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Study Abroad for Teachers - TLab

FAQs


What are the available TLab-UK programs offered in 2017?

Below are our 2017 programs. Click links to discover more about each program.


What does the course cost include?

The course costs vary by program.  Refer to the websites for each program for details.  Some programs include accommodation and meals, but not all.  Airfare and insurance are not included.


Are there scholarships available?

YES!  In fact, nearly 40 of our Teacher-Scholars last summer were fully or partially funded through the generosity of ESU Branch members.  See if an TLab-UK Fellowship is available in your community.

If you live in a community that does not offer a scholarship, apply directly through the National Headquarters of the English-Speaking Union. We regret that we cannot provide scholarships for all qualified teachers, but we encourage you to seek funding through your own community resources (such as schools, local foundations, and local businesses).  Upon request, the ESU and the British partner organizations will provide letters of support for your funding proposals. 


How do I apply?

TLab-UK 2017 program dates, details, course descriptions, and application forms are currently available online.

If you are applying for a scholarship from an ESU Branch, please visit the ESU Branch website for the application and information on deadlines. 

If you are selected for TLab-UK scholarship, you will need to complete the UK educational institution's application and send it to:

TLab-UK
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016 

Applications for Summer 2017 programs that accept scholarships are due:

University of Oxford:  February 27
Shakespeare's Globe:  March 6
University of Edinburgh:  March 10 


When will I know if I am accepted?

For three-week courses (Oxford, Globe, Edinburgh), teachers are notified directly via email by late March of their acceptance. 

Our one-week courses are generally non-competitive, rolling admissions.


I have been accepted for this summer, what's next?

For three-week courses (Globe, Edinburgh, Oxford):
Your email from the British institution will outline required next steps. In general:

  • Accept the place in writing.
  • Pay the fees in a timely manner as outlined.  
  • If you are receiving a scholarship from an ESU Branch, they will pay the tuition and school fees.
  • Apply for a passport, if you do not hold a valid passport for travel to the United Kingdom.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to check with their local consulate the requirements for entrance to study in the UK for two to three weeks.  At this time, teachers do not need to obtain a visa for summer courses. You will be entering the UK as a student visitor.  A letter confirming participation in the summer program will be supplied by the U.K. institution and should be presented at immigration if requested.
  • Book your plane ticket

For one-week courses:
We will confirm your registration immediately and notify you of next steps closer to the date of departure. In general:

  • Pay the fees in a timely manner as outlined.  
  • Apply for a passport, if you do not hold a valid passport for travel to the United Kingdom.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to check with their local consulate the requirements for entrance to study in the UK for two to three weeks.  At this time, teachers do not need to obtain a visa for summer courses. You will be entering the UK as a student visitor.  A letter confirming participation in the summer program will be supplied by the UK institution and should be presented at immigration if requested.

What if I must withdraw from the program?

In the event that a teacher-scholar is unable to attend the program, they must notify the Branch (if receiving a scholarship) and the ESU Education Department in writing.  Fees paid to the institution will be returned according to the individual schools' regulations, as specified in their materials. Recipients of TLab Scholarships will be personally liable for the fees in the event of a withdrawal. Fees paid to the ESU are non-refundable as described in the Terms and Conditions for each program.


I am an alum, can I apply again?

Indeed, we encourage our Teacher-Scholars to attend another course, especially our brand new one-week courses. However, most Branches do not offer scholarships to previous awardees. Note: Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance at Shakespeare's Globe has a limited number of spots, and preference will be given to teachers participating for the first time.


I am an alum, how do I become more involved in the ESU?

Many of our Teacher-Scholars return to give presentations to their local ESU Branches, as well as to help run our Education programs, including TLab-UK, the ESU National Shakespeare Competition, and the Middle School Debate Program. Please visit your ESU Branch Website to learn about more opportunities for members.


What happened to BUSS?

BUSS is now TLab-UK. Just a name change to celebrate 60 years of professional development for teachers. Same programs and scholarships, plus new opportunities all year. 


I have more questions.

Please contact tlab@esuus.org or 212-818-1200, ext. 212.