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Berkeley Summer Abroad

London: Shakespeare and the Arts in London - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Experience the cultural heart of London, from Renaissance art to Shakespeare plays. This program takes full advantage of its location, with field trips to iconic London landmarks including Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the British Museum, and the National Gallery.

    In this program, you will visit the Globe Theater, where Shakespeare premiered his plays, and study the works of the most prolific author in English history. You will explore the world-famous museums of London and study Renaissance works from Masaccio to Caravaggio. You will then make connections between the drama of theater and the drama of art by examining narrative choices, character development, and scene-setting.

    Explore England’s historic capital city, with its iconic landmarks including Westminster Abbey, the "Big Ben" clock tower and the London Eye observation wheel.
    All Fridays will be devoted to field trips, mainly to various exhibits of the British Museum.
    Live and study with other program students in centrally located apartments.

    Dates: July 5 - August 8, 2020
    Units: 6 units
    Language of Instruction: English
    Courses: Shakespeare and the Arts in London


    • Students will live in fully furnished apartments in central London.
    • The program fee does not include meals. However, apartments include shared kitchen facilities and cooking is encouraged. Affordable food is also available nearby for purchase.
    • Students will be randomly assigned to either a shared 1 bedroom apartment (sleep 3 people), 2 bedroom apartment (sleeps 4 people), or 3 bedroom apartment (sleeps 5). Gender-inclusive housing options are available on this program.

    At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    2.0 GPA or higher

    Application opens February 3, 2020
    Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    Deadline to apply is March 15, 2020.

  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 Berkeley units.

    Course: English N166
    Title: Shakespeare and the Arts in London
    Instructor: Charles Altieri
    Units: 6 units
    Prerequisites: None

    There are several course objectives.
    1) to lead students to see that Shakespeare deserves the high praise from other writers and philosophers he has gathered
    2) to help students find languages for what they come to understand and to value about Shakespeare
    3) to learn to discuss live drama and to compare productions of Shakespeare's texts as providing options for directors and actors
    4) to learn about painting in the Renaissance as straightforward art history and also as a set of choices about developing senses of inner lives for persons that have significant parallels in writing
    5) to work out actual comparisons between painters like Titian and Caravaggio involving uses of pre-existing stories and the possibilities for projecting psychology into the narrative
    6) to appreciate what genius can do in both painting and literature. 7) to understand and to admire how a city like London can offer an amazing set of resources for cultural life


    This course satisfies the L&S Arts & Literature or International Studies breadth requirement. It also satisfies some English major requirements. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.


    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units)  $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $3,260 $3,260
    Total Cost $5,774 $6,560

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses 

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,200
    Additional Meals $1,368
    Books $218
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visa, etc.) $617
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $3,403


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least six units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per-unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Student housing for the duration of the program in centrally located apartments shared with other program participants
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to the course and various excursions
    • Prepaid Travel Cards allow students unlimited travel on all buses and Tube stops within London Zone 1 and 2 for the duration of the program.
    • Theatre tickets for Shakespeare plays
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest lecturers, museum admissions, etc.
    • The $400 deposit. If accepted to the program, the $400 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program fee. If you are waitlisted or denied admission to the program, your deposit will be refunded. Please note that for continuing UC Berkeley students, the deposit will be charged to your CalCentral account at the time you apply. Financial aid eligible students can wait until their summer aid is disbursed to pay the deposit.

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals


  • Timeline
    Application opens February 3, 2020
    Application closes March 15, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection March 20, 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    First day of program July 5, 2020
    Last day of program†  August 8, 2020

    * These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    †  Students are expected to check into program housing on July 5, 2020, and will be expected to check out of program housing on August 8, 2020. Students who arrive in-country early or depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their own accommodations outside of the program dates.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Charles Altieri
    Program Director

    Charles Altieri started full-time teaching in 1968 but he is as enthusiastic about it as he ever was. His ambition is to display for students how deep enjoyment can be achieved in relation to aesthetic objects. That entails lecturing and also getting students to hear with pleasure how they can formulate their reading experiences. Altieri has written ten academic books and over 150 published essays. These writings are mostly about twentieth-century poetry but there are also essays on Shakespeare and much writing about the visual arts. He is a longstanding faculty in the English Department at UC Berkeley and has taught Shakespeare several times in the English department. In addition, his recent work involves considerable efforts at teaching paintings, especially by Caravaggio for whom he has an abiding love. Altieri is fond of philosophical abstraction and is committed to exploring key ideas from different perspectives.