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London Summer

July 06, 2018 —August 05, 2018
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Spend a month studying in London - one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities on earth. CCSA's four-week program enables you to experience the great city while earning 3 or 6 hours of credit. You will reside in an en-suite accommodation at Moonraker Point in the exciting Southwark area of London, while studying with faculty and students from other CCSA member schools at the University of London King's College Waterloo Campus. Beyond the classroom and field trips, the schedule will enable you to explore the world outside of London on weekends.

Students may take a second 3 credit-hour course for an additional $700. Your home university may have an additional fee, so check with your CCSA campus representative. The $700 second course fee is non-refundable following the first payment deadline. Students considering a second class should bear in mind that doing so will require them to be in class or mandatory class-related activities all day Monday through Thursday.

Available are optional day trips to Stonehenge/Salisbury and Blenheim Palace/Cotswolds and optional weekend excursions to Edinburgh/Alnwick Castle and Paris.

Program Package

  • Accommodations: Included.
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance* (International Programs Only)
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7

The deadline to apply for Optional Excursions is March 27, 2020

Weekend Excursion to EDINBURGH & ALNWICK CASTLE (Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19)
ADDITIONAL COST $579 for a twin-bedded room ($662 for a single room)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants must reserve 2 days of their BritRail Pass travel for this excursion.

See Edinburgh Castle and the crown jewels of Scotland! Upon arrival at Edinburgh City Centre Train Station, you will be met by a coach and guide for transfer to University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls of Residence. Following lunch at Pollock Halls and a walking tour of the immediate area, check-in at Chancellors Court—with dinner provided that evening at Pollock Halls. Saturday will be free for you to explore (sites such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, museums and historic churches) and to absorb the city’s art, music and theatre culture—making use of your hop-on/hop-off bus pass. On Sunday, you will be transported by coach to Alnwick Castle—featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films and as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey’s 2014 Christmas special. Following the visit to Alnwick Castle, you will return to London by train from Alnmouth Station.

Included in the cost are:
  • outbound coach transfer to London’s King Cross Train Station
  • seat reservations for train travel
  • coach transfer between Edinburgh City Centre train station, Pollock Halls, Alnwick Castle and Alnmouth Station
  • Friday lunch and dinner at Pollock Halls
  • Friday afternoon walking tour of the Pollock Halls area
  • Hop-on/hop-off bus pass for sightseeing on Saturday
  • 2 nights accommodation at Chancellor’s Court w/full Scottish breakfasts
  • paid entrance to Alnwick Castle

Full Day Excursion to BLENHEIM PALACE & THE COTSWOLDS (Friday, July 24)

Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden.

Following the visit to Blenheim Palace and Gardens, you will depart for a coach tour through the Cotswolds -a region of outstanding natural beauty characterized by attractive small towns and thatched villages of yellow Cotswold stone made prosperous by the historic wool trade. Visit Stow-on-the-Wold and explore the history, art and culture of this ancient, picturesque market town.

Included in the cost are:
  • coach transportation to and from Blenheim Palace and through the Cotswolds
  • paid entrance to Blenheim Palace

Full Day Excursion to STONEHENGE & SALISBURY (Saturday, July 25)

Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, is one of the world’s most recognized sites, a circle of mystery that fascinates visitors from all over the world. Your visit will allow you to walk around the outside of the stone circle, and you can listen to some of the myths and legends about Stonehenge on the audio tour. Salisbury, on the banks of the River Avon, is best known for its glorious cathedral.

Salisbury Cathedral dates back to 1220 and has the tallest spire of any cathedral in England. It is also home to the best preserved original manuscript of the Magna Carta. The town retains some lovely medieval streets, and the 15th century Poultry Cross is certainly worth a visit.

Included in the cost are:
  • coach transportation to and from Stonehenge and Salisbury
  • paid entrance to Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral

Weekend Excursion to PARIS (Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2)
ADDITIONAL COST $866 for a twin-bedded room ($1069 for a single room)

See Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower! Participants will be transported by coach to London St. Pancras Station, where they will travel to Paris aboard the Eurostar train via the English Channel tunnel. Upon arrival at Paris Gare du Nord Station, participants will board a coach for transfer to the 4-star Mercure Paris Montmartre Hotel—located at the foot of the Sacre Coeur hill, in the beautiful area of Montmartre, Paris, France, (18th arrondissement) AND close to the Place De Clichy metro station. Rooms are twin/triple occupancy with private bath, free WiFi and buffet breakfast each morning.

