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Program Description:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival
English 397DH: Alternative Theatres, 4-6 credits
August 9-23,2017

Edinburgh Fringe Theater Festi
This is the largest theater festival in the world, set in one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities. The festival experience is exhilarating and inspiring, with 3000 shows taking place every day in over 280 venues. This course helps you navigate the Fringe Festival with confidence, exposing you to fresh, exciting cutting-edge theater that will change the way you see the world.

In the first week of the course, students attend approximately 12 performances as a group. In the second week, students choose their own performances to see, shaped by a particular focus or interest. Students meet regularly with faculty for group discussions, and also have a chance to meet artists involved in creating the shows. Work is submitted online, including foundational assignments done in July and journals done while in Edinburgh. The small group (approximately 15 students and 3 faculty) makes for a wonderful, personal dynamic. Students live in comfortable, centrally located apartments, with a graduate-student TA in each apartment.

Whether you like political theatre, musical theatre, Shakespeare, dance, or stand-up comedy, there is something in Edinburgh for everyone. We welcome students from all majors. Students from other colleges and universities are also invited to apply; we usually have an even mix of UMass and non-UMass students. Post-graduates and graduate students may participate in the course for graduate credit.

For further information about the program, visit the program website at Direct questions to Daniel Sack, Program Director, at

Please see the University of New Mexico's website for details.

Not Included:

  • Airfare: roughly $1,100
  • Meals and Incidentals: $500 or less
  • Additional Theatre Tickets: $250 or less
  • Phone: $25

FINANCIAL AID: Scholarship applications are part of every UMass student's application. 

In addition, the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass offers scholarships for Honors College students. For more information and the application form, click here.

Non-UMass students should look for funding at their home institutions.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.