British Performance and Design

Location: London, North England, and South England, United Kingdom
Program Dates: May 15 – June 9, 2014

An International and Global Studies Sponsored Program


Course Overview

Students will immerse themselves in the history and analysis of British performance and design, while traveling through areas of England known for their historical contributions to the arts. During the course, students will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of theatrical styles, a variety of architectural and artistic landmarks, engage with a variety of professional artists and arts administrators, and participate in a civic engagement project exploring the impact of theatre on at-risk young people in London. Through the lens of theatre, the course will provide students the opportunity to experience the diversity of an English speaking country that has had an enormous cultural impact worldwide.

Country Information

Throughout its long history, England has been a green and pleasant land, a sceptered isle and a nation of shopkeepers. It's stood as a beacon of democracy and a bastion of ideological freedom, as well as a crucible of empire and a cradle of class oppression. Magna Carta, the King James Bible and the welfare state were all dreamt up here, but then again so were beer bellies, Bovril and Mr. Bean. It's a nation of tea-tippling eccentrics and train spotters, of dog lovers and footy fanatics, of punk rockers, gardeners, gnome collectors, celebrity wannabees, superstar chefs, free-wheeling city traders, pigeon fanciers, cricket bores and part-time Morris Dancers. To some it's Albion. To others it's Blighty. To many it's the most eccentric, extraordinary and downright incomprehensible place on earth.

London has been called a ‘world in one city’ and that’s not just empty rhetoric. The brilliant feat carried off here is that while immigrants, the city’s life blood, continue to flow in and contribute their energy and cultures to the capital’s already spicy melting pot, London nevertheless feels quintessentially British, whether it’s those boxy black cabs, the red double-deckers or those grand symbols of Britain – the mother of all parliaments at Westminster, the silhouette of Tower bridge above the muddy Thames or the already world-famous London Eye, barely a decade old.

Exerts about England from Lonely Planet


This course is taught by Assistant Professor Shelby Newport and Lecturer Andrew Morton, professors from the Theatre and Dance department.


  • All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply
  • All majors are eligible to apply
  • Guest students are eligible to apply
  • No GPA requirements


The program fee is $3,308*. This includes:

  • Housing
  • Meals (breakfast only)
  • Health insurance
  • Cultural activities (museum visits, 15 live performances, scenic tours, civic engagement)
  • Transportation in London

Additional costs include: 

  • Tuition charges
  • Roundtrip airfare to England
  • Passport
  • Additional meals

There is a $150 enrollment deposit required at the time of application. Students are required to submit full payment of program fee by March 14, 2014.

Cancelations & Refunds

Students who withdraw on or before February 21, 2014 are eligible to receive $50 from the $150 enrollment deposit. Any withdrawals must be done in writing and submitted to the Education Abroad Office. There will be no refunds after February 21, 2014. Students who withdraw after February 21, 2014 will be responsible for paying the full program fee.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Students must be accepted into a UM-Flint faculty-led program.
  • Students must be full-time UM-Flints undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the application.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours, or 9 graduate credit hours at UM-Flint at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and 5.0 GPA for graduates at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must register for the course associated with the program.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, January 24, 2014.

*Program fee is subject to change based on currency exchange rates.


Course Registration

This is a 3-credit course being offered in the Spring 2014 term. Students are required to register for one of the following courses:

  • INT 394 – Special Topic in Study Abroad (undergraduate)
  • INT 594 – Special Topic in Study Abroad (graduate)


  • Application & Deposit Deadline: Friday,  January 24, 2014
  • 50% of program fee: Friday, February 21, 2014
  • Remainder of program fee: Friday, March 14, 2014