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  • Locations: Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/11/2019 10/18/2019 01/20/2020 05/01/2020
Fall 2020 05/12/2020 05/18/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Homestay
Maximum Credits Available: 15 Prior Language Study: N/A
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility Requirements: Completed a basic writing course, Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher Duration: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
Excluded from Open Doors: Include Program Sponsor: University-Sponsored
Program Description:

Canterbury ArchwayFall Dates: mid-September to mid-December
Spring Dates: mid-January to beginning of May

Program Overview

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.

Course Information

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 MealsEngland- Students at CCCU

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.


KnightAs 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

Additional Information

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.

CCCU BuildingFees 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:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch and dinner (all meals for summer and dorm students)
  • Books
  • 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