London Winter

December 26, 2024 —January 08, 2025

Imagine yourself ringing in the New Year in London.

London has been one of the most important and connected cities in the world for most of the last half millennia. It was the center of the world's largest empire, and from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century, it was the financial capital of the Western world. It was the city of Shakespeare, Dickens, Johnson, Keats, and Blake. It has witnessed the plague, a Civil War, a supposedly Glorious Revolution, the Great Fire, the first Industrial Revolution, the birth of Romanticism, the Blitz, and Punk Rock. In other words, there is no other city like it.

Experience the delights and lessons of international travel. And learn in a completely new environment, using the city of London and other locations as living classrooms.

Included are several class-specific activities plus a day trip to such locations as Bath, Canterbury Cathedral & Leeds Castle, Dover Castle, Stonehenge & Salisbury, or Stratford & Warwick Castle.

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

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 in a 4-star hotel in one of London’s finest locations, Curzon Street, in the heart of Mayfair. Park Lane, The Royal Academy of the Arts, Buckingham Palace, Bond Street, Green Park, and Hyde Park are a few minutes’ walk away. Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, and Knightsbridge are within a 10- to 15-minute walk. From nearby Green Park Underground, there is easy access to the City, Canary Wharf, the O2, Wembley Stadium, all London Mainline Stations, and a direct link to Heathrow.

Included in each bedroom are complimentary WiFi, wide screen wall mounted plasma TVs, luxury down & feather duvets, individual controlled air conditioning/heating, electronic safe, bath robes, tea/coffee making facilities, and hairdryer. Also provided are soap, bath/shower gel, shampoo, body lotion, facecloths, shoeshine, and shower caps. Hair conditioner, dental kits, shaving kits, and slippers are available on request. Irons and ironing boards can be provided on request and are complimentary.

Hotel accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of triple rooms. Singles are available at an additional cost.

A full English breakfast buffet is provided daily.

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Kara Arvin - Applications

Nate Addington - Payments

Denise Knisely - Travel

Mark Rogers

On-Site Director

Mark Rogers Mark C. Rogers teaches Communication at Walsh University. He has served on CCSA’s board since 1998 and has directed numerous programs in London, England, and Scotland. He has also taken students to Rome several times.

Kara Arvin

Assistant On-Site Director

Kara Arvin Kara Arvin is an Eastern Kentucky University graduate and was previously an assistant director on the London Mid-summer program in 2023. She studied abroad for two semesters in London, England, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. After graduation, she worked in Chongqing, China, before returning to the education abroad office at EKU. Arvin now works at CCSA as the Program Operations Coordinator and is excited to support students through their education abroad experience.

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

Estimated Airfare
$0 - $0
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

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

Communication / Anthropology

Cultural Crossroads: Exploring Intercultural Communication in London
Course Description:

This class is a unique opportunity to study the principles of intercultural communication while exploring real-life settings in one of the world’s most diverse cities. Class time includes discussing readings from communication and anthropology and taking field trips to some of London’s ethnic neighborhoods, including a few Hollywood movies! Imagine a scavenger hunt to find ethnic shops, cultural cuisine, street markets, festivals, theaters, and local institutions. Collect, identify, and catalog cultural artifacts while immersing yourself in these communities and engaging with locals. Enhance your understanding of cultures and how to communicate across diverse cultures. Gather new insights and skills to make you an excellent world traveler.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors.
Dr. Alexander Randall | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English / Literature / Pop Culture

Harry Potter on the Page & on the Screen
Course Description:

You've read the books and seen the movies. Now explore the Harry Potter phenomenon in contemporary British culture on-site in London. In our course, we will analyze and write about the film adaptations of Harry Potter and how they illustrate the issues involved when literature is converted into movies. We’ll also explore sites in Oxford and London that inspired the books and provided unforgettable locations for the movies, such as the London Zoo and Hampton Court Palace, in addition to touring the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Brothers London studios. Muggles and wizards welcome!

