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TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

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Study Abroad.  Return Inspired!

Educators and lifelong learners: Study in the UK for an unforgettable immersive experience! Live and learn on the famed campuses of England and Scotland or take a deep dive into Shakespeare -- exploring his hometown or standing on the stage of the Globe. Lose yourself in our short (one-week) and intensive (two- to six-week) courses and explore the history while soaking up the culture for a truly comprehensive learning experience.

Our exclusive partnerships give you access to renowned scholars and behind-the-scenes experiences specifically designed for classroom teachers and lifelong learners. TLab's intensive programs elevate you as you study in official university courses with top professors at the UK's most prestigious campuses.

Teachers, return to your classroom refreshed and reinvigorated with new insights to share with your students. Professional development credit, scholarships, and fundraising assistance are all available.

Click here to complete the 2019 TLab Scholarship Application!

Short Courses

These one-week TLab courses are for educators, lifelong learners, and world explorers.

Literary Oxford
(July 14-20, 2019)

Multi-Week Courses

These two- to six-week TLab courses are designed for educators and engaged learners of literature, drama, or history.  A competitive scholarship program is also available to classroom teachers.

(July 12-30, 2019)

English Literature (July 7-27, 2019)
International Politics (August 4-17, 2019)

Creative Writing (July 8 - August 3, 2019)
Theatre and Performance (August 5-17, 2019)

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 Oxford. Scholarships are not available for the short course at Oxford or Shakespeare Birthplace TrustLearn more.

Click here to complete the 2019 TLab Scholarship Application!

Application Instructions

  1. Find your local ESU Branch. Consult the list below to see if there is a scholarship available in your area.
  2. Read your ESU Branch's application procedure. Most branches will ask you to use the application form on this page. Some will interview candidates or have a unique procedure.
  3. Apply! 

Additional Funding Opportunities

What do I do if there is no ESU branch near me or I don't win the scholarship? 

Click here and download our fundraising guide! We will provide supporting documentation for teachers applying for grants and scholarships from other organizations. Email us at tlab@esuus.org for more information.

Applicants to SUISS programs at the University of Edinburgh may be eligible for a SUISS Scholarship. Click here to read more about SUISS Scholarships.

English in Action has partnered with the National English Honor Society (NEHS) to provide an additional source of funding. High school teachers who are advisors for active NEHS chapters are eligible to apply for "Advisor Grants," which are competitive grants designed to help finance study and travel opportunities. Visit the NEHS website for more information or email: nehs@niu.edu.


English in Action has also partnered with Fund My Travel to provide a platform with additional resources to launch a funding campaign from. Visit www.fundmytravel.com for more information and to set up a funding campaign.

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The following ESU Branches are sponsoring scholarships for Summer 2019. Click on the branch name closest to where you live, even if you do not live in that city, as some branches offer scholarships for their region or entire state.

ESU Branch  Deadline
New this year! Apply for a national
scholarship if your school is not located 
in one of the regions listed below.

Central Florida
Denver 1/4/2019
Ft. Lauderdale TBD
Greensboro 1/31/2019
Greenwich 1/30/2019
Hawaii 1/31/2019
Houston TBD
Closed for 2019
Naples 1/10/2019
New Orleans 1/12/2019
New York City TBD
New York State TBD
Northern California TBD
Palm Peach 2/1/2019
Princeton 2/9/2019
Richmond 1/17/2019
St. Louis 2/13/2019


Additional Information

Please read the following instructions carefully.

1.  Applications should be submitted online no later than Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5 pm.

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

If you are interested in becoming a TLab Scholar for the summer of 2019, please complete these steps:

1. Start your application Here to be considered for the Princeton Branch TLab Scholarship.

2. Go to esuus.org/esu/programs/study_abroad_for_teachers/ for information on 2019 courses and dates.

3. The ESU wants each applicant to fully understand the requirements of accepting a summer-study scholarship; therefore, below is additional information for the applicant's consideration.

  • Scholarships are offered only 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 into 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, and a visa may be required.
  • The scholar's role, in addition to being a student, is to be an ambassador for both the English-Speaking Union and the teaching profession.
  • The successful applicant will sign a contract with the Princeton Branch, wherein s/he agrees to repay the entire scholarship amount if for any reason s/he fails 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 Princeton Branch and provide photos 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 English- Speaking Union, Princeton Branch.  Membership for 2018-2019 will be paid by the Princeton Branch as part of the scholarship.
  • Shakespeare's Globe Scholarship recipient is expected to be actively involved in the ESU, Princeton Branch, Shakespeare Competition in Spring 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.

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