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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Details:

Program Base Price: $4,565
Estimated Airfare: $1,750 - $1,950
Dates: July 7 – August 6, 2017
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)


Program Description:

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 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.

Students wishing to take two classes must select one Group A course and one Group B course, as designated in the Course Descriptions section. To avoid schedule conflicts, courses meet according to the following weekly pattern:

Group A classes:

  • Monday mornings 9:00 - 12:00
  • Wednesday afternoons 1:30 - 4:30
  • Mandatory full day class field trips: July 11, 20, 25 and August 3
  • Friday, August 4, final exams/evaluations: 1:30 - 4:30


Group B classes:

  • Monday afternoons 1:30 - 4:30
  • Wednesday mornings 9:00 - 12:00
  • Mandatory full-day class field trips: July 13, 18, 27 and August 1
  • Friday, August 4, final exams/evaluations: 9:00 - 12:00


The price of this CCSA program includes:

  • accommodations in en-suite single rooms in an apartment-style setting
  • London Travelcard with unlimited local transport (underground zones 1-2, bus zones 1-6)
  • health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • most program excursions, course-related activities and entrances
  • pre-loaded meal card for Waterloo Campus on class days



Optional Trips

Each summer CCSA offers participants on the London Summer program the opportunity to join optional excursions to such places as Stonehenge, Paris and more. These trips are not a part of the required course activities and come at an additional cost. More details about the optional trips for the summer 2017 term will be released in spring 2017.


Student Blogs:

Kesley M. - Summer 2016


CCSA participant Kesley M. shares photos, podcasts and blog posts from the London Summer 2016 program. Lots to check out!

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Nicole W. - Summer 2016


Nicole W. from the London Summer 2016 program shares her experiences in London. From Harry Potter to Wembley and more!

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Bethany T. - Summer 2016


See the adventures of Bethany T. on the London Summer 2016 program.

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Kelli G. - Summer 2016


Kelli G. shares her amazing experiences in London from summer 2016. From meeting the cast of Star Trek to seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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Optional Group Travel:

A GROUP TRAVEL OPTION through CCSA is available at additional cost and includes:

  • Round trip air transportation from one of CCSA’s designated US departure cities.
  • Round trip ground transportation between the destination/departure airport(s) and the accommodation sites.
Travel with friends and other participants on this program as a group all the way to your destination! If this is your first time abroad (or even flying!) we highly recommend you travel as part of the group. Round-trip air transportation from cities other than CCSA-designated airports MAY be considered on a case-by-case basis at an additional cost.


Course(s) Offered:

Group A: Choose up to one Group A course


The London Arts Experience: Theatre, Art, Music, and Design

London, one of the most exciting cities in the world, is home to centuries of art, design, architecture, and engineering. In this class you'll visit theatres, clubs, cemeteries, museums, galleries, and film sites. While we're there, we'll experience how the design of each of those places affects us. You'll see cutting edge theatre and graffiti art, you'll hear music that ranges from classical to folk to contemporary, and you'll gain first-hand knowledge of how design, engineering, architecture, and the arts come together in and around the dynamic streets of London!!


A View of Global Business in Action

From the vantage point of London, one of the business capitals of the world, get a bird's eye view of how companies operate within the global economy. Visit international companies such as Unilever, Nielsen, LPK, and Mini Cooper. Learn about marketing and distribution of products like shampoo, soft drinks, and cars in international markets. See how companies operate and adapt to different cultures. You will have an opportunity to exchange currency and compare prices on consumer goods, clothing, food and transportation. Through site visits and discussions, examine economic, political and legal issues that impact international business activity. Experience the world, expand your horizons, and develop global connections!

Prerequisite: Introduction to Business.


Contemporary British Drama

London is one of the world's greatest theatre cities. From the National Theatre and the Old Vic to cutting edge and experimental theatre companies, the London stage is an ever-changing prism portraying the human experience. We'll see a variety of productions and experience the fascinating range of theatre in London. We'll go behind the scenes to see how all the elements of a production come together at two very different theatres: Shakespeare's Globe and The National Theatre. We'll add perspective by discussing some of the groundbreaking British and Irish playwrights of the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard and Martin McDonagh.

Prerequisite: General education writing and literature requirement.


Dead Poets in London

Explore the works of Dead Poets in London with Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wyatt and more. Become one of Chaucer's pilgrims and present your Prologue and Tale (in character) in England. Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre; stand in the Wooden O and imagine the Queen looking over your shoulder. Shiver in the Tower of London where Sir Thomas Wyatt saw Anne Boleyn beheaded. Pay homage to Chaucer's grave in Westminster Abbey and to Shakespeare's grave in Stratford-on-Avon. See the only existing copy of Beowulf in the British Library. See the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum. And, of course, we'll have tea!

Recommended: One semester of composition.


