CCSA- Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Art and Design, Business, Criminal Justice, Earth and Environmental Science, Finance, Government, Interdisciplinary, Legal Studies, Music, Nursing, Photography, Pop Culture, Psychology, Public Affairs Policy and Admin, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, Theatre
Group Travel Available, Independent Travel Available
3 or 6 Credit Hours
London Summer June 3, 2023 – June 24, 2023
Program Base Price: $3,999
Airfare: $1,275 - $1,475
Dates: June 3, 2023 – June 24, 2023
Scholarships: Yes (see scholarships page)
Make London your home. CCSA’s three-week program enables you to experience the great city while earning 3 or 6 hours of credit along with faculty and students from other CCSA member schools. Beyond the classroom and field trips, the schedule will enable you to explore the world outside of London on weekends.
Students selecting a Group A course will only be able to take one class. Students wishing to take two classes must select two Group B courses OR two Group C courses, as designated in the Course Descriptions section. An added fee of $700 will be assessed for the second 3 credit-hour course. This added course fee is non-refundable beyond the first payment deadline. Your home university may also assess additional fees for a second course, so be sure to check with your CCSA campus representative.
*Cancel for any reason prior to March 17, 2023, and receive a Full Refund.
Participants in CCSA’s London Summer Program will reside at the Royal National Hotel. This unique and lively hotel is located in the heart of Russell Square and Bloomsbury, near Euston and Kings Cross. The Royal National’s location is perfect for exploring the capital’s famous landmarks, such as the British Museum, Oxford Street, Theatreland, Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston.
In the middle of central London there is a quiet, green rectangle called Bloomsbury. The area is a microcosm of museums, trees, cafés, bookstores, and the historic home of artists and academics. Bloomsbury has a reputation as London’s most learned quarter, dominated by the dual institutions of the British Museum and the University of London. It is perhaps best-known internationally for the long list of former literary inhabitants, among them Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot and Charles Dickens. Though the pretty Georgian squares and streets sit well within the boundaries of central London, Bloomsbury has all the perks of village life.
Several green spaces are nearby the hotel, including Russell Square and a number of smaller squares (Gordon Square, Tavistock Square Gardens and more). The hotel runs and manages an onsite restaurant (Blooms Pizza Cafe) and pub (London Pub in Bloomsbury). The Brunswick Centre (Boots, Sainsbury’s, Superdrug, Brunswick Medical Centre and more) is nearby the Russell Square tube station (5-minute walk). A Pret A Manger is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel, and Starbucks outside the Warren Street tube station is just 12 minutes away.
The Royal National is a short walk of less than 5 minutes from Russell Square tube station on the Picadilly Line. Just 10 minutes away are Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan Lines), Euston (Overland and trains) and Goodge Street (Northern Line).
Students will be housed in twin-share bedrooms, which feature:
2 single beds w/pillow and duvet
en-suite bathroom w/shower, sink and toilet
bed linen and bath towels are provided
NO in-room safe
key card offers secure entrance to lifts and room
24-hour reception desk
free WiFi is provided throughout the residence
hairdryers in most rooms(can be requested from Housekeeping)
iron and ironing board (can be requested from Housekeeping)
shampoo and shower gel may be requested from Housekeeping
Blooms Pizza Cafe (onsite)
London Pub in Bloomsbury (onsite)
No laundry service is available in the hotel. However, Smart Line Dry Cleaners and Marchmont Dry Cleaners and just a 4-minute walk.
Students will need to budget an additional £100 for local transportation costs.
An Oystercard pre-loaded with £50 will be provided to each participant, but top-ups will be required (roughly £50 per week) over the course of the program. You may add more value/credit to your Visitor Oyster card by simply ‘topping up’ at:
touchscreen ticket machines in the stations
Oyster Ticket Stops across London
Transport for London Visitor Centre
London Overground station ticket office
You may also download the TfL Oyster app to check your balance and add credit to your Oyster card.
Group A Courses You may have up to ONE Group A course.
Exploring Darwin’s Legacy in England
Course Description: Evolution by natural selection is an idea which unites all aspects of biology, and the history of Charles Darwin's development of these ideas is fascinating. Learn about the principles of evolution in London, the same location where Darwin formulated his ideas. We will connect to Darwin's history by taking advantage of the many programs in England dedicated to his legacy, such as the Darwin Centre at the Museum of Natural History, the Tring Museum, and the Lyme Regis Museum. Visiting Darwin’s country home, Down House, will enrich your understanding of Darwin’s character, working methods, and contributions to science.
Prerequisite: An introductory biology course, or consent of instructor
WKU Course: BIOL 485
Dr. Timothy Spier | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
Broadcasting & Media Studies / Sports Communication
British Sports, Society, and Media
Course Description: Based in London, this class will enrich your understanding of the importance of sports in British society, of the relationship between sports and British media, and of how sports impact society in terms of race, culture, gender and economics. We’ll visit world-famous sports facilities like Wembley and Arsenal Stadiums and Olympic Park, but also sites like Rugby School and the Hampstead Heath Croquet Club that focus on British sports not as popular in the US. And we’ll gain a close-up look at how British media handle sports with visits to newspapers and TV networks. Hop on board for a memorable experience!
