Program Overview

Multi-country summer programs with CISabroad are the perfect combination of academic focus and adventure, all while living “La Vida Local” and forming friendships and networks that will last well into the future. Our Design-Your-Own Summer Abroad package allows you to create the summer of a lifetime, while earning academic credit toward your major. Pick any one, consecutive two programs – or stack all three for the ultimate summer learning adventure (and the most cost savings).

GPA Requirement
2.8 (2.5 for Part 3)
Application Deadlines
Part 1, 1+2, or 1+2+3: March 15
Part 2: March 15
Part 3: May 15
Avg Course Load
Part 1: 3-5 U.S. credits, Part 2: 3-5 U.S. credits, Part 3: 3-6 U.S. credits
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • Visit an archaeological dig site and speak to staff about the history underneath the soil
  • Hear the melodic notes of a vibrant Scottish storyteller
  • Unique British-focused literature courses
  • Easy access to other parts of the UK and Europe on the weekends
  • Guided travel through four countries combined with independent exploration
  • Diverse course offerings, including international studies, business, literature, history, culture, and cinema

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

Roehampton University & Barcelona School for International Studies

The London portion of your program is housed at the University of Roehampton, a friendly, lively community. Roehampton is dedicated to providing the best academic, cultural, and social opportunities imaginable. The beautiful and historic campus is situated in one of the most attractive suburbs of London. The locale provides a stimulating environment where you can pursue your studies. To maximize your experience, you'll receive support from on-site staff throughout your summer abroad. Roehampton's four colleges and its student union offer a strong sense of community. You'll quickly feel at home, make friends, and start enjoying the many campus activities. With students from over 80 countries, Roehampton offers exceptional support to its international students.

While your main academic focus is on contemporary society in Ireland and Scotland, you'll also be visiting sites of historical and archaeological significance. You'll be examining cultural sites, visual arts, and media, meet with producers of these cultural products, and gain a greater understanding of the range and variety of media representations of “Irishness,” “Scottishness,” and “Celticness.”

While in Spain, you'll study at the Barcelona School for International Studies, located along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. You'll have the chance to listen to and speak both Catalan and Spanish. The location offers you a chance to use Spanish in everyday life, from bartering for goods in a local market, to asking for directions to Gaudi’s architecture, to meeting new friends in Miro’s park.

pond (foreground) featuring roehampton university

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

COURSE DETAILS FOR IRELAND/SCOTLAND

Visualizing Celtic Culture: Ireland and Scotland through the Media (20 UK credits, 3-5 US credits, depending on the home university’s grade conversion policy)

** This year’s course will begin in Scotland, and include a portion in the Scottish highlands.  While the learning outcomes for this course are the same, the travel itinerary will be more or less flipped in 2019!**

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.”

Courses

As a student on City Expeditions: London and Barcelona, you will take courses in both London and Barcelona.

COURSE DETAILS FOR ENGLAND

You will study one course of 20 UK credits (typically received as 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 (but please select and approve three options!):

Media City and Cultural Capital
Department of Media, Culture and Language – 20 UK Credits

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 – 20 UK Credits

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? The key political drive within English education has been to give an element of choice to parents. Students taking this module will follow the lives of Amira and Sebastian from birth to 18 via these choices. 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 – 20 UK Credits

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 – 20 UK Credits

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 – 20 UK Credits

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

20 UK Credits

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 Victorian London through to the 21st Century, examining texts where magic, mystery and murder come to the fore.

COURSE DETAILS FOR SPAIN

 

Students will study two classes at SIS in Barcelona! Below please find a list of confirmed offerings, as well as a list of tentative offerings dependent on enrollment.  We recommend selecting and approving at least one confirmed course.  There will be a quick language assessment for students taking Spanish classes.  You may take one Spanish class and one elective class, or two elective classes.

Confirmed Session 2:

Tentative Session 2:

Life in Galway, Dublin, & Edinburgh | London | Barcelona

Welcome and Orientation

Option 1: Unearthing Modern Celtic Culture starts in the traditional, riverside city of Galway, on Ireland’s west coast. Here, you’ll meet your fellow students and professors and program leaders, starting with an orientation on rules, regulations, guidelines, and expectations. After the general/program orientation, you’ll explore your new surrounds via a walking tour of Galway, followed by a welcome dinner. As the program moves through Ireland and Scotland, you’ll generally enjoy a briefing and/or city tour of your new destination upon arrival.


Option 2: Exploring England moves participants to on to London for your studies at University of Roehampton. You’ll also enjoy a campus orientation and welcome dinner. Here you’ll settle into a more independent lifestyle, living and studying alongside other non-CISabroad students.


Option 3: Spanish Culture in Barcelona is an amazing way to close a Design-Your-Own Summer program. The on-site staff will introduce you to this dynamic and cosmopolitan city that you’ll call home, giving you tips on to how to be safe and healthy as well as how to make the most of your time in vibrant Barcelona.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Depending on how you customize your Design-Your-Own Summer Abroad program, you’ll have a farewell dinner in London or Barcelona. As the program draws to a close, we’ll make sure you go home with the tools you need to make the most of your experience. In our re-entry workshop, you’ll learn how to cope with cultural differences you’ll experience as you go home, how to put your abroad experience on your resume and in job interviews as well as how you can keep traveling in the future.

