Off-Campus Programs/International Studies

England Term (Fall 2015)


Applications are now available in the Office of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies, CC320A.

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Highlights

See plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company and learn from their coaches • Savor the Lake District and write your own travel blog • Experience Christian spirituality from Celtic roots to modern monasticism.

Program Description

England Term is a semester-long study and travel experience in Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Ireland, and France. England Term combines periods of travel (from a weekend to two weeks in duration) with periods of intense study at both retreat and study centers. Sponsored by the English Department, England Term 2015 will be led by Dr. Daniel Ritchie.

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Courses (12 Credits Total)

ENL321: Drama in Great Britain (4 credits)

The British Isles has a rich dramatic tradition that still flourishes in a number of places, from the National Theatre, the New Globe Theatre, and the Barbican in London, to three distinctively different stages in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, and possibly the Abbey Theatre in Dublin (co-founded by W.B. Yeats). This course focuses on Shakespeare, and includes time in Stratford, where we will see plays and take classes at the Shakespeare Centre. Lecturers include leading British scholars and actors in the Royal Shakespeare Company. This course may substitute for ENL303: Shakespeare: The Art of the Dramatist (4 credits).

ENW302A: Travel Writing (4 credits)

We will participate in a rich tradition of travel writing in Great Britain, reading a number of traditional and modern travel authors, including those who write in digital form. Experiences while in Great Britain will serve as one basis for travel essays, but time spent in independent travel in Europe will also provide rich materials for writing in many subgenres of the travel writing field. This course may substitute for ENW205A: Essay Writing (4 credits).

ENL354: Literature on Location (4 credits)

One of the unique elements of England Term is the opportunity to read and study the works and lives of authors in the places that inspired their creativity and influenced their perspectives. We will hike in Wordsworth’s Lake District, experience explore the London streets of T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, trace James Joyce through Dublin, and sit outside the Paris cafes as Hemingway did—just for starters. We’ll also read experience contemporary outreach efforts to London’s Muslim population through local churches and the recent novel Brick Lane, by Monica Ali. This course counts as a literature elective or may substitute for ENL350: 20th-Century Literature (4 credits) or ENL352 Contemporary Literature (4 credits).

Cross-Cultural Experience- Category (Z) Course

England Term fulfills the Z-tag requirement of the general education curriculum. These courses stress significant off-campus, cross-cultural experiences. One focus of this aspect of the program will be in Northern Ireland, where students will have home stays with Christian families in Belfast and learn about reconciliation efforts among Protestants and Catholics.

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Accommodations

“Home bases” providing classrooms, dorm-like facilities, meals, laundry, and recreational facilities like these are often used. You may access them by their websites.

  • Salomons Centre

    A conference center associated with Canterbury Christ Church University, Salomon’s offers modern, dorm-like accommodations. Located on an estate near Tunbridge Wells, Salomon’s has excellent food, a good library, internet access, just 90 minutes from London and Canterbury.

  • Battisborough House

    This seaside Victorian mansion in Devon provides opportunity for long beach walks and outdoor activities as well as comfortable accommodations for rest and study.

    When traveling, the group generally stays in B&Bs or small hotels. Most travel is done by coach (bus) or “tube” (subway), with some air travel between major cities. Guest lecturers and literary tour guides may be used during these periods of travel. Formal class sessions are usually reserved for times when the group is staying in one location for several days.


Who participates in England Term?

Students from all majors are welcome to apply to England Term. Priority is generally given to juniors and seniors, but a number of factors may be considered in the application process. Dr. Daniel Ritchie from Bethel’s English Department will lead a group of 22-26 Bethel students.

When is England Term?

The dates for England Term generally coincide with Bethel’s fall semester schedule. A departure date of August 28, 2015, is tentatively set; the term is tentatively scheduled to end by December 8, 2015. England Term will include an 11-14 day fall break to allow for independent travel in Europe; this will provide both a period of rejuvenation and an opportunity to experience additional locations as material for travel writing.


How much does England Term cost?

Students pay a comprehensive fee equivalent to Bethel tuition, room (junior level) and full board, plus an additional travel fee, estimated at $2000-2500 (for air and train travel). The cost will cover all program-related expenses, including transportation, lodging, food, ground transportation, excursions, entrance fees, and miscellaneous costs. Most books will be accessed via Kindle, which will be included in the trip costs. Costs not covered include passport, immunizations, supplies, personal expenses (such as bottled water, snack money, spending money, laundry money, etc.), independent excursions or sight seeing, all non-study related travel including weekends, fall break and free travel. Most financial aid can be applied toward the cost of this program.


Why should I participate?

There are a number of reasons to take advantage of this opportunity; here are three:

  1. A unique educational experience: Literary study in England Term will deepen your understanding and appreciation of a wide range of literature, and will provide new opportunities to use writing to explore your expanding world.  Not only will you see literary works in a new light, but also your study gains an exciting intensity when conducted in the company of other enthusiastic explorers.
  2. A unique spiritual experience: England Term inevitably creates a close-knit community of Christians.  Both as a member of a Bethel group, and in encounters with Christians from other cultures, you will experience new dimensions of Christian fellowship.  England Term can be an encouraging time of spiritual stimulation, and most participants find that their faith is affected as much as their intellect.
  3. A unique personal experience: You will learn as much about yourself as you do about literature, classmates, other cultures, and God.  You will be challenged and supported as you stretch your mind and expand your worldview, and discover new abilities (e.g., negotiating the subway system in a major world city!) and perspectives (e.g., meeting those who suffer in “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland).

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Next steps

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, do at least three things:
1.  Consult with your academic advisor: Make sure that England Term will fit into your academic program.  If you know now that you might be off-campus in fall 2015, you can plan your next semester on campus more wisely.
2.  Consult with a study abroad advisor. Make an appointment in CC320A.
3.  Talk to your parents: England Term does represent an additional financial investment. Even though it is a bargain, it is not cheap. You should be sure that you could fit this into your budget.
4.  Ask questions: Contact International Studies (x6492) or the England Term faculty directly. Talk to those who have participated on this adventure in the past.

-Dr. Daniel Ritchie, Program Director

Office: AC317 Phone: 651.638.6133 Email: d-ritchie@bethel.edu


5. Finally, don’t neglect prayer; seek God’s wisdom and guidance for this decision.

Then, obtain an APPLICATION in the Office of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies, CC320A.

Requirements

• Minimum sophomore standing

• Minimum 2.5 GPA

• See application for additional policies

Important dates

Applications include a $50 nonrefundable application fee.  A $250 confirmation deposit will be required two weeks after acceptance to hold the spot.

October 15 Priority application deadline
November 18
Final application deadline
November/December Students notified of acceptance
Fall Informational meetings
Spring Pre-departure Meetings
April Mandatory study abroad orientation (date TBD)
August Final payment due with Fall 2015 bill
August 28 Tentative date of departure
December 8
Tentative date of return