United Kingdom

The United Kingdom: A European Nation or Islands Set Apart?

2019 registration is open!

Mondays-Fridays from 9:00AM to 4:30PM

 VERY IMPORTANT : PLEASE check the Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The much-debated and highly-publicized June 2016 “Brexit” referendum, in which a narrow majority of British citizens voted to leave the European Union, made newly apparent what has, in fact, been a centuries-old dynamic between the British Isles (England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales) and the European continent. Since at least the days of the Roman conquest of southern England, the relationship between these North Atlantic islands and the rest of Europe (especially France, Germany, Spain and Italy) has been complex, vexed and ever-changing, at times manifesting points of connection and similarity, at other times highlighting difference and a supposed “singularity” or “exceptionality” of the British nation and its peoples.

Honors College students enrolling in IDH 4007 will study British history, culture, religion, literature and art, and advances in science, technology, medicine and engineering (always in relation to European trends and linkages) from the pre-Roman and Roman eras, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Restoration and Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, Victorian and Edwardian ages, the World Wars of the last century, and right up to our contemporary moment. The learning in IDH 4007 will then be tested and extended in situ, as participants travel throughout the U.K. in the summer, under the

IDH 4008 rubric, observing how the Britons have contributed to the course of human history over the past 2500 years.

Make an educated decision! Check the March 27 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the London and the UK program, HERE!

SO, WHO IS THIS PROGRAM INTENDED FOR?
Essentially, this program is ideal for any Honors College student with a strong interest in London and the UK, irrespective of major and course of study at FIU. While common course work, assignments, and travel will emphasize history, culture, the arts and design, politics and social trends through time, this should not preclude students working in the sciences and engineering, pre-med and nursing, business, or hospitality from enrolling. Quite the opposite, the participation of students from a range of disciplines will only make the course stronger, and its interdisciplinary aspirations more fully realized. In short, this UK Study Abroad trip aspires to embody the very principles of broad learning and inquiry in a range of disciplines that the FIU Honors College promotes. Indeed, all are welcome.

WHERE WILL WE TRAVEL WHEN WE ARE IN THE UK?
We’ll spend two weeks in London, with day-trips to Canterbury, Cambridge and Hampton Court. Then, we’ll traverse the north and west of England and Scotland, stopping at York, Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow, the Lake District, Manchester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford. This extended rail-trip will last another two weeks.

WHEN IS THE TRIP?
We’ll be in London from May 12 – May 27, and then traveling by rail from May 27 – June 10, 2019.

IF WE’RE DONE TRAVELING IN ENGLAND ON JUNE 10, WHY IS THIS A SUMMER C COURSE?
While in England, your job is to see things, experience the country, take in the sights, and explore. You are essentially conducting research, or doing your “field work,” for your independent project for IDH 4008. When you return to Miami, you will have the remainder of June and July (Summer B, essentially), in consultation with Professor Sutton, to pull together all of your findings and discoveries made whilst abroad, and craft a beautifully cogent, extended essay or project.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET AROUND?
While we’re in London, we’ll travel by foot (plan to walk a whole lot!), by those iconic red double-decker buses, and by subway (London’s tube.) All rail travel outside of London will be on main-lines, with Brit-rail.

WHERE ARE WE GOING TO LIVE WHILE WE’RE IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND?
In London, students will stay at the FSU Study Center; this is a beautifully appointed, state-of-the-art facility, located very near the British Museum on Great Russell Street. Outside of the capital, students will lodge in “Bed & Breakfast” hotels—a grand British form of accommodation and hospitality.

SO HOW MUCH DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?
The cost of the 2019 UK program is $3,400 which includes housing for the duration of the trip; local transportation; admission to numerous museums, monuments and other sites; theatre and concert tickets; and mandatory insurance. Program costs DO NOT include: $350 Honors College fee and $175 Study Abroad non-refundable fees, FIU instructional fee (6 credits, $205.57 per credit), airfare, meals, and personal expenses.

WHO IS PROFESSOR SUTTON?
Professor James Sutton hales from the Midwest; he received undergraduate and Master’s degrees in English from Northwestern and Michigan, and holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies (1995) from Yale. His early research focused on the interplay of art, architecture, dramatic performance, politics and court intrigue during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I; he is currently researching and writing about “glocal” Shakespeares, in Slovenia and here in South Florida. Sutton is an Associate Professor in FIU’s English department, which he chaired from 2008-2016. During 2016-2017, Sutton spent six months in Slovenia, teaching and travelling. He joined the Honors College—a long term goal—in the fall of 2017, teaching a pod of IDH 1001 and 1002 with colleagues from Physics, Biology and Religious Studies. He has also been director of the long-successful FIU Study Abroad program, “Shakespeare in England;” he looks forward to new endeavors in England and the UK with FIU Honors College students, as part of this brand new study abroad program. If you have any questions, please reach out to him at suttonj@fiu.edu.

