English Language in Britain

The English Language in Britain program is a hands-on, experiential investigation into the origins and diversity of the English language. On this trip, we will take you to England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales in the only Study Abroad program to visit all of the British Isles. In our travels we will experience the diverse dialects of the British Isles, from the received pronunciation in London to the brogue in Scotland to the Celtic lilt in Ireland and Wales. Along the way, we’ll teach you the rudiments of how English works and the important features that distinguish English Dialects. Additionally, in a first for this program, we will be investigating how books were developed and published in the British Isles, from the illuminated manuscripts of the Book of Kells to early English editions of the Bible and through the early development of printing of the modern publishing powerhouses in London and Edinburgh. During the experience, we will visit major sites in London, such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the Globe Theater, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. As we travel outside of London, we will see castles and cathedrals, publishing houses, and world heritage sites, along with the stunning countryside of the British Isles.


June 25 to August 10 2019


While in London, you will live in flats in the neighborhood of Kensington, a beautiful area near museums and the LDS Hyde Park Chapel. While traveling, you will stay in youth hostels and hotels.


Register for 6 credit hours during summer term. Possible courses include:

  • LING 110 Introduction to Human Language (3 credit hours)—Fulfills the GE Social Science requirement
  • ELANG 324 History of the English Language (3 credit hours)
  • ELANG 468 Varieties of English (3 credit hours)

Courses for the TESOL minor or other courses may also be available.



Includes LDS, undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non-LDS students), housing, group transportation and lodging on field trips, and international health insurance coverage.

Not Included: Airfare, most meals (grocery stores are located near housing), and personal expenses.


Students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour). This evening course will be held during the second block of winter semester 2018. Part-time and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional $286 tuition fee for enrolling in the prep class.

Accompanying spouses need to be credit-bearing participants on the program. Spouses will also need to apply online and take the preparation course.


Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a study abroad scholarship and may be considered for other scholarships. They must indicate on their original online application that they want to be considered for financial aid.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants. The College of Humanities offers funding for qualified students.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see kennedy.byu.edu/scholarships).


Complete the online application at kennedy.byu.edu/apply.

The application requires a $35 fee.

Applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program.

The first payment is due upon acceptance. Please refer to the 2019 Payment Information document (see kennedy.byu.edu/isp-forms/ISPpayments2019.pdf)

Priority Deadline: 18 January 2019


Dirk Elzinga is an associate professor in the Linguistics department, where he teaches phonetics and phonology courses, including phonetics and phonology of English, and field methods in linguistics. His research interests are the documentation of the native languages of Utah and the sound structure of English in all of its varieties. (801)422-2117, dirk_elzinga@byu.edu

Jacob D. Rawlins is an assistant professor in the Linguistics department, wehre he teaches courses in editing, publishing, and grammar. His research interest include the history of publishing, rhetoric in the workplace, and interactive data visualizations. (801)422-2144, jacob_rawlins@byu.edu



This is a full summer term program. Students should refrain from scheduling late arrivals and early departures.


International Study Programs isp@byu.edu

(801) 422-3686



ISP reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.