The Bard and Eastern Michigan University

EMU students travel to England

by Pamela Young, Published July 11, 2012

EMU students in front of Shakespeare's birthplace.


Eastern Michigan University students recently traveled back to 1500s England to follow in the footsteps of the dramatist William Shakespeare, also known as, "The Bard."

Sponsored by EMU's study abroad program, the trip to England is a popular one for students.  

This year's tour of "Shakespeare in London," provided 11 students with a two-week opportunity to experience Shakespeare's world while earning three credits in either LITR 210 Introduction to Shakespeare, which fulfills an EMU General Education requirement, or LITR 405 Shakespeare, which fulfills a requirement for EMU English majors.

Craig Dionne, professor of English and a Shakespearean scholar, led the students through The Bard's haunts.

The students visited Shakespeare's birthplace on Henley St. in Stratford upon Avon, and experienced a 1500s education while at King's School, the grammar school attended by The Bard. Another highlight was the Tower of London. They also saw seven plays and visited museums, historical sites and city districts related to Elizabethan England.

Some experiences cannot be lived while in a classroom. For more information about study abroad opportunities, schedules and funding, visit or the Academic Programs Abroad office in 103 Boone Hall

Pamela Young

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