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World of Harry Potter: Magic, The United Kingdom, and Social Justice
Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Glasgow, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing Option:
Hostel, Hotel Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Group
Language of Instruction:
Earned Hours Required: 12 S.H. Program Advisor: Kim McDaniel
Areas of Study: English Courses Offered: English
Non-WIU Students: Yes FL/GI Requirement: No
Number of Semester Hours: 3 Term: Spring
Graduate credit available: Yes
Program Description:
Harry Potter title block
Financial Information
Important Dates

Tuesday, September 20th, Simpkins Hall 014, 5:00pm    
Wednesday, September 28th, Simpkins Hall 014, 5:00pm    
Contact Dr. Rebekah Buchanan or Kim McDaniel to get on the email list for updates!

Why study Harry Potter?  Why enter a world of wizardry and magic?  To explore Harry Potter in its social, cultural and educational context and understand some of the reasons for its popularity, of course.  Examine the cultural and historical background of the novels and how these shaped the creation of the series.  In particular, you'll discuss the relevance of Great Britain to Harry Potter and make connections between Harry Potter and issues of social justice.  You'll also explore social and political implications of the series and the ways in which reading the series helps to better understand the world around us.

This Study Abroad Course travels to the United Kingdom where you'll explore the sites and places where J.K. Rowling wrote and created Harry Potter.  You'll visit the places which she used as inspiration for the novels and the places created by directors to recreated Rowling’s world.  In addition, by reading and examining Harry Potter in the United Kingdom, you'll discuss how Harry’s world was shaped by the culture of England and Scotland and the long histories there.  Discover the history of relevant places in both the novels and the films as well as their importance in creating the world of Harry Potter.  In visiting England and Scotland, you'll become part of the lived worlds of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling.

Estimated cost
Approximately $3,500 per person based on 10 students and 2016 Course costs. 
This is an estimate and is subject to change.  Please see the Budget Sheet for details on included items, payment options, and cancellation/refund information.

Funding opportunities
• A Center for International Studies Study Abroad Scholarship is available to participants in this Course.  More information and application  Application deadline November 28, 2016.

• Phi Beta Delta offers a study abroad scholarship to full-time WIU students.  See our Scholarships page for more details.

• A variety of scholarships are available for Study Abroad.  Please see our Scholarships page for more details.

• Most forms of Financial Aid can be used for Study Abroad.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office about your specific program and situation.

On-campus class sessions: Mondays, March 20-May 1, 2017.  Approximately 2 hours per session, exact times/location TBA.  These dates/times are tentative; please confirm actual meeting dates/times before paying your deposit.
Travel: May 16-29, 2017

Application deadline: November 28, 2016

Non-refundable deposit: $800 due December 16, 2016
All students must submit a Medical Report Form showing medical clearance to participate, pay the $45 application fee, and upload proof of passport prior to deposit payment.

Passport copy in application: January 31, 2017*
*Date subject to change based on airline requirements.

Second payment: $900 due January 31, 2017
Third payment: $900 due February 28, 2017
Final payment (approx.):  $900 due March 31, 2017
All dates subject to change.

Harry's house--LacockCOURSE INFORMATION
Credit offered
Undergraduates-- ENG 379 (English), 3 sh, Spring 2017
ENG majors—counts towards the Social Justice category of the Literature and Language option

Graduates--ENG 679, 3 sh, Spring 2017
Please check with your academic advisor for more information about how these classes fit your specific academic plans.

On-campus class sessions
Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  Students must attend the on-campus sessions, participate fully while on-site, and complete required assignments after returning.  Questions about academic content should be directed to Dr. Rebekah Buchanan.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (checked at the time of application)
Undergraduates Graduates             
Completed at least 12 semester hours Accepted to graduate degree program
Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 Approval of graduate advisor & department chair
Good standing with Student Judicial Programs Good standing with Student Judicial Programs

All majors welcome!  Non-degree students may also apply and should contact Kim McDaniel for more information.

Total enrollment is limited to 20 students. 

Participant selection  The first 10 eligible applicants who pay deposits are guaranteed a spot in the Course, regardless of major or year in school.  The remaining 10 participants will be chosen by the faculty leader/department based on the other deposits received.

A passport is required.  Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond departure from the United Kingdom (valid until at least November 30, 2017) and must have at least one blank page for entry stamp.

If you need to apply for a passport , standard processing is $135 and takes 6 weeks.  Expedited service is available for an additional charge.  For application locations in Macomb and other useful information, see the Passport information page.
A copy of your actual passport must be uploaded to your online application no later than January 31, 2017.  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and possible increased costs.

US Citizens--No visa is required. 

Citizens of other countries must check the UK Visas and Immigration website (UKVI) to determine if they need a visa.  
Students are responsible for determining their visa status and obtaining any required travel documents themselves.  Costs associated with these documents are not included in the program cost.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONSLacock Abbey interior
Walking equivalent of up to 5-8 miles per day, sometimes over uneven terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  Most will be leisure, walking tours.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day. 

Because some meals are included in the program cost, you are strongly encouraged to self-disclose any food allergies/dietary restrictions in your application or contact either Dr. Buchanan or Kim.  They can help you make advance arrangements regarding food choices that meet your specific needs.

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE  It is your responsibility to request accommodations from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

All participants must have international health insurance for the time they will be on their Course.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

• WIU student health insurance
• A supplemental policy (Patriot Travel Medical) purchased through International Medical Group

Additional information about the insurance requirement is included in the application materials.  You are urged to carefully read this information to make sure you have the correct coverage.

Multi-bedded rooms (individual beds), gender-separated.  Depending on lodging location, may be 2-4 students per room

Tentative itinerary
Tentative syllabus

Faculty Leader Study Abroad Advisor
Dr. Rebekah Buchanan Kim McDaniel
Simpkins Hall 226B Horrabin Hall 8
298-2367 298-2504

WIU reserves the right to cancel this faculty-led program due to insufficient enrollment or
circumstances beyond the University's control and to adjust the total cost of the program.

Jacobite steam train

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.