Program Highlights

Spring 2019 Program

January 19 – April 27, 2019
Midterm break: March 18 – March 22, 2019

Faculty Director

Tania String, Art and Art History

Tania String specializes in the art and culture of Early Modern Europe. Her research and teaching focus on portraiture, gender, and communication in the sixteenth century. Major publications include a study of Henry VIII’s England entitled Art and Communication in the Reign of Henry VIII (2008) and an interdisciplinary volume (co-edited with Marcus Bull) Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century (2011).

Before coming to UNC, Dr. String taught at the University of Bristol in the UK. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and was the Kress Doctoral Fellow at the Warburg Institute. She has been a historical consultant for the BBC and for Historic Royal Palaces. While in England she worked closely with the National Portrait Gallery to curate two exhibitions of English portraits: “On the Nature of Women”: Tudor and Jacobean Portraits of Women, 1535-1620 and Imagined Lives: Mystery Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 1520-1640.

Since coming to UNC in 2010, Dr. String has collaborated with the North Carolina Museum of Art on research into a collection of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century English portraits that resulted in the exhibition History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA’s British Collection (2016) and an international conference Interrogating the English Portrait: Tudor and Jacobean Portraits in the North Carolina Museum of Art (2016).

Dr. String’s current research project is a study of masculinity and the male body in Renaissance art.


The Honors Semester in London is based at UNC’s Winston House in historic Bedford Square.

The program’s resident faculty director teaches one course in his or her area of expertise and London-based faculty drawn from local universities teach five or six additional seminars. Each course uses London as part of the classroom, taking full advantage of museums, galleries, archives, architectural sites, and other resources.

Internship opportunities are available in fields ranging from global finance to healthcare and the arts. When combined with academic coursework, internships provide a valuable educational experience and allow students to engage actively with British society.

All participants remain enrolled at UNC, earning graded Honors Carolina course credit for a full semester’s work. Courses count toward fulfillment of general education as well as major requirements.

View the UNC Study Abroad webpage for Honors Semester in London.