English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

FAQs

Studying at Oxford


What are the available TLab-UK programs offered in 2019?

Below are our 2019 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?

Every year, the ESU provides nearly 50 scholarships for classroom teachers in their communities. ESU scholarships are for current classroom teachers attending our multi-week courses at Shakespeare's Globe, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of OxfordLearn more.

Click here to complete the 2019 TLab Scholarship Application!


How do I apply?

Most TLab-UK 2019 applications, program dates, details, and course descriptions are currently available online.  Scholarships are available now.  Please note that program applications and scholarship applications are two separate processes.

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


When will I know if I am accepted?

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

Our short courses (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Oxford one-week) are non-competitive, rolling registrations. Upon completion of the registration form and payment of deposit, you will receive confirmation of your enrollment.  When a one-week course meets its enrollment minimum, we will send you an email confirming that the course will run.  In the rare case that a one-week course will be canceled, we will notify you by the registration deadline.


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

Congratulations!

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

  • Accept the offer in writing by responding to the email.
  • 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
  • If you are receiving a partial scholarship, you will be invoiced for the remaining balance accordingly.
  • Apply for a passport, if you do not hold a valid passport for travel to the United Kingdom.  It is the responsibility of the scholar to check with their local consulate the requirements for entrance to study in the UK for two to three weeks.  At this time, scholars 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.
  • Book your plane ticket.

For short courses (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Oxford one-week):
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 scholar to check with their local consulate the requirements for entrance to study in the UK for two to three weeks.  At this time, scholars 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.
  • Wait to book your plane ticket (and accommodation, if applicable) until the course is confirmed (or, make insured and/or refundable arrangements).

What if I must withdraw from the program?

In the event that a scholar is unable to attend the program, they must notify the ESU Educaiton Department and Branch (if receiving a scholarship) in writing.  Fees paid to the institution will be returned according to the individual schools' regulations, as specified in the institution's 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 scholars to attend another course, especially our one-week courses. However, most Branches do not offer scholarships to previous awardees. 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 love this! How do I become more involved in the ESU?

Many of our 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 Betty Trevino-Roth tlab@esuus.org or 212-818-1200, ext. 246.