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Program Description


Big Ben

London Bridge

Shakespeare was a master of the human psyche.  He didn’t get everything right, but the extent and foresight with which he nailed human behavior and thought processes is impressive.  We will explore many social psychological phenomena fueling the provocative, humorous and tragic behavior and thought processes demonstrated in works of Shakespeare.  In the process of this exploration of the human psyche, students will learn more about themselves and others, and have fun learning how to communicate in some basic Elizabethan English. 

Quick Facts

  • August 3 - 11, 2019

  • Two cities:  London and Stratford-Upon-Avon

  • Academic visits to Tower of London, London Eye, Globe Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Freud Museum

  • Open to all ASU students, regardless of major

  • Earn one elective credit

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


View from Thames

Location Details

London is a world cultural capital where more than 300 languages are spoken.  Historical sites include Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Trafalgar Square. London has some of the most extensive museums and galleries in the world, and its theatre companies are incomparable.  London offers a spectacular skyline, abundant local-flavor pubs, ample eclectic to traditional shopping, convenient public transportation, and numerous free attractions (e.g., The Tate Galleries, British Museum, Covent Gardens Piazza).  It also boasts a diverse collection of “off-the-beaten-path" attractions for those with more eclectic taste.


Some say you have not fully experienced a Shakespeare production until you do so at The Royal Shakespeare Company, located in Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace and burial site), situated alongside the River Avon.  The theatres include The Royal Shakespeare Theatre (main thrust stage), the Swan Theatre, and Courtyard Theatre, where the Company produces about 20 productions per year.  The Company also works with educators globally to advance an appreciation and enthusiasm for Shakespearean works in students. Our day trip will include time for perusing the unique boutiques and souvenir shops nearby.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students of any major or academic level are encouraged to apply.  Students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher.  No prerequisites are required for this course.


Students will take PSY 294: Psychology in Shakespeare (1 elective credit).*

*Please note that this course counts towards your Fall semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.     

Course Format

This course will be a single, stand-alone credit to be taught in August 2019, before Fall classes begin.  The class will be conducted via Blackboard for the three days leading up to the abroad portion and will culminate with a three-day project and text submission window on Blackboard following the abroad portion. 
July 30, Aug 1 & Aug 2: Intensive on-line study
Aug 3 – 11: London, England
Aug 12 – 15: Three-day window to submit final project and test
Globe Theatre


Faculty Director

Lynda Mae, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Psychology Department
Phone: (480) 965-2265

Dr. Lynda Mae is our resident psychopoet here at ASU.  She is a social and personality psychologist with multiple publications in Psychopoetica, Journal of psychologically-based poetry, published by Hull University in England.  She teaches some fascinating special topics classes, such as Sleep and Dreaming, Media Madness (psychological disorders as represented in film and literature) and Psychology in Shakespeare.  And yes, you might say she’s a bit psyched about Shakespeare!

Supporting Faculty

Michael McBeath, Ph.D.
Psychology Department
Phone: (480) 965-8930

Dr. Michael McBeath is our resident mad scientist at ASU with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Psychology.  His baseball interception research was published in the journal, Science, his dog Frisbee study was made fun of on Saturday Night Live, and his autonomous ball-catching robot was selected by the New York Times Magazine as one of its ideas of the year. And he plays a mean harmonica.  His Shakespeare creds include being a descendent from the MacBeth clan, and sharing a common birthday with the bard.

Clive Wynne, Ph.D.
Professor and Area Head
Psychology Department
Phone: (480) 727-2714

Dr. Clive Wynne is our resident dog nut here at ASU.  He came to us from the UK where he was born on an island off the south coast known mainly for smuggling cognac from France. When he’s not sipping brandy he teaches about dogs, researches dogs, and writes about dogs. He has given talks about dogs from Siberia to Taiwan and Austria to Japan, by way of France, Sweden, Poland and many other places. Before he discovered dogs, he spent a decade in Australia studying the behavior of marsupials.

Professor Lynda Mae

Professor Michael McBeath

Professor Clive Wynne


London Sunset

Program Housing

Students will be staying in shared apartments, in walking distance from reasonably-priced breakfast and lunch options.  Living arrangements will be within walking distance to public transportation and local transportation cards will be included in the cost of the trip, along with two dinners, one traditional afternoon tea, theatre production tickets, and transportation to and from Stratford-Upon-Avon.  This program will include a significant amount of walking.   


Access & Diversity


Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Many London hotels, apartments, restaurants and attractions are not accessible to physically-disabled services, so these services cannot be guaranteed in this global location.  Furthermore, because performances are live, the Globe and Royal Shakespeare Theatres are, unfortunately, unable to provide closed-captioned or audio-description programs.  Finally, this program includes a great deal of walking. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.
Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

England - London Eye


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Pre-Fall 2019 is $2,725.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared apartments, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, welcome and farewell dinners, excursion to Stratford-Upon-Avon, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for one-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2019 04/19/2019
Rolling Admission 08/03/2019 08/11/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.