London Mid-Summer

July 09, 2023 —July 24, 2023
This is past program: To apply for a new CCSA program please visit our course search or use the main menu above.

London is a metropolis made up of hundreds of communities. Become part of the city while your explore the many secrets that make London special.

The two-week program offers a wide selection of courses to meet your academic needs.

Scheduled field trips and personal exploration time enable you to see London up close.

An optional day trip to Stonehenge/Salisbury will be offered.

Program Package

  • Accommodations
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance (International Programs Only)
  • On-Site Director's and staff on-site 24/7

Participants will reside at St. Giles London, one of the most centrally located hotels in London. Situated in the heart of the West End, St. Giles is just a few minutes walk from Oxford Street, Soho, Theatres, the British Museum, Covent Garden, and many other attractions. Tottenham Court Underground Station (Central and Northern lines) is just 2 minutes away, right around the corner from the hotel entrance.

Rooms are twin bedrooms (Classic Rooms), equipped with two single beds, desk and chair, storage cabinets and drawers, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, basin, mirror and toilet. An LCD TV, telephone, digital safe, fan and hairdryer are also included.

  • Students will be housed in twin bedrooms (Classic Rooms).
  • Faculty will be assigned to double rooms (Classic Rooms).
  • No triple rooms with three individual beds are available; only one double and one single.
  • Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the residence.
  • Daily full English breakfast is provided in the Sage & Chilli Restaurant.
  • NOTE: Past faculty and admin have emphasized the rooms are small. However, the location and other amenities (cleanliness, breakfast, staff, etc.,) make St. Giles a fine accommodation site. As one faculty put it, “The UK is an island and things are all smaller and, hence, the rooms will be small.”

    The nearest launderette is ~14-minutes’ walk from the hotel. Boswell offers Drop & Collect or Collect & Deliver service. Boswell Laundry 23 Boswell St, London WC1N 3BW.


    Students will need to budget an additional £50 for local transportation costs.

    An Oystercard pre-loaded with £50 will be provided to each participant, but top-ups will be required (roughly £50 per week) over the course of the program. You may add more value/credit to your Visitor Oyster card by simply ‘topping up’ at:

  • Touchscreen ticket machines in the stations
  • Oyster Ticket Stops across London
  • Transport for London Visitor Centre
  • London Overground station ticket office
  • You may also download the TfL Oyster app to check your balance, add credit to your Oyster card.

    CCSA Central Office

    Contact Information

    Kara Arvin - Applications

    Nate Addington - Payments

    Denise Knisely - Travel

    Stephen Farley

    On-Site Director

    No Photo Submitted Stephen Farley is the Operations and Outreach Coordinator for CCSA. He completed his undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University Mahurin Honors College, and earned his MBA from The University of Tampa. As an undergraduate, Mr. Farley participated in multiple study abroad programs, including Semester at Sea, and a faculty directed program to Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Northern Ireland. His graduate thesis focused on best practices for developing effective faculty-led programs. In his role as Education Abroad Advisor at The University of Tampa, Mr. Farley coordinated 3 separate Global Marketing Research programs in Swaziland and South Africa. He also taught a First-Year Experience course aimed at coaching students through the transition from high school to college. Most recently, Stephen served as Assistant Director for the CCSA London & Dublin winter program.

    Group or Individual Travel Allowed

    Option One - Group Travel

    Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

    You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

    • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
    • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
    • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.

    Option Two - Individual Travel

    If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.

    Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time).

    Check the CCSA website at for your scheduled date/time check-in.

    * All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


    Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

    Program Dates
    July 09, 2023 —July 24, 2023

    Base Price


    Payment Process
    See our payments page
    Enrollment Status: CLOSED

    Regular Application Deadline
    March 03, 2023
    App Fee Currently $250

    Courses Offered

    Art & Design

    Drawing London: The Art of Urban Sketching
    Course Description: London has been luring travelers for centuries – both for its long, rich history and for its contemporary marvels. In this course you will document through drawing some of London’s historical locations such as The Tower of London and Greenwich Observatory and explore unfamiliar places such as outdoor markets, cemeteries, parks, and eateries where you will hone your drawing skills while observing and recording the people and culture of Britain. This class will provide you with instruction in technical skills such as watercolor, perspective and composition, while stimulating your creativity with visits to museums such as Tate Modern and The Cartoon Museum and excursions outside London to places like Dover and Oxford.
    Prerequisite: One drawing course or equivalent
    WKU Course: ART 240 / ART 496
    Prof. Elizabeth Neal | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

    Communication / Media Studies / Film & Broadcasting

    Digital Storytelling: Exploring England
    Course Description: Everyone has a story to tell, and in this class, students will develop their own stories as they relate to the culture of England by creating audio and video projects on location. We will examine digital media as a tool for seeing, exploring, and expressing cultural identity. While visiting ancient sites, cathedrals, museums and attending concerts, students will document their experience as a participant observer during this historical time. You're invited to take advantage of this opportunity to develop your cultural competency and sensitivity in the process of documenting intercultural stories in England.
    Prerequisite: None
    WKU Course: COMM 415
    Ann Andaloro, Ph.D | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G

    International Business / Management / Legal Studies

    British Business, Law and Brexit
    Course Description: As Britain experiences the aftermath of leaving the European Union, constructing a new trade agreement with the EU, dealing with immigration and boundaries, nowhere is better suited for studying the impact of Brexit than London. Gain understanding of the implications of Brexit for US, UK and EU companies through meetings with business managers, visiting offices and production facilities of multinational corporations, and observing British law and its parliamentary system. Through this unique on-site learning experience in London, you'll acquire insights into the shifts in economic power among international players that come with Brexit and into the nature of global trade, laws, marketing, currency, production and tariffs.
    Prerequisite: None
    WKU Course: MGT 410 / MGT413
    Lynnette A. Guzzino, J.D., MIM | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

    Literature / English

    British Literature Transformed: English Writers in the Postcolonial Era
    Course Description: The traditional British literary canon of Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen has not been the same since the post-WWII generation. Black, Asian, and Middle Eastern writers from the colonies emigrated to London and the rest of the UK, and their perspectives on race, class, and nationality transformed Britain’s idea of itself. This class will visit cultural sites like the Museum of London, the British Museum, and the Black Cultural Archives that tell stories of colonialism and immigration. At the same time, we will read some pivotal examples of postcolonial literature and explore the urban neighborhoods in which these works are set in order to develop a rich and complex understanding of contemporary Britain.
    Prerequisite: None
    WKU Course: ENG 290
    Dr. Kate Harlin | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

    Literature / English / Film Studies

    Monstrous Metropolis: Gothic London in Victorian Literature
    Course Description: Full of ghosts and gore, hauntings and horror, monsters and murders, Gothic literature has delighted and terrified readers for over two centuries. This course focuses on Victorian London, the labyrinthine city which inspired such Gothic tales as Jekyll and Hyde and Dracula as well as works by Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, and others. Explore London haunts which inspired the Victorian Gothic (including Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Highgate Cemetery); trace the artistic and architectural elements of Gothic London; and stalk the dark locales of Jack-the-Ripper. Tentative field trips include Rochester, Cambridge, Strawberry Hill, and Bath.
    Prerequisite: An introductory literature course.
    WKU Course: ENG 290
    Dr. Dan Shea | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G
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