United Kingdom

2020 Registration Opens in Early April!

Make sure to attend the United Kingdom Study Abroad Honors Hours in March:

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 3:30PM-4:45PM at RB 120: UK, China
2020 webpage under construction. Cost, dates, destinations and such may change, but use 2019 information below as a guide.


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

 IMPORTANT :  GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the Honors Study Abroad Programs policies might still change a little


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 October 18,2018 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the London and the UK program, HERE!


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.


We’ll spend two intense, exciting weeks in London, with day-trips to Canterbury, Cambridge, Hampton Court and either Greenwich or Lullingstone Roman villa. Then, we’ll head west by northwest, traveling to Oxford or Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham, Liverpool, and on to Belfast and Northern Ireland. This will be followed up with four sublime days in northwest Wales (Snowdonia and Caernarfon), and then the trip will end with visits to Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Salisbury. This extended two-week adventure will include trains, buses, ferries and planes!


We’ll be in London from June 7– June 22, and then traveling in the west, Northern Ireland, and Wales from June 22 – July 6, 2020.


Our travel dates straddle Summer A and Summer B, primarily to accommodate Professor Sutton’s family schedule (he refuses to miss his son’s high-school graduation!) Please keep in mind that 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 in early July, you will have about three weeks (the remainder of Summer B term), to pull together all of your findings and discoveries made whilst abroad, and craft a beautifully cogent, extended essay or project. Please note that the dates of travel abroad probably preclude your registering for face-to-face courses in either Summer A or Summer B. However, online courses, especially in Summer A term, if necessary, would be possible.


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.) Most rail travel outside of London will be on main-lines, with Brit-rail; small-gauge steam rail could feature prominently in Wales, as will bus travel. A quick flight from Liverpool to Belfast is likely, and a ferry sea-crossing, from Belfast to Holyhead, Wales (via Dublin), also is in the offing.


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 a mix of “Bed & Breakfast” hotels—a grand British form of accommodation and hospitality—or clean but inexpensive hotels.


The cost of the 2020 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.


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; he is also coediting a book on Exile with Professor Asher Milbauer, a colleague at FIU. 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, Law, 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 (still relatively new) study abroad program. If you have any questions, please reach out to him at suttonj@fiu.edu.


United Kingdom: A European Nation or Islands Set Apart?

Spring 2020, 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! NEW GUIDELINES!!!

Follow these instructions:

  1. Get clearance to do the program from one of our Honors Academic Advisors. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (brenluna@fiu.edu) or Patric Hambleton (phamblet@fiu.edu.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (gdelena@fiu.edu.) Call 305-348-4100 and ask for an advising appointment. Indicate it is regarding Study Abroad. You must have an advisor’s clearance when you go see Luli to secure your spot!
  2. Bring to DM 233 a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLY) made out to FIU. 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
  3. You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a contract
  4. Apply online at abroad.fiu.edu
  5. The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $175 administrative fee. It will be added to your second payment
  6. 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:


1st Payment*
2nd Payment*
3rd Payment (**)
*Non-refundable*Non-refundable**Non-ref. if canceled after Feb 14, 2019
Costa Rica
Tue, May 1, 2018
Wed, Aug 1, 2018
Sun, Oct. 1, 2018*
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
United Kingdom
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**
Mon, Oct 1, 2018
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Thu, Feb 1, 2019**

**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.


Registration will remain open from Monday through Friday (9:30am-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 Program

Student Eligibility and Participation Criteria

The Honors College has recently made changes to its Study Abroad Program Student Eligibility and Participation Criteria. Below is the updated policy effective for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Please contact Luli Szeinblum should you have any questions or concerns.

Academic Standing and Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Students must be in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.2 to participate in Honors College Study Abroad Programs.
  • For the South Africa Program, students must be in good standing and maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.5 to participate in Honors College Study Abroad Programs.

Freshmen and Transfer Students

  • Students without an FIU GPA: If space is available, freshmen in their first year who do not yet have an FIU GPA may apply for a Study Abroad program after their Fall grades have been posted. Students must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.2 to apply. Transfer students, with or without a completed AA degree, must have a minimum 3.3 transfer GPA to apply. The South Africa program requires a 3.5 minimum GPA to apply.

Expected Graduation and Excess Credits

  • Participation in a Study Abroad program must not delay the student’s expected graduation date based on the FIU admission term/cohort.
  • Participation in a Study Abroad program must not cause the student to exceed the excess credit threshold. Students who exceed the excess credit threshold will not be approved for participation, even if participation in a Study Abroad program would satisfy pending Honors requirements.

Advisor Clearance

  • All students must obtain advisor clearance prior to securing a spot in a Study Abroad program.

Enrollment Status

  • Only active degree-seeking students will be allowed to enroll in IDH 4007.  Enrollment in IDH 4007 is a prerequisite to IDH 4008.

No exceptions will be made for the above criteria.

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


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.


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


  • In order to secure and keep a spot in an Honors study abroad program, Students must meet and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
  • In order to be enrolled in IDH 4008, students must receive a grade no lower than C in IDH 4007.


  • 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.