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Hofstra in London still open

By Robert Binger, Special to the Chronicle

Ever wanted to explore another country, or even another continent? Ever dreamed of walking the streets and eating the cuisine of another culture? Ever thought you could do all of that and get college credit for it?

In January of 2012, the Hofstra in London program will be offering classes in London from January 3 through 24. Courses include:

ENGL 184G - Issues: Contemporary British Theater-London

ENGL 196W - Literary London: Hofstra in London Program

During the trip, classes will be held on mornings Monday through Friday, allowing the rest of the day to be spent as the students wish. This means that on weekends, students will be able to explore all that London has to offer, or even visit capitols of other countries in the U.K.

Students can visit Shakespeare's Globe Theater and learn more about one of the most famous playwrights in history, or take a visit to Paris and take in the aesthetic pleasure of the Eiffel Tower. You could even just bum around in the hotel room and enjoy some foreign television!

Dr. John DiGaetani has led the program for 22 years and seems very excited for this year's program. "We will see five plays in London as part of the program," he said. "We will also take a backstage tour of the National Theater and Shakespeare's Globe."

The program has had nothing but good responses from past participants in the program, DiGaetani said. All of them have many stories to tell about this life-changing experience.

The program fee is $3,400 and includes round-trip airfare on a regularly scheduled flight, transfer to and from the London airport, hotel accommodations at the St. Giles Hotel in Bloomsbury (10 minutes' walking distance from the center of the theater district), tuition and fees, buffet breakfast and a British tea at the conclusion of the program.

Hotel rooms are double occupancy, but singles can be acquired with an extra $600. A $400 nonrefundable deposit must be put in with the application and there are no refunds after December 2, 2011. Fees are subject to change. Lunch and dinner must be purchased separately.

This program allows Hofstra students to take a vacation in another country while still getting credit or explore another continent for less than it would cost to go on your own. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and brag to your roommates when you return from winter break!

For more information or an application, contact:

Dr. John DiGaetani, Co-Director of Hofstra in London Program

Department of English and Freshman Composition

115 Mason Hall, 124 Hofstra University,

Hempstead, NY 11549.

Phone: 516-463-5466.

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