We will be using London as our base but will include a trip to Stonehenge, Bath, and Windsor Castle (all in one trip), the Lake District, Brighton, and Edinburgh.
May 20 to June 7, 2013 with coursework also slated from May 13-16 on campus
On campus from Monday, May 13 through Thursday, May 16 from 12:30-430pm
Leave for London on Monday, May 20 and arrive on Tuesday, May 21
Tuesday, May 21 - Arrive in London, settle into hotel (Royal National Hotel), do an orientation walk through Covent Garden, over the Thames, and more. Group dinner at The Rock and Sole Plaice (fish & chips) in Covent Garden.
Buy phones at Carphone Warehouse unless SIL would loan their phones out. Cost to buy a phone is £16.95.
Wednesday, May 22 - Visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum for a behind-the-scenes meeting with the curator of the Beatrix Potter collection, the largest collection of her work in the world.
Enjoy afternoon tea at The Orangerie in Kensington (approx. £15 each)
Thursday, May 23 - Muswell Hill to visit The Children’s Bookshop where Kate Agnew will provide them with an overview of British Children’s Literature in her extraordinary bookshop. She is an authority on British Children’s Literature.
Visit the British Library to see original editions of classic children’s books.
Theatre in the evening to see Roald Dahl’s Mathilda (cost: approx. £40 apiece)
Friday, May 24 - The Making of Harry Potter Tour in Leavesden (20 miles outside of London). SIL students recently rated it the best thing they did in England. (£26 pounds plus travel costs each)
Saturday, May 25 - DAY OFF
Optional trip out to Portobello Road Market (famous for where Paddington Bear had his elevenses) which is a destination spot for many Londoners as well as tourists.
Sunday, May 26 - DAY OFF
Optional trip out to Spitalfields Market in the East End (near the main Olympic site) and Jack the Ripper tour
Monday, May 27 - Off to the Lake District for all things Beatrix Potter. Visit all the Beatrix Potter sites including her home in Sawrey, a gallery in Sawrey, and other related sites in Windermere.
Ambleside and Grasmere for Wordsworth Museum.
Tuesday, May 28 - Lake District continued
Wednesday, May 29 - Return to London with an as yet identified stop along the way.
Thursday, May 30 - Train to Brighton to meet award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, Emily Gravett, and to explore this seaside town where numerous children’s authors reside.
Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2
Free for a possible independent trip to Paris or Dublin or other nearby European destinations.
Monday, June 3 - Morning Class and Roald Dahl Museum in the afternoon
Tuesday, June 4 - Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle trip (£74 pounds each)
Wednesday, June 5 -Oxford is an important place for Children’s Literature. Home to Phillip Pullman, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Lewis Carroll, Oxford is also home to the famous university. In additon, Christchurch College at Oxford University served as a film site for the Harry Potter films. Take the Christchurch tour as well as the tour around town.
Thursday, June 6 - Final dinner
Friday, June 7 - Return home or travel elsewhere!
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will stay in hotels for the duration of the program. They will receive a stipend to fund their meals. Breakfasts will be supplied by our hotel.
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
Students must meet the minimum required GPA of 2.5 in order to participate.
The program is open to Juniors, Seniors, and graduate students.
In addition to the oIP application form, students are required to submit the following material:
The program is geared towards students studying English and/or Education.