The United Kingdom and Scotland: Uneasy Neighbors

Two semesters (Spring on campus & Summer abroad), 31 days, 7 cities

From $5,000 $4,000 (airfare not included) | Payments as low as $1,250                       

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   Structure: Two Semesters

   Activity Level: Difficult

Travel Portion:

2024: (FULL)
: Sunday, May 26

End: Tuesday, June 25
Price (airfare not included): $5,000 $4,000


Why participate?

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 sixth 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. All along, the Republic of Ireland has maintained its independence from the UK, and if anything, become more closely aligned with the EU—exacerbating tensions between it and Northern Ireland. Other divisions abound too, typified by “Megxit” and the near breakup of the beloved English Premier League in 2021. 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? And wither Ireland, unbounded yet tied to the UK?

Honors College students enrolling in the Honors UK 2024 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.

What is England, how did it develop, what are its gifts to the world? Comparable questions will pervade our studies, as regards Scotland and the North, and too, the construct of the United Kingdom. This learning about “Great Britain” 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 the southwestern part of the UK, and the North and Scotland too, if despair and dismay over Brexit and Megxit is real, or not. Scotland is, arguably, the perfect test case: it is better set up to leave the UK and rejoin the EU than anywhere else in the British Isles—do they wish to do so, and do they have the will? United we stand. Divided we fall”: does Churchill’s famous formulation, spoken in June 1941, still apply when speaking of the UK today?  

Course focus

  • British (and Scottish) history, culture, religion, literature and art
  • 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
  • COURSE SYLLABUS: 2024 Syllabus

Program information

  • Spring 2024 (on campus): IDH 4007 (3 credits) - MMC, Thursdays, 9:30AM-12:15PM
  • Summer C 2024 (abroad): IDH 4008 (3 credits) - May 26-June 25, 2024

Program highlights

  • Exploring Westminster Abbey
  • Seeing Matilda, Hamilton, & Six live at the West End
  • Punting on the River Cam in Cambridge
  • Walking through Edinburgh Castle
  • Visiting the National Football Museum

What is included

  • London Oyster card
  • BritRail Flexi Passes
  • 30 nights in handpicked accommodations
  • 15 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners, 1 afternoon tea
  • Expert Program Director
  • 24/7 support from Program Director
  • Multiple walking tours with local guides
  • 1 bus tour
  • Admission to Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Old Trafford (Manchester United stadium), and so much more

What is not included

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • $195.00 Education Abroad administrative fee (OEA Fee)
  • FIU in-state tuition (6 credits, $205.57 per credit)
  • Passport, visa, and other necessary documents
  • Personal expenses

(#) = number of nights; squiggle line = boat


  • Day 1-15: London

    While being based in London, UK, FIU Honors students will be exploring the city, attending the theatre, and visiting the many museums in London. There will be visits to Tower of London, The British Museum, National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery Trafalgar Square, British Library, Treasures Room, Sky Garden, Westminster Abbey, Imperial War Museum, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Museum, and Modern of Britain. Additionally, there will be day trips to Suburban Kent, Canterbury, Hampton Court, and Cambridge. During this time, FIU Honors students will have four free days.

  • Day 16-17: York

    Train to York, UK; bus-tour from York into the Dales; Moors, York - Whitby Tour

  • Day 18: Travel to Edinburgh

    Travel by train from York to Edinburgh

  • Day 19-20: Edinburgh

    Highlights include Tour of Edinburgh Castle, Tour of HolyRood Castle, and day trip to Glasgow

  • Day 21: Travel to Inverness

    Travel by train from Edinburgh to Inverness

  • Day 22: Inverness

    Highlights include tour of Culloden Battlefield, boat excursion into Loch Ness, and visit to Urquhart Castle

  • Day 23: Travel to Windermere

    Train travel to Windermere, with stop at Edinburgh/Oxenhome Lake District

  • Day 24: Windermere

    Group activity in Windermere and group dinner

  • Day 25: Travel to Manchester

    Travel overland from Windermere to Manchester, UK

  • Day 26-27: Manchester

    Highlights include National Football Museum, tour of Old Trafford (Manchester United stadium), performance at the Royal Exchange theatre, and day trip to Liverpool

  • Day 28: Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon

    Overland travel to Stratford-upon-Avon. Then visit to Anne Hathaway's cottage or Shakespeare's birthplace, and performance at Royal Shakespeare Theatre

  • Day 29-30: Stratford-upon-Avon

    Highlights include day trips to Cotswolds and Oxford

  • Day 31: Return to London

    Train to London Marlyebone Station, London, UK; end of program

Program Director

James 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/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, journeying to London, York, Scotland and the Highlands, the Lake District, Manchester, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Although Covid-19 nixed travel abroad in 2020 and 2021, Sutton successfully jump-started the program once again in 2022, leading a fantastic group of 20 students to London, Oxford, Manchester and Liverpool, Belfast and Northern Ireland, Wales, and Bath + Stonehenge. This past summer, 20 students joined Sutton to explore London and the southeast, West Ireland and Dublin, Cornwall, Devon, Bristol and Bath. In 2024, he seeks a new cohort of 22 adventurous, curious students prepared for new endeavors in England and Scotland. If you have any questions, please reach out to him at

Contact Professor Sutton

2024 Payment Schedule

1st Payment (Deposit)*

2nd Program Payment*

Spring 2024
In-State Tuition

3rd Program Payment*

Education Abroad Fee*

Summer C 2024
In-State Tuition

2 Weeks After Interview


December 1


January 17


February 1


March 1


May 14


*Payments are non-refundable & non-transferrable

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