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Liverpool May Term

This May term offers you the opportunity to study cross-cultural differences in humor and the meaning of community online and offline.

  • Hiking the Lake District, Northern England.Hiking the Lake District, Northern England.1/6
  • A visit to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.A visit to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.2/6
  • Students visit All Saints Church, Childwall (est. 11th century), Liverpool, to learn about the role of faith in building community.Students visit All Saints Church, Childwall (est. 11th century), Liverpool, to learn about the role of faith in building community.3/6
  • Enjoying the beauty of the Lake District with Dr. Anderson.Enjoying the beauty of the Lake District with Dr. Anderson.4/6
  • Dr. Dibble enjoying some fish 'n chips.Dr. Dibble enjoying some fish 'n chips.5/6
  • Exploring Swallow Falls, Wales.Exploring Swallow Falls, Wales.6/6

Why Liverpool?

In addition to being a World Heritage UNESCO site and the home of the Beatles, Liverpool is home to Hope's sister school: Liverpool Hope University

During this May term, students are encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and be more than tourists. They go out and meet the locals, try traditional cuisine and explore all that this cultural hub has to offer. Hikes, street festivals and museum visits are all part of this immersive learning experience. Students also interact with faculty and students from Liverpool Hope University.

While studying humor as a form of communication in Liverpool, students explore the relationship between humor norms and cultural values, attitudes and dispositions as well as differences and similarities between British and American humor. Students also learn about building and experiencing community in multiple contexts and understanding the meaning of Christian community.

"I truly believe the communication department has students' best interests at heart when they design May terms. During my time in Liverpool, I learned a ton about myself. I know that's cliché, but it's true. When I left, I had never even been on a plane before, but now I have the confidence that I'm spending a semester in Philadelphia, and know that I can travel with confidence in myself." —Hannah Winegar

Course Credit

You may choose how to apply the four credits for the May term from the following options:

  • COMM395: Humor, Communication and Culture
  •  IDS495: From Facebook to Faces: Ways of Belonging (Senior Seminar)
  • COMM399: Internship