Professors Gabriel Holbrook, Scott Balcerzak, Kathleen Renk and S. Adam Seagrave
This will be the 47th annual summer program offered by Northern Illinois University and Oriel College featuring courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels that are designed to take advantage of the unique resources of the British setting, including the Oxford libraries, theaters of London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and selected cultural, historical and scientific field trip sites. Faculty are accommodated close to students and dine in the same halls so that formal class meetings can be supplemented by individual tutorials and informal conversations. Enrollment in all courses is deliberately kept low in order to permit maximum interaction between students and faculty.
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For a complete description of courses, please download the PDF in the program overview section.
Dr. Gabriel Holbrook
(Biological Sciences, NIU) serves as the College of LiberalArts and Sciences Coordinator for the Program. He has a primary research interest in plant physiology and has published numerous research articles on photosynthesis by plants, algae, bacteria and biofuel.
BIOS 101 Plant Products and Human Affairs 3 semester hours - UG
BIOS 305 Biology of Land Plants 4 semester hours - UG
Prerequisites: BIOS 208, BIOS 209, BIOS 210, BIOS 211, CHEM 211, and CHEM 213.*
BIOS 411/511 Plant Physiology 4 semester hours - UG or GR
Prerequisites: BIOS 208, BIOS 209, BIOS 210, BIOS 211, CHEM 211, and CHEN 213.*
BIOS 493A Topics in Biology: Physiology 3 semester hours - UG
Prerequisite: Consent of department.*
BIOS 616 Plant Metabolism 3 semester hours - GR
*Biological Science course prerequisite requirements should be discussed with Professor Holbrook. After consultation with Professor Holbrook and approval of the department chair, some or all prerequisites may be waived.
Dr. Scott Balcerzak
(English, NIU) teaches a variety of courses on film and literature. His research interests include actor performance and gender studies. He has written a book and a number of articles on these subjects. Contact Professor Balcerzak at email@example.com.
SHAKESPEARE AND FILM
ENGL 315 Shakespeare for Non-Majors
ENGL 363 Film and Literature 3 semester hours - UG
ENGL 400 Literary Topic 3 semester hours - UG
ENGL 407 Shakespeare 3 semester hours - UG
ENGL 499 Topics in English Literature 3 semester hours - UG
PRQ: Consent of department.
ENGL 607 Topics in Literature 3 semester hours -GR
ENGL 641 Shakespeare 3 semester hours - GR
ENGL 691 Topics in Film and Literature 3 semester hours - GR
ENGL 707 Topics in Literature 3 semester hours - GR
ENGL 741 Shakespeare 3 semester hours - GR
Dr. Kathleen Renk
(English, NIU) teaches nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first-century British, postcolonial, and women’s literatures. She is the author of Caribbean Shadows and Victorian Ghosts: Women's Writing and Decolonization (Univ. Press of Virginia,1999) and Magic, Science, and Empire in Postcolonial Literature: The Alchemical Literary Imagination (Routledge, 2012). She has also published critical essays on the work of A.S. Byatt, Wilson Harris, Peter Carey, Pauline Melville, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and other British and postcolonial writers.
WITCHES, HERETICS, AND KINGMAKERS IN BRITISH LITERATURE
ENGL 110 Transformative Fictions 3 semester hours - UG
ENGL 115 British Identities, British Lives 3 semester hours - UG
ENGL 400 Topics in Literature 3 semester hours - UG
ENGL 607 Graduate Topics in Literature 3 semester hours - GR
WGST 240 Issues in Women’s and Gender Studies 3 semester hours - UG
WGST 430 Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies 3 semester hours - UG
PRQ: Junior or senior standing or consent of director.
WGST 610 Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies 3 semester hours - GR
Dr. S. Adam Seagrave
(Political Science, NIU) has published two books on the topic of this course in the last two years: The Foundations of Natural Morality: On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law, and Liberty and Equality: The American Conversation, as well as numerous articles on American political thought and political theory. He teaches courses in American political thought, African-American political thought, and political theory.
