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  • Locations: Stratford, Canada
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 05/31/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/25/2019 08/04/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Faculty Advisor: Mejia-LaPerle, Carol, Dr. Supporting Department: English Language and Literature
Registration Term: Summer B Language of Instruction: English
Credit Hours: 3.0
Program Description:

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Program Description:

Setting the standard for theatre in the world, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival stages imaginative, exciting, and entertaining dramas and musicals every year. Students will be immersed in the festival plays, events, panels, and exhibits during this 10-day study abroad program. There will be two pre-travel meetings to orient students to the plays and prepare them for the trip. Students will be watching plays from the 2019 Festival season, tour the world’s largest costume warehouse, have access to the backstage workings of the main festival playhouse, participate in the “talk back” sessions following the performances, enjoy the concurrent Stratford Summer Festivals, and meet the directors, actors, and stage producers that make Stratford Shakespeare Festival one of the most celebrated gatherings of dramatic craft and stage innovation. Group discussions will be held at different venues including classroom meetings, workshop gatherings, and lecture halls. For over 60 seasons, the Stratford Shakespeare festival showcases remarkable talent in stage management, design technology, costume craft, and of course, dramatic arts and musical theater. The primary goal of this course is to witness, enjoy, and directly learn from this talented field.

Visit the course website to see WSU students writing about their experience with this festival:

Past Festival Highlights:
- The Tempest featuring Christopher Plummer as Prospero  
- Twelfth Night fusing rock music into the Shakespeare play to enliven a show starring Brian Dennehey
- Students learned stage combat from Daniel Briere who played Romeo in 2013.
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Academic Course Information:17 canada students in costume

This program is open to all students of any major. There are no prerequisite classes for this program. Students will register for Stratford Shakespeare Festival as ENG 3010, ENG 4460, ENG 6460, UH 4000 or WGS 4250/6200. All options are 3 credit hours and will be offered in Summer Session B.  

During Spring semester, prior to departure, two face to face class sessions will be held to discuss the festival and the logistics of the trip. Students are required to read four of the plays that they will see in Stratford and then will engage in an online dialogue on Pilot at the beginning of Summer Session B, prior to departure. Students will also complete an online pre-departure orientation with the University Center for International Education.

A syllabus and itinerary will outline the participation requirements and the written projects expected of the students, depending upon the course on record.
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Stratford Faculty Pic.About the Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Carol Mejia LaPerle has successfully led this program three times, is a Professor of English Literature specializing in Renaissance Drama, with a focus on Shakespeare and global performances of the bard.  She has been a fan of theater all her life, and is looking forward to sharing the fantastic experience of world-class performances with WSU students.  Students will love the town’s beauty, friendliness, and talent.  The program offers an unforgettable experience of Shakespeare’s plays, and enriches a lifelong love of all theater from classical to contemporary. 



This program is open to anyone who is interested. There are no prerequisites. An interview will be required of all applicants. Acceptance into the program will be based upon several factors including a 2.5 GPA, motivation, and interest in the program.

Study Abroad Student
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 Before You Leave:

In the Spring, prior to departure, two face to face class sessions will be held to discuss the festival and the logistics of the trip.  Students are required to read four of the plays that they will see in Stratford and then will engage in an online dialogue on Pilot at the beginning of Summer Session B, prior to departure. 

Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation information online a few weeks before departure.

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Getting There:

Students will beStratford Map responsible for arranging their own transportation to Stratford, Canada. 

Dr. Meija LaPerle will organize optional group travel, driving to Stratford with a large van, for those who are interested in traveling together.  If a student chooses to be part of this travel plan, the cost will be arranged separately with Dr. Meija LaPerle and the maximum number of students she can bring is 7.

If a student chooses to fly to Stratford, the UCIE recommends but does not require the following travel agencies that work with university students:  STA Travel or  Student Universe

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Program Costs:

The cost of this program is $1850.  This will include lodging, theatre tickets, programming, some meals and health and accident insurance.

NOT included are: tuition, transportation to and from Stratford, passport application fees, most meals, passport application costs and personal expenses.

To officially reserve a spot in the program, you will need an application fee of $100 and a program deposit of $500
Payment 1  is due on March 1st, 2018
Payment 2  is due on May 1st, 2018

All payments are non-refundable.
The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the price up to 10%. 

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 Study Abroad Students

Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact to make an appointment with the financial aid advisor.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.  
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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with UHP International Insurance  through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Megan Trickler
Education Abroad Coordinator 

Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Carol Mejia-LaPerle
Department of English
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