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Study Abroad Programs with Comparative Literature

I was able to take an American Literature Course, and it was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed learning about my country's history from a different perspective, and discussing my history and my literature with British students.

Taryn Hansen, Lancaster University, England, United Kingdom, Fall 2015


Note: Literature courses are offered in almost every university abroad.  In addition to teaching the literature of their own country and region, many universities routinely offer English, Irish and American literature courses that may give students a different viewpoint.

Australia – Macquarie University, Sydney (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar). 
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA
  • Housing: Dormitory or private apartment.
  • Details: The English Department is organized into four areas:  Written and visual cultures of Australia, English literary tradition, children's literature, creative writing. Volunteer opportunities available.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA. Previous coursework with an Asian focus. 
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Hong Kong's only liberal arts university. The English Department emphasizes contemporary literature.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

Hungary – Eötvös Collegium, Budapest  (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Academic year.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Hungarian language and culture course strongly recommended. 
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Eötvös Collegium is an honors college within the larger Eötvös Lorand University. Beloit students who study in Budapest study Hungarian, take a Hungarian culture course, and choose electives from English-medium course offerings at the Collegium (including in its Anglo-American Workshop) and at the university.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

United Kingdom - Lancaster University, Lancaster, England   (D)

  • Semesters: Fall (late September - mid-December), Spring (early January - mid- to late June).
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.8 GPA in subjects relevant to your study plan. 
  • Housing: Dormitory with local and international students; shared kitchens; options for meals.
  • Details: Second-year courses in the Department of English include Renaissance, Victorian, American literature, Literature and Film, and the Theory and Practice of Criticism. Third-year courses include Gothic Literature, Science Fiction, Literature and the Visual Arts.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

United Kingdom – University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: None.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Extensive course options in creative writing, including prose, drama and poetry; the UEA Literary Festival features weekly lectures by published writers; prestigious alumni of the program include Ian McEwen. Information on the School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

United Kingdom – University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland 

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.
  • Housing: University assists students find housing in dormitory.
  • Details: English literature department offers courses in American, Irish and postcolonial literatures, critical theory, creative writing, and the relationship between literature and other arts, media and science.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

United Kingdom – ISEP: University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

  • Semesters: Fall (with permission of instructor to be examined before January), Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA
  • Housing: Varies by campus: apartments, dormitories, or student houses.
  • Details: Coleraine campus: Strongest literature program at Ulster. Belfast: Irish language and cultural studies. Magee campus (Londonderry/Derry): Irish studies. Module (Course) listings here. 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

United States - ACM: Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities, Chicago 

  • Semesters: Fall.
  • Prereqs: Serious interest in humanities research.
  • Housing: Apartments near the Newberry Library.
  • Details: Work with faculty members to delve into the collection of the Newberry Library in Chicago; the Library's collections focus on the civilizations of Western Europe and the Americas from the late middle ages to the early 20th century. The curriculum consists of a seminar and students' individual research projects. Students and faculty spend each week day in the library.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower. Many participants work part-time at the library during the program. 

Note: Recent literary studies majors have studied on ACM programs in Florence and Tanzania; through Beloit College in China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Russia and Turkey; and other universities in England, Ireland, Latin America, and Scotland.  



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition Educational Expenses:

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider:  airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester.
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 07/2016