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Exploring Fandoms: Superheros, Fantasy, Football and Beatlemania in the UK

Fandoms can be found for almost anything, especially music, sports, and pop culture.  These groups help shape the history and narrative around the things or people they are fans of--creating fan fiction, driving tourism by visiting stadiums, filming locations and famous sites related to "their" team, group, movie, TV show, or book, and sometimes influencing the future direction of the object of their fandom through social media posts.  Explore uniquely British aspects of fandom and relate it to both US fandom behavior and your own personal experiences.    

Location(s)  Manchester, Liverpool, and London, England
Term   Spring 2023
Credit   ENG 379, 3 sh (undergraduates)
ENG 679, 3 sh (graduates)
Class Sessions Class sessions Spring 2023.  Exact dates/times/teaching method TBA
Travel Dates May 16-30, 2023
Housing   Hostel/hotel
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Conduct
Good status
Grad credit Yes
Non-WIU   Yes 
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
Entry Requirements

Passport required - Must be valid until at least November 30, 2023. For information on how to apply for or renew a passport, see Passports 101 .
Current passport processing times are 8-11 weeks.  Plan accordingly to avoid issues obtaining your visa, airine tickets, and other necessary items for travel.  Failure to receive your passport in time can lead to postponement of your program.

Visa required if not a US citizen. It is your responsibility to check the British Consulate General in Chicago's website for more information.  Visa cost not included in program cost. 

Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you are on your program.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

Health Precautions

COVID-19 - You are REQUIRED to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this program.  Proof of vaccination required prior to acceptance of your deposit.

Walking/mobility/travel - Expect to walk 5-7 miles per day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day, sometimes over uneven terrain and up/down flights of stairs. 
You will also be responsible for moving your own luggage.

Environmental - Average daytime temperatures are in the mid-60s-mid-70s for this time period.  Excursions and some portions of the Course will be conducted outside, rain or shine.  Sun protection and rain gear are strongly recommended.

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel  if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions. 

Vaccination - No vaccinations are required for entry into the United Kingdom.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Accessibility - Accessibility and accommodation are very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $3,500-$3,800 based on similar programs
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, lodging (multi-bedded rooms), entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline October 31, 2022
Commitment fee
$75 due November 30, 2022
Non-refundable deposit $800 due December 1, 2022 
Second payment $1,000 due January 31, 2023
Final payment* Balance due March 1, 2023

* Costs subject to change based on student enrollment, exchange fluctuations and flight costs.

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals .

Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: January 31, 2023  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and increased costs.

MANDATORY Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2023


Credit offered

ENG 379 - Counts toward upper-division departmental credit for ENG majors or minors.

ENG 679 - Counts towards completion of a Master of Arts in English

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.  

  • Discover the history of fan studies and the growth in fandoms
  • Describe, analyze and critque fan practices based on fan tourism sites and destinations
  • Create fan work as part of a fandom or fan community
  • Participate in fandom tourism through tours of Oxford, Manchester United Stadium, and thematic tours covering Beatlemania, Harry Potter and superheroes.

Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. Rebekah Buchanan .  






Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
Study Abroad Advisor

Horrabin Room 8


Advising appointments

Dr. Rebekah Buchanan
Faculty leader

Simpkins Room 226


Information Sessions

September 12, 6 pm
September 22, 4 pm
October 4 at 4 pm

Registration required: registration form.

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