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  • Locations: London, England; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Penn Summer Abroad
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Snapshot

A centerpiece of Penn Summer Abroad for over three decades, Penn-in-London offers students the opportunity to study literature, theater, art, and culture in one of the most diverse urban centers of the world.

Students will elect two courses from the four offered: Penn Theatre, Shakespeare: His Life, Art, and Times, Eighteenth-Century London Writers, or Bodies, Art, and Performance: Representing Race, Gender, and Sexuality.

There will be a number of excursions during our five weeks, and all students are provided with tickets to all theatre performances whether they elect the Penn Theatre course or not.


General Eligibility Requirements

Penn Summer Abroad programs are available to undergraduate students at Penn or another accredited US institution. To take part in a Penn Summer Abroad program, all students, including Penn and visiting students, must complete an online application and maintain a strong academic standing.

Personal Conduct and Academic Integrity

In order to qualify to study abroad, you need to be in good academic standing at Penn. In addition, your disciplinary status may affect your eligibility to study abroad. You may not be eligible to study abroad if you currently stand charged or are charged prior to the beginning of your study abroad semester with a violation of a University regulation under the University of Pennsylvania's Code of Student Conduct or Code of Academic Integrity, or if there is a pending, current, or outstanding disciplinary matter (academic integrity or conduct). When the charge results in a warning or reprimand, the student may be eligible to study abroad pending a review of the situation. When the charge results in probation, suspension-not-imposed, suspension, or any sanction as serious as or more serious than probation, students are not eligible to study abroad during the period of the sanction.

Students who have received a sanction of probation or suspension-not-imposed may be eligible to study abroad during a future semester after the expiration date of the sanction. However, students must provide confirmation from the Office of Student Conduct that the terms and conditions of their sanction have been met before receiving Penn Abroad approval to study abroad. If there are new charges during the period of the sanction, approval to study abroad may be rescinded.


All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.)*. Course offerings are subject to change. Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

The London Theatre Experience
ENGL 068 / THAR 068 (1 c.u.) In this course, students will attend theatre productions across the city of London, from the National Theatre, to the West End, to very intimate spaces often located above pubs.  Students will have the opportunity to see a full range of productions, from the Classics, to modern theatre, to brand new work by international playwrights. The focus of the course will be a lively roundtable discussion of all aspects of theatre performance, the play, director, actors, designers, actor/audience space, ideas. Students will also write thoughtful responses to their experience of each performance they see.
(Note: Tickets and tours are arranged in advance; costs are covered by program fee.)
Shakespeare: His Life, Art, and Times
ENGL 236 / THAR 236 (1 c.u.) In this course students will investigate the work of William Shakespeare within the context of the converging forces—political, cultural, religious, and theatrical—that shaped one of the most exciting and transformative moments in theatrical and world history. Students will learn about the history of London in the 16th and early 17th Century as the city became a stage for the contending factions of the Monarchy, the Church, and London civic life and government. This course will use the restored Globe Theater as a central research site to examine the live performance event at the time and how the daily lives of playwrights, actors, theatre companies and audiences, together, made such a dynamic theatre possible.
Bodies, Art, and Performance: Representing Race, Gender, and Sexuality
ENGL 096 / GSWS 096 / THAR 096 (1 c.u.)
  • Taught by Prof. Melissa E. Sanchez
  • Fulfills requirements: Sectors 1 and 2 of the English Major, Sector 4 (Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences) of the College general requirement
What are the politics of art? How do race, gender, and sexuality (that of the artist or that depicted in a given art work) affect our response to a work of art? How does the embodied identity of actors—their gender, race, and sexuality—affect the performance of a play? How are casting decisions also interpretive decisions about a play’s relationships, power structures, and political resonances? How does performance art, which makes the performers’ bodies the medium, draw our attention to the embodied dimension of art, theater, and literature? In this course, we will explore these questions by studying a range of artistic and dramatic works, from classical antiquity through the present, in conversation with feminist, queer, and critical race theory on identity and performance. We will visit museums and art galleries and attend theatrical performances to serve as material for analysis of the complex relationship between art and politics.
London Fictions
ENGL 060 (1 c.u.)
  • Taught by Prof. Toni Bowers
  • Fulfills requirements: Sector 4 of the English major
Course Description TBD

Special Features

Penn-in-London organizes a number of group excursions and tours throughout the program to the following locations*

The British Museum
The National Portrait Gallery
The East End Women's Museum
The Black Cultural Archives
The National Gallery 
Trip to Bath
Trip to Isle of Dogs
London City Walks
London Theatre

*locations subject to change 


Students are housed in a private student residence in London.

Cost and Finance

Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.
Tuition and fees for 2018 will be posted in February 2018.  
  • Tuition for summer 2017: $8,144
  • Program Fee for summer 2017: $2,650
    Includes accommodation with theatre tickets, cultural activities organized by the program, and administrative costs.

Next Steps

For more details about Penn-in-London please visit our website or attend one of our info sessions:

Monday, November 13, 2017
Fisher-Bennett Hall Faculty Lounge (Room 135)

Monday, December 4, 2017
Fisher-Bennett Hall Faculty Lounge (Room 135)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

This program is currently not accepting applications.