COURSES/CREDITS:

United Kingdom: A European Nation or Islands Set Apart?
Spring 2019, On campus – Thursdays 9:30 am – 12:15 pm: IDH 4007 (3 credits);
Summer C Abroad: IDH 4008 (3 credits)

The program fulfills one year of Honors credit requirements (6 credits)

How do we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis!

Follow these instructions:

  1. Bring your current unofficial transcript printed out and a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLY) made out to FIU to DM 233. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in your program of choice. It is non-refundable, and constitutes a serious commitment to the program
  2. You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a contract
  3. Apply online
  4. The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $175 administrative fee. It will be added to your second payment (Dec 1, 2018), and in Costa Rica’s case, to your third payment (Oct 1, 2018)
  5. In order to keep your good standing with the program, comply with the Honors Study Abroad Policies and deadlines at the bottom of this page

Below is the schedule of payments to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $350 fee:

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS:

 
1st Payment*
2nd Payment*
3rd Payment (**)
 
*Non-refundable*Non-refundable**Non-ref. if canceled after Feb 14, 2019
Program
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Total
Costa Rica
Tue, May 1, 2018
$600
Wed, Aug 1, 2018
$400
Sun, Oct. 1, 2018*
$300
$1,300
Cambodia-Vietnam
Sun, Oct 1, 2018
$700
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$500
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$500
$1,700
France
Sun, Oct 1, 2018
$1,000
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$700
$2,700
Italy
Sun, Oct 1, 2018
$1,000
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$700
$2,700
Japan
Sun, Oct 1, 2018
$1000
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$800
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$700
$2,500
Spain
Sun, Oct 1, 2018
$900
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$700
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$600
$2,200
United Kingdom
Sun, Oct 1, 2018
$1,200
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
$1,200
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
$1,000
$3,400
South Africa
Sun, Oct 1, 2018
TBA
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
TBA
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
TBA
TBA

*Non-refundable
**Non-refundable after February 14, 2019

After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your three payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor,) same way you pay for your regular classes. In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program, we strongly recommend you pay in person. The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline or earlier.

NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.

Registration will remain open from Monday through Friday (8:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full.

For information about Study Abroad Scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or at edabroad@fiu.edu.

For other questions, please contact Luli Szeinblum at 305.348.4100 or luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

HONORS COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD POLICIES:

Note: IDH 4007 is the pre-trip class on campus, and IDH 4008 is the actual class abroad.

Payments:

  • Students that do not comply with the payment due dates stated on my.fiu.edu, Financials section, will be charged by the university a late fee of $100.00.
  • Students that fail to complete payments within 2 weeks after the deadline will not be allowed to
    participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Documentation:

  • ALL Office of Study Abroad (OSA) required documentation must be uploaded to abroad.fiu.edu by December 15, 2018, 11:59pm, for summer 2019 programs and August 1, 2018, 11:59pm, for winter break session 2018 programs (Honors Costa Rica). Students who do not comply with the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • The documentation required by OSA is at abroad.fiu.edu. It includes: Medical Form, Course Registration Form, copy of valid passport, and four questionnaires: 1) personal information form, 2) emergency contact form, 3) special needs form, and 4) financial information form.
  • The Medical Form is valid for only one year as of the date it is signed by a physician licensed in the United States and cannot expire before the end of the trip.
  • Passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip.
  • Students that do not have a valid passport by the deadline mentioned above must instead submit proof that the passport application/renewal process has been initiated, and must replace it with a copy of their actual passport no later than the end of IDH 4007. If they fail to comply by the deadline, they will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 5, 2018 (AND JULY 20, 2018 FOR COSTA RICA):

The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until March 18, 2019, 11:59pm, and October 29, 2018, 11:59pm respectively (final DROP date). Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

  • Students must clear any existing holds by April 26, 2019 (and November 30, 2018, for Costa Rica.) Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Physicality:

  • Study Abroad programs can be physically demanding. Students must be physically able to participate in the programs.

Academics:

  • Students have to be in good Honors academic standing (see http://honors.fiu.edu/students/policies/) in order to secure a spot in an Honors study abroad program. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • A minimum grade of C in IDH 4007 is required to be enrolled in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded if the student cannot be enrolled.

Behavior:

  • Students who have been sanctioned under the FIU Student Code of Conduct (https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-conflict-resolution/student-code-of-conduct%20/_assets/Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf), which results in loss of privileges and/or other sanctions that result in the student not being considered to be in good standing with the University (e.g., conduct probation,) are not eligible to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • Students studying abroad are expected to represent the Honors College and FIU honorably and maturely. The faculty director and/or staff are authorized to end the trip early for students whose behavior becomes disruptive (and/or whose behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct), and the student risks dismissal from the Honors College in accordance with the posted dismissal policy for misconduct.
  • By signing up to participate in a study abroad program, students are assuming all the above-mentioned responsibilities and are committing to comply with them without further notices.