This program allows students to travel to Atlanta’s sister city, Newcastle upon Tyne, in the northern United Kingdom. While we might expect that the best place to study American literature is in the US, this course will allow us to learn about the transatlantic contours of the American South and the abolitionist and civil rights movements. We will read key American literary texts focused on human rights and then visit the sites where these writers lived and worked in the northern UK. Together, we will examine the literary history of writers and thinkers ranging from William Wells Brown and Frederick Douglass to Ida B. Wells and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will then apply this literary history to present-day international debates over immigration and national isolationism. This class offers the opportunity to engage in an immersive literary experience that allows us to connect our Atlanta community with the historical social reform community of Newcastle and to be better equipped to understand the human rights questions we encounter today. We will meet four times ahead of departure, and we will travel to Newcastle on March 13 and return on March 21.
There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
Jan 29: Reading Discussion & Passport Check
Feb 12: Reading Discussion & Airline Ticket Check
Feb 26: Reading Discussion
Mar 11: Reading Discussion & Pre-departure Orientation
March 13: Depart Atlanta for overnight travel to Newcastle
March 14: Arrive in Newcastle; check into housing by 1:30pm; welcome dinner & reception with Northumbria University students
March 15: Afternoon trip to Seaman’s Hall in South Shields and Tyneside
March 16: Morning class; afternoon tour of abolitionist sites including Frederick Douglass house, Brunswick Methodist Church, Nelson St Music Hall and others
March 17: Morning class; afternoon archive visit to Literature & Philosophical Society
March 18: Morning class; afternoon program and screening at Historic Tyneside Cinema
March 19: Morning class; afternoon tour of Newcastle University Armstrong Building; Closing farewell and high tea at Jesmond House
March 20: Day free for individual sight-seeing and travel
March 21: Check out of student housing and return to Atlanta
Students will stay in dormitories on the campus of Northumbria University. These dorms offer single-occupancy rooms with a shared living and kitchen space. Basic linens are provided. Students will have the opportunity to interact with their Northumbria peers, and the accommodations are centrally located to public transit.
This program is open to undergraduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Department of English. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for ENGL 2160
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $1,021, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- All excursion, entrance, and activity fees
- Opening dinner and reception
- Closing celebration and high tea
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Public transportation in Newcastle upon Tyne
- Passport expenses
- Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
- Travel not associated with the program
October 15, 2019: $250 deposit due with application
November 15, 2019: $250 payment due
Early December 2019: Program fee posted to PAWs
Early January 2020: $521 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Spring term
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303