The Kenyon-Exeter Program is an off-campus study program which is run by the Kenyon College English Department, in conjunction with the Center for Global Engagement, and in partnership with the University of Exeter in England. It is a year-long program.
The Kenyon-Exeter program was established more than forty years ago, with the first group of students attending The University of Exeter in 1975-76. The Department of English at Exeter is part of the larger College of Humanities, which also houses the departments of archaeology, art history & visual culture, classics & ancient history, drama, film studies, history, modern languages, and theology & religion.
The program has been in existence since the 1975-1976 academic year, which means its success has been maintained for nearly forty years.
The Kenyon-Exeter Program often appeals to those qualified junior English majors who like the idea of going off-campus but who also want to “keep” the Kenyon connection through their classmates and the fact that a Kenyon English professor serves not only as the Resident Director but also teaches the required “Kenyon Seminar.” Exeter’s Department of English is part of the university’s College of Humanities, where Kenyon-Exeter students can choose from a list of rich and varied courses. If schedules and timing permit, students may also be able to choose courses from some of the other Colleges under the University of Exeter umbrella, like a language or archaeology course, for example.
There are also many opportunities to enjoy a vibrant extra-curricular life, outside of class. Under the auspices of the Guild of Students, Kenyon-Exeter students can participate in clubs, sports, and “societies,” to name just a few offerings. In fact, returning students have been known to warn the next class of Kenyon students that there may be too many extra-curricular options that meet many of their interests and to therefore beware--particularly from a fees and time management standpoint.
Students who attend the Kenyon-Exeter Program pay Kenyon tuition, room and board. The College provides stipends for meals and all co-curricular travel and outings to plays are covered by the Kenyon payment model.
The College of Humanities is based at Exeter’s Streatham Campus, a lively academic community of about 10,000 undergraduates and 2,600 postgraduates, situated on beautiful grounds at the city’s edge. The program is based in the Department of English, which offers such diverse courses as Crime and Punishment, American Independent Film, Charles Dickens and the Condition of England, The American Novel Since 2000, Romance from Chaucer to Shakespeare and Modern American Women Poets. Kenyon-Exeter students typically enroll in several English courses, one course outside the major and the year-long Kenyon Seminar.
Exeter is a city layered with history, from Roman ruins to a stunning medieval cathedral to quays that evoke the great seafaring traditions of Britain’s southwest. Exeter is also a vibrant commercial center whose 100,000 residents enjoy clubs, pubs, art house cinemas, museums and a professional theater company. London is just over two hours away by rail, and train and bus links to major British cities are numerous. Exeter’s airport offers inexpensive air travel to European destinations, perfect for those who wish to travel to the continent independently.
The Kenyon Seminar capitalizes upon the extraordinary opportunities for cultural and travel experiences in Britain. The first semester seminar includes plays in production (program-sponsored attendance at productions by such world-acclaimed companies as the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as by theatrical innovators like Punchdrunk and Headlong), and the second semester’s topic is Literature and Landscape (explorations of the landscapes, movements, and artworks crucial to British culture). Find out more about the Kenyon Seminar.
Travel - both curricular and co-curricular - is one of the richest and most exciting aspects of the Kenyon/Exeter Program. With London just over two hours away by train (and Stratford nearly as close), theater-focused trips are the heart of the program’s study of plays in production. The south coast of England, with beautiful cliff walks and beaches, is a half-hour away by train. Lyme Regis, Dartmoor, Bristol, Bath, St. Ives and Tintagel (the legendary birthplace of King Arthur) are favorite destinations for day and weekend trips. Program travel during spring break in recent years has taken students to Scotland, Ireland or Wales, and each year the program makes at least one trip to the Lake District. Find out more about traveling in England.