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  • Locations: Bath, United Kingdom; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: CCSA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 01/22/2021 01/22/2021 05/10/2021 05/23/2021
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Program (2-4 weeks) Click here for a definition of this term Air Travel Options: Group Travel Available, Independent Travel Available
Credit: 3 Credit Hours Language Requirement: No
Housing: Hotel
Program Description:
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Great Britain - The Birthplace of Modern Geology
NKU London


Julie Reizner
Department: Geology
Office: SC 251  |  859-572-6909

John Gibson
Department: Communication
Office: GH 571  |  859-572-5692



NKU Scotland

Through the study of rocks and fossils, we now understand some of the fascinating history of our planet and the life upon it – but until surprisingly recently, this was not the case. The first geologists & paleontologists learned how to decipher our story in England & Scotland. Explore one of the greatest natural history museums in the world in London, then visit the home of Charles Darwin and dig for fossils along the Jurassic coast. Next, we will venture northwards and enjoy more castles, culture, and cuisine, and explore the mountainous and mysterious Scottish Highlands.

Storytelling through Media - EMB students will be producing mini-documentaries abroad related to geological or historical topics while participating in the same activities as the geology students.



Attendance in class meetings is required.  At each meeting we will go over what to expect and what is required for travel.  You will also be given assignments and their due dates.

Geology Class- GLY 294
Students will take a course that begins in January (Spring 2021 semester) where they learn about the basic discoveries of geology and the other natural sciences, and where these discoveries were made in England and Scotland and how they would invent this new field of science that would open doors into understanding our universe, the evolution of life on Earth, and deep time. This will largely be lecture-based, but activities will take place regarding rocks and how they form, drawing on and understanding geologic maps of the UK, and role-playing these Victorian scientists and communicating with one another as these people. Then whilst in the UK, we will visit these important sites, making real-life connections with what we learned in class and try to view the world through the lens of early scientists. after the trip, there will be no more coursework.
Outside of class, students will read works written by these scientists, including sections of Lyell’s Principles of Geology and Darwin’s Origin of Species, and write papers related to these topics and how these scientists discovered what they did, and how these works refined what we understand about our earth. Role-playing activities will consist of Twitter feeds where students communicate with one another as their chosen scientist and talk about their discoveries from that point of view.
EMB 495
Students will take a course that begins in January (Spring 2020 semester) where they will identify a domestic local or regional area of geological, paleontological or archaeological significance and produce a short documentary project about this. In addition to this documentary work, they will also be working on research for the areas we will be visiting, and begin pre-production/production for a documentary to be filmed abroad on a topic of geological, historical or paleontological significance.
Students will be responsible for creating a solo reflective video (visual essay) of their time abroad, and will be required to submit upon completion.
In addition to the production, which will be engaging, we will be doing site visits for Caesar Creek Fossil Grounds in Cincinnati (or somewhere similar), Parker Academy (Archaeology Site) in Southern Ohio, and a City-As-Text exercise in Bellevue, KY where we walk and discuss what we notice the physical layout of a town (and its architecture) can tell us about a community. This last part is important for us as storytellers, as well as being students abroad and becoming more aware of our surroundings and features like parks, building styles, commercial entities vs. residential
areas, etc.



The short-term accommodations normally include twin ensuite rooms.  Triple and quad are subject to availability.  Air-conditioning in accommodations are normally not available in the UK and Scotland.  Breakfast inclusion stated in itinerary. 


  • Current student eligible to enroll in NKU courses,
  • Non-NKU participants can apply; however, space is first available to students and any spaces available after the deadline are then open for community members,
  • Good academic standing as defined by NKU,
  • A minimum of 18 years of age at time of departure,
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by the NKU (or home campus) Office of Student Conduct (or equivalent). Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the CCSA when they become aware of this ineligibility. For eligibility questions pertaining to disciplinary sanctions, students should contact the home campus Office of Student Conduct.
  • Students must complete home campus education abroad application prior to being registered in this course,
  • Student must possess passport book valid for a least six (6) months after return date,
  • Students must complete pre-departure orientations,
  • Full payment prior to departure, and
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.

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