London Winter

December 27, 2021 —January 09, 2022

Anyone “who is tired of London…is tired of life,” to update Samuel Johnson’s famous statement about one of the world’s most exciting cities. Find out why even in wither this is true. A center of theater and business, of history and the avant garde, London offers the perfect setting to experience everything from art and literature to science and commerce. If, in the words of another famous Londoner, “All the world’s a stage,” then London is certainly the perfect theater to study the world. From your home base in a four-star central London hotel, explore all the city has to offer!

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: 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

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Michael Hatton

Program Director

Michael Hatton Mr. Hatton is the Assistant Chair along with serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Kentucky University, teaching courses in theatre history, race and gender through dramatic literature and dramatic theory and criticism. Mr. Hatton is the resident production stage manager for the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association and their signature musical, A Pioneer Tale. Mr. Hatton has also worked with several local companies including the Acclaim Awards as a panelist, the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Overture Awards, Showstoppers/Belterra Casino, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, Professional Concepts and is the resident Production Manager for The Performance Gallery. Mr. Hatton is on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Cappies and is the NKU coordinator for the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Uptown Arts internship 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
December 27, 2021 —January 09, 2022

Base Price

Estimated Airfare
$950 - $1,150
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Enrollment Status: OPEN

Application Deadline
September 24, 2021
App Fee Currently $150 (Includes $100 discount)
See our scholarships page

Courses Offered

Communication Disorders / Speech-Language Pathology

The King’s Speech: Speech-Language Pathology in England
Course Description: "I have a right to be heard. I have a voice!" - "King George VI" in the movie The King's Speech found his voice through speech therapy services in 1920's London. Explore the changing world of healthcare through the lens of speech-language therapy services in a variety of historical and contemporary settings across London. Activities are planned to include exploring therapy practices used in hospitals and schools, as well as examples of medical speech-language pathology in acute care hospitals and/or care-homes. We will compare the role of the National Health Service (NHS) to the 'open-market' healthcare systems in the United States.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: CD 496
Prof. Robyn A. Wahl and Dr. Christen Page | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Education / English

The Whole World’s at Your Feet: Exploring Children’s Literature in London
Course Description: Great Britain is the home of many authors of literature for young people. Board a train like WWII child evacuees, walk the London streets like Mary Poppins, and try to find Platform 9 and 3/4 like Harry Potter. While reading and analyzing examples of British children's literature, you’ll walk in the footsteps of favorite characters and visit the settings of favorite books. You will see original transcripts and drawings from classic books at the British Library, experience the making of the Harry Potter movies at Warner Brothers “The Making of Harry Potter” studio tour AND encounter literary history at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: LME 318
Dr. Emily Zuccaro | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G

English / Film & Media Studies / 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: students will also be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch the Harry Potter movies before the class begins
WKU Course: ENGLISH 290 / 399
Dr. John Alberti | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English / Literature

Exploring Gothic Literature in London
Course Description: Encounter vampires, ghosts, murder, magic, and cemeteries-- as we explore London’s many sites featured in famous works of Gothic literature and those used in film adaptations of that genre. Critical readings of Bram Stoker, J. K. Rowling, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Mary Shelley will inform our adventures in Highgate Cemetery, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. We will immerse ourselves in cultural history in such diverse sites as the British Museum and a museum of curiosities and “natural unhistory” as well as a real Gothic cathedral, and we will experience a modern treatment of Gothic themes when taking the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Prerequisite: None
Dr. Staci Stone | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G / H

English / Theatre

Curtain Call: British Drama in Action
Course Description:

Explore British drama and culture by experiencing British theatre in action. We’ll attend several dramatic productions in London’s amazing West End theatre district and explore aspects of street theater. We’ll learn about staging, lighting, costuming, music, directing, art and set design while on backstage tours at such places as the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio. Tentatively scheduled field trip sites designed to enrich your appreciation of the historical background and cultural setting of British theatre are Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, Westminster Abbey, Dover Castle and Hampton Court Palace.

NOTE: Students enrolled in this course should anticipate being assessed up to $175 additional to cover the cost of play tickets.