Prerequisite: For upper-division credit, students must have completed the minimum written composition requirements at their home institution. Students will be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch the Harry Potter movies before the class begins.
Dr. John Alberti | 3 Cr. Hrs. |

English / Literature

Reading Vampires, Ghosts, and Cemeteries: Gothic London
Course Description:

We will encounter vampires, ghosts, murder, and cemeteries--in Gothic literature and in person as we explore London. Readings by Stoker, Walpole, Keats, Mary Shelley, Coleridge, Rowling, and Stevenson will inform our adventures in Highgate Cemetery, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. In addition to exploring Jack the Ripper sites, we will experience Gothic architecture. If you enjoy sublime scenery and gruesome acts, join this journey through the Gothic tradition.

Prerequisite: First-year composition (typically ENG 101/102 or the equivalent).
Dr. Staci Stone | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H/G


London Through the Ages: A Journey into the Lives of its People
Course Description:

Explore the history of London by focusing on the people of London at key moments in the city’s history between 1600 and 1830. We’ll read their eyewitness accounts and then visit city sites linked to their stories. We’ll imagine Shakespeare’s London while visiting the Globe Theatre and appreciate how London recovered from the Great Fire from under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. We’ll grasp what medieval London was like at the Tower of London and recreate Victorian London at Dickens’s House. Exhibits on London’s history at the Museum of London and the British Museum will further enrich our understanding of what Londoners have experienced over the centuries.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors.
Dr. Bradford J. Wood | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G

Nonprofit Administration / Theatre / Interdisciplinary

Navigating Arts Management: Insights from London’s Cultural Institutions
Course Description:

Witness first-hand the management and administration of arts and culture organizations in London and learn how those institutions compare with their counterparts in the U.S. By visiting such sites as the Globe Theatre, the Royal Albert Concert Hall, the National Gallery, and the British Museum and Library, gain unique insights into the preservation and conservation of national culture, as well as a comparative understanding of the financial challenges faced by non-profit institutions. In addition, the influence and impact of tourism will be explored during visits to acclaimed historic sites, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and Stonehenge.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors; of special interest to students in business, cultural management, organizational leadership, art, theater, and history.
Dr. Elise Kieffer | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H/G

Psychology / History / English / Literature

The Psychology of Dracula: Science, Literature, and the Supernatural
Course Description:

Bram Stoker's novel Dracula relied on new ideas in scientific psychology. In this class, we will explore developing ideas about hypnosis, sexuality, paranoia, hysteria, masochism, spirituality, and evolutionary continuity while examining how they were employed in Dracula. We will visit locations relevant to Stoker's life as well as his writing of Dracula, including Highgate Cemetery, the London Zoo, the British Museum, the Lyceum Theater (where Stoker worked), and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Prerequisite: None. Open to students of all majors.
Dr. Robert W. Mitchell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Speech Therapy / Communication Disorders / Education / Child & Family Studies

Finding Their Voice: Exploring Historical and Contemporary Speech-Language Therapy in England
Course Description:

As depicted in the 2014 film The King’s Speech, King George VI famously declared, “I have a right to be heard. I have a voice!” And thanks to speech therapy services in 1920s London, the king did indeed find his voice. This class explores the changing world of healthcare through the lens of speech-language therapy services. You will meet with therapists and advocates for speech therapy while also visiting the Royal College of Speech Language Pathology. This class will help you understand the experiences of speech-language patients and provide perspectives on aspects of the British National Health Service to compare and contrast with the “open-market” healthcare system in the U.S.

Prerequisite: None. Students in the field of speech-language pathology will be most interested in this course.
Prof. Robyn A. Wahl | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G

Theatre / English / Literature

British Theatre on Location: Classics to Contemporary
Course Description:

Discover the thrilling world of London and explore English culture through professional theatre. Experience a diverse range of current productions, from the classics to the cutting edge; we will examine cultural trends and social issues through the lens of the theatre. The influence of English history will come alive as students visit theatres, museums, historic sites (e.g., Stratford-upon-Avon, the National Theatre, the Globe Theatre, Westminster Abbey, and more), and attend notable and dynamic theatre productions. Group discussions will be a vital part of class time in London, and guests from the field will visit the class on location.

Prerequisite: None. This course can be taken as a general elective or satisfy a history/literature elective.
Prof. Corrie Danieley and Prof. Jamey Strawn | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U