London & Dublin

December 26, 2024 —January 08, 2025

Experience the holiday season in two unique cities. Divided not just by the Irish Sea but by a long history of conquest & rebellion, as well as settlement & intermarriage, each city tells its own distinct story. Both are long-time seats of government, arts, and business in their own countries, with ties stretching out across the world.

The program begins with six nights in London, followed by an air transfer to Dublin on January 2 for six more nights. Experience life in a major world city during Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve in London, followed by a slower pace of life in Dublin.

Included are several class-specific activities plus a day trip in England to such locations as Bath, Dover Castle, Oxford, Stonehenge, or Warwick Castle. Program participants reside in local hotels.

Participants must bring college/university ID cards, as proof of student status may be requested for activities booked with educational discounts.

The program base price includes the group flight from London to Dublin.

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

While in London (Dec 27 – Jan 1), participants will reside at a centrally located hotel located in London within walking distance of transportation and many attractions. Nearby places of interest are the Royal Opera House, Selfridges, London Palladium, Covent Garden, Berwick Street Market, Soho Theatre, Chinatown, and Bond Street designer boutiques. The hotel is just a 4-minute walk to Oxford Circus tube station.

While in Dublin (Jan 2 – 8), participants will stay at a hotel located close to Phoenix Park, The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, Temple Bar and more. The hotel is just a 3-minute walk to Heuston Station, where one can travel on the Luas (tram/light rail system) into and around Dublin.

Hotel accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy. Singles are available at an additional cost. A full breakfast buffet is provided daily.

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Kara Arvin - Applications

Nate Addington - Payments

Denise Knisely - Travel

Kimberly Nessler

On-Site Director

Kimberly Nessler Kimberly Nessler is a coordinator in the English Department at Western Kentucky University. As an undergraduate, she participated in the CCSA Winter 99-00 Australia program. She first served as an assistant director for the London Summer 2022 CCSA program and has since been an assistant director for the London-Dublin winter programs.

Michael Hatton

Assistant 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.

  • 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
December 26, 2024 —January 08, 2025

Base Price


Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: OPEN

$150 Early Application Fee Deadline
September 15, 2024
(Early App Fee of $150 includes a $100 discount)
(App Fee increases to $250 after Early Application Deadline)
See our scholarships page

Courses Offered

Anthropology / Celtic Studies / Museum Studies

Sacred Lands and Ancient Lore: A Study of Britain’s and Ireland’s Past
Course Description:

Explore the cultural legacy of ancient Britain and Ireland, including how the Megalithic past led to the Celts and how those ancient societies survived later invasions in veiled form and led to nineteenth—and early twentieth-century folk life. By visiting museums and ancient sites, such as London's British Museum and Stonehenge, Bru Na Boinne in Ireland, and Dublin's National Museum, you will get firsthand experience of the ancient places and things that many know only from books and whose traditions are the foundations of life and culture in the British Isles.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors.
Dr. Michael J Simonton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Art History / Art & Design / History / Pop Culture

Exploring Popular Culture in London and Dublin
Course Description:

Heighten your awareness of English and Irish life and gain new skills for interpreting popular culture through immersive experiences in London and Dublin. Using a learning methodology known as Place-as-Text, conduct self-directed explorations of the urban scene in London neighborhoods such as Borough Market and Brick Lane and in the Dublin districts of Temple Bar and Malahide. We will visit notable sites such as Chelsea Stadium, the Tower of London, Kilmainham Gaol, and Trinity College Dublin.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors - of special interest to majors in history, sociology, communications, geography, political science, art, and cultural studies.
Prof. Christopher Fulton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H/G

Law / Pre-law / History

From London’s Common Law to Dublin’s Four Courts: A Legal Legacy
Course Description:

Experience first-hand the bedrock of the British legal tradition with this rare opportunity. We will take a step back in time to visit London’s storied Inns of Court, where so many distinguished lawyers received their training. We will also witness wigged barristers in action today at the Old Bailey Criminal Court and the Royal Courts of Justice. Our time in Dublin will feature trips to Ireland’s Four Courts, the Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. This class enables students to recognize and articulate how U.S. civil and criminal statutes have evolved from the English common law and to glean how British and Irish courtrooms have shaped our legal legacy.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors, of special interest to law and pre-law students, or those interested in the history of legal traditions.
Prof. Donna Bloemer | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H/G

Photography / Communication

Camera and Culture: Travel Photography in London and Dublin
Course Description:

Develop your visual communication skills while finding creative inspiration in the historical and contemporary photography archives at world-famous museums such as London's Victoria and Albert, Tate Modern, and National Portrait Gallery. We'll visitwe'llMuseum of Modern Art and the National Photographic Archive in Dublin. Field trips to historic neighborhoods and celebrated tourist sites of London and Dublin will provide subject matter for your photographic experiments while introducing you to aspects of local culture only available through the study abroad experience. In this class, you will acquire heightened technical photographic skills while engaging in cultural critiques and considering ethical issues aroused by modern tourism.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors.
Prof. Michael Kopp | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Social Work / Nursing / Psychology / Sociology

Exploring British and Irish Human Services and Leadership Concepts
Course Description:

Employing a comparative international perspective, this course will focus on social systems of care in London and Dublin involving childcare, families, individuals, and aging. While visiting hospitals, schools, and other social service institutions, there will be opportunities to interact with providers from various care services. Involvement in community cultural events and a possible service-learning project will deepen understanding of leadership skills and provide interactions with local consumers of services. During visits to museums and historic sites, you will learn about historical events and leaders who assisted in shaping the current disciplines of human services found in the U.S.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors - of special interest to future healthcare leadership developers, social workers, and human service providers.
Dr. Enchante' Franklin | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G

Sociology / Economics

From Churchill to Guinness: A Study of Risk Management in London and Dublin
Course Description:

Develop a command of the risk management process through London and Dublin's extraordinary offerings, including risk identification, assessment, analysis, and control. The city is your classroom, including Parliament, the Churchill War Rooms, and the Imperial War and Transport museums in London. In Dublin, your classroom includes Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, Croke Park Stadium, and the Guinness Storehouse. These sites provide an excellent lens for viewing how risk has been faced, understood, and acted upon, each providing vivid and accurate insights into risk management practices, both past and present. Comparisons of United States, British, and Irish practices are emphasized throughout.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors.
Dr. Julie Boyd | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G

Theatre / History / Art and Design / Architecture

Exploring Theatre in London and Dublin
Course Description:

Explore theatre in London and Dublin while learning about the rich history, design, art, and architecture that is the cultural context for the theatrical preeminence of these two famous cities. The class will attend various kinds of performances, including at West End theatres in London and a Christmas pantomime in Dublin, as well as visit historical theatres like the Globe, Drury Lane, and National Theatre in London and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Also planned is a day trip to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as visits to sites like the British Museum, the Tower of London, and the monastic ruins at Glendalough near Dublin that will enrich your understanding of the historical and cultural milieu informing the theatrical traditions of England and Ireland.

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.
Open to students of all majors; of special interest to those with a passion for theatre, its music, associated trades, and design elements; those who love art, architecture, and history.
Prof. Brent A. Menchinger | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H/G