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APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1st, 2023 (11:59PM)
Cambridge is a city on the River Cam in eastern England, home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating back to 1209. There are 31 University Colleges within the University of Cambridge system. University museums have exhibits on archaeology and anthropology, polar exploration, the history of science and zoology and much more.
Things to Do and See:
"Punting" on the River Cam; Fitzwilliam Museum https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/; Mathematical Bridge connecting two parts of Queen's College https://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/; Wren Library, designed by Christopher Wren in 1676 and located at Trinity College. https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/library/tourist-information/
William & Mary’s long-standing summer program in Cambridge, England, is housed in beautiful and historical Christ’s College, one of 31 colleges that comprise the University of Cambridge. Christ’s was founded in 1437 and later endowed by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII. Cambridge is about an hour-long train trip from King's Cross Station in central London.
Courses for the Summer program generally meet from Mon-Thurs, with excursions on weekends. Possible excursions for the 2018 program could include London, Bath, and Stonehenge. W&M students are housed in comfortable single rooms in the stately 18C court of the college. The program price will include breakfast and partial supplements for other meals.
All of the courses involve week-day class sessions and weekend trips to places relevant to the course material. Students will earn 6 credits on the program. Students will choose 2 of the three courses. Summer course options are:
1. FMST 330 Darwin's Dangerous Idea ( Attributes:COLL 200, CSI)
2. ENGL 213 Jane Austen (COLL 200 Attribute)
3. ENGL 419 The World of Thomas Hardy
Course Description for FMST 330: In this course, we will explore Charles Darwin’s ongoing cultural and scientific legacy over 150 years after the completion of The Origin of the Species, (completed in 1858 and first published in 1859,) perhaps the most important book written in the history of biology. Our questions about Darwin and Darwinism are not from the perspective of biologists, though, but rather from that of cultural critics. Students will first read Origin of the Species itself as well as Daniel Dennett’s Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, and then we will turn to texts which represent Darwin’s life and ideas (Ted Talks and videos). Because this is an FMST class, we are focusing on the analysis of Darwin’s and his fellow evolutionists rhetorical strategies. Focusing on his metaphors, arguments, vocabulary, tone, narrative voice etc, we will investigate how he and others tell his story. What effect does a given rhetorical approach have on the reader? Who is the writing for? What works and why? Is there something Darwin or one of the other scientists we read might have said more effectively? Topics include but are by no means limited to: the importance of the debates (most ongoing) about evolution (is it real, what does it mean for us, for humans), various representations of Darwin and Darwinism (including its misinterpretation by German, English and American Eugenicists) and the implications of Natural Selection itself for how we understand human culture, philosophy and ethics.
*Students cannot receive both COLL 300 and COLL 200 for the same course.
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Cambridge and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are taught by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
W&M Faculty: Professor Jennifer Taylor
Teaching Faculty: Professor Elizabeth Barnes
Arrival date: July 7, 2023
Departure date: August 11, 2023
Application ( $75) Deadline: Feb. 1st
With a deposit ( $700) due deadline: March 10, 2023 (Friday prior to Spring break)
And a balance due deadline: April 3, 2023
Application fee information:
The application fee is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M.
2022 Program Fee: $7050
2023 Program Fee: Available early November
Students are responsible for airfare, visa expenses if applicable, personal expenses and some meals.
To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here.
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
- Welcome dinner
- On-Site Orientation
- Ground transportation
- Fulfills COLL 300
- Farewell dinner
- Re-entry Programming
- Some excursion admissions tickets
- Some day or weekend excursions
- CISI Insurance
- Gym Access
- On-Site support services
- W&M credits taught by W&M faculty
- Breakfast M-F and dinner M-Th are included in the program price. Some meals are included on excursions
- Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad.
- Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course.
- For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.
Click to view the Summer Abroad Handbook 2023