JOHN LOCKE: AMERICA’S PHILOSOPHER
POLS 150 Democracy in America 3 semester hours – UG
POLS 351 Liberalism and Its Critics 3 semester hours - UG
Recommended: At least sophomore standing.
POLS 356 American Political Thought I 3 semester hours – UG
Recommended: At least sophomore standing.
POLS 494 Seminar Abroad in Political Science 3 semester hours - UG
PRQ: Senior standing and consent of department.
POLS 498 Seminar Abroad 3 semester hours - UG
POLS 651 Topics in Modern Political Philosophy 3 semester hours - GR
POLS 696 Independent Study in Political Science 3 semester hours - GR
POLS 750 Seminar in Political Theory 3 semester hours – GR
POLS 796 Independent Study in Political Science 3 semester hours - GR
POLS 798 Foreign Study and Internship 3 semester hours – GR
*Political Science course recommendations should be discussed with Professor Seagrave.
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Classes will meet at hours to be announced (typically, two 2-hour sessions a week for undergraduates with additional conferences for graduate students) Mondays through Thursdays, leaving three-day weekends for study or travel.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Students will reside in modern single rooms in Oriel College’s James Mellon Hall. Breakfast will be served daily and dinner will be served each Sunday through Wednesday in the 17th-century Hall. Students will be responsible for the purchase of all lunches, as well as dinners on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Students will have access to the College Library and other Oxford libraries. The college has a laundry room, and dry cleaning is available nearby.
The program cost includes one trip to Stratford-upon-Avon with tickets to a Royal Shakespeare Company performance, and other trips to sites of academic interest, to be announced. Optional trips, at the students’ expense, will also be offered, and students will be encouraged to travel on their own.
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Please note that at the time of the application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office. More detailed instructions can be found on the https://niu.studioabroad.com website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or niuabroad.niu.edu
$200 Application Fee/Deposit:
A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants. The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit. Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost. The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline.
The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students' NIU Bursar's account. (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.) Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200. More detailed instructions can be found on the website.
- All applications will be categorized as "Pending - No Deposit" until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received). The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit. In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application. After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.
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Application dead line: April 15, 2016
It should be noted that space in the program is limited, so early application is recommended. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first- serve basis.
The program is open to individuals who have an interest in the areas of Biology, English, and Political Science. Currently enrolled students must meet NIU Office of Admissions, Graduate School and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GPA requirements. Students on academic probation during the semester prior to the program are not eligible for participation in this program. Applicants must participate in the entire length of the program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application. Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs. Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.
NIU students participating in the program cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records. Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office (SAO). Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant. Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office. (Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.) Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School. For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU SAO. Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript. However, students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled, nor are previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned. This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program. (Student issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)
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NIU PROGRAM COST: The program cost pays for the following cost-related services:
1) Housing, breakfast seven days a week, and dinner Sunday through Wednesday in the College Dining Hall
2) Use of an Oriel College Common Room and the College Library
3) Two program-related field trips
4) NIU undergraduate or graduate credit
5) NIU major medical insurance
6) International Student I.D. Card
Program Cost: $6,830
All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.
Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.
ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS
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- Cost of acquiring an American passport (approximately $135 including two passport pictures)
- Roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and London
- Transportation from Heathrow or Gatwick Airports to Oxford
- Meals not provided as part of the NIU program package
- $40 Undergraduate application (Non-NIU undergraduate students only)
- Theatre tickets (beyond one field trip to Stratford)
- Purchases of a personal nature
- Independent travel
As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact the Study Abroad Office, (815) 753-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM
: Applicants withdrawing from the program after April 15, 2016 will not be refunded the $200 application fee/program deposit.
Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf. This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.
If the applicant must withdraw after April 15, 2016 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:
1) The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2) NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM
: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained. If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the U.K, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program. If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for the U.K., students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.
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All participants are expected to possess a passport in order to participate in this seminar. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas. Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately.
Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english.html. U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this seminar. Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in England and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.
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Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
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