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TCNJ Harlaxton – Summer


Dates: June 24-July 18, 2015

Info Session: Tuesday, September 30, 12:30pm, Bliss 145

J474ELIT 370: Literary Landscapes in England and Switzerland

(1 unit – 4 credits, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts)

Program Director: Dr. Michele Lise Tarter, Professor of English

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Apply Now! (click on this link to access the paper application – online application access will be available in Fall 2014)

Please read a September 2013 article in TCNJ’s The Signal about the 2013 Harlaxton program!

Come with us and bring literature to life! Come and live in a castle!

DIGITAL CAMERADuring this 3-week study abroad class on “Literary Landscapes,” we will first study Hilary Mantel’s novel (Bring Up the Bodies) about Tudor England and venture to London to walk in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn—ranging from her birthplace of Hever Castle to her site of beheading in the infamous Tower. Our course will next examine the letters of Mary and Percy Shelley as they traveled through Europe, and we will follow their trail all the way to Paris.  Ultimately, we will study Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, and then journey to Switzerland—to the same villa where she wrote the novel during a stormy week’s stay on Lake Geneva.  We will also study Lord Byron’s poetry, particularly those poems he wrote about Swiss literary sites.

Our 2013 Harlaxton students created a video that shows you exactly what you can expect next summer – take a look!





Your home: a Castle; Your classroom: the world!

One weekend is FREE for independent travel throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Paris—wherever you like!


Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime literary adventure!



There are many other fascinating sites we will visit during this exciting study course, including:

In London: 

  • Windsor Castle
  •  Hampton Court Palace
  • A river boat cruise on the Thames River
  • The London Eye
  • A play in the West End Theatre
  • A  Shakespearean performance at The Globe Theatre
  • A free day (Sunday) to do whatever you like!

       In the Midlands: eiffel-tower-cartoon-clip-art-217

  • Burghley House (built during Elizabethan England times)
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Newstead Abbey, home of Lord Byron

      In Paris: 

  • Eiffel Tower
  • The Louvre Museum
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • A river boat cruise on the Seine River

       In Switzerland:Ponte_dei_Salti_Ancient_double_arch_stone_bridge_green_water_Lavertezzo_Verzasca_valley_Switzerland_Tarun_Chandel_Photoblog

Our lodging in England will be a magnificent castle—where we will also have a wine and cheese reception upon arrival; a High Tea;  and a formal ballroom dinner on our last night.  Our stay in Switzerland will be on Lake Lugano, which is also called “the Italian Riviera.”

There will be one free weekend when you can travel anywhere you like: Scotland, Ireland, York—you name it!

We will create memories for a lifetime!


Program Cost in Summer 2015: 

  • Undergraduate: $5,106Big Ben Clock Tower and Houses of Parliament

Program Cost Includes:

    • $150 Non-Refundable Application Fee
    • $500 Non-Refundable Program Deposit Fee
    • Tuition/Fees for 1 TCNJ unit
    • Accommodation at Harlaxton Manor and all Bed and Breakfast’s
    • Three meals per day (except for lunches and dinners in Cornwall)
    • Transportation for all class trips
    • Airport Shuttle roundtrip from Heathrow Airport to The Castle
    • All excursions, day trips, tickets and fees
    • International Student Insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include:Lake_Maggiore_2

    • Airfare (arranged separately)
    • Transportation to/from US airport
    • Personal Items
    • Books
    • One weekend free for Independent Travel (optional)
    • Other personal expenses (personal travel, etc.)

Payment Options – to be posted shortly.

Withdrawal from Program – There may be financial penalties for students who withdraw from a faculty-led program after acceptance and payment of the $500 confirmation fee. Please review our withdrawal policy and contact the CGE if you have any questions.
Questions? Contact the Center for Global Engagement at


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