WKU Course: BCOM 481
Prof. Tommy Booras | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
Political Science / History
Exploring London’s Global Role in Politics, Economics, and Culture
Course Description: London is a Global City! It is a planetary hub, sending, receiving, and reshaping global flows in politics, economics, and social relations. We will visit the historic, political sites of London’s Imperial War Museum, Churchill War Rooms, and the UK Parliament. We will explore the City of London’s business center. We will attend a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and spend a day at Oxford, touring many of the magnificent Oxford University’s sites, such as the world-famous Bodleian Libraries. All sites will be our canvas, to cover concepts in history and international relations, using imagery as the basis for classroom discussions.
WKU Course: PS 460
Prof. Guilherme Silva | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
Psychology / History / English / Literature
The Psychology of Dracula: Science, Literature, and the Supernatural
Course Description: Bram Stoker wrote Dracula in the late 19th century, a time of revolutionary intellectual change, when Darwin’s theory of evolution challenged conventional biology, scientists were studying supernatural phenomena, and the scientific discipline of Psychology was founded. This class will explore these developments by visiting sites such as the Victoria and Albert and British Museums, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Highgate Cemetery, and London Zoo. We will focus on Stoker and the imaginative ways he treated new ideas about mental illness, hypnotism and sexuality and sample contemporary treatment of such issues on the Jack the Ripper walking tour and the play The Woman in Black.
Prerequisite: An introductory Psychology course would be useful, but not essential.
WKU Course: PSY 299 / PSY 499
Dr. Robert W. Mitchell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
Psychology / History
British Utopias and Dystopias in Fact and Fantasy
Course Description: Britain has a long association with Utopias (meaning good place, but also "no place") from Arthurian Romances and Thomas More's book that coined the term, to real life attempts to create utopias through socialism, genetics, or psychedelic drugs. Brits have also imagined dystopias, from "1984" and "Brave New World" to the writings of J.K. Rowling. This course will examine utopias and dystopias, literary and literal, including planned communities and consequences of the eugenics movement. We will visit a historical utopian community, consider dystopias at the Harry Potter Studio tour and a Holocaust exhibit, examine the psychedelic 60s in Liverpool, and consider the psychological functions of utopian endeavors.
Prerequisite: At least one undergraduate course in psychology, sociology, history, or British Literature.
WKU Course: PSY 499 / 499G
Dr. Thomas Johnson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
Group B Courses Students may take a single Group B course or combine with another Group B course.
Art & Design / Theatre / Interdisciplinary
Experience London's Theatre, Art, Music, and Design
Course Description: London is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, and home to centuries of theatre, visual art, music, and design. In this class you'll explore some of London's famous sites, but you'll spend even more time discovering unique destinations and experiences that are off the beaten path. You'll see street art and the great masterworks, hear classical and contemporary music, watch cutting edge theatre and productions of Shakespeare, eat traditional British food and try new flavors. You'll even meet and work with some of the artists themselves. You'll experience first-hand how it feels, looks, and sounds as all the arts come together on the vibrant streets of London!
WKU Course: THEA 499
Dr. Carol Stewart | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
Photography / Art and Design
Travel Storytelling through Photography in England
Course Description: Designed for those interested in exploring new places, this fun, hands-on class promotes storytelling through photography. Experience the vibrant culture and rich history of London while learning how composition, light, color, exposure, and focus help communicate your personal experience to others. In addition to photographing the Eye, Tower Bridge, and Big Ben, you’ll visit areas off the beaten path and even travel to the birthplace of photography in rural Wiltshire. No matter your major or your photography skill level, this course will sharpen your visual communication skills. We'll visit photo galleries and museums and peek into the medium's fascinating history.
WKU Course: ART 496 / ART 496G / ART 130
Prof. Laura Hartford | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G / H
Group C Courses Students may take a single Group C course or combine with another Group C course.
Interpersonal Communication in London
Course Description: Enhance your interpersonal 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 a variety of interpersonal communication concepts, including relationship development and dissolution; conflict; listening; and verbal and nonverbal expression. Immerse yourself in London's rich cultural traditions by exploring sites such as Hever Palace, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Through the performing arts, we will examine various relational communication concepts. This undergraduate course will benefit any student seeking to enhance their interpersonal communication competence.
The London Intercultural Experience: Communication, Competence and Contexts.
Course Description: Enhance your intercultural communication skills by exploring one of the most culturally rich and cosmopolitan cities in the world- London, England. The city will be your classroom – with visits to historic sites like the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and the British Museum, coupled with sampling of culture both high (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) and popular (Speaker’s Corner at Hyde Park). Using these experiences, we will study the communication process with an emphasis on intercultural perceptions, values, and nonverbal expression. These explorations will help you to develop the intercultural skills and communication competencies desired by employers in virtually every major and profession in our modern, global society.