CCSA - London Arts & Literature - Winter 2018-19 - Study Abroad

London Arts & Literature

December 26, 2018 —January 08, 2019

Museums. Galleries. Concert Halls. Film Studios. Cultural Centers. Explore the variety and abundance of arts and activities. Imagine what twelve days can offer! On the CCSA London Arts & Literature Program, you will have the opportunity to experience all London has to offer. From your home base in a four-star central London hotel, explore London’s vibrant arts scene and make an excursion beyond the capital city to one of the other jewels in England’s cultural crown.

Included are several class-specific activities plus a day trip to such locations as Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury, Canterbury & Dover or Stratford & Warwick.

London Arts & Literature Program Package

Base Price $3,299 Includes:

  • En suite accommodations in twin rooms at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in downtown London (Mayfair District)
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals

Optional Group Travel:

Estimated Cost: $1000 – $1200 *
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

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 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 air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
* All prices are estimates based on winter 2017 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2018.


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.

About The United Kingdom

Country description from wikipedia:

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, the UK includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to its east, the English Channel to its south and the Celtic Sea to its south-south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the UK is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 21st-most populous country, with an estimated 65.5 million inhabitants in 2016.

The UK is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy. The monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state. The UK's capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major urban areas in the UK include the conurbations centred on Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Liverpool. The UK consists of four countries—England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All but England have devolved administrations, each with varying powers, based in their capitals Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively. The nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation.

The creation of the UK resulted from the medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed almost a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language, culture and legal systems of many of its former colonies.

The UK is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a "very high" Human Development Index, ranking 16th in the world. It was the first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence internationally. It is a recognised nuclear weapons state and is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946. It has been a leading member state of the European Union (EU) and its predecessor, the European Economic Community (EEC), since 1973; however, a referendum in 2016 resulted in 51.9% of UK voters favouring leaving the EU, and the country's exit is being negotiated. The UK is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Interpol and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

CCSA Staff

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

David Nelson - Advising, applications and general questions

Robert Bedard - Payments and financing

Robin Byerly - Travel and accommodations

Michael Hatton

Michael Hatton

Program Director

Mr. Hatton is the Assistant Chair along with serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Kentucky University, teaching courses in theatre history, race and gender through dramatic literature and dramatic theory and criticism. Mr. Hatton is the resident production stage manager for the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association and their signature musical, A Pioneer Tale. Mr. Hatton has also worked with several local companies including the Acclaim Awards as a panelist, the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Overture Awards, Showstoppers/Belterra Casino, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, Professional Concepts and is the resident Production Manager for The Performance Gallery. Mr. Hatton is on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Cappies and is the NKU coordinator for the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Uptown Arts internship program.

Quick Info

  • Program Dates: December 26, 2018 —January 08, 2019
  • Early Application Deadline: September 14, 2018
  • Final Application Deadline: September 28, 2018
  • Location(s): United Kingdom
  • Scholarships: Yes (link)
  • Base Price: $ 3,299

Courses Offered

Comparative Literature / English Language and Literature

London Gothic: From White Witches to Madwomen in the Attic
Course Description: From witches and ghosts to the mentally ill, this course will explore Gothic novels and short stories on location in London! We’ll begin by reading works from the British Gothic tradition to help us define the genre, and investigate what makes a novel “Gothic.” Then we’ll read the contemporary British novels Her Fearful Symmetry and White is for Witching, while using London as our classroom. We’ll visit Victorian spiritualist homes, explore Highgate Cemetery, and tour Gothic museums and places that inspired the works we’re reading. Our ultimate aim will be to consider whether contemporary novels fit within Britain’s Gothic tradition.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed their college’s basic writing / composition or introduction to literature requirement.
Professor Sarah Blackwell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H

Education / English Language and Literature

Willy Wonka, Harry Potter and Mary Poppins: Exploring Adolescent Literature
Course Description: Great Britain is the home of many authors of literature for young people. Board a train like WWII child evacuees, walk the London streets like Mary Poppins, and try to find Platform 9 and 3 / 4 like Harry Potter. Read British children’s literature, walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters, and visit the settings of your favorite books. You will see original transcripts and drawings from classic books at the British Library, experience the making of the Harry Potter movies at The Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio tour AND encounter literary history at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.
Dr. Eileen Shanahan | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/GR

English Language and Literature / Film and Media Studies / Pop Culture

Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen
Course Description: You’ve read the books and seen the movies. Now explore the process of turning novels into films and the place of the Harry Potter phenomenon in contemporary British culture. In our course, we will discuss the film adaptations of Harry Potter while experiencing the places that inspired the books and provided unforgettable locations for the movies. We will visit Harry Potter sites in London and Oxford, visit the London Zoo, and tour the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Brothers London Studios. Muggles and wizards welcome! Available for credit as a lower division or upper division course.
Prerequisite: For Upper Division credit, students must have completed the minimum composition requirements at his / her home institution. Students will also be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch the Harry Potter movies before the class begins. There are no prerequisites for Lower Division credit.
Dr. John Alberti | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English Language and Literature

Global London: Literature in the World’s Cultural Capital
Course Description: With an influx of immigrants from former British colonies, London has become one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In this course, we will explore London through literature of England and its former colonies. As we read these works, we will experience multicultural London firsthand, connecting the literature we are reading to the geographic locations and the cultural communities within London it represents. Along the way, we’ll take a backstage tour of the Globe Theatre, climb to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and take a portkey to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Prerequisite: First-year composition requirements. If students wish to register for the upper-level option, they must have completed at least one lower-level literature course.
Dr. Jane Wessel | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Film and Media Studies / Communication / Creative Writing / Pop Culture

Beyond the Selfie: Exploring London via Multimedia Storytelling
Course Description: Traverse the world in one setting by exploring art and culture in London. From the historic paintings and photographs of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio tour, we will consider how media producers throughout history have documented their cultural interactions. By examining and using photography, journals, video, essays and documentaries, we will learn to record our own travel experiences for both private growth and public consumption. This travel writing class challenges students to critically investigate culture and find the best tools to communicate their inward and outward experiences beyond selfies.
Prerequisite: An introductory writing course such as media writing, technical writing or creative writing.
Dr. Marcie Hinton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U