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TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

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Study Abroad.  Return Home Inspired!

Teachers, educators, lifelong learners:  Study in the UK and have an unforgettable educational experience!

Our English in Action-TLab programs will transport you to the famed campuses of England and Scotland where you will attend real classes with top professors at the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Short Courses

One-week TLab programs developed exclusively for the ESU are open to educators, current or retired, ESU members, and life-long learners.  These programs do not qualify for scholarships and registration is available online.
Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust
(Dates TBD)

Programs Eligible for Scholarships

The ESU Princeton will award two full scholarships to secondary school teachers of English, humanities, drama, or social studies to engage in one of our longer courses of two to three weeks of formal study with the following TLab-UK programs:

Shakespeare's Globe
(July 12-16, 19-23 0r 26-30, 2019)

University of Oxford
(July 7 - August 17, 2019. Dates vary by program.)

University of Edinburgh
(July 8 - August 17, 2019. Dates vary by program.)

Scholarships from the ESU Princeton will cover tuition, room, board, and airfare to one of the eligible programs.

To apply to a Scholarship Program

Complete the 2019 TLab Scholarship Application (coming soon) by February 8, 2019.

Please note the following requirements. If ESU National requirements differ from those of the ESU Princeton Branch, defer to Princeton:

  • Prospective applicants should submit two letters of recommendation to Anne Willis, TLab Chair (annejwillis@gmail.com) by February 8, 2019 in order to be considered for the ESU Princeton scholarship.
  • Scholarships are only offered to middle and high school educators in New Jersey and nearby Pennsylvania.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of full-time classroom teaching in one of the areas in which the scholarships are offered.
  • Scholarship recipients must intend to remain in the classroom for at least two years here in New Jersey following their summer study as the purpose of granting teachers this experience is for them to take the knowledge gained back in to the classroom and actively share it with students and colleagues.
  • The scholarship programs are intensive and demanding.  Travel to a foreign country requires stamina and diplomacy coupled with a willingness to learn about the customs of other cultures.
  • A valid US passport is required for travel.
  • The scholar's role, in addition to being a student, is to be an ambassador for both the ESU and the teaching profession.
  • The successful applicant will sign a contract with the ESU Princeton Branch wherein they agree to repay the entire scholarship amount it for any reason they fail to finish the course of study and fulfill all the assignments required by the course.
  • The scholar is required to make a short presentation highlighting the summer experience to a meeting of the ESU Princeton and a paragraph or two to be published on the Branch's website.  $200 of the scholarship will be withheld until these obligations are fulfilled.
  • The successful applicant is expected to become an active member in the ESU Princeton.  Membership for 2019-2020 will be paid by the ESU Princeton as part of the scholarship.
  • Shakespeare's Globe Scholarship recipient is expected to be actively involved in the ESU Princeton Branch National Shakespeare Competition in April, 2020.
  • The scholar is expected to promote this scholarship program among colleagues within their own school and in at least two other schools using social media and school presentations during the fall of 2019.

Interviews will be held by invitation only on February 16, 2019.


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