Developing intercultural perspectives, while possible through reading and other forms of exposure to different cultures, is best made possible by immersing oneself in them. We often fail to see how much of what we consider to be "normal" is culture-bound until we go outside of our home culture. However, while people from different cultural backgrounds may do things differently, we are all deeply connected, and we strive towards similar goals.
In this program, we will examine the distinction between what is universal and what is cultural behavior as well as draw parallels between cultures. We will gain a deeper appreciation of four distinct cultures different from our own as we travel across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland, making unforgettable memories along the way! Trip highlights include Buckingham Palace, Oxford University, the Scottish Highlands, a boat tour of Loch Ness, Giant’s Causeway, Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and much more!
Hilal Ergül, Assistant Professor
Department: Languages & Literatures
Campus Address: BAR 2015
Hilal is an experienced educator, traveller, and study abroad leader. She has enjoyed working with young adults in a variety of study abroad contexts, including leading student tours of Vienna, Austria, and Ankara, Turkey. Hilal has enjoyed all of these experiences immensely and looks forward to helping UNI students become world citizens.
Depending on group size, a second course section may be created to enable more students to participate, taught by Dr. Heather Jerónimo. Both course sections would travel together. Heather leads the Capstone in Spain program and is an avid traveler who has traveled to the UK several times for personal and professional reasons.
CAP 3165/TESOL 3565/GER 3334 Intercultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
This course takes students on a 2-week journey across the UK and Ireland where they get a chance to partake in intercultural communication and experience the cultures of these different countries unencumbered by the language barrier. Students study the linguistic and sociocultural aspects ethnographically to discover the intricacies that are embedded in the communication between cultures. The course is delivered in three phases; the pre-departure phase mostly in the spring semester before we embark on the trip, the on-site phase in the UK and Ireland, and the post-arrival phase that takes place after we are back in the U.S.A. We will meet 4 times in the pre-departure phase during the spring semester and once in the summer (online) when the trip is near for 80-minute sessions. We will have 4 reflection sessions in the on-site phase where we discuss insights and questions as a group. We will also meet once for an 80-minute session in the post-arrival phase to present final projects.
Note that the meetings during the spring semester do not correspond with a credit-bearing course. The capstone course is scheduled as a summer course. The Study Abroad Center will directly enroll participants in the capstone course during the spring semester.
This course fulfills the Language Arts Core Category 6 Capstone Experience requirement. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Same as GER 3334 and TESOL 3565) All majors welcome. To view the tentative course syllabus, click HERE.
- In order to receive Capstone credit, program participants must have completed 60 credits hours prior to the program s course start date (i.e. be of Junior standing). Students who participate in capstone programs without meeting the credit hour prerequisite will receive elective credit. In this instance, students should consult with their academic advisor(s) regarding how the elective credit fits into their specific plans of study.
- Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
- Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
- Capstone courses cannot be repeated. If you have previously taken this capstone course, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.
Tentative Program Dates: Monday, July 18 (depart) to Wednesday, August 3, 2022 (return)
Sample itinerary is subject to change.
Day 1: Students arrive in London; meet with host families
Day 2: Buckingham Palace Tour including Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Afternoon Tea with scones and finger sandwiches; guided tours of Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament; Big Ben and Westminster Bridge; group dinner in evening & data collection discussion
Day 3: Tower Bridge and Tower of London (home to the Crown Jewels!); Thames lunch cruise from Tower Millenium Pier; Warner Bros Studio Tour London (the Making of Harry Potter)
Day 4: Day trip to Oxford University (Christ Church College, Bodleian Library), and Cambridge University with a guided punt tour on the River Cam
Day 5: Day trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath (with group afternoon tea)
Day 6: Take train to Edinburgh; check in to hotel; guided tour of Edinburgh with entrance to Edinburgh Castle; The Real Mary King's Close; group dinner in evening & data collection discussion
Day 7:Day trip to Stirling (Stirling Castle, Cambuskenneth Abbey, Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, The National Wallace Monument, The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre)
Day 8:Travel to Inverness, stopping at Rothiemurchus Farm for farm tour and viewing Highland Cattle; check in to hotel; guided walking tour of Inverness, Clava Cairns and Culloden Battlefield
Day 9:Day tour of the Highlands (Urquhart Castle, Falls of the Foyer, boat tour on Loch Ness, Fort William)
Day 10:Ferry crossing to Belfast with group lunch stop before the ferry; check in to hotel; guided walking tour of Belfast; group dinner in evening & data collection discussion
Day 11: Day trip of the coast road from Belfast (Antrim Coastal Road, Carrickfergus Castle, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, the Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, and the Dark Hedges)
Day 12:Travel to Dublin; check in to hotel; guided walking tour of Dublin including the Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition
Day 13: Visit Blarney Castle with a photo stop at the Rock of Cashel; see the Blarney Stone; then continue to Killarney; check in to hotel
Day 14:Tour the Ring of Kerry with Killarney National Park: Gap of Dunloe, Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey; group dinner in evening & data collection discussion
Day 15:Travel to the Cliffs of Moher via Tarbert; then travel to Bunratty Castle for group dinner; check in to hotel and spend the night in Limerick
Day 16: Departure for USA
Housing & Meals
Students will stay in housing arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. In London, students will stay in host homes. For the rest of the program, students will stay in hotels and hostels. Breakfast is built into the program cost. Students will purchase other meals out-of-pocket while abroad. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.
Capstone in the UK & Ireland
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* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
Cost of studying on-campus*
*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
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Dates & Deadlines
The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.