Given the flexibility of our degree, many of our students choose to study abroad. For most English majors, England or Ireland is the logical choice. Not surprisingly, the London Program and the program at University College Dublin are the two most popular study abroad programs among our majors, but all of the Study Abroad programs available to Notre Dame students are open to our English majors. For students with special interests there are programs at Oxford, Cambridge, the University of East Anglia, Trinity College (Dublin), and St. Andrews (Scotland).
In summer, we also offer an exciting study abroad opportunity located at Kylemore Abbey in Galway, Ireland.
Planning to study abroad
In your planning for study abroad, you should keep in mind the following:
- Make sure the program(s) to which you are applying is/are appropriate to your course of study at ND and your completion of your major(s). Some programs like London and Dublin have many course options for English majors, while others offer fewer courses. If you attend a program less geared toward English for reasons of language study or some other academic goal, that is fine — just keep in mind that you may need to work more intensively in other semesters to complete your requirements for English.
- You may count two abroad courses abroad toward the English major, provided they are at the right level (see below).
- In all cases, courses need to be offered at a level similar to Notre Dame English major courses (which is generally the 3xx or 4xx level, though the major level in the Dublin programs is 2xx-4xx).
- Courses that have already been approved for a program can be seen online through the course database on the NDI website. In general, study abroad applications are submitted in the fall of the sophomore year; then, after acceptance to a given program to take place in the fall or the spring of the junior year, specific course approvals take place the semester before study abroad.