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Study Trips and Projects

Each semester, the English Department organizes several study trips for its students, designed to bring to life what is being learned in the classroom. Students get the chance to visit English speaking countries to experience their culture, language, arts and history, or view historical documents and texts in their original forms.

Study Trips


  • Shakespearience: The department offers an annual trip to Stratford-upon-Avon and London, UK to view performances of Shakespeare’s plays and explore his birthplace. This year’s trip takes place from June 12–17, 2018 and will include tours of Stratford, lectures and sessions organized by the Shakespeare Centre, and plays performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The plays include “Macbeth”, “Romeo & Juliet”, Mary Pix’s “The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich” and John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi”. Organizers: Barbara Korte and Ulrike Zimmerman.
  • Disneyland Paris: For students taking the “Disney” seminar. May 24 to 25, 2018. Organizer: Wolfgang Hochbruck.
  • Scotland: The English Department is organizing a study trip to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, and Iona from May 29 to June 3, 2018. The trip will be accompanied by the compulsory upper-year / master’s seminar, “Scottish Identities Past and Present” (either Literature and Culture [Prof. Korte] or Language [Prof. Mair]). Organizers: Barbara Korte and Christian Mair.

Past Trips


  • Saint-Mihiel and Vimy: For English and History students taking the “The North American First World War / Der Nordamerikanische Erste Weltkrieg” seminar.  June 15 to 17, 2017. Organizers: Wolfgang Hochbruck and Willi Oberkrome.
  • New York: For students taking the “New York, New York” seminar.  April 1 to 13, 2017. Organizers: Sieglinde Lemke and Andreas Redl.
  • Ireland and Northern Ireland: Trip to Dublin and Belfast for students taking the “Contested Irish Identities” seminar. November 23 to 27, 2016. Organizers: Christian Mair and Barbara Korte.
  • Liverpool, the Lake District, Haworth and North Wales: Organized by and for students participating in the tutorial supervised by Dr. Ulrike Pirker, “England’s North in Literature and Culture”. June 7 to 14, 2014. Our first student-organized excursion was a journey through the English north-west. From Wordsworth to the Beatles, from the Lever and Tate Gallery to Parr Street Studios and the Athenaeum, the students got the chance to discover the history and present-day of the European Cultural Capital of 2008, its surrounding metropolises, and the region at large. Organizers: Michael Veit and Ulrike Pirker.
  • Southern USA: “Lingering Legacies and Audacious Ambitions – The American South”. Summer 2013. Organizers: Gert Fehlner and Mechthild Hesse.
  • Trinidad: For students from the English Department and the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology taking the “Creolization – Language, Culture and Ethnicity in Contemporary Trinidad” seminar. March 21 to 28, 2011. Organizers: Christian Mair and Barbara Korte.
  • Glasgow: For English and history students taking the “Working Classes and Working Class Cultures” seminar. July 23 to 26, 2007. Organizers: Barbara Korte and Franz-Josef Brüggemeier.
  • Liverpool: For English and history students taking the seminar “The Empire Strikes Back – Großbritannien und das Empire im 20. Jahrhundert”. February 16 to 20, 2006. Organizers: Barbara Korte and Franz-Josef Brüggemeier.





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