European Experience: Ireland, Scotland, England, and Spain

Earn a semester's worth of credit in a summer full of culture, adventure, language, and history! Travel in Europe and live in four beautiful countries this summer, while we do all the travel planning.

Travel in Europe to 4 countries and earn 15 credits in one fabulous summer. Just think about it: learn from incredible professors in stunning locations throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Spain—and receive a full semester of credit on this multi-country summer abroad experience!

We are experts at European travel.  At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad.  We know and love all that Europe has to offer and will be with you throughout your trip.

We care about the environment. Your inter-continental flights will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world so you can enjoy this European Experience with peace of mind.

Travel in Europe and spend 10 weeks studying and traveling in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain during this multi-country study abroad program! European Experience: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain is the ideal way to not only boost your academic studies a full semester ahead, but also see four beautiful, historic European countries. You’ll fall in love with them!

Plenty to offer  This program will satisfy culture, history, architecture, and language buffs as much as the first-time traveler. You will study at a London university, explore Ireland and Scotland, and immerse yourself in Spanish language all in one summer. It’s the best of study abroad combined into one program! You can look forward to:

Faculty-led – This summer study abroad program is led by a faculty member from Jacksonville University. 

Travel throughout Ireland and Scotland – First, you will spend one week traveling throughout Ireland. Then, after one week in the heart of Scotland, you'll spend the next three weeks taking classes in London.  

Swing through Scotland for castles and landscapes – Scotland, England's neighbor to the north, is known for its beautiful lochs, exquisite landscapes, rugged highlands, unique culture, and impressive castles. 

Explore all the amazing sites in London – From Big Ben to the London Eye, you will find hundreds of things to do in the vibrant capital of England as you study for 3 weeks. You'll get to really experience this diverse city with your professor and classmates!

Unwind in Sunny Spain - Spend five days relaxing on gorgeous beaches and discovering historical sites during an excursion to the Balearic Coast and old Roman capital of Spain!

Learn Spanish this summer (and maybe a bit of Catalan, too!) –  During the last 4 weeks of this program, Spanish classes in Barcelona let you really advance your language skills. ¡Qué guay!

English-language courses available in Barcelona – Take one class in Spanish and one in English or two in English. Business, history, art, sports, culture...There are tons of options in either language.

Spend your summer in Europe on our multi-country summer study abroad program! There are many reasons to study on our European Experience: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain program, but here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Live on a beautiful campus just outside of the city center of London
  • Choose from such diverse course offerings as international studies, business, literature, history, culture, and cinema
  • Study in the heart of London and check out Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and more!
  • Travel throughout Ireland with fellow classmates and your professors
  • Try the local languages of Gaelic and Catalan to really fit in
  • Immerse yourself in Spanish in Barcelona
  • Fall in love with vibrant Barcelona, with its tapas, Ramblas pedestrian zone, and Catalan nationalism
  • Learn Spanish through an intensive language course available at any level
  • Take courses in English in history, art, culture, sports, and more in Barcelona
  • Earn 15 credits in 10 weeks while seeing the best of Europe


Since the European Experience is a true travel-study course, a great deal of your academics will be mixed with trips around the various locations in which you will be studying. In Ireland you'll visit the major cities like Dublin, Galway and Belfast as well as the delightful countryside treasures that fill the country. You'll then take a quick trip through Scotland where you’ll visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and the highlands! Then head to London for the next portion of the program where you’ll visit castles, historic sites, towns such as Oxford, and more. Your classes there will include many excursions in and around the big city as part of your schooling. And of course, once you're in Spain there will be hundreds of things to see and do in and around the city of Barcelona. And when you want to just take it easy, hit the beach!

Possible Activities include:

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Aran Islands
  • Book of Kells
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Lochness Cruise
  • Glenco
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Beatles Tour
  • Plas Mawr
  • Harry Potter walking tour
  • Oxford and the Cotswolds
  • Tower of London
  • Valencia
  • Spanish Cooking Classes
  • Costa Brava

European Experience: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain is a great way to earn a semester’s worth of credit in just 9 weeks!

First, you will spend 1 week traveling throughout Ireland. Then, after one week in the heart of Scotland, you'll spend the next 3 weeks taking classes in London. This will be followed by a 5-day excursion to the Spanish coast and 4 weeks of study in Barcelona. 

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 3 classes approved for your summer program (for both the UK and Spain each). This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements. Courses are to be determined, please view our sample courses below. You will take classes according to the following schedule:

Week 1-2 (Ireland & Scotland): 1 class

Weeks 3-5 (England): 1-2 classes

Weeks 6-10 (Spain): 2 classes or 1 6-credit class

Total courses: 4-5 courses for 12-15 credits


The Celts: Leprechauns, Braveheart, and Harry Potter
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British Culture and Identity: King Arthur to Robin Hood to Harry Potter
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Shakespeare and Company
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Below are sample syllabus. Updated syllabus should be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, students may select from the courses listed below. 

