England & Scotland: Land & Storytelling

May 27, 2024 —June 10, 2024
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England and Scotland were the prime locations of the early, major discoveries that would create and define the natural sciences of geology and biology between the periods from the mid-1700s to the 1960s. Here, we will follow in the footsteps of the “fathers” of geology and biology, such as James Hutton, Mary Anning, Sir Richard Owen, Charles Darwin and many others, and see what led them to develop ideas such as deep time, evolution, and plate tectonics.

Storytelling through Media students will produce mini-documentaries related to geological or historical topics while participating in the same activities as the Geology class.


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

Throughout the program, the group will primarily be housed in hotels. Hotel accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of triple rooms. Singles may be available at an additional cost.

In Edinburgh, the group will reside at University of Edinburgh’s (UOE) Chancellors Court. The residence is situated within UOE’s Pollock Halls and at the base of Arthur’s Seat, one of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks and a favorite for hiking and outdoor exercise. All rooms are en-suite (including toilet, sink and shower) and residents have access to shared pantries across all floors, a common room and a computer lab, all situated within Chancellor's Court.

Each bedroom is equipped with a bed, chest of drawers, TV, bedside cabinet, desk & study chair, desk lamp, easy chair, bookshelves, wardrobe, and mirror. The shared pantry provides use of refrigerator w/freezer, iron and ironing board, microwave, toaster and kettle. Each is furnished with dining table, stools, sofas, armchair, and coffee tables. Free WiFi is provided throughout the residence.

Breakfast is provided daily. Participants will be responsible for lunch and dinner each day.

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Kara Arvin - Applications

Nate Addington - Payments

Denise Knisely - Travel

Michael Hatton

On-Site Director

Michael Hatton Michael Hatton is the program head and an assistant professor in the Theatre & Dance Program at Northern Kentucky University. His courses focus on theatre history, race, and gender through dramatic literature and dramatic theory and criticism. Once a student on a CCSA program, he now regularly teaches and serves as program staff for CCSA programs.

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.

Includes:
  • 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 https://ccsa.cc/departures 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.

Visas

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
May 27, 2024 —June 10, 2024

Base Price
$3,899

Airfare
$1128

Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Regular Application Deadline
February 26, 2024
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered

Film and Media Studies

Storytelling through Media: England and Scotland
Course Description: Designed for students who want to expand their cultural horizons while improving their media storytelling, this class takes you to sites of historical and cultural importance in England and Scotland where your imagination will be inspired to produce documentary projects. Paired with a history of geology class, this course will combine visits to places of geological significance with field trips to such historic sites as London’s Westminster Abbey, Edinburgh Castle, and the Scottish Highlands. We’ll interact with Britons to make cross-cultural comparisons and reflect on how foreign travel provides new perspectives on our own culture – and then create documentaries that illustrate those themes.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: BCOM 481
Mr. John Gibson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Geology / Biology

Great Britain: The Birthplace of Modern Geology
Course Description: Through the study of rocks and fossils, we now understand some of the fascinating history of our planet and the life upon it, but until surprisingly recently, this was not the case. The first geologists & paleontologists learned how to decipher our story in England & Scotland. Explore one of the greatest natural history museums in the world in London, then visit the home of Charles Darwin and dig for fossils along the Jurassic coast. Next, we will venture northwards and enjoy more castles, culture, and cuisine, and explore the mountainous and mysterious Scottish Highlands.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: GEOL 103
Ms. Julie Ann Reizner | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
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