Prerequisite: students should have completed their home institution's basic writing requirements
WKU Course: ENGL 290 / ENGL 339
Dr. Mickey Wadia | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G

Health Care Administration / Public Health / Nursing

Nightingale & Nursing on Both Sides of the Pond
Course Description: This course focuses on both the historical and current practices of the British and American healthcare systems. Students will explore how different cultural influences affect health policies, leading to analysis of the similarities and differences in British and American healthcare delivery, nursing, and medicine. Significance is given to the historical influences on the nursing profession and healthcare. The roles of health professionals in England and the United States will be compared and contrasted. Emphasis will be placed on experiential learning, with visits to London hospitals, the Old St. Thomas Hospital, the Old Operating Theatre, the Florence Nightingale Museum and other healthcare institutions and museums.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: NUR317
Dr. Tamara Robertson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G

Health Care Administration / Public Health / Social Work / Psychology/Occupational & Physical Therapy

Comparing British and American Health Care Systems in London
Course Description: Designed for students who plan to work or study in any of the healthcare-related fields or any of the social or behavioral sciences requiring interaction with people, this class explores the similarities and differences between the British and American health care systems. Visits to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, doctor's offices, and inpatient and outpatient therapy clinics will provide a deep understanding of how the British health care system works. Interviews with residents of London and visits to various historical sites will provide an appreciation for the social and cultural context that influences British healthcare and wellness-related practices and which helps explain what sets them apart from America’s healthcare system.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: HCA 347 / HCA 572
Dr. Robert Mullaney | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / H / G


Love, Lust & Death: England's Tudor Dynasty
Course Description: The most fascinating family in British history is the Tudors. You may be familiar with the infamous Henry VIII and the "virgin queen" Elizabeth I, but delve deeper into the family history by discovering more about the other Tudors, like the sickly boy king Edward VI and "Bloody Mary." Learn about these monarchs in lively detail as we explore historical sites and castles they once called home, such as the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, and Greenwich; places they were entombed, such as Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle; and museums with artifacts from their time, such as the British Museum and National Gallery.
Prerequisite: three hours of History
WKU Course: HIST 490
Prof. Barbara Cook | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G


The People of London & Their Histories
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
WKU Course: HIST 490
Dr. Bradford J. Wood | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G

Music / Interdisciplinary

Responding Creatively to London’s Rich Artistic and Musical Scene
Course Description: This course challenges you to explore your own creativity while experiencing London’s vibrant creative arts and music scene. Visits to the National Gallery of Art and the Tate Modern as well as to music venues such as JazzLive at the Crypt and famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club will introduce you to how different combinations of music and art affect emotions and how creativity springs out of mixing artistic genres such as photography, art and jazz music. A final assignment allows you to express your own creativity through a multimedia project inspired by your responses to the artistry directly experienced on site in London.
Prerequisite: students should have completed their home institution's basic writing requirements
Dr. Andy Nevala | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G / H

Public Relations / Advertising & Promotion / Marketing / Pop Culture

England in the Movies: Storytelling & Media-induced Tourism
Course Description: Harry Potter increased tourism by 50% in places associated with the films made from the books. When James Bond’s movie escapades featured rooftop views of the city of London, it prompted debates about how urban planning had to combine both the old and the new. The film and tourism industries have combined to boost the contemporary British economy. By using the resources of museums like the London Film Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum, film studios like Warner Brothers, and film sites like Kensington Palace, street markets and parks, this course explores media-induced tourism in England through the lenses of mass communication, public relations, business and cultural studies.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: COMM 410
Dr. Marcie Hinton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / H / G


Beyond the Footlights: Theatrical Tradition in Britain
Course Description:

This course examines the rich heritage of theatrical production in Britain from the medieval to the current West End stage. Included will be backstage tours of British theatre and concert halls, as well as discussions with London theatre critic Matt Wolf. Emphasis will be placed on the difference between British and American theatre practice and production. This exploration will culminate in the viewing of selected theatre productions. In addition students will have the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of London, which will provide inspiration for future artistic endeavors.

NOTE: Students enrolled in this course should anticipate being assessed up to $175 additional to cover the cost of play tickets.

Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: THEA 499
Prof. Scott Boyd | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Theatre / English / Literature

Theatre on Location: Classics to Contemporary
Course Description:

Discover the thrilling world of London and explore English culture through professional theatre. Students will 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 on Avon, the National Theatre, the Globe Theatre, Westminster Abbey, and more), and attend 4-5 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.

There is something unique in seeing live performances. For students outside the theatre spectrum, class discussions with theatre students can bring insight as well as knowledge they might not bring into the experience on their own. London theatre has always strived for, and been instrumental in moving the idea of theatre forward. To experience productions where making a profit isn't primary, but making art for art’s sake, or art to make a statement, should always be exciting for any student.

NOTE: Students enrolled in this course should anticipate being assessed up to $175 additional to cover the cost of play tickets.

Prerequisite: None
Prof. Jamey Strawn | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G / H