Studying in the U.K. (Scotland, Wales, England)
Summer 2014

Environmental Literature

Prerequisites for EN2132: EN 1011/1015, F.Y. Studies (or permission of instructor)

+/- July 6-July 27, 2014 

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Program Director:  Lucy Stamp  

Academic Director: Ned Olmsted 

Primary Goals: To read widely from the body of contemporary UK environmental literature and practice writing techniques that nature writers employ in their craft. To walk on the land, for this is where one will find the heart of one’s own nature writing voice.

  • Learn through close observation and hands-on discovery in the field
  • Hike and paddle in beautiful natural areas of Scotland, Wales, and England
  • Enjoy guided natural history walks as well as time for reflective journaling and independent rambling
  • Excellent background course for students interested in environmental studies

Special Considerations

  • The majority of this course will be spent out-of-doors & in semi-remote locations
  • Physical fitness is important--outdoor activities will include day hikes (some will be long & moderately strenuous), canoeing, or kayaking     
  • Travel days may be tedious and exhausting--lugging around bags, dealing with crowded conditions, making connections, etc.
  • In Wales, meal preparation and clean-up will be shared by all; a spirit of cooperation & flexibility is essential
  • It is likely that there will be no connectivity for computers/cell phones for most of the program
  • Writing expectations for this course are high. Some writing will take place outdoors in adverse weather and will be done by hand in hardcopy journals; other writing will be done on laptops indoors
  • There is NO SMOKING in the field



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Cost for the trip is $6,000* and includes:

  • 3-credit class
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • Some group meals
  • Price does not include individual spending money
  • Limited financial aid is available (contact Erin Craw, Associate Director of Financial Aid)

* Discounts for students enrolled in multiple summer study abroad programs. Pair this program with studying in Ireland or Ghana.


Peg Alden, Ed.D.
Director of International Education
Administration Building, Rm 218