The Fulbright AIFS Summer Institute with Globe Education is a three-week cultural and academic programme dedicated to acting and understanding Shakespeare's texts on-site at the Globe Theatre, hosted by the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. 

Founded by the 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 Summer Institute focuses on:

  • Material and cultural contexts of early modern drama
  • History and construction of the original and reconstructed Globe Theatres
  • Current and historic value of Shakespearean drama
  • Shakespeare's texts and language
  • Theatre production, performance space and practice
  • Relationship between actors and audience at the Globe

The syllabus is informed by plays in the current Globe Theatre repertory.


Students will participate in workshops on:

  • Combat and swordplay
  • Movement
  • Dance
  • Design

 Students will be able to:

  • Work alongside theatre practitioners at the Globe
  • Watch performances at the Globe Theatre
  • Access Shakespeare’s Globe Library and Archive
  • Participate in scene rehearsals
  • Receive up to three credits to transfer to their home institution

Previous cultural programmes have included:

  • Guided city tour of London
  • Cricket match
  • Day trip to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Theatre trips to see Wicked and Phantom of the Opera
  • Ballet viewing of Romeo and Juliet

More information can be found on the AIFS website.

The course ends with a scene performance from the students, followed by a farewell mixer with AIFS staff.

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Programme dates

10 to 29 June 2019 (travel dates not included)


Students are housed in double and triple rooms in Richmond University residence halls or approved satellite buildings in the exclusive Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. On-campus facilities include 24-hour reception/security, library, computer lab, coffee-shop, student affairs office and common room with T.V. and DVD player.


Students are provided with one meal in the Richmond student cafeteria, Monday to Friday. This does not include all meals, therefore, finances for meals should be considered.

Academics and credits

No participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available. Transcripts are issued by Richmond, The American International University in London. Students will also receive a Certificate of Attendance from Shakespeare’s Globe Education. One official copy will be sent to the student’s home institution.