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Study Abroad

Davidson English majors typically study abroad for at least one semester with opportunities on six continents. 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.

Each week, students gather to hear four morning lectures that are conceived as a mini-unit. For instance, the week a Jane Austen novel is assigned, lectures might address themes such as Austen and her writing, the culture of the provincial society in which she lived, and the musical and artistic styles popular when she wrote. Some of the program's lectures are even delivered "on site," including travel to Bath to visit the Assembly Rooms and Pump Room, and promenade along the Royal Crescent as Austen and her characters did. Other organized study trips might include visits to country houses, landscape gardens, and museums in Cambridge and London. 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 is available on a limited basis.