study Abroad Financial Advising

The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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28.5% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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