A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Aging in England

Defining the world as our community, this course challenges students to study the dynamics of aging in places like Florence Nightingale's Museum, at St. John’s Hospice, or with the Aging Research Group at King's College. Emphasis is placed on developing healthy behaviors and defining financial security. A comparison approach will be used to determine how America, England and a student-selected third country, approach all aspects of aging. The students will explore how culture, politics, climate, and geography affect health. The ultimate goal is to appreciate the similarities of humankind and our ability to work together in improving quality of life.

Prerequisite: At least Junior status in a Bachelor's degree program.


Understanding England through Popular Film

The British film industry makes stunning classic, popular, and franchise films.  To understand England through her movies, we’ll look at classics like Lawrence of Arabia and Monty Python’s Life of Brian; we’ll admire film franchises Harry Potter, James Bond and Lord of the Rings; we’ll study British auteurs Chaplin, Hitchcock and Kubrick; and we’ll laugh our way to contentment in romcoms Bridget Jones; Love, Actually; and Notting Hill.  We’ll also discover the magic of film off the screen, enjoying a guided film-locations tour of London. We’ll visit actual sets and learn special effects tricks on the world-famous Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in Leavesden.  Other field trips ground us in British culture: Tate Britain and Tate Modern Museums and The Cinema Museum, near our lodgings.  A day trip to Cambridge University and Ely Cathedral will remind us of Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes and James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything.

Group B: Choose up to one Group B course


Experimental Photography: Exploring England through the Camera's Lens

This fun, hands-on course introduces historic, DIY and contemporary experimental photography. Master design skills and build a stunning photography portfolio from your travel adventures. Learn about the birth of photography and the Victorian obsession with all things optical. Experiment with cyanotypes, thaumatropes, stereographics, "motion pictures," light painting and other creative photo processes. We'll visit beautiful Lacock Abbey, where photography was invented, and spectacular London museums and galleries. A great option for anyone interested in art, photography, British culture or history and future educators wishing to develop engaging classroom activities. Students must have a digital camera. All skill levels welcome!


Horror, Myth, and Legend in English Literature

King Arthur, Dracula, Jack the Ripper and Hobbits--who could ask for more from some of the most interesting writers in English? We'll venture into an incredible mixture of myth, legend, mystery, romance, horror, and history. But we don't just read--we visit the places the books describe. We'll go to Glastonbury where King Arthur and his queen were said to be buried. We'll climb ancient tower steps at Warwick Castle where you can imagine a siege, tour a real dungeon, and watch demonstrations of medieval life. We'll walk the same streets of London, where Jack the Ripper stalked his victims, and spend a day in Oxford, the famous university city where Tolkien created Hobbits. How about lunch where Dracula's creator ate? You'll read Malory's Le Morte dArthur, Tolkien's The Hobbit, Stoker's Dracula, and Begg's Jack the Ripper. The pages of these books are just the starting place for a trip into fiction, reality, and a few places in between.

Prerequisite: One semester of composition or basic composition requirement at the student's school.


From the Tabloids to the BBC: Exploring the British Media

Explore the colorful and diverse world of the British media through field trips to such sites as newspaper offices, BBC TV and radio stations and through discussions with journalists and media experts. See and hear firsthand how British journalists cover news and entertainment and how American journalists cover Europe for the U.S. media. Analyze British electronic and print media and advertising and public relations agencies, including how they are regulated, how they function and who owns them. Address questions such as how far the media can go in their sometimes sensational news coverage and with what ethical and legal constraints, and what the British think about their own media and how they are depicted in the U.S. media?


Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: Music Subcultures in the U.K.

The "Mods" used amphetamines to stay up all weekend listening to music. In swinging 60's London, hippies glorified psychedelic music, psychedelic drugs, and free love. Raves ran on ecstasy, the "love drug." Why are many subcultures defined by their music and drugs of choice? Are they trying to establish identity, seek spiritual awakening, respond to oppression, or just have fun? We will examine the music and lifestyles associated with the subcultures mentioned above, as well as Punk, Hip Hop, and Heavy Metal. Field trips, including a trip to Liverpool, will let us experience both mainstream British culture and contemporary countercultures.

Prerequisite: One course in psychology or sociology or a course in 20th century history


Mystical England

What causes religious divisions? What beliefs do eastern, western, and pagan faith traditions share in common? In Mystical England you will explore these questions while visiting power places such as Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and the Tower of London castle built over a Druid mound. Explore Celtic history in the British Museum. Take the Mystical Avebury walking tour of the main henge and experience the St. Michael Line energies. Through first-hand observation of ancient and contemporary sacred sites, you will distinguish fundamentalist, religious, spiritual, and metaphysical perspectives, and explore the nature of personal and social transformation.


Exploring Historical Traditions in British Theatre

Explore the world of 19th Century British actors and playwrights by reading their plays, visiting the theatres they built and in which they acted, and exploring what it meant to be an actor before film and television. Our focus will be on the men and women of the Kemble family who acted, wrote, built and managed theatres in the 18th and 19th centuries in England, Europe and America. Through interactive tours to Drury Lane Theatre, The Royal Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, and theatres in London's West End, develop a complete picture of how the Kemble's theatrical influence compares to actors today.

This program is currently not accepting applications.