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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Rediscovering Harry Potter: Sources, Landscapes & Legacies
Alwick Castle (Harry Potter)
Hogwarts Express Sign
London, England & Edinburgh, Scotland
May 10 - May 19, 2018

Program Description: J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series is deeply grounded in rich philosophical and narrative traditions of England and Scotland. Over the course of the spring semester, students will examine each of the seven books in the series through a specific academic lens, exploring the literary, intellectual, historical, geographical, and cultural influences to Rowling's work. The course will culminate in May with a ten-day study trip to London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland to explore sources of influence. The trip will include King's Cross Station, Leavesden, Alnwyck Castle, the Ministry of Magic, Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriar's Kirkyard, the Heriot School, the Scottish Highlands, and the Hogwarts Express.

Course Information: Students will enroll in ENGL 3104: Rediscovering Harry Potter: Sources, Landscapes & Legacies for the Spring 2018 semester. Each weekly class meeting will feature student-led activities and discussions designed to evoke, promote, and inspire an understanding of the magic of the series as a whole. Class will meet once a week on Wednesday from 12:40pm-2:05pm during the spring semester. Students will have 20+ hours of direct instruction while in the UK. 

Faculty Leaders: This program will be led by Dr. Tammy Jones and Dr. Catherine Dice of the English Department.

Passport - Students must have passport in-hand by January 12 - this means students should submit their passport application at an acceptance facility no later than November 15. 

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Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
(Subject to Change)
$350 Application Fee
Shared accommodation (Hotel)
Breakfast Daily
Welcome & Farewell Dinners
In-country transportation including airport pick up
Excursions and activities
Lunch & Dinner Daily
International Health Insurance
Incidental Costs
International Round Trip Airfare
Tuition for the spring semester course
Study Abroad Scholarship: Students may apply for their Study Abroad Scholarship for this program using the spring break scholarship application, which is due Nov. 1. By applying by this deadline, students will know if they receive the scholarship or not in time for spring semester class registration. Those who apply for the summer study abroad scholarship due March 1 will know their scholarship acceptance in early April. Students may only apply for one Study Abroad Scholarship. Only students applying to the Harry Potter Summer Program may submit a spring break scholarship application. All other summer program applicants must apply to the summer scholarship application.
Itinerary (Subject to Change)
May 9
  • Depart USA
May 10
  • Arrival in London
  • Transportation by private bus from the airport to the hotel in London
  • Guided walking tour focusing on Harry Potter in the afternoon, during which you will see Charing Cross Road (Diagon and Knockturn Alley), Leadenhall Market and Borough Market (The Leaky Cauldron), Scotland Yard from the outside (entrance to the Ministry of Magic), Australia House (Gringott’s bank) and several bridges under and over which the members of the Order of the Phoenix fly on their broomsticks en route to Grimmauld Place
  • Welcome dinner at a restaurant in London
May 11
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour of London during the day where students will see sights such as Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and the British Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and many more
May 12
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Admission to the Tower of London in the morning
  • Evening activity TBD
May 13
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation to Leavesden and return
  • Admission to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour in the morning 
  • Free time in the afternoon to explore London 
May 14
  • Depart for Edinburgh, Scotland via train from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh Waverly in the morning
  • Free time in the afternoon to explore Edinburgh
May 15
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided walking tour focusing on Harry Potter in the morning during which you will discover the Elephant’s House Café, Nicholson’s Café, City Chambers Quadrangle Greyfriar’s Graveyard, George Heriot’s School and Balmoral Hotel from outside, the Royal Mile and Victoria Street
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle in the afternoon to discover Edinburgh’s most famous landmark 
May 16
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Excursion to Alnwick Castle where students will explore the Harry Potter filming location during the Battle Axe and Broomsticks Tour (entrance tickets included)
 May 17
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided day excursion to the Highlands where students will see several Harry Potter filming locations including Glencoe, where Hagrid’s Gut featured in “Prisoner of Azkaban” and Glen Nevis – scene of the thrilling game of quiddich in “The Goblet of Fire”
  • One way “The Jacobite” steam train tickets from Maillaig to Fort William in the afternoon, crossing over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct (subject to availability)
May 18
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free day in Edinburgh to enjoy the Scottish capital. Students might want to consider visiting the Museum of Scotland where some of Lewis Chess pieces are displayed. These served as the model for the chess pieces that were used in the game of Wizard chess in the “The Philosopher’s Stone”
  • Farewell dinner restaurant in Edinburgh 
May 19
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation by private bus from the hotel to the airport
  • Departure from Edinburgh Airport to the USA (airfare not included)
Mandatory Post-Program Meeting: May 26, 2018 - Location & Time TBD

Accommodations: While in London, students will stay in Hotel Ibis Earl's Court in twin rooms. While in Edinburgh, students will stay at Premier Inn Edinburgh City Centre (York Place) in twin rooms. 

    Train Harry Potter
Contact: Faculty leaders Dr. Tammy Jones at and Dr. Catherine Dice at
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