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  • London, UNITED KINGDOM

    Live What You Learn
  • Language Requirement: None
  • Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
  • GPA Requirement: 2.75 or above
  • Other Requirements: Freshman writing course(s) must be complete.

TermYearPriority DeadlineApp/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer I 2014 02/01/14 05/01/14 07/10/14 08/06/14

*You may complete all pre-decision materials by the priority deadline to receive a $75 credit toward your summer program fee or a $100 credit toward your academic year program fee.

Inside the Program

The "Fantasy on the Fringe" program (known more affectionately as "Harry Potter in the UK") is a program designed for undergraduate students with a keen interest in fantasy, folklore and popular culture. The four-week program includes about 2.5 weeks in London and a final 10 days in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Participants will be enrolled in two courses: “Fantasy Narratives and Cultural Theory,” which addresses modern and postmodern fantasy literature and its commentary on social politics; and “UK Folklore and Popular Culture,” a survey of key themes in English, Welsh and Scottish folklore and pop culture, with analysis of how this folklore and pop culture reinforces and challenges mainstream ideologies. Roger Adkins, associate director of UO Study Abroad Programs and an instructor of English and folklore, will lead the program.

This program is open to undergraduate students with a minimum sophomore standing (by the start date), and ideal for students interested in fantasy and folklore. The two courses in the program will include class discussions and activities, guest speakers, online components, exercises that involve interacting with the study sites, and numerous excursions both within the program cities and beyond.

For the first 2.5 weeks, classes take place in the AHA London Centre, a spacious, historic 18th century Georgian building in the Bloomsbury area, a short walk from the British Museum. London will serve as a classroom as much as the Centre itself. Students should expect to spend a great deal of time exploring the boundless cultural and fantasy-related resources of the capital. In the final week-and-a-half, the program will be based in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, where both the course sessions and the field activities will continue.

Credit Explanation / Academic Details

All courses offered are recognized and approved for academic credit by various AHA partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

The course will be taught by U.S. visiting faculty member Roger Adkins. Dr. Adkins is an instructor of folklore and English at the University of Oregon. He will teach both of the program courses and serves as the main program leader. The courses will consist of weekday class meetings, guest lectures, field activities, and excursions to relevant historic sites throughout both London and Edinburgh.

Excursions in this program include a range of cultural and historic sites of interest and range from the well known to the fringe and bizarre. In both cities, participants will be engaged in “Horcrux Hunt” assignments that require visiting additional key sites (monuments, fantasy-related sites and more) and analyzing the importance of those sites in relation to course themes.

The month of August also plays host to The Festival in Edinburgh, which is really a coincidence of multiple festivals that all overlap during the summer. Of particular interest for this program are the Edinburgh International Festival, a festival of all the arts (music, dance, theatre, opera, visual arts, lectures and more) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a direct response to the international festival that turns the entire city into a stage for “fringe” arts events, including things too edgy or risqué to appear on more official festival stages. All through the streets, Latvian jugglers, South African comedians, marching bands from Asia, Canadian folk singers and other performers from around the world ply their crafts. The result is one of the world’s most amazing festival atmospheres, and it makes August in Edinburgh impossible to forget. It also makes the city a wonderful workshop on festival life for the folklore course.

Housing Description

LONDON: You will join a community of around 850 residents from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as part of life in the International Hall at the University of London residence hall. The Hall is located in central London, just minutes from the AHA Centre, the British Museum and the Russell Square Tube station. You will have your own single study bedroom and shared bathrooms with other residents. All single rooms have a hand basin, fitted furniture consisting of bed (including linens), desk, chair and storage for clothes and books, and are fitted with a telephone and data socket. Breakfasts are included (throughout the week and weekend), and are taken in the hall's cafeteria. Students are on their own for lunches and dinners, though there are a number of reasonably priced options nearby.

EDINBURGH: You will reside in Edinburgh Metro Hostel, which is a University of Edinburgh residence hall during the academic year. The hostel’s location is central and very close to the famous Royal Mile and numerous important historic and cultural sites. Participants will have single study-bedrooms (with wi-fi) that open into shared living/kitchen spaces. Participants will receive a small per diem for meals. They can then choose to eat out at a cafe of buy groceries and cook meals themselves.

Transportation Details

Local transportation pass (Oyster Card) is valid for zones 1 and 2 during summer programs.

"There is always something to do here in the city,

no matter the time of day, there is culture to be soaked up everywhere. Trying to catch it all is like trying to catch smoke, it just can't be done."