The English major is flexible, enabling majors to study abroad for at least one semester or through a summer program.

In the past few years, majors have spent a semester or summer studying in locations ranging from Europe (the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden) and the Middle East (Jordan, Turkey) to Africa (Ghana, Kenya, South Africa), Asia (China, India, Russia), and South America (Chile, Peru).

Some programs offer courses that may be eligible to receive major credit, pending course completion and consideration of the syllabus and course work study by the English Department. Students should talk with their advisor, consult with the registrar, and meet with the chair while deciding which study abroad program makes sense for their overall academic plan and needs.

Cambridge University

Study at England's most famous university for a summer. Jointly sponsored by the English and History Departments, and limited to 30 students, the Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge has been part of Davidson curriculum for more than 30 years. The program focuses on the history and literature of late 18th- and 19th-century Britain. Each week features morning lectures conceived as a mini-unit, some even delivered "on site," with travel. Designed to immerse students in British culture, the program features:

  • British scholars, most from the Cambridge University community
  • Curriculum that replicates the British educational system
  • Topics chosen specifically so that students can experience their subjects first-hand