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Technology, Humanities, and the Arts in London and Scotland

Summer 2021

stpaulslongexposure.jpgExplore changes in the arts and humanities by immersing yourself in the culture of London, one of the creative capitals of the world, through:

  • hands-on workshops
  • plays and performances
  • museums and galleries
  • just under a week in Scotland, based out of Edinburgh
  • day trip to Glasgow

See the itinerary from the 2016 program to get a better sense of what will happen on the program and what we will do.

This program is open to students from MSU as well as to students from outside MSU.

Both courses in this program count toward the Citizen Scholar program.

Program application deadline: March 1, 2021


The program includes two courses for 7 credits total:

  • DH 491 - Culture: Physical and Digital [3 credits] (see the syllabus from 2016)
  • And one of the following:
    • IAH 241E - Art, Technology, and Politics [4 credits]*
    • AL 491: Art, Society, and Technological Change [4 credits]

*Students who do not have the pre-requisite for a second-level IAH course can receive an override to enroll in this program.

Both courses can count toward the Digital Humanities minor. Students in the study abroad program only require two additional Digital Humanities classes plus a capstone or internship to complete the minor. Further information about the requirements of the minor can be found elsewhere on this site here.

Aside most of the final week in Scotland, we will be based in London for the entire 4 weeks of the program. Staying primarily in one city allows us to visit many museums and cultural events around the city. Classes will mostly be held on-site. We also will have classroom time and space, along with student services support based out of the ACCENT offices in London, located at 12 Bedford Square [just behind the British Museum, and across the street from University College London].

Students will be housed in apartments with their classmates around London. Specific locations will be assigned in the Spring; all apartments are located within zones 1 and 2 of London's underground metro system, so students will not have lengthy commutes to class. All apartments have kitchens, and students are encouraged to explore London's markets and grocery stores as a part of their immersion experience.


Kristen Mapes

Assistant Director of Digital Humanities | kmapes@msu.edu


Program fee: $3650 (estimated - will be finalized in Fall 2020)

What it covers: 

  • Housing for the entire trip, including a shared apartment in London and housing in Edinburgh
  • Transportation within the UK - including an unlimited Oyster card for public transit in zones 1 and 2 of the Underground as well as train and local transport to and in Scotland for the last part of the program
  • Admission to all museums, galleries, archives, etc that are part of class
  • Theater tickets to required performances
  • Group meals - over the course of the program, there will be several group meals (usually dinners) for students and the instructor

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Digital Humanities Study Abroad Scholarship - $2000 - Due late February 2021

Available to a student enrolled in the Digital Humanities minor. The Digital Humanities Program will contribute $2000 toward the Program Fee. This scholarship looks for particularly strong experience or interest in Digital Humanities. Involvement in the Digital Humanities community at MSU and beyond as well as an awareness of the emerging field are traits highly valued by the Scholarship Committee. 

The application requires a personal statement from the student (300-500 words) as well as one faculty recommendation. The student must have applied to the study abroad program in order to be considered for the scholarship.

The application is available here.

The faculty recommendation form is available here.

Applications for the scholarship are due in late February 2021. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision by February 28, 2021.

Office of Study Abroad Scholarships - See the OSA's website for further information

Scholarships at other MSU Colleges - See the OSA's website for further information

Further scholarship and financial aid information can be found at the Office of Study Abroad's website here.