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Harlaxton and Switzerland


Summer – June 24-July 18, 2015


J474ELIT 370: Literary Landscapes in England and Switzerland

(1 unit – 4 credits, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts)

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Program Director: Dr. Michele Lise Tarter, Professor of English

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Please read a September 2013 article in TCNJ’s The Signal about the 2013 Harlaxton program!

Come with us and bring literature to life! Come and live in a castle!

DIGITAL CAMERADuring this 3-week study abroad class on “Literary Landscapes,” we will first study Hilary Mantel’s novel (Bring Up the Bodies) about Tudor England and venture to London to walk in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn—ranging from her birthplace of Hever Castle to her site of beheading in the infamous Tower. Our course will next examine the letters of Mary and Percy Shelley as they traveled through Europe, and we will follow their trail all the way to Paris.  Ultimately, we will study Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, and then journey to Switzerland—to the same villa where she wrote the novel during a stormy week’s stay on Lake Geneva.  We will also study Lord Byron’s poetry, particularly those poems he wrote about Swiss literary sites.

Our 2013 Harlaxton students created a video that shows you exactly what you can expect next summer – take a look!





Your home: a Castle; Your classroom: the world!

One weekend is FREE for independent travel throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, Paris—wherever you like!


Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime literary adventure!



There are many other fascinating sites we will visit during this exciting study course, including:

In London: 

  • Windsor Castle
  •  Hampton Court Palace
  • A river boat cruise on the Thames River
  • The London Eye
  • A play in the West End Theatre
  • A  Shakespearean performance at The Globe Theatre
  • A free day (Sunday) to do whatever you like!

       In the Midlands: eiffel-tower-cartoon-clip-art-217

  • Burghley House (built during Elizabethan England times)
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Newstead Abbey, home of Lord Byron

      In Paris: 

  • Eiffel Tower
  • The Louvre Museum
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • A river boat cruise on the Seine River

       In Switzerland:Ponte_dei_Salti_Ancient_double_arch_stone_bridge_green_water_Lavertezzo_Verzasca_valley_Switzerland_Tarun_Chandel_Photoblog

Our lodging in England will be a magnificent castle—where we will also have a wine and cheese reception upon arrival; a High Tea;  and a formal ballroom dinner on our last night.  Our stay in Switzerland will be on Lake Lugano, which is also called “the Italian Riviera.”

There will be one free weekend when you can travel anywhere you like: Scotland, Ireland, York—you name it!

We will create memories for a lifetime!


Summer 2015 Program Fee: 

  • Undergraduate: $5,086
  • Graduate: $5,571.13Big Ben Clock Tower and Houses of Parliament


    • $150 Non-Refundable Application Fee
    • $500 Non-Refundable Program Deposit Fee
    • Tuition/Fees for 1 TCNJ unit (in-state and out-of-state)
    • Accommodation at Harlaxton Manor and all Bed and Breakfasts
    • Three meals per day in Harlaxton and breakfast every day throughout the program
    • Transportation for all class trips
    • Airport transfers
    • All excursions, day trips, tickets and fees
    • International Student Insurance

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    • Airfare (arranged separately)
    • Transportation to/from US airport
    • Personal Items
    • Books
    • One weekend free for Independent Travel (optional)
    • Other personal expenses (personal travel, etc.)

Payment Schedule (Cash or Check Payable to TCNJ – pending Treasurer’s approval): 

All payments should be brought to the Student Accounts office, Green Hall 119.

Plan A:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • $2,771.84 (balance of travel costs) due on March 19, 2015
  • $1,664.16 (undergraduate course tuition/fees) or $2,149.29 (graduate course tuition/fees)due on May 15, 2015

Plan B:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • Create a Sallie Mae payment plan (arranged by the student in the Student Accounts office) for the balance of travel costs + tuition/fees =
    • $1,478.66 (undergraduate) or $1,640.38 (graduate) due in March
    • $1,478.66 (undergraduate) or $1,640.38 (graduate) due in April
    • $1,478.66 (undergraduate) or $1,640.38 (graduate) due in May
    • Payment in full by May 15, 2015

Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Questions?  Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.