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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Pre-Fall 2020.


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 1 - 9, 2020

  • Two cities:  London and Stratford-Upon-Avon

  • Academic visits to Westminster Abbey, 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 2020, before Fall classes begin.  The class will have some pre and post work assigned via Canvas
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 here at ASU, 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!


Professor Lynda Mae



London Sunset

Program Housing

Students will be staying in shared apartments, in walking distance from reasonably-priced breakfast, lunch and dinner options, groceries, pharmacy and public transportation. Public transportation cards will be included in the cost of the trip, along with three 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.   

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in the UK, getting around in cities may be difficult at times because sidewalks can be narrow and uneven. Most London Underground and UK National Rail System stations are not readily accessible for people with disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.   

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Pre-Fall 2020 is $2,890.

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

*The ASU Study Abroad Office does not officially endorse, administer or monitor the content of these links.

Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 03/15/2020
Rolling Admission 08/01/2020 08/09/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.