Program sponsor: Luther College, hosted by the University of Nottingham
Program Dates: September - June
The Nottingham Year is based on community: students live together in a flat leased by the college and have the opportunity to be involved in a community service project of their choosing. A Luther faculty director lives in a leased house near the student flat and serves as the resident director for the year. The faculty director coordinates/teaches three courses throughout the year which all students take. One of these courses includes significant group travel throughout the United Kingdom and perhaps Ireland. Students also take coursework at the University of Nottingham.
Eligibility: Juniors (sophomores at time of application); 3.0 minimum GPA
Program fee: Luther comprehensive fee plus airfare (fee covers tuition, fees, room, and board except during university vacations)
Students should refer to the Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid eligibility. Students who receive Pell Grants as a portion of their financial aid package are also eligible to apply for a Gilman Scholarship.
Application Deadline: November 1
Read about one student's experience in the program:
As everyone back home celebrated Thanksgiving, it was a little different over here across the pond, where they don’t really acknowledge such a thing, so we had our own version called Flats-giving! It was not quite the same but pretty great if I do say so myself.
Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook are clearly telling me that it is looking a lot like Christmas back in the states from all the snow pictures! Across the pond however, there may not be snow but it sure looks like Christmas. Nottingham had their big light switch-on this evening and now the city centre is a magical wonderland of Christmas-ness. I am still not quite sure how I feel about all of this considering we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet but it was undeniably beautiful.
Have you ever heard of a celebration called Diwali? If you haven’t, I’m not too surprised. At least where I’m from, Hindu is not a very common religion, therefore Diwali is not really celebrated. The area of Nottingham has a pretty large Indian population and this ends up being a pretty big celebration!! Also, it is breathtakingly beautiful.