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BYU London Centre Spring

Dates: 30 April–17 June 2024 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 1 December 2023


During the Spring 2024 London Centre program, we will study the ways that social history, linguistic variation, and literary exploration contribute to the diverse range of British national, regional, and ethnic identities. We will visit cultural sites and study them from a curator’s point of view—how does one reflect, represent, and shape the Britain of the 21st century in light of its rich and contradictory history? We will walk in the steps of London authors who steeped their work in the vast cosmopolitanism that has defined the city for centuries, exploring the living memory of such writers as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and Beatrix Potter. On a daily basis, we will engage with individuals whose varieties of spoken English testify to the reality that British identity is multiform, fluid, and vibrant.

Beyond London, we will explore these ideas as they are amplified throughout the British Isles. We will contemplate the vast network of remains from early Britons as we explore Stonehenge and other neolithic sites, learn of the history of conquest as we walk through ancient Roman ruins, discuss Jane Austen’s novels in the garden of her home, examine the poetry of Wordsworth in original manuscript form in his beloved Lake District, and study the origins and varieties of the English language in the land where it first developed. Our program will include visits to Scotland and Wales as well as several of the English provinces, including Cornwall, Yorkshire, the Lake District, and Kent.

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Leslee Thorne-Murphy
4002B JFSB
(801) 422-1506


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Students will take a total of 9 credits while on this program, consisting of the following courses:

LING 110—Introduction to Human Language (GE Social Science), taught by Wendy Baker-Smemoe. We will examine prominent varieties of British English and their history, examining how language reflects and creates identity.
UNIV 210R—Topics in Global and Cultural Awareness (GE Global and Cultural Awareness), taught by John Murphy. We will study the United Kingdom and the formation of national, regional, and ethnic identities in the British Isles.
UNIV 215R—Topics in Literature (GE Letters), taught by Leslee Thorne-Murphy. We will study representative authors from the British Isles, focusing on understanding their work through historic sites, performances, exhibits, and archival collections.
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Includes full-time Latter-day Saint undergraduate tuition, housing, breakfast and dinner all days except Saturday, admission to program-related activities, transportation within London and on program excursions, and international health insurance coverage.

Does not include airfare to/from London, preparation course tuition, lunches and Saturday meals, passport fees, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

BYU students are strongly encouraged to request experiential education funding through their home department and/or college and the ORCA program.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour) during the second block of the Winter 2023 semester.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will live at the BYU London Centre. Student participants are required to help in food preparation and clean-up. Because of the communal nature of the meals, the BYU London Centre cannot meet all special dietary needs, nor can it ensure a safe environment for those with food allergies. If you have dietary or allergy concerns, we recommend that you speak with the International Study Programs office before you apply.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Priority Deadline: 1 November 2023
Application Deadline: 1 December 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Leslee Thorne-Murphy is Professor in the Department of English. She has directed London Centre as well as British Literature and Landscape study abroad programs. John M. Murphy is Curator in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library. He has directed a London Centre program.
(801) 422-1506 |
(801) 422-6370 |

Wendy Baker-Smemoe is Professor in the Department of Linguistics. She has led the English Language in Britain study abroad program. She will be accompanied by her husband and four children.
(801) 422-4714 |
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.