Studying in the U.K. (Scotland, Wales, England)
Environmental Literature (EN2132)

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 & practice writing techniques 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 & paddle in beautiful natural areas of Scotland, Wales & England
  • Enjoy guided natural history walks as well as time for reflective journaling & 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 & exhausting - lugging around bags, dealing with crowded conditions, making connections, etc.
  • In Wales, meal preparation & 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 & 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 Jennifer Desmarais, 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