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Linguistics UK


York, England

Program Description

Linguistics UK is an immersive study of language in the diverse linguistic environment of York, England.

Each student will take a Linguistics course (CSD 490) team taught by Dr. DePaolis and a linguist affiliated with the University of York’s Department of Language and Linguistics.

Guest lectures will be given on topics ranging from conversational analysis (the study of the how conversation is a dance between the speakers), developmental phonology, and forensic linguistics (the use of speech markers to provide clues to the perpetrators of crime). 

Students will acquire a solid understanding of linguistics that will prove extremely useful to any discipline involving language.

Location Description

York is a historic city founded in 71 AD by the Romans. It became an important cultural and religious center of England in the middle ages, and retains much of its history in the form of intact medieval city walls, a Norman castle, and a beautiful cathedral.

The city is walkable and safe for locals and tourists alike. Most walks thru the city centre involve pleasant surprises such as Holy Trinity Church, circa 12th century, a church I accidentally stumbled upon while meandering down a city alleyway. There are pubs in buildings as old as the 15th century, with slanted floors and traditional British pub fare.

The people are very friendly and there is a rich schedule of things to do in the summer, including theatre (think Shakespeare) and music. In fact, the program is likely to coincide with both the York mystery plays and the Early Music Festival. The former dates from medieval times and portrays scenes from creation to the last judgement, all performed on moveable carts that are drawn thru the streets of York. The Early Music festival celebrates the British tradition of music thru concerts in the cathedral and local churches.  York is also a major hub for the British Rail and students will find it easy to visit places such as Manchester, Edinburgh, and London. Our time in York will include a guided tour thru the medieval streets and a visit to Castle Howard, the manor house of the Howard family for over 300 years. 


Rory DePaolis | | Communication Sciences and Disorders


Students will be housed in student accommodation at the University of York in shared double rooms. The University housing is within walking distance of the city centre and convenient to public transportation. 

Students will be allocated a University meal plan that will cover meals during the week. Students should plan on spending their own money to experience the local cuisine on the weekends.

Additional Items to Consider

Students might consider flying in to London and spending a few days in town either before or after the program.

Some cell phones will work in the UK but students are advised to check with their provider. Inexpensive cell phones are available in the UK. 

This program is a good fit for students who are interested in gaining a more solid foundation in the language sciences. It may be of be of particular interest to those in Communication Sciences and Disorders, English, Foreign Languages, or Psychology.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

If you are wondering if this program fits in with your academic plans, please stop by and talk with the director.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


CSD 490: Linguistics (4 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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