CCSA - London & Dublin: Two Capitals - Winter 2018-19 - Study Abroad

London & Dublin: Two Capitals

December 26, 2018 —January 08, 2019

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.

London & Dublin: Two Capitals Program Package

Base Price $3,499 Includes:

  • En suite accommodations in twin rooms at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in downtown London and The Ashling Hotel in downtown Dublin
  • 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: $900 – $1100 *
(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

Steven Guns

Steven Guns

Program Director

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.

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: $ 3,499

Courses Offered

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.
Dr Michael J Simonton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Philosophy / Public Health / Healthcare 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.
Dr. Catherine Sherron | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H

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.
Dr. Robert W. Mitchell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U