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 14 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:

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!

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 11-14 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 10 weeks!

First, you will spend 2 weeks traveling throughout Ireland. Then, after one week in the heart of Scotland, you'll spend the next 3 weeks taking classes in London, and the last 5 weeks in Spain. 

GPA Required: 2.8. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 6 classes approved for your summer program (for both the UK and Spain - 3 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 class

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

Total courses: 3-4 courses for 11-14 credits


Visualizing Celtic Culture: Ireland and Scotland through the Media (3 US credits)

This course aims to expose undergraduate students to the diverse and rich cultures of Ireland and Scotland.  The course focuses primarily on contemporary Ireland and Scotland as expressed through the arts and media with a particular focus on how “Celticness” and Celtic history are embedded and featured in their respective contemporary societies.  While our main focus is on contemporary society in Ireland and Scotland, we will also be visiting sites of historical and archaeological significance as well.  We will be examining cultural sites, visual arts, and media and we will be meeting with producers of these cultural products as well, in order to gain a greater understanding of the range and variety of media representations of “Irishness,” “Scottishness,” and “Celticness.”


You will study one course of 20 UK credits (the equivalent of 4-5 US credits*)

Classes run 9am - 1pm, four days per week. (Monday - Thursday)

*Please check with your home university's Academic Advisor to confirm credit conversions at your home institution.

Choose one of the following courses:

Media City and Cultural Capital 
Department of Media, Culture and Language

Students learn an overview of media and creative industries in London and will introduce students to topics ranging from the BBC and London's newspaper industry, to London's art and culture scene and the Olympic park. Incorporating a mixture of both class based sessions and visits, this module explores some of London's cultural arena and encourages students to draw on their own experience in order to make connections between what they see, know and read. This module also offers students the opportunity to gain some practical skills in the areas of Journalism & News Media and Media & Culture. Students will gain a familiarity with the capital city and encounter theories, concepts and practical skills that will prepare them for further study in Media and Arts based subjects.

Two Children and the Story of the English Education System 
School of Education

Amira and Sebastian were born on the same day. Both sets of parents have high aspirations for their children. Matching their aspirations to outcomes for the children requires parents to make choice after choice concerning the education that they believe is best for their children. But what are these choices? Are choices the same for everyone? How is demand linked to provision? How do parents know what a good choice is? And who is in charge? As they follow these two children, students will gain an understanding of the range of provision available at every stage of the educational journey. Asked to imagine themselves into the role of parents, students will have to opportunity to meet and question outstanding practitioners, experts, visit exemplar provision, and have everything set within a historical and contemporary context by experienced University staff.

Gods and Heroes of Classical Mythology
Department of Humanities

The topics to be studied on this course include the enduringly intriguing Athena/Minerva, Aphrodite/Venus and Herakles/Hercules. We will explore the role of these and other personages in some of the most important works of literature and art from Greece and Rome, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses. We will also consider their rich ‘afterlife’ in the postclassical world down to the present day. Students will not just study at Roehampton, but will actually study features of its historic campus. In particular, we will explore the representation of a key story from the myth of Hercules in the Adam Room of Grove House. This ‘hands on’ approach to the study of mythology will be continued in offsite sessions at world-class galleries and museums in easy reach of the campus, such as the British Museum and the National Gallery.

Introduction to the London Stage
Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance

Students will be introduced to a range of dramatic forms, conventions and aesthetics, which are employed on current London stages. Students will be encouraged to identify trends in productions and analyse the social and cultural contexts through which they are formed and constructed. Students will explore the relationship between contemporary theatre practices and specific periods of theatre history, i.e. the influence of earlier dramatic forms, conventions, contemporary stagings of classics, and contemporary responses and reworkings of the canonical texts/productions.

