Experience the holiday season in two unique cities. Divided not just by the Irish Sea, but by a long history of conquest and rebellion, as well as settlement and cultural intermarriage, each city tells its own distinct story. Both are long time seats of government, arts and business in their own countries with ties stretching out across the world.
Includes several class-specific activities plus day trips (one in England and one in Ireland) to such locations as Bath, Canterbury & Dover, Stonehenge & Salisbury, and Stratford & Warwick in England,; and Glendalough & Powerscourt House in Ireland. Program participants reside in local hotels.
En suite accommodations in twin rooms at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in downtown London and The Ashling Hotel in downtown Dublin
Steven has been directing programs with CCSA since 2012. London is his favorite place to be and his favorite thing to do is share in the experience of this magical city with others. As a student Steven studied abroad in Spain and South Korea. He received his bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his masters of science in international education administration/college student personnel from Murray State University. His professional background is in university housing and education abroad. Steven has led student groups to Canada, England, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, and South Korea.
Chicago is currently home and is where Steven can be found running along the Lake Michigan path, trying out new recipes and cooking techniques, or researching the next places on the globe he wants to visit.
Option 1 — Group Travel
Estimated Cost: $900 – $1100
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 winter 2017 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2018.
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 December 26, 2018 —January 08, 2019
(13 days) Base Price
$900 – $1100 (estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)Enrollment Status: OPEN
September 28, 2018 ($100 application fee discount for applications received and paid by September 14)Scholarships: OPEN Due October 05. See our scholarships page
Anthropology / Celtic Studies
Ancient Britain and Ireland: From Stone Sanctuaries and Bronze to Bog Bodies and Gold
Course Description: Explore the roots of modern British and Irish society in ancient cultures like the Celts, whose folk traditions survived in spite of subsequent invasions of other peoples. By visiting museums and ancient sites, such as Stonehenge, Avebury, the West Kennet Long Barrow, and London’s British Museum, and Bru Na Boinne and Dublin’s National Museum in Ireland, students will gain firsthand experience of the ancient places and things that many know only from books and whose traditions were the foundations of life and culture in the British Isles.
Philosophy / Public Health / Health Care Administration
Ethical Thinking about Global Health, Public Health, and Medicine in the UK & US
Course Description: Debates about patients’ rights, medical research standards, national responses to international pandemics, and doctor-patient relationships will be examined in this biomedical ethics course, designed for pre-health professional, health care administration, global health services, and similar students. Experience London and Dublin’s history and multiculturalism at Trinity College, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol, Chinatown, and pubs, then visit the Science Museum, Old Operating Theatre with cholera walking tour, Florence Nightingale Museum, Highgate Cemetery, Dover War Tunnels, and modern health care facilities, in preparation for exciting ethical explorations of cloning, euthanasia, truth-telling, stem cell research, and more. Perfect interdisciplinary Honors course, too.
Psychology / History / English Language and Literature
The Psychology of Dracula: Science, Literature, and the Supernatural
Course Description: Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula relied on new ideas in scientific Psychology. In this class, we will explore developing ideas about hypnosis, sexuality, paranoia, hysteria, masochism, spirituality, and evolutionary continuity, while examining how they were employed in Dracula. Field trips in London will include visits to Highgate Cemetery, London Zoo, Jack Straw’s Castle, the British Museum, The Bethel Museum of the Mind, and the Lyceum Theater; and in Dublin we will visit Dublin Castle, St. Micham’s Church crypts, and Trinity College. Additional class activities may include visiting Whitby on the coast of England and seeing the play The Woman in Black.
Prerequisite: Students in the upper level course
should have completed their college’s basic writing
requirement, and would benefit from having taken
an introductory Psychology course.