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Education Abroad

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.

Many English majors choose to complement their semester abroad with the Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge University.

The Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge

The Cambridge program allows students to immerse themselves in inspiration at the university that produced:  Douglas Adams, A.S. Byatt, E.M. Forster, C.S. Lewis, A. A. Milne, Rushdie, Thackeray, Lord Byron, Coleridge, Marlowe, Plath, Milton, Wordsworth, Tennyson...and many more.  Limited to 30 students, the Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge focuses on the history and literature of late 18th- and 19th-century Britain. Students may receive credit for either English 370 or History 390.

In order to immerse students in British culture, all coursework is:

  • Taught by British scholars primarily from the Cambridge University community
  • Based on a curriculum that replicates the British educational system
  • Specifically chosen so that students can experience their subjects first-hand

One of the most popular aspects of the program is the freedom it affords participants to explore Britain. Friday classes generally end by noon, allowing students to travel over long weekends. Moreover, the fourth week of the program is completely unscheduled and provides an opportunity for more extensive independent travel.

All English majors are encouraged to consider participating in the Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge University during the summer after either their sophomore or junior year. The summer course lasts from early July to mid-August at Magdalene College.

Need-based financial aid, both funded through the Lilly Endowment, are available on a limited basis.