The Psychology of Murder
Department of Psychology 

This module has been designed with ‘murder in mind’! Murder and why individuals commit such heinous crimes is a fascinating topic of study. Throughout history scholars have tried to understand the motivation behind taking another person’s life. The principle aim of this module is to introduce you to the psychology of murder. Initial sessions will provide a background through exploring the importance of psychology in the field of criminology and what exactly do we mean by murder. Our intellectual journey will then progress to delve into the most fascinating area of murder: the world of the serial killer. Exploring actual crimes we will gradually build up a picture of the psychological motivations behind such serious crimes - are murderers mad, sad or bad? To further understand the motivation behind murder we will explore why certain victims are selected (female, homeless, children) and debate how such crimes should be punished in our society. 

Magic, Murder & Mystery in London Literature
Department of English and Creative Writing

Covering detective stories, fantasy, children's literature and graphic novels, this module introduces students to London city as the source, setting and inspiration for literary texts. Our investigations will lead us from Vistorian London through to the 21st Century, examining texts where magic, mystery and murder come to the fore.


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
Intensive Elementary Spanish A1-A2
Upper Elementary Spanish A2
Intermediate Spanish B1
Intensive Intermediate Spanish B1-B2
Upper Intermediate Spanish B2
Advanced Spanish C1
Advanced Spanish C2

Electives offered during both sessions:

1. Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dali, Miro
2. Contemporary Spanish Society: From Dictatorship to Democracy 
3. Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia
4. Cross-Cultural Psychology and Early Childhood Education 
5. Management Across Borders

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!

During the Ireland and Scotland portions, your classroom will be the vibrant, historic cities to which you will travel! These first two weeks of your program are very much a traveling course. Your US faculty member will hold office hours and give lectures in common areas of your housing, on coach rides, at museums, and during other excursions. Following the experiential learning model, your daily visits to historical and cultural sites will inform your reflective journal entries and final project for this course. Student fieldwork will be a significant component of your academics during these two weeks. 

The London portion of your program is housed at University of Roehampton, a friendly, lively community dedicated to providing the best academic, cultural, and social opportunities imaginable. The beautiful and historic campus, situated in one of the most attractive suburbs of London, provides a stimulating environment in which to pursue your studies. You will receive support from on-site staff throughout your summer abroad 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.

The University comprises four Colleges, which, together with the Student Union, offer a strong sense of community. You will quickly feel at home, make friends, and start enjoying the many campus activities. With students from over 80 countries, Roehampton offer exceptional support to its international students (you!). The international advisors have the info you need on everything from your arrival to course registration to fun excursions that integrate you into student life. After a survey given to international students in 2010, Roehampton received outstanding feedback on everything from quality lectures, student union, environment-friendly initiatives and the friendly nature of the University. You will truly enjoy all aspects of your summer abroad experience at Roehampton.

While in Spain you study at Barcelona International College, located along the Mediterranean sea coast. You 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 shared rooms at hostels or 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 single room with shared common areas in a dorm-style suite. 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.

In Barcelona, the last weeks of your program, you will be in shared apartments with your new friends! 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?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

1. The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

2. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms. 

3. The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

4. Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program-specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

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 the European Experience, you WILL need a visa. If you are a U.S. citizen you WILL need a short-term UK student visa for your London portion of the program at the University of Roehampton. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program. When you arrive in Ireland and Barcelona, you will be issued a tourist visa that is good for up to 90 days.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. For European Experience, the GPA requirement is 2.8.

6. What are my housing options?

While on the Ireland and Scotland portion of the European Experience program, you will stay in shared 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 3-4 classes during the European Experience program.  You will take 1 class while traveling throughout Ireland and Scotland. You will take 1 courses while based in London. In Spain, you can take 1-2 courses (3 credits each) or 1 six-credit class. This 10-week program is worth 11-14 credits. To see the courses available, go to the course selection page.

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 2017
Arrival May 25
Departure July 30
Application Deadline March 1
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $12,390

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)
  • University of Roehampton and Jacksonville University official transcripts
  • 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.