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Summer in the UK: The British Invasion in U.S. Pop Culture

Summer in the UK:  The British Invasion in U.S. Pop Culture

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Program Highlights:

Join faculty leaders Drs. Heidi Breuer and Rebecca Lush on a tour of popular literary, cinematic, musical and theatrical traditions in the British Isles.  From iconic works drawing from more than 500 years in popular British culture to present day fantasy series such as Game of Thrones or Dr. Who, make the cities of London, Cardiff (Wales), and Dublin your classroom.

During your time abroad you will:

  • Discover the locations that inspire and inform British texts
  • Discern how the U.S. audience perceives the U.K., the U.S., and the relationship between the two nations
  • Consider why the cultural and historical British past is uniquely appealing to the U.S. audience
  • Evaluate whether the U.S. audience perpetuates colonial and imperial understandings of the world through the consumption of British texts
  • Enjoy the unique sights and sounds of three distinctive areas of the U.K./Ireland

Planned excursions include the following:

  • Tower of London Tourbeatles fan art
  • Sherlock Walking Tour
  • See a London theatre performance
  • Visit the Harry Potter Warner Brothers London Studio
  • James Bond Walking Tour
  • Magical Mystery Walking Tour
  • Dr. Who Experience
  • King Arthur Events in Cardiff
  • Visit to Trinity College, Dublin and The Book of Kells
  • Literary Pub Crawl
  • Game of Thrones Film Sites Tour

Academic Calendar:

May 21-June 2, 2016

Academic Focus:

LTWR 302-3:  The British Invasion in U.S. Pop Culture


  • Upper-division standing prior to departure
  • GPA: 2.00 and above; good academic standing to departure

Units:game of thrones fan art

LTWR 302-3 = 3 units

Course may count for upper-division Humanities credit (CC)


Participants will stay in shared, twin rooms with private bathrooms at various 2 and 3 start hotels In London, Cardiff, and Dublin.  Wifi access should be available, though connections might be strongest in lobby areas. 

Daily breakfast is served as well as a welcome/farewell dinner.  All other meals will be the responsibility of the student.

Estimated Cost:

$3,300 + Extended Learning Fees (estimated at $252)

All fees include tuition, lodging, daily breakfast, all ground transportation, medical insurance, and entry to all excursions.  Optional excursions, personal spending, and airfare NOT included in program price.

Estimated Food:  $455

Estimated Airfare (San Diego-London, Dublin-San Diego):  $1,500dr. who fan art

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Please await notification from Global Education before purchasing your airfare.  Ideally, we enjoy holding a pre-departure meeting once the application deadline closes, then participants may plan their travels together.  Always read the fine print concerning change fees, taxes, luggage restrictions, before booking.  Whenever possible, book directly with an airline.

To Apply:

  1. Attend an information session led by faculty leaders, Rebecca Lush & Heidi Breuer.
  2. Print out the application materials below.  All application materials must be received by Monday, February 15, 2016 along with your non-refundable $300 deposit to the Office of Global Education, Craven 3200.  Online payment preferred through CashNet:  Please be advised that all payments aside from those on debit cards will accrue a 2.75% convenience fee.  Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted.
  3. Final payment is due Monday, April 4, 2016 to the Office of Global Education.  Final payments preferred via CashNet.  See #2 above for specifics.  Please note that the Extended Learning fees will be payable through your myCSUSM once you are registered for the course.
  4. A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held with Drs. Lush & Breuer to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming course.  Proof of attendance will be recorded.

Summer in the UK/I 2016 Application:

Attend an Info Session:

  • Thursday, January 28, 1:15-2:15pm, MARK 221B
  • Wednesday, February 3, 12:00-12:50 p.m., MARK 221B
  • Monday, February 8, 4:00-4:50 p.m., MARK 132