Following check-in and a brief onsite orientation, a local guide will lead a walking tour of the immediate area and offer an introduction to the metro system. A free day on Saturday will allow time for museums, sightseeing and shopping.

Following breakfast and checkout on Sunday, a local guide will lead the group on a walking tour of Montmartre. Montmartre is a charming village in the city of Paris where artists such as Renoir, Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Suzanne Valadon, Utrillo and many others lived. Musicians such as Erik Satie and Hoffenback will also be referenced. The walking tour includes a visit to Sacre Coeur basilica and ends at Place du Tertre where artists paint now. Following lunch (own expense) participants will enjoy a one-hour circular cruise on the River Seine before traveling by coach to Paris Gare du Nord Station and return journey to London.

Included in the cost are:
  • coach transfer to London St. Pancras Station
  • Eurostar transport to and from Paris
  • coach transfer from Gare du Nord Station to Paris hotel
  • orientation and walking tour w/local guide on Friday
  • 2 nights twin/triple-share accommodation at the Mercure Paris Montmartre Hotel w/buffet breakfast
  • 2-day Paris Visite Travel Card Zones 1-3
  • Sunday half-day walking tour of Montmartre
  • Sunday one-hour circular cruise on the River Seine
  • Coach transfers from Montmartre to river cruise to Gare du Nord Station

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

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 06, 2018 —August 05, 2018

Base Price

Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Application Deadline
February 23, 2018
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered

Group A Courses You may have up to ONE Group A course.

Art History / Art & Design / Theatre / Interdisciplinary

The London Arts Experience: Theatre, Music, Art, and Design
Course Description: London, one of the most exciting cities in the world, is home to centuries of visual art, performance, design, and architecture. In this class you'll visit theatres, music venues, restaurants, museums, and galleries. You'll see some of London's most famous sites, and explore unique places that are off the beaten path. You'll talk to artists, see cutting edge theatre, hear music that ranges from classical to contemporary, and taste new foods and old British favorites, and you'll gain exhilarating first-hand knowledge of how design, architecture, and the arts come together in and around the dynamic streets of London!
Prof. Carol Stewart | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H


Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Oratory, Advocacy and Public Address in London
Course Description: From Parliament to Westminster Abbey, from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to the Speaker's Corner at Hyde Park, London has served as an epicenter of history, stories, and public address through the centuries. Students in this advanced public speaking course will have the opportunity to visit contemporary and historical venues highlighting London's unique culture and history of oral communication and to use those locales as a backdrop and an inspiration for the various speeches that will be completed as part of the course. This course can count for upper division credit or to fulfill a basic public speaking requirement. This course may be paired with Culturally London: Communication and Competence in Group B.
Prerequisite: For upper division credit: Completion of a Basic Public Speaking course or consent of instructor.
Prof. John Strada | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English Language and Literature / Theatre

Popular Shakespeare: Sex, Race and Religion on the London Stage
Course Description: Enrich your understanding of Shakespeare and his world by studying him on-site in London. While focusing on up to four of his plays to be seen in current production on various London stages, the class will also explore the history and culture of Elizabethan England by field trips to Shakespeare's home in Stratford-upon-Avon, Westminster Abbey, the new Globe Theatre and the Tower of London (Shakespeare nearly found himself there!). Our itinerary also includes a Thames boat cruise, a walking tour of Shakespeare's London, and a visit to a pub he was known to frequent, with plenty of class time to focus on Shakespeare's treatment of sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity and religion.
Prerequisite: Composition 1 and 2, or completion of basic writing requirements as determined by the home university, or consent of the instructor.
Dr. Lisa Jennings | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G

