We encourage all our students to consider studying abroad, preferably during the second half of the sophomore year or during the junior year. You can experience global study for various lengths of time and on most budgets:
- If you are able to spend only a few weeks abroad, consider a faculty-led trip during a winter or summer session, such as LIT 367 British Theatre (in London and Stratford-upon-Avon) or LIT 370 The Magic of Archival Research (in Cornwall). See “Courses” for current study-abroad options in English, or the Center for Global Engagement for other current study-abroad options.
- For a semester-length or year-length experience while paying TCNJ tuition, consider participating in a TCNJ Exchange Program. English liberal arts majors and English secondary majors should consider Northumbria University or Nottingham University (England).
- Other semester- or year-length options are nearly endless. For instance, a course in Italian literature in Italy may be counted as an elective in English (see below).
Here are some tips for choosing courses abroad:
- Plan a mix of courses for your major(s), minor(s), and Liberal Learning.
- Take advantage of the school’s and region’s specializations. For instance, why would you study U.S. literature in South Africa when you can study African literature, or continental literature in England when you can take courses in English and postcolonial literature? No matter your major or where you study, you should be able to find courses in the history of the region.
- All courses must be pre-approved by the appropriate department (Liberal Learning courses by the assistant dean of Humanities and Social Sciences). Useful information may be found in the undergraduate bulletin, the list of courses approved for Liberal Learning, and the general guidelines for transferring courses into the English Department. But don’t rule out English courses for which TCNJ has no equivalent–the chair or associate chair may approve these as topics courses (270 or 370).
The four-year plans below represent suggestions for English liberal arts and English secondary education who wish to spend a semester abroad. Students with primary majors in the School of Education should consult the School of Education. English secondary education majors who wish to student-teach abroad should consult their advisors and the Center for Global Engagement.
Consider applying for the Mary Roebling International Travel Award to support research, internships, or service abroad (including but not limited to research done for a course). The award is restricted to undergraduates in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the deadlines are November 1 and April 1, and more information may be found here: http://hss.tcnj.edu/roebling/