Application Deadline & Fee

February 15, 2021; $75*

Program Dates

July 31 - August 14, 2021
15 Days

Program Details

This study-abroad course is a special version of a class, Foundations of American Constitutionalism, offered by UVU as part of the Political Science program and the Constitutional Studies minor. It takes place at Pembroke College, Oxford University, because that is the headquarters of the Quill Project. The Quill Project has built a digital platform that models constitutional negotiations, beginning with the U,S. Constitutional Convention of 1787. UVU, working through the Center for Constitutional Studies, has a special relationship with the Quill Project, in which a special team of student workers help Dr. Nicholas Cole, the creator of the platform, to model constitutional conventions. The students who enroll in this course will not themselves engage in that construction of the platform, but will learn how it allows one to better study the proceedings of 1787.

As with the version of Foundations that Is taught at UVU, the academic goals of this course are to give students greater understanding of the American Founding, and more specifically, of the historical, social and intellectual roots of American's constitutionalism. A key aspect of this set of goals is to train students In the study of original documents, such as the Constitution itself, the convention debates, and The Federalist Papers. Topics highlighted include the ratification debates, the Great Compromise concerning representation, the structure of each of the three branches, how the convention dealt with the issue of slavery, and how democratic the U.S, Constitution was as originally framed, A goal special to this course is to improve essay-writing and research skills through their participation In the unique Oxford tutorial system of essay preparation and presentation, and their use of the world-famous Bodleian library.

In our judgment, American students stand to learn more about their own constitutionalism if they are given an opportunity to see how it Is the object of rigorous study by a non-American scholar like Dr. Cole. He will co-teach the class, and the program will additionally provide students with exposure to the somewhat different practice of higher education in the United Kingdom. Finally, our program will include cultural enrichment activities, such as a visit to the House of Parliament, that will heighten student thinking about American constitutionalism in comparative context.

Program Sites:

  • Oxford, UK

Anticipated Curriculum

 *Students are expected to enroll in the following course for this study abroad.

CNST 4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism.

(Students may be able to substitute CNST 4720 for either POLS 490R or HIST 490R “Independent Study” credit)

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 3.0

Physical Requirements:Classes, lodging, and meals are all within Pembroke College, which is wheelchair accessible. Some excursions require a mile to half-mile walking, sometimes on uneven surfaces, with more for the London excursion.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Global Engagement if you require such services.

Estimated Program Fee*

The program fee covers housing, some meals, in-country transportation, international health insurance.


*This cost is tentative and based on the current exchange rate and program plans. This cost may be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations or program changes.

Additional Estimated Costs

UVU tuition ($165 per credit hour)
Airfare (approx $1200)
Meals (approx $200)
Passport (approx $135)
All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.


There are some scholarship opportunities that are available from UVU and nationally. These scholarships are competitive and have varing application dates. Please click on the following here for more information.

Financial Aid

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105). 

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Travel Report

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