Political Science / Legal Studies

Habeas What? British Common Law and Its Influence on the American Legal System
Course Description: British common law traditions and the British legal system have influenced the American judicial system. Through field trips to various British legal sites, including where the Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede, where an original copy of the Magna Carta now remains at the British Library, and observing a criminal procedure at Old Bailey, students will develop an understanding as to how the British common law system originated and evolved to impact other common law models around the world.
Prof. L. Joe Dunman | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

International Business / Management / Economics

Status: Unavailable
The Impact of Brexit on Global Economics
Course Description: As Britain experiences the aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union, nowhere is better suited for studying the impact of Brexit than London, one of the business capitals of the world. This class offers opportunities to understand the implications of Brexit for finance and trade, investment and labor, etc. through interviewing British consumers and business managers and visiting the London offices of multinational corporations. Gain insights into the shifts in economic power among international players that come with Brexit and deepen your understanding of global economic trends with this unique on-site learning experience in London.
Prerequisite: Introductory Business course, general knowledge of economics or consent of instructor.
Prof. Lynnette A. Guzzino | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/GR

Group B Courses You may have up to ONE Group B course.


Culturally London: Communication and Competence
Course Description: Enhance your intercultural communication skills in London, one of the most thrilling, cosmopolitan, and diverse cities in the world. With the city as our classroom, we will study the communication process across cultures with an emphasis on intercultural perception, values, and nonverbal expression in the personal and public spheres. Immerse yourself in London's rich cultural traditions by exploring sites such as the British Museum, the houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and Westminster Abbey. In this course, you will acquire the intercultural competence needed to be an effective communicator in virtually any profession in a modern, global society. This course may be paired with Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Oratory, Advocacy and Public Address in London in Group A.
Prof. Krista Kimmel | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Criminal Justice / Legal Studies / Political Science

Law and Order: London
Course Description: A Jack the Ripper tour, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, Windsor Castle, The Royal Courts of Justice, Magna Carta, Old Bailey, and many other exciting locations in London and beyond will be the key to our hands-on learning about the relationship between English and American criminal justice. Join us as we explore the roots of these two criminal justice systems and as we compare current English and American police and court practices. A perfect class for students interested in all areas of criminal justice, political science, or legal studies.
Prof. Lisa Kay Decker | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/G/H

English Language and Literature / Theatre

Death and Dungeons in Past and Present England
Course Description: Come to the land of haunted castles. dark dungeons, and beautiful and moving memorial art as we explore the changing roles and meanings of deaths in England and western culture. In this course, students will experience the prehistoric past with fossil digging on the Jurassic Coast, tour the rich and macabre history of the famous Tower of London, visit the grave of the famous and infamous, visit the notoriously haunted Warwick Castle, and learn the dark history of Beachy Head on the scenic Sussex shore. We'll study the changes in death's meaning through careful study of historical texts; readings in thanatology; and various forms of the English elegy, including the English poets of the Great War. Students will also consider how our denial of death and our faith in science has changed how we approach death - and how we choose to live before it.
Prerequisite: Students must have taken a first-year writing course.
Dr. Amy Tudor | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Music / Pop Culture / American Studies

Course Description: This course looks at British popular music, mainly from the 1960s to the present, starting with the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Kinks etc. and moving on to Punk, Shoegaze and Britpop (Oasis, Blur, etc.). British youth culture is examined, with subcultural groups like The Teds, Mods, Rastas, and Rockers analyzed as style signifiers and as examples of how important popular music is for British youth. Emphasis is placed on bands and styles that did not translate well to the United States for being “too British” or other reasons. Field trips to Liverpool, Manchester and within London amplify the impact of the classroom sessions.
Dr. Paul D. Fischer | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English Language and Literature

Status: Cancelled
The Appeal of Harry Potter
Course Description: Why are the Harry Potter novels the best-selling books of all time? As we read and discuss the Harry Potter novels in London and visit film locations, we will attempt to answer this question by examining the symbolism, imagery, and ideas employed in the novels. We will take a 6 mile walk of film sites in London, visit the Hogwarts Great Hall and Library in Oxford, traipse through Snape's Dungeon in Lacock, and explore Alnwick Castle where Harry learned to fly. There's no greater place to read and study Harry Potter than England!
Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed their university's lower division writing/English requirements.
Dr. Ted Sherman | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U