Summer 2017 (program runs in odd numbered years only)
Sponsored by the Department of Theatre in the College of Arts & Letters and arranged through the Office of Study Abroad (OSA)


What’s this program about?         

Students will spend five weeks in London intensively studying British theatre through attending:

  • Performances
  • Workshops
  • Lectures by British professionals
  • Backstage tours
  • Performance training
  • Various field trips          

The program includes attendance at a minimum of 15 productions at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Royal National Theatre, and West End and Fringe Theatres. Field trips to Bath and Stratford-on-Avon to see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform are included.

Students will explore theatre history, actor training, and/or design with British specialists and the program may include workshops at the Globe, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Shared Experience or the Royal National Theatre.


What can I study?           

Students are required to enroll in a minimum of six (6) credits from the following course offerings:

  • THR 480 – Study Abroad in Theatre – 1 cr. (All students must enroll in this course.)
  • IAH 241D – Theater and Society in the West – 4 cr.
  • THR 390 – Special Topics: Acting and Voice – 2 cr.
  • THR 431 – Studies in Theatre History (British Theatre History) – 3 cr.
  • THR 813 – Period Resources for Directors and Designers – 3 cr.
  • THR 832 – Studies in Comparative Theatre and Drama – 3 cr.
  • *THR 490 – Independent Study – 1-4 cr.
  • *THR 890 – Independent Study – 1-4 cr.

*With the approval of the Department of Theatre and Karen Kangas-Preston, students with special requirements can enroll in the appropriate independent study course. Please contact Karen prior to enrolling for any independent study.


What are the requirements?

Students must be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of at least 2.5 at the time of application. Meeting this minimum grade point average does not, however, guarantee admission. A selection interview with Karen may be required. Applicants’ participation may be denied or their participation approval may be revoked if their conduct before departure raises doubts as to their suitability for program participation.  


What does this program cost?

The program fee in 2015 of $5,385 includes the following: 

  • Application fee ($100)
  • Acceptance fee($200)
  • Student share of fixed costs
  • Student housing
  • Student meals: some breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Class activities
  • MSU insurance
  • OSA administrative costs

Amounts not included in the program fee for which participants will need to budget include:

  • MSU tuition and fees (6 credits minimum)
  • Airfare ($1,600)
  • Additional meals ($650)
  • Books and supplies ($40)
  • Passport application fee ($135)
  • Visa application fees (if applicable)
  • Other transportation ($225)
  • Personal spending money ($1,000)
  • Estimated additional costs ($3,650)
  • Estimated MSU tuition ($2,941.50)


Who can tell me more about this program?     

Karen Kangas-Preston
Department of Theatre
46 Auditorium
Phone: (517) 844-7786

MSU Department of Theatre regularly sponsors a study away program to Los Angeles to study film and media acting. This month-long program introduces students to LA’s top professional actors, casting directors and filmmakers. Students will work alongside some of LA’s best.

MSU also offers a month-long program in New York City to explore the arts and cultural scene of this vibrant city. Students attend workshops and classes with some NYC’s cutting edge artists.