Make London your home. CCSAs four-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 at the University of London Kings College Waterloo Campus. Beyond the classroom and field trips the schedule will enable you to explore the world outside of London on weekends.
Students wishing to take two classes must select one Group A course and one Group B course as designated in the Course Descriptions section.
Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with optional group travel. If you opt for 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, those that choose group travel 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 ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on summer 2019 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2020.
Option 2 —Independent 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 https://ccsa.cc/departures for your scheduled date/time check-in.
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 10, 2020 —August 09, 2020
(30 days) Base Price
$4,599 - $4,799*
$1399 – $1799 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)Enrollment Status: OPEN
February 28, 2020 ($100 application discount if received by February 14)Scholarships: OPEN Due March 06. See our scholarships page
Group A Courses You may have up to ONE Group A course.
Broadcasting and Media Studies / Communication / Art and Design
Digital Storytelling in London
Course Description: Everyone has a story to tell and in this class students will develop their own stories as they relate to the culture of Great Britain by creating audio and video projects on location. We will examine digital media as a tool for seeing exploring and expressing cultural identity. We will be visiting ancient sites such as Windsor Castle Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London as well as taking day trips along the River Thames and to Oxford to meet with other students to discuss similarities and differences in American and British college culture. Youre invited to take advantage of this opportunity to develop your cultural competency and sensitivity in the process of documenting intercultural stories in London.
British Perspectives on Modern Personal Wealth Management
Course Description: Increase your financial literacy by exploring in this class the historical evolution of personal wealth management. Since London houses the UKs central bank the nations premier stock exchange money markets derivative exchanges financial regulators and all the major types of financial institutions theres no better place than London for a student to learn about the financial industry that serves the nation and the individual. Visits to various financial institutions such as HSBC international banking corporation the Bank of England the London Money Market Association the Insurance Institute of London and the London Business School will facilitate students understanding of how the US and UK personal wealth management systems align and differ.
Public Health / Public Affairs Policy Admin / Earth Science / Interdisciplinary
Sustainability in the UK: Cities and Universities
Course Description: The sustainability of our planet is being addressed by cities and universities across the world in a multitude of ways that Americans can benefit from learning about. In this class students will research and evaluate how British cities and universities are innovating with sustainability efforts in such areas as transportation food supply greenspace and work-life balance. Our interdisciplinary approach will be focused on London Edinburgh Glasgow the Isle of Wight and selected British universities. Students will be responsible for assessments comparing British plans for sustainability with American initiatives and a photo journal illustrating the insights they have gained through this exposure to British sustainability endeavors.
Prerequisite: Sophomore level for undergraduate level. Completion of a bachelors degree for graduate level.
Course Description: Death! Destruction! Dungeons! This course delves into the dark side of London and explores the manifestations of evil in society -- from the monstrous institutions of slavery empire and war to the social evils of oppression domination and discrimination. In this class you will explore locations emblematic of societys evils. Tour the infamous torture chamber at the Tower of London and then trace the steps of Jack the Ripper through Whitechapel. Stand on docks in Liverpool where slave trading ships set sail for Africa. Go underground to Churchills War Rooms where he directed the Second World War during the Blitz.
Group B Courses You may have up to ONE Group B course.
Art / Design / Advertising / Interdisciplinary
Exploring Londons Design and Visual Culture
Course Description: Londons rich cultural and historic heritage as well as its diverse traditions and values make it the perfect locale for exploring how design and art create visual culture. We will explore the history of print and photography advertising and graphic design painting and street art by visiting museums like the Victoria and Albert the Tate Modern and the British and Design Museums as well as world class design studios. In this introduction to some of the most significant themes and movements in visual culture students will gain new skills in deciphering visual cues and interpreting different types of design and art forms across cultures.
Course Description: Few books have ever captivated audiences year-after-year resonating with both young and old like the beloved and magical book and film series Harry Potter. The Magical World of Harry Potter course will take you on a real-life four-week adventure in London as we critically examine and discuss the imagery symbolism reception and epic achievements of what is arguably the most popular book series ever written. You will visit iconic film sites experience Hogwarts Great Hall and Library in Oxford explore Snapes Dungeon in Lacock. and view props costumes and more at the Harry Potter Studios. Witches wizards muggles and student, join me on the adventure of a lifetime in England as we immerse ourselves in the magical world of Harry Potter. Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress adventure — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Habeas What? British Common Law and Its Influence on the American Legal System
Course Description: This upper-division government and legal studies course explores the unique British common law tradition which directly influenced the unique American legal system. This course combines classroom instruction with a whirlwind tour of fascinating destinations in and around London. Students will gain a deep understanding of British law by among other activities visiting the beautiful countryside of Runnymede sitting in on cases at the Royal Courts of London and the Old Bailey courthouse watching the UK Supreme Court deliberate and witnessing the British House of Commons in all its contentious action.
Course Description: London is one of the most magnificent cities in the world and home to all kinds of art and all kinds of artists. In this class youll explore some of Londons famous sites but youll spend even more time discovering unique destinations and experiences that are off the beaten path. From seeing graffiti art and the great masterworks hearing everything from classical to contemporary music from seeing productions of cutting edge theatre all the way up to Shakespeare at the Globe you will eat traditional British food and try new flavors - you will even meet some of the artists themselves! The arts of London will come alive when you experience first-hand how they feel look and sound on the vibrant streets of London! And this course is available for Honors credit.