Study Abroad at Harlaxton College in the UK

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Come join students and faculty from the University of Evansville and other institutions at Harlaxton College! Live and study in a manor house in the countryside of England for a unique, magical, life-changing study abroad experience in a semester or summer.

Our programs always include a diverse curriculum, set 1-2 years in advance. In the semesters, the central British Studies course, taught by local faculty, provides a historical and cultural foundation for all students. Other courses in the semester and summer in a variety of disciplines allow you to make progress toward general education or your major.

Internships, field excursions, honors options, local connections, and weekend travel give you further cultural, personal, and academic opportunities at Harlaxton. Learn, grow, and experience the world with Harlaxton as your home!

Highlights
  • Live, work, and study in a Manor House in the countryside of England!
  • Discover the country and culture of the UK through our British Studies curriculum.
  • Explore the world through a wide array of travel opportunities.
  • Connect with the local community through our meet a family, meet a student, and service programs.
  • Gain academic and/or internship experience toward your degree and career.

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18-24ish for students (typical college-age)

Reviews

9.63 Rating
based on 16 reviews
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  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.9
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Ally
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Couldn't recommend this program more!

I fell in love with Harlaxton not because of that beautiful old building, or because of all the wonderful travel stories. I fell in love with the Harlaxton community. The faculty are top notch, the staff had all sorts of crazy stories to share, and there were all kinds of fun activities to engage in. Everyone studying at Harlaxton was there for different reasons, but we were all able to come together through this incredible shared experience. This experience was beautiful in all of the best ways and I can't imagine not having gone!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Absolutely don't miss out on one of the weekly culture trips! I skipped a couple and still regret it to this day!
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Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable

I have never felt more fortunate to engage in a study abroad program like Harlaxton. It allows you to meet people from all across the nation and even the world. It really is like going to regular school but in the English countryside. Travel on the weekends is highly encouraged and there are several resources available to help you with the planning process. Professors and staff understand the importance of cultural immersion and prioritize your travel experiences. There is no program like Harlaxton!!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Planning trips can be stressful, especially for the first couple of weekends. You have to make sure you perfectly align all cabs, trains, flights, and accommodations. You quickly start to learn how everything works and how you best travel. Just an awesome new skill to add to your resume!
Brea
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

study at harlaxton!

A semester at Harlaxton is a semester well spent. Classes are of high importance and offer a standard of academics that are on-par with a typical university but are only M-Th (only M-W some special weeks!). This means you have almost every weekend to travel either around the British Isles or into mainland Europe! I went not knowing anyone and with no trips planned - I ended up making so many new lifelong friends and traveling to 7 different countries! You also have the opportunity to have a "meet-a-family" which is essentially a host family (except you don't live with them). This offers that host family feel and uniqueness that most programs offer, and your main residence is still in a gorgeous country house FULL of life and history. I highly recommend this program to any university student looking to study abroad during their college years - you won't regret it!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I took a solo trip to Norway during my semester at Harlaxton. All of my friends traveled to different places that weekend together, but I wanted this experience alone. It was terrifying but thrilling! I overcame a lot of the fear my planning my trip really well to avoid unnecessary bumps in the road when I got there, and it worked great! Being a solo female traveler, it also helped to book Airbnbs that were accommodating to that. I always knew that no matter what happened during the day that I would have a safe place to sleep that night.
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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life-changing Experience

There was so much I loved about Harlaxton, it's hard to put it all down here. I suppose one thing I enjoyed and valued the most was the Meet-a-Family program. It helped me grow closer to the local community, as well as British culture as a whole. Plus, I made some amazing friendships and bonds with my fellow students and families who were a part of the program! The manor and surrounding grounds are gorgeous, and so much fun to explore and hang around in, no matter the season. The village of Harlaxton itself is also so cozy and quaint, and its people are so nice and friendly. Grantham was also a lovely town, small enough to not overwhelm but big enough to enjoy exploring all the shops and sights, though a word of wisdom to incoming visitors to the manor: don't attempt to walk to Grantham. It's a longer distance than you initially think!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Personal budgeting. You'd be surprised how quickly you can burn through money at the school's vending machines and in the Bistro!
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Vincent
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Harlaxton Summer 2019

