Children's Literature in the United Kingdom

England & Scotland

May 14 - June 4, 2018

Program Highlights

  • Experience Harry Potter destinations such as the Warner Bros. Studio "Making of Harry Potter" tour, Platform 9 3/4, and many more
  • Visit museums and castles across England and Scotland
  • Attend theater performances in London and Edinburgh
  • Explore Ashdown Forest, the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Woods
  • Travel to the Lake District, home of Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter
  • Explore London, Oxford and Edinburgh through walking tours and on your own
  • This is a Humanities (HM) designated core course

Program Description

Some of the most captivating, imaginative and magical stories ever written for children come from the United Kingdom. During this short-term study abroad program, we will travel and spend time in vibrant and historic metropolises like London and Edinburgh, as well as picturesque and peaceful rural destinations, such as Ashdown Forest and the Lake District. Our itinerary will take us through the enchanted cities and countryside of England and Scotland to numerous children's literature destinations. We will explore social, political and cultural forces that shape children's writing and publishing in the United Kingdom, study the fantasy genre, and discuss the value of magical stories for child development. Most importantly, we will read and discuss many wonderful examples of British fantasy literature written for children! 

Course Information

Course Name: Children's Literature in the United Kingdom

Course Code: EDUC 280B

Credit Number: 4

Designation: Humanities

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $4750 plus the cost of 4 CSB/SJU credits at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $615 per credit). 

This price includes:

  • Accommodations during the program
  • Local transportation
  • Course related excursions including: admission to museums, cultural attractions, major musical and theatre productions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Program administrative costs and fees
  • Some group meals

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Round-trip international airfare to London (estimated at $1500)
  • Most meals (estimated at $750)
  • Personal money (estimated at $750)
  • Activities, housing or transportation not associated with or included in the program


During our 10-day stay in London, we will be living in Arcadia University student residence halls in shared rooms. These accommodations include shared kitchen facilities, common living spaces, linens/towels and pay-as-you-go laundry. For our travels through the British countryside and our 11-day stay in Edinburgh, we will be staying in shared rooms in hostels or hotels with breakfast included. 


Madeleine Israelson is a former elementary school teacher and a current assistant professor in the Education Department. She teaches EDUC 215- Literature for Children and Adolescents. She believes that good literature, especially magical stories, can help us understand ourselves, others and our world in deeply meaningful ways. A good book (especially one written for kids) can inspire readers to change the world! This program is about exploring some of the most enduring and beloved tales for children in the places that inspired timeless stories like Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter, and many others.