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Study Abroad

What You Will Learn

The London/Stratford Study Abroad Program offers six hours of academic credit earned during the summer. These two courses will expose students to two different approaches to the performance of Shakespeare’s plays. Students will take classes as well as attend and analyze productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, known for its expansive contemporary approach and at London’sGlobe Theatre, recognized as a leader in exploring Elizabethan original practices. Shakespeare Through Performance will focus on contemporary performance practices while Shakespeare: Text and Context will provide a historical and cultural background to the plays and the performances. In addition, students will examine the textual implications of Shakespeare’s source materials and analyze his texts for language characteristics. The primary teaching will come from the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Globe Theatre with the program directors supplementing instruction.

five students gathered on the steps in oxford

What You Will Experience

Following a week of intensive coursework (offered online for summer 2021), students travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, located in the beautiful, rural Warwickshire countryside on the banks of the Avon river. Known as one of the most important tourist destinations in the United Kingdom, Stratford-upon-Avon is also home to The Royal Shakespeare Company. Students reside in shared guesthouses during the one-week stay in Stratford. Days are filled with lectures, practical workshops, and rehearsals. Evening hours are devoted to attendance at RSC performances, studying, and further rehearsals.

Next, the students travel to London for a twelve-day stay in which they participate in masterclasses with professionals from The Globe Theatre. While housed on the grounds of Central London University, students will also participate in a variety of activities and excursions including a tour of the National Theatre, a lecture at the British Museum, visits to the Globe Museum and the Theatre Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as regular theatre attendance.

Program Fee covers all lodging, breakfasts, local transportation, international health insurance, all applicable classes, performances, walking tours of Stratford Upon Avon and Westminster historical sites, and museum admissions. Students will be responsible for TXST Tuition, airfare, and spending money (lunch, dinner, incidentals).

Program Criteria

The program is offered for both graduate and undergraduate credit. Participants must complete a department application form and interview/audition with the program director to determine the appropriateness for handling the academic and performance portions of the course. Once accepted, participants must also complete the required study abroad online application and be formally accepted by the Study Abroad Office.

Study abroad group 2019, in front of westminster abbey

2021 Program Dates: July 5 - July 31, 2021

  • Deadline for Summer 2021 Applications: November 30, 2020
  • Online Classes: July 5-9
  • Departure from the USA: July 10 (overnight flight)
  • Arrive at London's Heathrow Airport (LHR): July 11 – no later than 11 am
  • First Day of Classes Abroad: June 12
  • Last Day of Classes Abroad: July 30
  • Return from Program: July 31

TXST Courses – Students must register for BOTH (6 credit hours total)

  • TH 4323 Shakespeare Through Performance (Graduate level TH 5323)

  • TH 4324 Shakespeare: Text and Context (Graduate level TH 5324)

 

Application and More Information Interested students should please email Chuck Ney (cn12@txstate.edu) to be added to the program’s Canvas site for complete details including estimated program fees, sample itinerary, and application material. Please note departmental applications for Summer 2021 are due no later than November 30, 2020.