What You’ll Study
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester
This program is a perfect option for those who wish to study abroad in an authentic English manor while reaping all the benefits of a full college study abroad experience!
Harlaxton offers an academic program of the highest quality which integrates traditional teaching with experiential learning and extensive travel opportunities to create a unique study abroad experience. The college offers a curriculum that appeals to students from all majors at the heart of which is the British Studies course (6 credits) taken by all students and taught by an outstanding British faculty. The course offerings, however, cover a breadth of disciplines and general education options that allow students to progress seamlessly toward graduation while also expanding their personal and academic horizons. Honors options are also widely available. Under the direction of talented and dedicated faculty, Honors students at Harlaxton can take advantage of unique research, travel and presentation opportunities to learn and develop new skills in the glorious setting of Harlaxton Manor.
Harlaxton offers a wide and changing curriculum with a range of General Education courses and higher level electives in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities available each semester. Students are required to take a minimum of 12 credits (of which British Studies accounts for 6) although many take on a greater work-load.
Harlaxton College takes pride in the quality of its academic programs and the work of its faculty and students. The faculty encourage undergraduate research and are always interested in exploring new opportunities and ideas with prospective and current students. While studying at Harlaxton there may be opportunities to undertake preliminary research for a senior thesis or similar project or to undertake fieldwork at British/European locations or in British libraries and archives. As well as teaching, Harlaxton faculty are active in academic research and can supervise student research projects in a wide variety of areas.
A range of classes, in addition to British Studies (H382H), are available for Honors credit and Independent Study options can often be organized (see the course offerings page for further information).
The House system is an integral part of life at Harlaxton College and aims to provide a sense of community and identity within each House that goes beyond students’ home campuses. The House system also works to:
- Provide a framework for the College’s extracurricular activities;
- Increase involvement in academic, athletic, creative, and social activities;
- Engage students with a strong British tradition and history associated with the individual Houses;
- Provide additional leadership opportunities through the House Captain roles;
- Create a stable platform for extracurricular activities and provide opportunities for students to positively engage with the Harlaxton community outside of the classroom.
House events run throughout the semester with points being awarded for each event or competition. Competitions/events fall into the categories of Academic, Athletic, Creative, Social, and Other. The House with the most points at the end of the semester will win the overall House competition: The Manor Key!
The various houses include Gregory, Mercia, Newton, and Pegasus. For more on the houses, visit the API Blog.
Since 1983, British families have been opening their homes to Harlaxton students through the Meet-A-Family Experience. This is an outstanding opportunity for students to be immersed in and better understand authentic British culture.
Students visit British homes for meals throughout the semester, sometimes going with their families on trips, to concerts, or to sporting events. Harlaxton students quite literally “get a taste” of British family life, sometimes returning the compliment by cooking an American meal for their host family—and always, twice a semester, hosting their British “Mums” and Dads at their house, Harlaxton Manor, which the families love.
The relationships often last a lifetime. American students come back to England to visit; British hosts go to the States for graduations and weddings.
It’s a chance to have “family” close by while living abroad, along with an unforgettable experience in cross-cultural understanding and caring.
Spring students may have the opportunity to travel with a small Harlaxton group to Portugal for a long weekend building houses with Habitat for Humanity! Students who are selected must pay a $800 fee, and will receive a scholarship to cover additional costs. The weekend includes flights, accommodations at the Habitat Villa, all meals, all cultural activities, and three days of dedicated work on a Habitat build site. No building skills are required. Contact the API office for details on how to apply.
Students receive an official transcript from the University of Evansville upon successful completion of the program. The University of Evansville is a four-year, fully accredited U.S. university in Evansville, Indiana.
All students will complete the required British Studies course and then may choose the remainder of their courses from the general studies offerings.
Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects, including fine and studio arts, natural sciences (chemistry, astronomy, environmental science), English literature, history, international business, international relations, music, psychology, and creative writing.
Required British Studies Course
The British Studies course is unique to Harlaxton College. It is specifically designed for Harlaxton students and is taught by Harlaxton’s permanent British faculty. British Studies is available at three levels BRIT H282, BRIT H382, and BRIT H382 Honors. Descriptions are offered below.
Worth six credits, the British Studies Course provides the centerpiece for the college’s rigorous academic curriculum.
The course offers an interdisciplinary survey of British history and culture from earliest times to the present day. It explains the development of the various countries that make up the United Kingdom and the changing nature of the often fractious relationship between those countries. The course’s central theme is national identity, it explains Britain’s identity historically, culturally, and intellectually; it explores fundamental questions about Britishness. The course help students understand what they see, hear, read, and experience while living in a new nation.
British Studies is a challenging course. Students are asked to engage consistently throughout the semester and, in the best liberal arts tradition, there are plenty of chances to shine. Seminar discussions and group and individual presentations offer opportunities to research, debate, and analyze. Term papers and essays help develop research and writing skills. In examinations and tests, students will synthesize then apply what they have learned. These fundamental transferable skills will help not only at Harlaxton, but also in the future, in academic study, and in a wide range of careers.
The British Studies faculty are committed to helping every student develop as a scholar.
The British Studies course includes class travel and field trips, which take full advantage of the very rich historical and cultural resources found in the Harlaxton area. Each section of the course has an associated field trip which takes students to some remarkable sites, including:
Roman and Medieval Lincoln
The city of Lincoln dates from c.50 A.D. and has extensive Roman remains; Lincoln’s castle dates from 1068, two years after the Norman victory at the battle of Hastings; and the cathedral at Lincoln (begun 1072) is one of the finest in the country.
Southwell Workhouse and Harlaxton Manor
The course will compare Southwell, England’s, earliest Workhouse (built in 1824) with the neo-Elizabethan manor at Harlaxton in order to explore Victorian attitudes to gender, class, and poverty.
London: St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery
The final field trip takes us to London to consider the importance of the capital in creating a sense of national identity through a consideration of some of its most iconic architectural and artistic examples.
Local Field Trips
The program also offers a range of optional trips to fascinating locations very close to Harlaxton Manor. In recent semesters students have explored Tattershall Castle, built in c. 1440 by a veteran of the battle of Agincourt, seen wonderful medieval and Georgian architecture at the market town of Stamford, visited the Tudor splendor of Burghley House, home to Queen Elizabeth I’s chief minister, and studied Isaac Newton’s boyhood home at Woolsthorpe Manor.
- Study abroad in an authentic English Manor (just like Downton Abbey and Hogwarts!)
- Classes taught in English
- Courses with U.S. students
- Groundbreaking British Studies program
- British-Style “house competitions” like at Hogwarts!
- Meet-a-Family experience
- Honors program available
- Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (University of Evansville)