The “Other Eden”: Thoughts on American Study Abroad in Britain

  • Jane Edwards
Keywords: Study Abroad, Britain


Here I will attempt to untangle some of the issues that characterize what might be termed “British studies ” on American campuses. These issues are of interest to American international educators because Britain plays a prominent role in exchange activities of all kinds. Common campus assumptions in respect to Britain have significant effects on the way in which we think about study abroad in Britain for our students, about the nature of British academic institutions, and about the quality of transatlantic academic interactions.


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Author Biography

Jane Edwards

Jane Edwards has directed International Studies for Wesleyan University since 1994. Co-author of The World in the Curriculum, she has published and presented widely on issues in international education, and continues to teach courses in Hispanic and Latin American literature and cultural anthropology. 


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How to Cite
Edwards, J. (2000). The “Other Eden”: Thoughts on American Study Abroad in Britain. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 6(1), 83-98.