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Harlaxton: Literary Landscapes


Would you like to live in a castle set in the English countryside – where we will have class in the Gold Room, enjoy High Tea in the Conservatory, and have a formal banquet in the Great Hall? We will travel to the seaside village of Whitby in England, and then take on Europe, studying Bram Stoker’s Dracula in Budapest, Hungary; Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl in Krakow, Poland; and Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis in Prague, Czech Republic. Come with us and bring literature to life!

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Course Description

Students travel through Europe to study the “Literary Landscapes” where classic literary works were written and take place. When not traveling to these featured sites, class is taught in the Gold Room of Harlaxton Castle in England.

Program Information

Course: LIT 370: Special Topics: Literary Landscapes of Harlaxton/England and Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic  or ENGL 670: Literary Landscapes of Harlaxton/England and Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic  (graduate course)

Liberal Learning: Literary, Visual, & Performing Arts

Dates: June 19 – July 14, 2018

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

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

Summer 2018 Program Cost: $5,652.08 View Budget Sheet or Explore Scholarship Opportunities



  • Harlaxton Manor, featuring high tea in the Conservatory and a formal banquet in the Ballroom
  • Weekend in the seaside village of Whitby to explore the gothic Abbey and other literary sites from Dracula


  • Tour of Warsaw, including Royal Castle and POLIN Jewish Museum
  • Krakow, including a city walking tour and a traditional Polish dinner
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
  • Oskar Schindler’s Factory
  • The Wieliczka Salt Mine


  • Budapest, including a city walking tour of Jewish Quarter and a traditional Hungarian dinner
  • Danube Promenade and boat ride
  • Labyrinth of Buda Castle
  • Hungarian Summer Festival
  • The Gellert Baths

Czech Republic:

  • Prague, including a city walking tour of Jewish Quarter and a traditional Czech dinner
  • Walking tour on “The Kafka Trail”
  • Kafka Museum
  • Prague Castle

Read student testimonials from prior sessions


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

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.