The English Department encourages and supports study abroad for concentrators, whether for a summer, a semester, or a year. The department oversees or recommends several programs, described below. We will also work with students who elect to study elsewhere, including places where English is not the language of instruction, to develop a plan of study that will meet the department’s distribution and other requirements. If you have questions, you should contact the departmental representative at an early stage of your planning.
If you study abroad, you may count two courses per semester abroad toward departmental requirements, and up to five in a year. (The exception to this is the seminar in UCL; you may count two classes plus the seminar.) Courses in English literature (meaning literature originally written in the English language), literary theory, or cultural studies are ordinarily approved for departmental credit. Other courses may be approved as cognates depending on your track. All departmental credit requires approval, on a course by course basis, from the departmental representative. Study abroad courses may be taken to fulfill distribution requirements: consult with the departmental representative when choosing your courses to make sure they will fit your needs.
See the Office of International Programs website for further, detailed information
Spring Semester at University College, London
Princeton students entering the Department of English or the Department of Comparative Literature have the opportunity to spend the spring term at University College London (UCL), the oldest and largest of the constituent colleges of the University of London. This program is a result of the combined efforts of Princeton and UCL faculty members and offers a rigorous, exciting, and rewarding program of study at a top-ranked institution in one of the world’s great capital cities.
Princeton students live in UCL dormitories and choose three of their four courses from the regular offerings at UCL. The fourth course is a seminar in English literature taught by a Princeton English professor exclusively for Princeton students (which fulfills the Literary and Cultural History (LCH) distribution requirement for the major). Students who are completing their Junior Papers will also be advised by the Princeton faculty member.
UCL Course Start Date: January 2022
Summer Thesis Proseminar
The department ordinarily offers a six-week summer program of study at Lincoln College, Oxford for rising seniors, in collaboration with the Bread Loaf School of English. Because Bread Loaf has canceled its summer 2021 sessions, the department is offering a virtual alternative: the Summer Thesis Proseminar. The primary goal of the program is to encourage students to immerse themselves in thesis work. Through weekly workshops with other English majors, students will refine the questions and research materials that will orient their thesis while staking out new and exciting lines of inquiry. There are six places available for students who want to get a running start on the thesis, and are ready to commit to six two-hour sessions on Wednesdays from June 30 to August. The program will be led by Professor Autumn Womack.
2020 Summer Thesis Proseminar Application (Deadline Extended: March 29 by 11:59 p.m. via Dropbox (http://bit.ly/2021Proseminar); note that faculty recommendation letters must be emailed by March 28, so please reach out to your recommender early!)