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AIFS Summer Institute with Globe Education


The Fulbright Commission American Institute for Foreign Study Summer Institute at Shakespeare’s Globe is a three-week cultural and academic programme for US students.

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education. Together, the Globe, Globe Exhibition & Tour and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.

This programme focuses on both acting and understanding Shakespeare texts and the students’ studies are supplemented by workshops focussing on combat and sword play, movement, dance and design. Students will also have the opportunity to watch performances at Shakespeare's Globe and take part in a question and answer session with the Globe actors. 

Participants in this programme will get the opportunity to:Shakespeare's Globe by Pawel Libera

•    Study on-site with Globe Education
•    Work with professional theatre practitioners
•    Participate in movement and voice workshops, and scene rehearsals
•    Meet people from all over the world, make friends and experience life as a real student in the UK
•    Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom, and for the prestigious internationally renowned Globe Theatre.                  
•    Develop their knowledge and skills in the field of Shakespeare studies and drama, be taught by world leaders in their field and receive credit they can transfer to their US university

This institute will take place from 11 June to 30 June 2017.

Students will also have access to the Shakespeare’s Globe Library and Archive for reference.

This three-week intensive programme will focus on the material and cultural contexts for early modern drama and on the history and process of construction of both the original and the reconstructed Globe Theatres. The syllabus will be informed by, and respond to, the plays in repertory for the 2017 Globe Theatre season. The course seeks to demonstrate the historical and current value of Shakespeare’s plays through a practical examination of text and language, performance space, the materials of theatre practice, and the unique relationship between actors and audience at the Globe.


The majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes:

•    round-trip airfare from the US to the UK;
•    tuition and fees;
•    accommodation and social programme;
•    subsistence 

Students taking this programme also receive AIFS insurance as part of the programme. 

Accommodation for the three weeks will be in a double or triple room with other programme participants in a University residence hall in the Royal Bourough of Chelsea and Kensington.  On-campus facilities include 24 hour reception/security, library, computer lab, coffee shop, student affairs office and common room with TV and DVD player.  

Students are provided with two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), Monday through Friday, in the student cafeteria.   

Special Programmes do not preclude participants from applying for a Fulbright Award later in their academic career. The summer institutes are intentionally designed in such a way that allows participants to come back to the UK at postgraduate or postdoctoral level as a Fulbright Student or Scholar.

Selection Criteria

To meet the minimum eligibility for this Institute you need to:

•    be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;
•    be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme;
•    be able to participate in the programme in its entirety;
•    have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
•    have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;
•    be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;
•    be willing and able to fully participate in an academically intensive programme that includes attending all sessions, completing all assignments, contributing to classroom discussions and supporting student ambassador style work as required;
•    have had little or no study or travel experience in the UK or elsewhere outside of the US and;
•    expect to return to the US and continue your education.

Note: The programme is open to students in all courses of study, but are particularly suited to those with a keen interest in drama, theatre studies or English LiteratureShakespeare
Those holding permanent residency ‘green cards’ may not apply.

Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.

In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application highlighting why an experience in a Summer Institute would be transformative for the applicant, a range of extracurricular and community activities, an indication of ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.

Candidates will not be discriminated against due to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment).


Deadline: Applications are due 23 February 2017, Midnight EST.

Before you begin the application process, please read the FAQs document.  If you have questions or any general enquiries, you may send them to:  Be sure to follow us on twitter and receive application tips throughout the application period.

To Apply: 

1. Complete our online application form. You will be asked to register to the website with a username (e-mail address) and password.  You may save your application in order to return and work on/finish at a later date. Please note your password. 

2. Request two reference letters: Request letters from two (2) references.  Reference letters should come directly from the referee via the following online form.  

Applicants: Do not complete this form. Please guide your chosen referees to this webpage. 

Referees: Please complete the form accessed via the above link. You should complete the form and upload a letter on organisational/institutional letterhead where there is an 'upload' button on the form.  The form (with letter) must be submitted on or before the deadline or it will not be considered a complete application. Please be certain you are submitting the form for the correct deadline date. 

3. Copy of your transcript: Transcript needs to be attached to the online application in the form of a PDF. Please do not send the US-UK Commission these PDFs or links to transcript access sites. Transcripts need to be included on the form for a complete application. We recommend you request a transcript be sent to you; we will accept all transcripts, if they are included in the application.  Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if for financial or other reasons it is difficult to obtain an official transcript, we will accept an unofficial transcript in its place.   


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of  April (subject to change). Interviews will only be held selected days and may not be rescheduled.

If you are making an application, please save these dates as an invitation to interview may come within a few days of the interview date. The selection committee will be comprised of Fulbright Commission staff and on occasion representatives from partner universities, US Embassy representatives, or Fulbright alumni.

Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to give feedback on individual applications or to provide reasons for their refusal.

Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


23 November: Competition opens
23 February:  Application deadline
Late March and Early April:  Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
Early April:  Telephone Interviews 
Late April:  Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
9 June:  Departure for UK
10 June:  Arrival in the UK
1 July:  Return to USA

Additional Information

Programme Outline

AIFS staff will conduct an in-depth orientation meeting on the day after arrival. This is followed by a half-day guided sightseeing tour of London by private coach.

On the first day of class Globe Education staff conduct an orientation meeting.

AIFS offers an optional Cultural Calendar of events including walking tours, theatre performances and daytrips to help students get the most out of their study abroad experience. Fulbright studnets will be able to sign up to attend any event which interests them.  Please note that students may need to pay a small fee for some of the cultural activities. 

Previous programme's cultural calendar included the following events:

•    Guided city tour of London Much Ado About Nothing
•    Cricket match 
•    Daytrip to Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon
•    Theatre performances of Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet

The course ends with a scene performance from the students and this is followed by a farewell mixer with Institute staff.

For more information on this year's programme please consult AIFS's website

All course content is subject to change. The information is intended to provide an initial scope of the programme and should not be considered final. Content will be updated as details are finalised by AIFS.

Students may earn up to three (3) credits for their study. Transcripts are issued by Richmond, The American International School in London and a Certificate of Attendence from Shakespeare's Globe Education.  One official copy will be sent to the student's home institution. 

About the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

Since 1964, over 1.2 million students have travelled abroad with AIFS and with more than 40 years of experience, they have the resources and experience to provide what their students want and need in a study abroad programme, and to safeguard their welfare around the world.
AIFS offers a wide range of unique programs in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas.


Fulbright Participants 2013AIFS employs a dedicated team of full-time professional Student Advisors who act as peer mentors to students on our study abroad programmes. These staff members live in the student accommodation acting as Resident Assistants and handle any maintenance / housing issues. They also deal with any questions students might have including giving travel advice, making doctor’s appointments and staffing a 24-hour emergency duty service throughout the programme. One of the AIFS Student Advisors will be appointed as the dedicated Fulbright scholar mentor for the duration of the programme.