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England Term


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 2017 will be led by Dr. Mark Bruce.                                                                                                                 

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 2017 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. 

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. Mark Bruce from Bethel’s English Department will lead a group of 22-26 Bethel students.

Accommodations & Meals

“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. 


Every attempt is made to keep the program cost equivalent to Bethel tuition, room (junior level) and full board.  An additional travel fee, typically no more than $1000, may be assessed due to the exchange rate. The program fee 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 (including loans and Bethel gift aid) can be applied toward the cost of this program.

Program Calendar

The dates for England Term generally coincide with Bethel’s fall semester schedule.  The departure date is tentatively August 2th and tentatively returning the second week in December.  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.

Important dates

The application fee is $50. A $250 confirmation deposit will be required 2 weeks after acceptance.

October 15             Priority application deadline

November 18          Final application deadline

Fall                        Informational meetings

April 30                  Study Abroad Orientation (mandatory)

August                   Final program payment due with Fall 2017 bill

Aug. 27                  Tentative departure date

Dec. 8                    Tentative return date


• Minimum sophomore standing

• Minimum 2.5 GPA

• See application for additional policies

Next steps

• Talk with your advisor – off-campus study should complement your academic plan.

• Consult your parents – England Term does represent an additional financial investment.  Make sure this works with your budget.

• Ask questions –contact the study abroad office (651.638.6492), or the English Department:

    -Dan Ritchie, Program Director

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

• Contact the study abroad office for an application, CC320A.