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Centre In England
Internationalizing College Faculty Through Study Abroad
Milton Reigelman, Director of International Programs
In the last decade, virtually every college and university in the country has added “global citizenship” or “cross-cultural learning” or “international focus” to its mission and strategic plan. To support this new emphasis, faculties and administrators across the country have worked furiously to “internationalize” their curricula in various ways: by setting up programs in Islamic studies or world ecology, by sponsoring faculty travel seminars to foreign places, by requiring students to achieve “competence” in a foreign language and select one course from a list of courses that might include “Japanese film,” “The European Union Today,” “The Latin American Novel,” etc.
Study In England
Take your pick of a more independent exchange-student experience in bucolic Reading University, or have a more traditional experience with Centre students and faculty in the bustling heart of London. Centre drama students also have the option of participating in a small exchange with The Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.
Reading University sprawls 300 leafy acres and is a quick 25-minute train ride from London. The university is known for its academic excellence and the professionalism of its Visiting Student Office, which organizes inexpensive and frequent trips to Edinburgh, Stonehenge, and other area destinations.
Dates and London Orientation
Early September – mid December. Fall 2017 students will fly out of the States on Saturday evening, September 15, arriving in London early Sunday morning. (These dates are almost certain—but do not make plane reservations until they are confirmed in early spring.) Almost all flights from the U.S. now land at London’s Heathrow airport, where there is an hourly direct bus to Reading (cost: about 20 GBP). In case there are students arriving at London’s Gatwick airport, there is hourly direct bus between Gatwick and Heathrow. You will register, move into your residence hall, and then begin a week orientation called “freshers week,” when you will finalizing your course schedule; meet others in your residence halls and take part in social events, excursions, and student fairs; and get information about student clubs and travel opportunities in Great Britain. Early on Saturday morning, September 22, a Centre professor will meet you at Reading and take you to London for a weekend orientation planned and paid for by Centre. The final classes at Reading are scheduled for Friday, December 8. You should plan to vacate your dorm on Saturday, December 9, though you may be able to arrange to stay a few additional days in your residence hall.
• The same as studying in Danville, plus a $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge and airfare. This amount includes a $15 carbon mitigation fee, but does not include the $20 cost of the required Travel Clinic that all Centre students going abroad must attend. If you have great financial need, you may qualify for additional help from the Davidson Fund.
You will live in single or double rooms, each with its own washbasin, telephone, and computer port. There is a small kitchen for every eight rooms, and students are not segregated by gender or year. You will take your meals, compete on intramural teams, and have social events with the 250-300 other students in your residence hall. So that visiting students make friends with British and other international students, Reading typically does not house all students from an American institution on the same hall but, rather, spreads them out.
Students select three or four courses totaling 25 ETCS hours (translating into either 12 or 13 Centre hours) from those available across many departments. The Reading term is 11 weeks long; typically, a course may have two lectures a week, occasional individual meetings with the professor, two papers, and some kind of final examination—although this regime will vary widely depending on the course and department. Students may not use a Reading English course as their required English junior seminar.
Deadlines & Requirements
• You must have a 3.0 GPA (requirement of University of Reading)
• The application process will be discussed during the three campus-wide informational meetings on November 21, November 29, and January 5. Students will apply online at https://aegis.centre.edu/fmi/webd/#StudyAbroadApp.
• Applications are due no later than noon, February 15, 2017.
• Pay your non-refundable deposit of $375 at the Cashier’s office in Boles Hall by March 15 to reserve your spot.
Students live and study in the Clerkenwell district, a 20-minute walk down Theobalds Road to the Centre classroom near the British Museum. The housing is an easy walk to the Chancery Lane tube station (Central line) as well as to the Farrington tube station (Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith & City lines). Students can also easily walk to the West End theatre district, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Saint Bartholomew the Great 1123 priory church, the Museum of London, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and other famous London sites.
Spring 2018 students fly out of the States on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and arrive in England the following morning (Thursday), where (and when) the program formally begins. There is a five-day break for optional individual travel from Wednesday, March 21, through Sunday, March 25, coinciding with the end of Centre’s spring break. Students will remain in London for academic activities and possible excursions except for the 5-day spring break and the weekends of March 3-4, March 17-18, and April 7-8. After exactly 11 weeks, the program ends in London on the morning of Thursday, April 26. Students may fly out of London on April 26 or choose to travel in the U.K. and/or Europe on their own after April 26 and fly back later from London, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, or wherever.
The same as studying in Danville, plus a $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge and airfare. This includes a $15 carbon mitigation fee, but does not include the $20 cost of the Travel Clinic that all students studying abroad must attend. Centre pays for a few group meals and the required class excursions on some Wednesdays and weekends. On arrival, students will be given pounds Sterling to buy their initial groceries and to purchase an initial Oyster card for use on the bus/tube/light rail lines in zones 1 and 2.
