Columbia University in London
The new Columbia in London program launched its inaugural semester in fall 2016, under the direction of Columbia's Department of English and Comparative Literature, in partnership with Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), one of the UK's most prestigious academic institutions.
The program's Global Seminar, London as Literature
, studies major works of English and Anglophone literature from all periods and genres in a London context. Each fall, the program will be led by one Columbia faculty member whose research directly engages the literary culture of London. That faculty member will offer a version of the global seminar that will enable participating students to study literary texts in their immediate geographical and cultural settings, transforming their relationship to their objects of study and encouraging them to develop a wider range of reading practices and research methodologies. In addition to regular class meetings, the Global Seminar will involve regular outings to urban sites, designed to complement and enhance the readings and classroom discussions. Destinations will include the Globe Theater, the Inigo Jones Banqueting House, the Royal Court and the National Theaters, and a host of other London cultural institutions.
In addition to the Global Seminar, students will also enroll alongside local students in courses offered by the host institution. QMUL offers programs across a broad range of disciplines, including physical and natural sciences, business and management, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.
This program has been developed with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student in good academic and disciplinary standing at Columbia or Barnard.
- Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- All qualified students are welcome to apply for the program. Students do not need to major in English and Comparative Literature, but they should demonstrate the motivation to study the topic taught in the global seminar.
The minimum course load is 4 courses. Students are required to enroll in the Global Seminar. To complete their academic program, students must enroll in three QMUL courses chosen from a broad range of subject areas.
Columbia Global Seminar:
The exact topic of the Global Seminar rotates depending on the Columbia faculty member who is teaching for that particular term. The fall 2017 Global Seminar will be:
London Theater 1590 to 2017
Professor Jean Howard
This course will examine changes in London theater culture from the late Elizabethan to the contemporary moment. We will explore the types of theaters, acting troupes, dramatic genres, and performance conventions that were popular at particular historical periods, devoting two weeks each to late Elizabethan, late Restoration, Edwardian, 1970s, and contemporary theater. Representative dramatists will include Shakespeare and Jonson, Wycherley and Congreve, Shaw and Maugham, Bond and Brenton, Churchill and Stoppard. The playwrights might change, however, depending on what is playing in London during the term the class meets. As much as possible, we will make use of live performance and theater history research projects to immerse members of the class in the past and present theater culture of London. We will visit The Globe, the Wanamaker, and the Rose excavation, the Inigo Jones Banqueting House, the Royal Court and the National Theaters, with a field trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company theaters in Stratford-upon-Avon. Students will be introduced to research resources such as the V&A Theater and Performance Archive. Assignments will include a two-page performance review; a five-page research presentation on a key company, theater, production, or actor from the first four periods we will study; a five-page critical paper; and a weekly 500-word blog post on “My Life with London Theater.”
This course fulfills an English major requirement. This course is open to non-majors.
Please note this course is pending approval by Columbia's Committee on Instruction.
Courses at QMUL:
QMUL module (course) listing
QMUL offers courses in the following disciplines:
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Biological and Chemical Sciences (Chemistry, Environment, psychology, genetics, biochemistry)
- Computer Science (database systems and applications, graphics, multimedia)
- Economics (finance, management, statistics and mathematics)
- Electronic Engineering
- Engineering and Materials (Aerospace, Mechanical, Medical, Sustainable Energy, Materials, Design and Innovation)
- Drama (text and performance based modules)
- Film and Communications (includes scriptwriting and production)
- Geography (Environment and human geography)
- History (includes Art and Architectural History)
- International Relations
- Languages Learning Unit (includes French, German, Japanese, Italian)
- Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Hispanic Studies, Art and Architectural History, European Literature and Cultural Studies, Latin American Literature and Cultural studies, Linguistics)
- Physics (includes Astronomy and Astrophysics)
- Politics (includes international relations and globalization)
Note: Columbia cannot provide credit for any courses taken at professional schools.
The Columbia Global Seminar course will include guided field trips designed to provide a deeper understanding of the readings and classroom discussions. Trips may include the Globe Theater, the Wanamaker, and the Rose excavation, the Inigo Jones Banqueting House, the Royal Court and the National Theaters, with a field trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company theaters in Stratford-upon-Avon. .