Harlaxton was the best experience a student traveling alone could ask for. I came from my university by myself and although I was nervous, once I arrived and met other people, I had easily acclimated into my new home. So, if you are feeling apprehensive about traveling alone, try not to worry too much about being isolated and struggling to meet people because you will be immersed. The living arrangements were better than my freshman dorms back in the states. The beds were comfortable and the wardrobes very spacious with desks for work needs. There is also a sink in the room which comes in handy for brushing your teeth and other morning rituals. The rooms do not have air conditioning though, and my room had one window, so it can get hot from time to time. The classes taught at Harlaxton are very good and easy going for the most part. You will have to put in some effort, but nothing too strenuous. MAKE SURE TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR HOUSE COMPETITIONS. This was the best and most exciting times at the manor because you have to work with your teams to overcome challenges to win the house cup (which is the key to Harlaxton manor). This program, especially in the summer, is very fast paced. You arrive and have a full agenda from the early morning until the dead of night. This includes your meals, class, local cultural trips, exploring the manor, meeting up with friends, going to the bistro, packing for weekend trips, going into Grantham, participating in house competitions, etc. You will never find yourself with nothing to do. As for the school trips to Paris, London, etc. I recommend signing up for them if you don't know people ahead of time when traveling abroad. This way you have trips planned in advance and know all your travel arrangements. If you don't, then the friends you meet at Harlaxton might be going on the school trips and you will either have to stay behind those weekends or plan your trip entirely by yourself, which is stressful to say the least. Leaving one weekend open is also good so that when you do meet people you can plan a separate trip as a group if you want. All in all though the trips are fantastic and I highly recommend going on them, you will not be disappointed. Harlaxton and its staff are amazing, making you both at ease and nostalgic when you have to leave. If you like country scenery and taking pictures that make your friends home jealous, Harlaxton is for you.

What would you improve about this program?
I would suggest that instead of having one coach at the airport for when students arrive, there should be two. Many students flying over are all coming from different states, and flights are inevitably going to be delayed. Therefore, having two coaches at the airport at two different times (one in the morning and one later in the afternoon), allows all students arriving the chance to get to the manor safely. If you arrived late and missed the coach, like myself, you were stuck trying to find your own mode of transportation to the manor which is 2 hours from Heathrow airport.
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely amazing experience

I really don't know where to begin, other than to just say that studying abroad at Harlaxton for a month was an absolutely amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! During the (fast-paced) month, I visited London, York, Cambridge, Wales, and Edinburgh, Scotland (not to mention the local day-trips!). I was able to walk along the Tower Bridge, visit Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, 4 museums in London, Yorkminster, saw a play at the Globe Theatre, had some great food in really old pubs, walked in Penrhyn castle and Beaumaris castle in Wales, did a Puffin Island tour, hiked to Llyn Idwal in Snowdonia, had afternoon tea in Leister, visited Isaac Newton's home, went to Edinburgh castle, shopped on the Royal Mile, did a Ghost Tour in Edinburgh, hiked to Arthur's Seat and saw an amazing view of the city, tried Haggis (it was actually really good.... don't let those sheep lungs fool you lol), and so much more. The manor itself is breathtaking, and I felt like I was living in a castle; I so enjoyed exploring the surrounding grounds, going for bikerides in Harlaxton village, walking through the woods, etc. I came alone to Harlaxton, and as so, was worried at first if I would be able to make friends in such a short period of time.... quite the opposite!... I met so many amazing people during my time there, and made many life-long memories. The program (+ airplane and excursions) is very expensive, but ultimately, I believe it was worth every penny!

What would you improve about this program?
Better food; better planning and organization for class trips
Rodney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Holiday with a Purpose

Have you ever gone somewhere new and then asked yourself what you were doing there or why, how long till you leave, you know, busy mind stuff? You never have these questions when you are at Harlaxton College. You remain up to date with your studies, it is, after all, a school, so no stress about getting left behind by your friends.
Almost all the trips have a purpose either educational or just plain fun. You get to see cathedrals, castles and so much more and in many cases, learn about how they came to be. And, you are emboldened to travel independently to all the countries around you because you know that Harlaxton will be there to catch you at the end of your trips.
It is a beautiful and magical place and the people there are very supportive.

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Baleigh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Four Months of my Life

Harlaxton is such a unique experience for everyone that describing it is almost impossible to put into words. I was lucky enough to travel Europe for four months with some of my closest friends, but even better than that I was introduced to people who became my family during my time abroad. The manor is incredible, and the feeling of coming home to it after a weekend away is breathtaking. Because of Harlaxton, I've had the opportunity to travel to 15 different countries and countless cities. I've been able to experience things that many people only dream about. I think about my time abroad all the time and how it helped shape me into the person I am today. I can't wait to take a trip back to the manor!

Response from University of Evansville International Programs

Thank you so much for the wonderful thoughts on Harlaxton study abroad. We are so glad that your time abroad with us helped shape you as a person and we can't wait to see how the future unfolds!