London Experience 20-21 – Term One

December 14, 2020 —March 21, 2021

Anyone “who is tired of London…is tired of life,” to update Samuel Johnson’s famous statement about one of the world’s most exciting cities. A center of theater and business, of history and the avant garde, London offers the perfect setting to experience everything from art and literature to science and commerce. If, in the words of another famous Londoner, “All the world’s a stage,” then London is certainly the perfect theater to study the world. From your home base in central London, explore all the city has to offer!

No Risk

*Cancel for any reason prior to December 1, 2020, and receive a Full Refund.

** The London Experience is part of a new multimodal global learning program. The hybrid program incorporates virtual learning content and online discussions with an intense on-site experience. A combination of faculty-guided and student-developed activities will explore the similarities and differences of a particular discipline in each student’s home community with that of people in and around London. **

For more information about the London experience visit the link HERE

For information on CCSA's 2020-21 Commitment Guidelines visit the link HERE

Program Package

  • Accommodations: Included.
  • 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

Students will stay at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in one of London’s finest locations, Curzon Street.

This 4 star deluxe accredited Mayfair hotel is superbly placed in the Capital’s premier commercial and cultural centre. Park Lane, Piccadilly, The Royal Academy of Arts, Buckingham Palace, Bond Street, Green Park and Hyde Park are a few minutes walk. Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Knightsbridge are within a 10-15 minute walk. From Green Park Underground nearby, there is easy access to the City, Canary Wharf, the O2, Wembley Stadium, all London mainline stations and a direct link straight to Heathrow.

Click here to view the Washington Mayfair COVID response statement

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Stephen Farley - Applications

Robert Bedard - Payments

Robin Byerly - Travel

Jerry Barnaby

Program Director

Jerry Barnaby Jerry is the Executive Director for CCSA.

Option 1 — Group Travel

Estimated Cost: $999 – $1199

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 air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • 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-spring 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 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 14, 2020 —March 21, 2021

On-Site Dates
March 5, 2021 – March 14, 2021

Base Price

Estimated Airfare
$999 - $1,199
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Enrollment Status: OPEN

Application Deadline
October 09, 2020

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Courses Offered

Broadcasting & Media Studies / Pop Culture / Communication

Digital Storytelling: Exploring 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 England by creating photographic, audio and video projects. We will examine digital media as a tool for seeing and expressing cultural identity while visiting sites such as Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. You’re invited to take advantage of this opportunity to develop your cultural competency and sensitivity in the process of documenting intercultural stories in London.

Follow this link to watch a video where Dr. Ann Andaloro answers questions about her London Experience 20-21 course. HERE
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: COMM 400
Dr. Ann Andaloro | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U/H

Chemistry / History / Philosophy

They Did What? Science & Ethics in the UK
Course Description: Science and medicine are driving forces advancing society in hopeful ways. But they also raise fears that good discoveries can sometimes be abused. In this class we will explore the darker side of science and consider the ethical dilemmas that confront scientists, physicians, and society as science and medicine have evolved. Sites where we will explore these issues include Fleming's Lab at St. Mary's Hospital London (drug discovery and testing), and the Freud Museum in London (interpretive vs. empirical science).

Follow this link to watch a video where Dr. Shelton answers questions about his London Experience 20-21 course. HERE
Prerequisite: one year of science courses
WKU Course: CHEM 475
Dr. Robert Shelton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

English / Film & Media Studies / Pop Culture

Harry Potter on the Page & on the Screen
Course Description: You've read the books and seen the movies. Now explore the Harry Potter phenomenon in contemporary British culture on site in London. In our course, we will analyze and write about the film adaptations of Harry Potter and how they illustrate the issues involved when literature is converted into movies. We’ll also explore sites in Oxford and London that inspired the books and provided unforgettable locations for the movies, such as the London Zoo and Hampton Court Palace, in addition to touring the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Brothers London studios. Muggles and wizards welcome!
Prerequisite: students will also be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch the Harry Potter movies before the class begins
WKU Course: ENGLISH 290 / 399
Dr. John Alberti | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

History / Music

Love, Gender & Music in Victorian London
Course Description: Re-live the drama, romance, and theatrics of Victorian London in this musical history course, which explores the rich musical and theatrical culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You'll visit museums and historical sites focusing on course themes, such as the Theatre and Performance Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Westminster Abbey and the Royal College of Music, as well as attend a variety of live performances in such musical genres as art song, opera, choral, orchestral and chamber music. This course is simple enough for people new to music and history, and deep enough to engage more experienced learners!

Follow this link to watch a video where Dr. Rachel Constance answers questions about her London Experience 20-21 course. HERE
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: HIST 490
Dr. Rachel Constance and Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Management / Business / Organizational Behavior

Multicultural Management in London
Course Description: London is considered to be one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and offers a unique balance of old and new ways to conduct business. We will explore concepts of management and organizational behavior by visiting historic landmarks such as the Churchill War Rooms and the Tower of London. We will visit established businesses that continue to thrive such as Fuller's Brewery and Lloyds. We will also uncover new start-up businesses in this dynamic, ever-changing city. All locations are designed to provide students with a well-rounded perspective of the global community and a greater understanding of cultural differences.

Follow this link to watch a video where Dr. Karen Stock answers questions about her London Experience 20-21 course. HERE
Prerequisite: an introductory or survey course in business
WKU Course: MGT 316 International Management
Dr. Karen Stock | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Marketing / Management

Consumer Behavior across Cultures
Course Description: Discover the differences between consumer behavior and practices in America and London! We’ll visit world-renowned museums and historic sites throughput London. We’ll visit Harrods and attend a London theater production. We will enjoy a choral evensong service at St. Paul’s in London [religion]. Along the way, students will calculate dollars to pounds [value] as we explore the city [perception] and experience first-hand consumer behavior “across the pond!”
Prerequisite: an introductory marketing class (or equivalent)
WKU Course: MKT 491
Prof. Stephen Farley | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Pop Culture / Communication

Pop Culture in London
Course Description: London offers unique opportunities to experience popular cultures different from ours. In this course we will observe in many settings and events the social, cultural and historical contexts for the popular culture of Londonerss. Among likely observation sites are London’s Westminster Abbey, Wimbledon and Wembley stadiums, and Buckingham Palace. Through video projects, cultural inventories, and interviews, you will interact with the people of London and increase your cultural awareness and ability to function in the diverse workplaces of the future.
Prerequisite: an introductory communication course
WKU Course: COMM 415
Dr. Leighann Rechtin | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


The Psychology of Dracula: Science, Literature and the Supernatural
Course Description: At last, a course you can sink your teeth into--the Psychology of Dracula! 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 that will enhance understanding of the course themes are planned to include such sites as London’s Highgate Cemetery, Jack Straw's Castle, and the British Museum, as well as the play, The Woman in Black.

Follow this link to watch a video where Dr. Mitchell answers questions about his London Experience 20-21 course. HERE
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: PSY 499
Dr. Robert Mitchell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


Beyond the Footlights: Theatrical Tradition in Britain
Course Description: This course examines the rich heritage of theatrical production in Britain from the medieval to the current West End stage. Included will be backstage tours of British theatre and concert halls, as well as discussions with London theatre critic Matt Wolf. Emphasis will be placed on the difference between British and American theatre practice and production. This exploration will culminate in the viewing of selected theatre productions. In addition students will have the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of London, which will provide inspiration for future artistic endeavors.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: THEA 499
Prof. Scott Boyd | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U