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.
Ground transportation between program sites
Accommodations in single rooms with ensuite bathroom and shower
All required program excursions
Course-related activities and entrances
8-day BritRail Flexipass
Limited meal card for use on at Waterloo Campus dining venues
Health and emergency evacuation insurance
Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
While in London students on CCSA London Summer programs reside at King's College Moonraker Point aparments. These recently renovated apartments include 5-8 individual rooms, kitchen and common area. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and shower.
Moonraker point is situated in Zone 1 and a 15 minute walk to Guy's Campus and a five minute walk to Southwark underground station on the Jubilee Line. The building is controlled with 24 hour security and has a common room, TV lounge, on-site laundry facilities, bike storage, and weekly room cleaning.
Join your fellow CCSA participants on a variety of optional excursions offered during the London Summer Program! The excursions are at additional cost and have been planned by CCSA. These dates and times are scheduled between class sessions, so you won't be missing out on any course activities. Optional trips offer a great opportunity to travel outside London and see more of Europe!
Space on each of the optional excursions is limited, so we urge you to apply well in advance of the March 31, 2017 deadline.
Optional trip registration is completed through your CCSA London Summer application. Look for the question titled "Optional Trips: London Summer 2017".
Travel together with other participants as well as faculty and staff from the CCSA programs with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a ticket 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. Includes
roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
Group A Courses You may have up to ONE Group A course.
Art & Design / Art History / Interdisciplinary
The London Arts Experience: Theatre, Art, Music, and Design
Course Description: 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!!
Communication / Film and Media Studies / Pop Culture
Understanding England Through Popular Film
Course Description: 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 Courses You may have up to ONE Group B course.
Art & Design / Photography
Experimental Photography: Exploring England Through the Camera's Lens
Course Description: 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!
Course Description: 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
Course Description: 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.
Course Description: 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.
Course Description: 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.