"Especially for English majors, I think the EAP experience is ideal, even essential. Going abroad is more than accumulating classes at a different institution: it is becoming accustomed to habits, customs, sights, sounds, and smells that are unfamiliar, and the educational value of all these things far exceeds the value of a class on Shakespeare or Goethe, however much you learn directly from it. Oscar Wilde joked that Britain and America were two cultures separated by a common language, so that if you go to England, Scotland or Wales, you will experience how the British relation to the English language is different from ours. If you go to Ireland, Australia, or India, you will appreciate how the Empire exported English culture and how it was adapted and changed in the process. If you go to any other European country (or even a non-European one), you will gain a greater understanding of how literature in English, since the ninth century, has both used and departed from different traditions. When you return from abroad, I am convinced that you will find your UCI experience immeasurably richer."
- Richard W. Kroll
Professor of English