Fall Dates: mid-September to mid-December
Spring Dates: mid-January to beginning of May
This semester-long program allows students the opportunity to explore British culture, history, and literature at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) while earning Madison College credit. Students take some classes alongside British students while also enrolling in specialty designed courses for American students. Cultural excursions provide insight into England’s rich and varied history. There is also a summer option of this program, where students enroll in two classes.
Canterbury is located 60 miles southeast of London. One of England’s oldest and most historic places, it is a charming city surrounded by lovely English countryside. Students can relive the Norman Conquest, see where Thomas Becket was murdered, and walk along an ancient Roman wall. Canterbury is within close proximity to beautiful coastline and interesting coastal towns.
Students take a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 15 credits. All participants are required to take “Modern Britain” (3 credits) and “British History” (3 credits); these courses are specially structured for American students. Students will then choose humanities and/or social sciences courses that are taken with British students. A list of possible courses can be provided at the Illinois Consortium for International Studies web site - England program and also by contacting the Center for International Education.
All students accepted into a semester-long Study Abroad program are required to take the Madison College one credit online course titled "Perspectives on Study Abroad". This course is designed as an introduction to and support of residence and study in another country. Students will learn cultural theories, learning styles, cross-cultural communication skills, and strategies for development of cross-cultural competencies. Students will participate in activities designed to increase their cultural awareness, cross-cultural sensitivity, and own adaptability to another culture. The course will facilitate the intense learning process that occurs when individuals are placed in a new cultural context and will challenge students to explore their own cultural assumptions.
Accommodations and Meals
Participants will live with British families in a home-stay setting, which provides wonderful opportunities to gain firsthand experience with British culture. These families have been chosen by the International Office at CCCU, and students fill out a housing preference form to help match students and families.
Breakfast is served with the host families. However, students are responsible for their own lunch and dinner, which can be prepared at their home-stay residence or bought on campus or in town. Students will have a private bedroom, shared bath, and internet access.
A dormitory option is available for an additional cost and does not include breakfast.
Summer students will live in the Parham Road Student Village. Each flat will accommodate 3-4 students who will have their own bedroom, access to a kitchen, and free internet access. Board in NOT included.
As part of the program cost, students will participate in a number of excursions and cultural activities. Some excursions may be available at an additional cost. Possible excursions may include:
Dover and Windsor castles
Tower of London
Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
Jane Austen Museum
City of Bath
A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to the United Kingdom. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.
All students are required to attend three pre-departure orientations. These orientations provide information on health and safety, packing and trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information. One orientation will take place in Illinois about 6-8 weeks in advance of the program, on a Saturday. The other two sessions will occur at Madison College.
Students are accompanied by a visiting U.S. faculty member who provides oversight for the program and assistance to students as needed.
The program fee for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 is $8780 for the homestay option, $9120 for a non-ensuite dorm, or $9,470 for an ensuite dorm Canterbury Cost Sheet.
Fees typically include:
- Application fee
- Tuition and instructional costs
- Housing, with additional costs as listed above for non-homestay option
- Breakfast daily (not included on summer program or in the dorm options)
- Course-related field trips
- Health insurance
Additional costs include:
- Lunch and dinner (all meals for summer and dorm students)
- Refundable Library Deposit
- Spending money
- Passport (if you do not already have one)
- Madison College Perspectives on Study Abroad Course Tuition (approximately $120)
For More Information
If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.
This program is administered by the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and is open to member colleges in Wisconsin and Illinois. For more information visit the ICISP website.
Canterbury Christ Church University
City of Canterbury