The United Kingdom: Still United?
READ THE GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the 2022 Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!
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. This messy divorce, now in its fifth year and counting, has also revealed tensions within the UK itself, such as the uneasy question of Scottish independence from England, and anxiety over Northern Ireland’s position in the UK. Other divisions abound too, typified by “Megxit” and the near breakup of the beloved English Premier League. Add into the mix racial, class and religious tensions; a weakened Labour Party; and concern about the vaunted, beloved National Health Service (NHS) in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic: everywhere you look, divisive challenge abounds. Can the United Kingdom hold itself together?
Honors College students enrolling in the UK program will have the opportunity to answer this question first-hand. In the spring semester, in IDH 4007, we will emphasize coherence and unity, as we study British history, culture, religion, literature and art, and advances in science, technology, medicine and engineering 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 the present.
This learning about the United Kingdom will then be tested and extended in situ, as participants travel in the summer, under the IDH 4008 rubric, observing first-hand, in London and Belfast, Wales and Westminster, if despair and dismay over Brexit and Megxit is real, or not. “United we stand. Divided we fall”: does Churchill’s famous formulation, spoken in June 1941, still apply in speaking of the UK?
Make an informed reply! Check out the September 2021 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the UK program HERE, but keep in mind policies, processes, costs, days, etc, will change for 2022! The 2021 Fall UK Honors Hour will take place on Thursday, September 23, from 3:30pm to 4:45pm (Room TBD.) Be there!
SO, WHO IS THIS PROGRAM INTENDED FOR?
Essentially, this program is ideal for any Honors College student with a strong interest in, and curiosity about 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 strengthen the course, ensuring its interdisciplinary aspirations. 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 and espouses. Indeed, all are welcome.
WHERE WILL WE TRAVEL WHEN WE ARE IN THE UK?
We will spend two intense, exciting weeks in London, with daytrips to Canterbury, Cambridge, Hampton Court and Lullingstone Roman villa. Then, we’ll head west by northwest, traveling to Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool, and on to Belfast and Northern Ireland. This will be followed up with four amazing days in northwest Wales (hiking up Mt. Snowdon, zip-lining through an abandoned slate mine, scrambling about a ruined castle!). The trip will conclude with a visit to sublime Bath, and a daytrip to Stonehenge and Salisbury. This extended month-long adventure will include travel on trains, buses, trams, taxis, the Tube, and planes!
WHEN IS THE TRIP?
We will be in London from June 5– June 20, and then traveling in the west, Northern Ireland, Wales and Bath from June 20 – July 4, 2022.
LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:
WHY IS THIS A SUMMER C COURSE?
Our travel dates straddle Summer A and Summer B, primarily to accommodate Professor Sutton’s personal schedule. Please keep in mind that while in England and the UK, 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 your findings and discoveries made whilst abroad, and craft a beautifully cogent, extended essay or project. Please note that the dates of travel abroad would preclude your registering for face-to-face, on campus courses in either Summer A or Summer B.
HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET AROUND?
While in London, we will travel by foot (plan to walk a whole lot!), by those iconic red double-decker buses, and by subway (London’s Tube.) Most travel outside of London will be by train; small-gauge steam rail could be featured in Wales, as will bus travel. A round-trip flight, Manchester to Belfast, is also planned as part of your itinerary.
WHERE ARE WE GOING TO LIVE WHILE WE’RE IN ENGLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, AND WALES?
In London, students will stay at the FSU Study Center, or nearby; these flats are well-appointed, with all necessities, and located in Bloomsbury, very near the British Museum. Outside of the capital, students will be lodged in clean, safe hotels; breakfasts are usually included with overnight stays. You will always room with at least one other student on the program—a great way to foster life-long friends.
SO HOW MUCH DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?
The cost of the 2022 UK program is $3,400 (TBC). This includes lodging 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 a $500 Honors College deposit, nor a $195 Study Abroad non-refundable fee. FIU instructional fee (6 credits, $205.57 per credit), transatlantic airfare, meals, and personal expenses are also NOT included.
WHO IS PROFESSOR SUTTON?
Professor James Sutton was born and raised in Michigan; 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 in England during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I. He currently teaches and studies Shakespeare and his plays’ global appropriation and adaptation, focusing on Slovenia and South Florida. He recently co-edited a book entitled Exile in Global Literature and Culture: Homes Found and Lost, with FIU colleague Professor Asher Milbauer. This publication has led to further inquiry on the relationship of Shakespeare to exile and dislocation. Sutton is an Associate Professor in FIU’s English department, which he chaired from 2008-2016. In early 2017, Sutton spent six months in Slovenia, teaching literature at two Slovenian universities and travelling widely about central Europe. He joined the FIU Honors College—a long term goal—in the fall of 2017 and takes pride in teaching IDH 1001 and 1002 as part of the “famous” Gerstman/McDaniel/Abukhodeir/Sutton POD ever since. Long the co-director of the successful FIU Study Abroad program, “Shakespeare in England,” Professor Sutton created and launched this Honors College UK program in 2019. Although Covid-19 nixed travel abroad in 2020 and 2021, Sutton eagerly looks forward to jump-starting the program once again in 2022. He seeks adventurous, curious students prepared for new endeavors in England and the UK. If you have any questions, please reach out to him at email@example.com.
United Kingdom: Still United?
Spring 2022, 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:
Current Honors Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:
- Get clearance from your Honors advisor. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Patric Hambleton (email@example.com.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (firstname.lastname@example.org.) 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!
- Once you’ve been cleared, email Luli (email@example.com) to schedule a registration appointment, specifying your PID and program of choice
- On the date of your appointment, 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
- The registration process includes a group contract-signing session and online application. Calculate around 2 hours for the whole process
- You will be officially registered once you complete all 3 steps (registration & payment, online application, and contract-signing)
Newly Admitted Students interested in securing a spot for a 2020 study abroad program:
- Email Luli (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a registration appointment, including your Panther ID number and program of choice
- Follow the instructions on the third bullet above
- Make sure together with the $350 you bring to the session a copy of the unofficial transcripts from the institution you are coming from and a copy of the Honors letter/email of acceptance
- You can register for study abroad only once you get your first FIU GPA, assuming there are still spots available. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the 2021 registration opens in April
- 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
- The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $195 administrative fee. It will be posted along with your second payment and they can be paid together
Below is the schedule of payments to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $350 fee:
Schedule of Payments:
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**Non-refundable after February 14, 2020
After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your 3 payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor.) In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program and NOT to cover other balances you may have, we strongly recommend you pay in person. Make sure to tell the cashier you are paying your Honors Study Abroad program, and which one is it (E.g. Honors Japan program, Honors UK program, etc.) The charges will be posted to your my.fiu.edu account approximately 21 days prior to the deadline or earlier.
NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.