Students will live in single or double bedrooms in apartments or townhouses for international students in a secure facility off Farringdon Road in Central London. The housing, which features fully equipped kitchens and WiFi, is coordinated through London’s Acorn Agency. The facility is a short walk to tube stations for both the Central and Circle lines. At regular intervals, students are given food money sufficient for shopping for and preparing wholesome meals–though not sufficient for eating out in restaurants, or even fast-food places, in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
All students will take ECO 321: The Economics of London, an application of basic economic concepts to the analysis and understanding of London’s development as a major center of commerce, culture, wealth, and power, as well as to understanding how London, and every city, deals with crowding, transportation, sanitation, and other challenges. Students will be assigned in small groups to explore specific neighborhoods, as they are and as they have been. Students will come to understand London not as a tourist destination, but as a living, breathing, evolving city. No prerequisites. Taught by Prof. Johnson.
• In addition, students select three of the following five courses:
Economic History of Europe (ECO 376/HIS 329)
An examination of the background and development of the European economy, from ancient times to the modern day. The course emphasizes the relationship of economic matters to political, social, cultural, and intellectual aspects of European history. Special emphasis will be given to the British economy. Prerequisite: ECO 110, or HIS 110 and 120. Taught by Prof. Johnson.
British Scientists—Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (NSC 261)
This course explores the lives and contributions of British scientists involved in several scientific revolutions. We will discuss and visit sites relevant to the “invention” of the new experimental natural philosophy (scientific method, Francis Bacon), the founding of the Royal Society (including Robert Boyle), the formation of classical mechanics (Isaac Newton), the discovery of oxygen (Joseph Priestley), the proposal of the theory of evolution (Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace), the origins of artificial intelligence (Alan Turing), and the determination of the structure of DNA (Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick). No prerequisites. Taught by Prof. Burns-Cusato.
Contemporary London Theatre (DRA 341)
Students will study the range of contemporary London Theatre, from fringe to the major subsidized repertory companies, through a series of visits to performances and theatre sites and through lectures, readings, and discussion. Emphasis is on both texts and their performances. Students who sign up for this course will be charged $195 on their spring bills to cover part of the cost of the play tickets; Centre subsidizes the other part. Taught by Prof. Steven Dykes.
British Politics (POL 431)
An introduction to the structures, processes, and issues of the modern British political system using London as a primary resource. The class will discuss current British political issues such as political parties, electoral reform, the European Union and Brexit, devolution, and civil rights. No prerequisites. Taught by Adjunct Prof. Julianna Fuzesi.
Neuroscience of the Paranormal (BNS 2XX)
This course will explore supernatural phenomena through a neuroscientific lens. London and the surrounding areas have a rich history of paranormal activity, such as ghosts, monsters, aliens, witches, and psychic gypsies, which will provide unique opportunities for onsite, first-hand critical analysis of the circumstances under which supernatural phenomena are purported to occur. The goal is for students to leave the course with a basic understanding of brain function and the ways in which specialized neural sensitivities and unique environmental conditions can create the appearance of and persistent belief in these seemingly supernatural phenomena. Taught by Prof. Burns-Cusato.
Deadlines & Requirements
The application process will be discussed during the three campus-wide informational meetings on November 21, November 29, and January 5. Students will apply online at https://aegis.centre.edu/fmi/webd/#StudyAbroadApp. Submit in your completed application no later than noon on February 15. Students who are selected must pay the non-refundable $375 deposit/surcharge to the Cashier’s Office in Horky House by March 15 to hold their spot.
The Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
The Rose Bruford College is one of London’s leading drama schools and is located in the leafy south London town of Sidcup. RBC has an international reputation for top level training in all aspects of the theatrical arts. Each year two or three of their students study at Centre in the fall, and two or three of our students study there in the winter and spring terms. This exchange is designed to give their students a taste of a liberal arts approach to education and our students a taste of the conservatory experience. Generally aimed at dramatic arts majors, this opportunity is open to all Centre students who meet the basic requirements.
Students will generally begin their experience in London during the third week of January and their course work will end towards the end of May.
Centre students will continue to pay their Centre tuition for their term abroad but will not be charged for room-and-board for that term; they will use their room-and-board money to help cover the cost of their airfare and the rental of an apartment. Students also pay the standard $375 non-refunable study abroad surcharge that all Centre students studying abroad pay, and there is an additional cost of about $250 to cover the cost of theatre visits. The surcharge and theatre ticket fee are due at the Cashier’s Office of Horky House by Dec 1.
The Rose Bruford College will assist in finding appropriate accommodation for our students, although the college does not, at the moment, have any residential facilities of its own. Past experience has shown that our students have been housed in apartments within easy walking distance of the college.
The English education system is structured quite differently from the American one. In England our students will take a series of overlapping modules that will add up to the equivalent of 15 credits at Centre. These modules will change from year to year, but one of them will be based on seeing plays currently playing in London. Our students will mostly join the American Theatre Arts course at Brufords, but there is the possibility of our students joining one of the other programs at Brufords. See their website for more information on the possibilities: www.bruford.as.uk.
Deadlines & Requirements
This exchange program is managed by the Dramatic Arts Program although all the usual meetings required by the Centre for Global Citizenship for all students studying abroad must be attended. Applications must be made via a “letter of intent” delivered to Professor Tony Haigh by October 13. This letter should include details of the student’s academic history at Centre, their theatrical experience at Centre and beyond, and the student’s intention to explore a life in the theatre beyond Centre. Selection will be made on academic standing, theatrical experience, and a considered future. It will be expected, but not required, that successful candidates will have completed the first year/sophomore sequence of drama classes and have been active in the drama program at Centre.
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