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Our study abroad courses help learners of all ages in the UK, US and worldwide to deepen their understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare

Educational Residential Courses in Stratford-upon-Avon

For the past 55 years, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has welcomed study abroad courses from American colleges, universities and high schools on educational residential courses here in Stratford-upon-Avon. Working closely with professors, each itinerary is bespoke to the interests and academic requirements of the institution and the supervising professors accompanying the students. 

Our courses range in length from a few days to an entire term, and each residential program provides an immersive education experience in Shakespeare's hometown. Course itineraries include guided visits to the Shakespeare family homes and exclusive access to our UNESCO listed Shakespeare Library and Archive Collections. Participants can also access performances, theatre tours and exhibitions at the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, also based in Stratford-upon-Avon.   

Many groups extend their experience with visits to other significant Shakespeare heritage sites in the surrounding area including Oxford, London and the Cotswolds, offering insights into Shakespeare's life from cradle to grave. 

These residential courses and the long-standing relationship with American educational institutions are a testament to our shared belief that global learning and arts & humanities initiatives are a core building block which should be available to each and every student as part of their educational journey.

In 2016, Shakespeare's Birthplace America began fundraising for scholarships for individual students as well as groups of students to underwrite and provide financial support to students who would otherwise be unable to attend these courses in Stratford-upon-Avon. If you would like to know more about how to apply for these scholarship opportunities, or to make a tax-deductible donation to support this outreach work, please contact us for more information.  Each dollar donated to this scholarship fund goes directly towards covering the course fees for eligible students, keeping these residential courses available to all. 

 Find out more about our Residential Programs and hear about the inspiration and impact they had from students and scholars themselves. 


Alumni, Special Interest, Affinity Travel and VIP courses 

We welcome residential courses of Shakespeare enthusiast throughout the year for our bespoke residential programs. Alumni groups, Shakespeare Societies, Shakespeare Theatres and private members clubs have been visiting our Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street for several decades to have talks with our experts and behind the scenes insights into Shakespeare, his life, times and works. Here they enjoy talks and lectures with our in-house Shakespeare experts and immerse themselves in Shakespeare's world through guided visits to the five Shakespeare family homes, exclusive talks, workshops and garden tours with our amazing teams and other behind the scenes events.  These itineraries are crafted bespoke to the interests of the groups and can be based on specific Shakespeare plays, Shakespeare's life and times, items from our Collections, and more. 

Find out more about our Special Interest and Alumni Courses, or contact us to start planning your educational experience with us today. 

Scholarships and grants are available for students and teachers attending our educational residential courses throughout the year. Please contact us to find out more about how to apply.

Alumni course - archive display
Students browse our archive display as part of an alumni course

Digital Classes, Free online Resources and Outreach Programmes

We reach over 1 million schoolchildren, students and leisure learners through our classes and workshops delivered in person at the Shakespeare Centre and online through our outreach webinars and digital teaching resources. 

We believe passionately that your first introduction to Shakespeare should be engaging and fun, and have developed free teaching resources especially produced to make Shakespeare accessible for students being introduced to Shakespeare for the first time. These resources are available for free online for schools, families or home educators anywhere in the world. 

Download resources today, including EFL/ESL resources for English Language Learners.

We also deliver Digital Link Up Classes where your students can engage with one or more of our experts for an online class. The focus of these sessions is predetermined between our expert and the teacher of the class receiving the link up, and can be on any of Shakespeare's plays, his life in Stratford-upon-Avon, or specific items from our Shakespeare Collections. For more information on these sessions, please check the Digital Link Up page on our website

Our teachers also deliver classes in person during residential visits to schools in the USA who cannot afford to visit England. Most recently this work has been delivered to public high schools and community outreach centres in Kentucky,  Indiana,  Massachusetts,  Virginia,  Washington D.C.,  New York, Tennessee and Florida.

Niagra University - performance at Hall's Croft during residential visit to SBT
Students performing a Shakespeare play at Hall's Croft during a residential visit to SBT

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