The programs listed below are administered by the University of Iowa and are based at foreign universities with comprehensive English departments, or are short-term faculty-led programs. At the end of the list is a link to a study abroad clearinghouse containing information about non-UI programs.
Consider the possibility of studying Kiwi Lit in New Zealand, or the rich tradition of island literature in western Ireland. Studying overseas lets you take classes you would probably never be able to take here at home.
And for a special treat, consider taking American literature classes abroad. You may gain perspectives unimagined in the U.S. classroom.
While we suggest you look at these highlighted programs first, feel free to browse the programs database on the Study Abroad website, explore an online directory of study abroad programs, and consult materials in the Study Abroad Resource Room.
Semester & Year-Long Programs
Regents Semester in Australia
The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Newcastle or the University of Tasmania. Participants are fully integrated academically and socially with their Australian peers. A large selection of English course work is available, including creative writing.
The Iceland Exchange Program is a reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and the University of Iceland, which has an excellent English department. This program is suitable for English majors who have some background in literary theory and analysis. Study the medieval Sagas in Iceland for a complex, interculural experience, or modern Icelandic literature for a taste of what's new in Europe.
The UK Exchanges
The UK Exchange Program is a reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and the Universities of Hull, Lancaster,Birmingham, and Strathclyde. The program allows UI undergraduates to undertake a year of study in England or Scotland while fully integrated with local students in student housing and regular classes. Direct enrollment at the host institution is particularly suited to students prepared to take upper-level course work in both their major and/or a secondary field of interest.
Iowa Regents Semester in Scotland
This semester or academic year program offers undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines at the University of Edinburgh, one of the finest universities in the United Kingdom in one of Europe's most exciting cultural centers. Students are fully integrated academically and socially with their Scottish peers.
The University of Edinburgh is a venerable institution -- founded in the 1850s -- and has forged a special position in academia. Its national and international reputation is excellent, and it has a large, diverse, and multinational student body. It is Scotland's leading research university and is ranked 5th overall out of 115 U.K. institutions.
Semester at Queen’s University Belfast
Known for its excellence in undergraduate programs, the Queens University of Belfast ranks with the best of the UK's "red brick" universities, established in 1845 by Queen Victoria. With a strong interest in interdisciplinary studies and with new additions to their already impressive range of courses, QUB has established itself as one of the most progressive educational institutions in the United Kingdom.
Iowa Regents Semester in Wales
The Regents Semester in Wales offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at a British university. Students are integrated academically and socially with their British peers at the University of Wales-Swansea. The program begins with a three-week course on British life and politics, after which students enroll in regular courses offered by the university.
The University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is one of the top academic institutions in the U.K. and boasts an excellent English department. The city is the largest in SW England, about 90 minutes west of London by train. Study abroad participants enroll directly into courses offered to degree-seeking students. This program is administered by USAC, a consortium of which the UI is a member.
The University of Reading
Another top-notch British university with a strong English department. Direct enrollment in classes taken by British degree students. Reading, population 140,000, is situated on the River Thames about 40 miles west of London and 25 miles southeast of Oxford. This program is also administered by USAC.
The Irish Writing Program
This is an intensive creative writing program centered in Dublin. It carries 6 s.h. of credit: 3 s.h. of Dublin Writing Workshop, and 3 s.h. of Irish Literature and Drama. Both courses are applied to English major credit. The workshop focuses on prose (fiction or creative non-fiction), although poets who wish to experiment with prose are also encouraged to apply. In addition to a rigorous academic program, students have the opportunity to participate on weekend excursions to the west coast of Ireland and attend cultural and literary events in Dublin.
London Performance Study
London Performance Study is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to theatre in London, with English and Theatre Arts majors recieving credit towards the major. At present there are approximately 50 central theatres in London offering musicals and classic plays as well as more than 60 recognized fringe venues specializing in experimental productions.
Hiking in England
Literature & Culture of the Middle Ages in England
First offered during the winter session of 2009-10, and led by Prof. Jonathan Wilcox of the UI English department, this 3-week course divided its time between London and Durham, examining medieval texts and locations. Tentative plans are to offer the class again during summer 2011.