On the CIS Australia January in Dublin, London, Stratford and Oxford program, you will visit 5 significant and historic cities in 17 nights, including a week in London – one of the most visited cities in the world!

Bringing Theatre to Life

Plays and playwrights are not bound by time or geographically drawn borders. They speak to each other and influence each other across time and space. This program will focus on major playwrights, both historical and contemporary, of arguably the greatest theatrical tradition of all time – that of England, Ireland, and Scotland. From Shakespeare to writers like Synge, O’Casey, and Shaw to modern playwrights like Martin McDonagh, Carol Ann Duffy, David Hare and Caryl Churchill, students will look at what made those playwrights so influential in their own time, as well as how they continue to influence contemporary writers.

Studying Shakespeare

Special attention will be paid to Shakespeare as a writer for the stage and a man of the theatre, with visits to theatres to hear and see plays, backstage tours, and critical discussions of directorial, design and acting choices.

Art and Culture

From London’s eye-catching buildings to Stratford’s green landscape, and to Dublin and Edinburgh’s distinct charm, you will explore a diverse range of art and culture while taking in the compelling history of the British Isles. You will be amazed by London’s unique sense of style – there is so much to see in just 1 week, including the magnificent Big Ben, the famous Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus and Westminster Abbey – just to name a few. The home of the great wordsmith is also sure to impress – the eccentric city of Stratford and its green landscape will add warmth to your study-tour. The cobblestone streets of Dublin and Edinburgh will lead to museums, libraries, historic pubs, trendy bars and restaurants and exclusive shops, surrounded by beautiful architecture.

Fields of study  

  • Theatre
  • Literature
  • English

More information regarding the program can be found in the course profile.

Credit Equivalent

3 Credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 3 credits are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard Global Experiences Student Eligibility Criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by CIS Australia. 

CIS Australia programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible.

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The program is $7,999 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the CIS Australia website.

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by late-October if they are eligible for travel grants and scholarships awarded by the Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your global experience.


Accommodation is included in the program cost.

For more information regarding accommodation, please see the CIS Australia website.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program have now closed. 

Program Dates

Start: 28 December 2019
End: 14 January 2020

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location:  Dublin, London, Stratford and Oxford, England 
Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate*

*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​