Course descriptions and catalog:

Option A: 1 Spanish-language course (3 credits), plus 1 elective in English (3 credits)

Option B: 2 Electives in English (3 credits each, 6 credits total)

Option C: 1 intensive Spanish-language course (6 credits) 

Spanish courses:

Elementary Spanish A1
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Intensive Elementary Spanish A1-A2
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Upper Elementary Spanish A2
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Intermediate Spanish B1
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Intensive Intermediate Spanish B1-B2
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Upper Intermediate Spanish B2
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Advanced Spanish C1
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Advanced Spanish C2
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1. Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dali, Miro 

2. Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy

3. The World's Game: A study of the role of "Fútbol" (Syllabus coming soon)

4. Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Education

5. Management Across Cultures

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

The European Experience is a true study/travel program! The first 2 weeks are spent traveling throughout Ireland from coast to coast. You will arrive on the west coast and tour the great cities of Limerick and Galway, then travel to the capital city of Dublin, and then up to the treasure of Belfast. Ireland is well-regarded for its residents’ hospitality, friendliness, and humor. Be sure to pick up some Gaelic, visit the Irish coastline, hear traditional fiddle music at a pub, and see small-town Irish life. 

Next, you’ll visit the heart of Scotland for a tour of the highlands and a visit to a few of its major cities. You’ll immediately notice the change in the accent of the local Scottish people, and the differences in culture between that and its close neighbor, Ireland. Enjoy the rolling landscapes and melodious bagpipes throughout your stay in Scotland.

You will then spend the next 3 weeks studying in London city. Frequent excursions around England's capital city enhance classroom work and provide you with a truly British experience. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, take a ride on the London Eye for a spectacular view, see Big Ben and Abbey Road, and grab a friend to check out the hopping downtown music scene or one of the West End's many theaters. London’s diverse population is yet another reason why this one of the most exciting cities in the world. 

Last but not least, you will then travel on to Barcelona, Spain, the heart of Catalan culture, for the last 4 weeks of the program. In addition to working on your Spanish, you will have countless opportunities to lounge on the beach, take a cooking class, and explore the delights of Mediterranean culture!

This program truly makes a classroom out of the beauty of Ireland and Scotland. Enjoy lectures and class discussions on bus rides to your next city, or at a café in one of your destinations along the way. This is a truly unique way to learn about a culture – through seeing it with your own eyes!

During your time in London, You will receive support from on-site staff throughout your program to ensure that you are getting as much out of your experience as possible. It’s also an excellent base: the center of London, one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world, is just a few miles away.

Barcelona International College is located along the Mediterranean Sea coast where students have the chance to listen to and speak Catalan and Spanish. The College itself sits in the heart of the Eixample district of Barcelona, which is an area of the city that was constructed during the 19th and 20th centuries in the Modernist style.  The location offers students a chance to use Spanish in everyday life, whether they are bartering for goods in a local market, or viewing Gaudi’s architecture, or meeting new friends in Miro’s park.

For the first 2 weeks of Summer European Experience, you will be traveling throughout Ireland and Scotland so you will be staying in double rooms at hotels throughout the country. At most hotels, breakfast will be provided but all other meals will be your responsibility.

While you're studying in London you'll be living in a shared dorm style room. This way, you can have all of the luxuries of a traditional campus environment while enjoying a small, tight-knit community that makes it easy to get to know your British and international classmates. Many residence halls are near cafeterias, coffee and snack bars, and shops.

For the 5-day interim between your courses in London and in Barcelona, you will be put up in a hotel on the Balearic Coast with a welcome dinner included.  You will be able to explore the sites of the region, including beautiful beaches and history ruins of the old Roman capital in Spain. Then you will be transported to your apartment shared with other students back in Barcelona, where you'll be for the remainder of the program. The apartments are located off-campus in the city of Barcelona, just a 25-minute commute to classes.  They are fully furnished apartments with a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms.  Two students will share a room and there will be up to six students in each apartment.  The central location of the apartments within the city allow students to have the opportunity to experience life in Barcelona.  You will be near shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, museums, and will have the chance to learn more about the culture through the people you meet and the roommates you live with.  What more could you ask for?

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for European Experience can be found here.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program Fees for European Experience are due on March 15th.  If you have any questions about tuition deadlines, please contact an advisor at

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional).

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for European Experience is March 1st.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you do need a passport to travel to Ireland, Scotland, England, and Spain. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For European Experience, you WILL NOT need a student visa.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For European Experience, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

While on the Ireland and Scotland portion of the European Experience program, you will stay in double rooms in hotels or hostels throughout the country. In London, you will live in university-style residence halls. In Barcelona, you will stay in an apartment shared with other students.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

You will be taking from 4-5 classes during the European Experience program.  You will take 1 class while traveling throughout Ireland and Scotland. You will take 1-2 courseses while based in London. In Spain, you can take 2 courses (3 credits each) or 1 six-credit class. This 10-week program is worth 12-15 credits. To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Summer 2015
Arrival May 19
Departure August 1
Application Deadline March 1
Term: Summer 2015 Price: $11,990

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Tuition and fees 
  • Accommodation
  • Medical and accident insurance 
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program 
  • Academic advising 
  • Financial aid counseling 
  • Assistance with travel arrangements 
  • Predeparture orientation 
  • Airport pickup 
  • On-site orientation 
  • All trip-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US)
  • Jacksonville University official transcript 
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide


CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.