Fall 2017 Faculty Director
Jean Howard is the George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities in Columbia’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. Professor Howard began teaching at Syracuse in 1975, where she received the first University-wide Wasserstrom Prize for excellence as teacher and mentor of graduate students; she has also received Guggenheim, NEH, Mellon, Folger, Huntington, and Newberry Library Fellowships. In 2010 she gave the Columbia University Schoff Memorial Lectures on 'Staging History: Imagining the Nation' on playwrights William Shakespeare, Tony Kushner, and Caryl Churchill. Her teaching interests include Shakespeare, Tudor and Stuart drama, Early Modern poetry, modern drama, feminist and Marxist theory, and the history of feminism. Prof. Howard is on the editorial board of Shakespeare Studies and Renaissance Drama. She has published essays on Shakespeare, Pope, Ford, Heywood, Dekker, Marston, and Jonson, as well as on aspects of contemporary critical theory including new historicism, Marxism, and issues in feminism. Her books include Shakespeare's Art of Orchestration (1984); Shakespeare Reproduced: The Text in History and Ideology, edited with Marion O'Connor (1987); The Stage and Struggle in Early Modern England (1994); with Phyllis Rackin, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's English Histories (1997); Marxist Shakespeares, edited with Scott Shershow (2000); and four generically organized Companions to Shakespeare, edited with Richard Dutton (2001). She is a co-editor of The Norton Shakespeare (2nd ed. 2007) and General Editor of the Bedford Contextual Editions of Shakespeare. A recent book, Theater of a City: The Places of London Comedy 1598-1642 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), won the Barnard Hewitt award for Outstanding Theater History for 2008. She has just published, with Crystal Bartolovich, a monograph on Shakespeare and Marx in the Great Shakespeareans series for Continuum Press (2012) and is currently completing a book entitled Staging History that uses Shakespeare's history plays as a starting point for considering Tony Kushner and Caryl Churchill's use of history in framing debates about current political issues. A book on early modern tragedy is in the works. From 1996 to 1999 Professor Howard directed the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia; in 1999-2000 she was President of the Shakespeare Association of America; from 2004-2007 she served as Columbia's first Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives; and from 2008-2011 she was Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Currently, as a Trustee Emerita of Brown University, she chairs the Brown University President's Diversity Advisory Council and serves on the Advisory Board of the Pembroke Center; she is also a Senator of Phi Beta Kappa.
Queen Mary University of London
QMUL is located in the Mile End neighborhood of East London, a vibrant and highly desirable location for the city's growing and diverse population of young professionals and students. The campus, situated in the heart of London, is in close proximity to major transportation hubs and local landmarks such as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, and Brick Lane. The Barbican Center, West End, Parliament, Royal Parks and Palaces, and London's incredible wealth of other cultural and historical attractions, are all short journeys away by bike, bus, or Tube.
Queen Mary University of London has a long and robust history as an institution of higher learning, beginning with its founding in 1887 as the People’s Palace, a philanthropic center providing educational opportunities to east Londoners. A rising star among the UK’s Russell Group of research-centered universities, QMUL compares well to Columbia in its curricular structure as well as in its identity as an international university in an historic global city. (Fully 20% of QMUL’s students come from 125 countries outside the UK). QMUL awards degrees at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels.
QMUL Accommodation - Mile End Campus
Students will live in university housing located on QMUL’s campus with other full degree or international students. Accommodations are self-catered apartments, or flats, suited for 4-10 students. Students will have single bedrooms with a shared kitchen and dining-area.
Program Calendar Fall 2017
|Arrival in London
||September 16 and 17
March 15, 2017
How to apply
A complete application includes the following:
- Application Questionnaire & Personal Statement
- Official Transcript
- Academic Recommendation
- Academic Clearance
If you have questions about the application process or general questions
, please contact Jillian Burdziak at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about the academic program
, please contact Professor Jean Howard at email@example.com.
Tuition and Fees
Columbia students pay regular Columbia tuition. Financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, may be applied to study overseas.
Students do not pay fees to Columbia such as housing, student life, or health services (unless enrolled in the Columbia student health insurance). These fees are normally paid directly to the Office of Global Programs or directly to the host institution.
The estimated expenses for the Fall 2017 Program will be available by the beginning of the spring 2017 term. Please use the fall 2016 estimated expenses as a reference point.
The estimated expenses below are NOT
paid to the program. The estimated figures below are provided as a basis for students to determine their individual budgets. Updated figures will be provided upon acceptance to the program.
Please note that all students are required to be covered by health insurance.
Flight (NY-London): $1,000
Local transport: $195/month
Note: These fees are estimates based on fall 2015 fees. They may change closer to the program date.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Study Abroad Funding
International Education Financial Aid
Withdrawal & Refund Policy
A student in good academic standing who is not subject to discipline may be permitted to withdraw at any time. Withdrawal is defined as the dropping of one's entire program in a given term as opposed to dropping a portion of one's program.
Any student withdrawing must notify the Program Director in writing; failure to attend classes or notification to instructors does not constitute formal withdrawal and will result in failing grades in all courses. Any adjustment of the tuition that the student has paid is calculated from the date on which the Program Director receives the student's written notification.
Only tuition is refunded. Fees (application, transcript, housing, etc.) are never refunded, either in full or in part. All students who withdraw will be charged a $75.00 withdrawal fee.
For fall and spring semesters, the refund schedule is as follows:
||will be refunded
|after 9th week