Study Abroad Opportunities

WU Summer Program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

"All the world’s a stage..."

Washington University’s Summer Program at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a three-week, dynamic study abroad experience in the heart of London’s vibrant South Bank. 

Students earn credit for one three-unit course entitled “Acting Shakespeare” from world-renowned artists and scholars at London’s Globe Theatre under the supervision of Washington University faculty in a nurturing and challenging community setting.  

Students will take master classes in acting, movement, voice, stage combat, theatre history, and script analysis; they will hear scholarly lectures on interpreting Shakespeare’s plays, situating them within their cultural and historical context, and understanding how they were performed on the early modern stage; and they will attend five or more professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays, including several at the reconstructed Globe Theater.  

Centered in London, the course includes an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon, where students will visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and related historical sites and attend plays performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

All in all, it is an unforgettable experience that will help students build their communication skills, advance their knowledge of theatre arts, and deepen their appreciation for the playwright whose rich literary imagination helped invent the language that we speak today.

Eighteen students will be selected from the applications which are open to Washington University students who have taken a course on Shakespeare (e.g., Drama 1191 & 1192 or Drama 4692).

Program Highlights

  • Master classes in acting, movement, voice, theatre history and text taught by Globe Theatre artists and scholars.
  • Discussions with actors, directors and designers who work on productions at the Globe Theatre.
  • Excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon, visiting historical sites associated with Shakespeare's life and attending plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Program Costs

$3500 Land Only Fee
$5500 Airfare Included

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

Students' financial aid packages do not generally provide funding for summer experiences, domestic or international. If additional funding is needed to make summer study abroad possible, we encourage students to explore both Washington University and external Scholarship Opportunities and discuss with Student Financial Services whether additional loans are available.
WU students wishing to apply for financial aid should complete the Performing Arts Department Summer Scholarship application in addition to the Shakespeare at the Globe applications. 

Deadline to apply is February 8, 2023.

Apply Today

Click here if you are a part of the Ampersand L61 1191 & 1192  All the World's a Stage

Click here to apply if you will have taken L15 4692 Shakespeare and Performance or another eligible Shakespeare course

Other Available Programs

Semester Study Abroad Programs in Dance

Semester Study Abroad Programs in Drama


Coursework by Program

Please consult with the department's study abroad advisors for information on coursework recommended/required by the department to be completed prior to study abroad, minimum grades in coursework abroad for major/minor credit, required portfolios if applicable and other department policies regarding study abroad.

Browse all study abroad programs at the Overseas Program page

"The Globe Program has been the highlight of my college career. The opportunities, which include stage training from Tony Award winners, exclusive tours of the Globe (what the tourists don't get to see), and the incredibly rare chance to perform on Shakespeare's own stage, are wide-ranging and breathtaking. It is a challenging, life-changing, and unforgettable experience."

―Joe Holley2014 Shakespeare at the Globe participant


Study Abroad Advisor in Drama:
Andrea Urice

Contact Professor Urice

Study Abroad Advisor in Dance:
David Marchant

Contact David Marchant