Housing Options

While traveling throughout Ireland and Scotland for the first two weeks, you’ll stay 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.


In London, you’ll live in a single room with shared common areas in a dorm-style suite. You’ll 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’ll live 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.

view overlooking the city of Barcelona

Local Life

  • Majestic Celtic Landscapes: Between the rugged Irish coastline (Cliffs of Moher), Scottish Highlands (think "Braveheart"), and Loch Ness (yes, where the mythical "monster" is purported to live), the varied landscape of Ireland and Scotland will take your breath away.
  • Stonehenge and Castles: You'll visit a multitude of monuments and historic and culturally-rich buildings, old and new alike, ranging from Stonehenge to castle and medieval cities in the UK and Ireland. Pop into a local pub to glean insight into these European institutions that have brought together families and friends for centuries.
  • Diverse and Dynamic London: One of the most diverse cities on the planet, London is a melting-pot of cultures, art, food, and entertainment. Visit icons such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and the West End. Hop on an iconic double-decker bus, or propel yourself on a walking tour such as one on Jack the Ripper for an engaging history lesson.
  • Evensong at Westminster Abbey: Hear the angelic voices of the Westminster Abbey choir during the traditional afternoon service that takes place every day in this famous UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Barcelona Nightlife: Far from a sleepy Mediterranean seaside city, Barcelona pulses with social and creative energy both day and night. Whether in plazas, pedestrian malls, boardwalks, bars, restaurants, or cafes, Barcelona's residents frequently congregate to eat, drink, and generally enjoy a social and leisurely lifestyle.
  • Barrio tours: Staff will take you on a tour of a neighborhood in Barcelona, showing you the history but also where locals hang out. Each tour includes a chance to try some local treats.

More About Galway, Dublin, & Edinburgh | London | Barcelona

The British Isles are a group of 5,000 islands off the northwest coast of continental Europe that include the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom is made up of a union of the following: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Ireland is its own sovereign nation.

English is the official language of the British Isles, however several regional languages are also spoken, including: Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, and Cornish. Galway is one such city in which you may hear Irish. Many of the city signs are bilingually written in both Irish and English, and Irish language television and radio are becoming more and more common. Galway is a very walkable city of cobblestone streets, where it's easy to find a traditional pub and listen to live Irish folk music.

Dublin, as the capital of Ireland, boasts a more international and bustling atmosphere than Galway. Even still, Dublin often feels like a small town with a big heart. The city is also becoming a cultural center of Europe, and economic prosperity has attracted people from across the globe. Young people have flocked to the city, and half of the population of “Dubs” is under 30 years old. Despite the city's newfound multiculturalism, you'll still find the quintessential Irish experience you're seeking.

Edinburgh is a quirky mix of historic meets modern. Life is booming here in Scotland, which means you'll walk along cobblestone streets and gaze upon cutting-edge, modern architecture. You'll step into a wifi hotspot with the Edinburgh Castle as your backdrop. The city is also making waves for its commitment to "green" and sustainable practices. You'll never be far from Edinburgh's expansive parks and craggy cliffs, where you can take in amazing views, have a picnic, or just relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Centrally located in one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, Edinburgh is easily accessible, with air, train, and bus travel close at hand.

A hotspot for art, fashion, film, history, music, theater, and nightlife, London is an experience in itself. Explore the many diverse markets across the city, including the punk-rock-inspired Camden market and colorful Portobello Road. Visit the Globe Theatre to see some of Shakespeare’s most famous works performed live. Many of London’s museums are free and house some of the most renowned works of art and artifacts. Cruise down the River Thames or find a rooftop with a sweeping view of the spectacular city below. As the saying goes, coined by famous author Samuel Johnson, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”

It’s no wonder that Barcelona is one of the top tourist and study abroad destinations in the world. This incredible location on the shores of the Mediterranean has a delightfully mild climate year-round. Plus, Barcelona is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities to live in! The second-largest city in Spain has two official languages, Castilian Spanish and Catalan. It’s the perfect place to challenge yourself and practice your own Spanish skills, while also learning more about the unique Catalan history and culture.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Cliffs of Moher & Inis Oirr

On this excursion you'll find yourself exploring this island for half a day, jumping from the popular Plassey shipwreck to the historic remails of a hill fort. Next, take a ferry back across to the mainland to wander the iconic Cliffs of Moher. But watch out, while taking in this view beware that the winds can be swift-- don't get swept away!

Hampton Court Palace

Visit Henry VIII’s elaborate Tudor palace on the banks of the River Thames. See the Great Hall where he entertained hundreds of guests with sumptuous banquets and entertainment. Listen out for the cries of Catherine Howard’s ghost as we tour the Haunted Gallery. Then tour William and Mary’s apartments, designed by the great architect Christopher Wren before exploring the gardens and getting lost in Hampton Court's world famous maze.

Sagrada familia construction in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Construction started in 1882 and is still going on to this day.


Student Feedback

I feel so independent and able to anything now. I have seen so many wonders, from the Cliffs of Moher and Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower and La Sagrada Familia. This program has changed my life. I have made incredible friends who I am so sad to have to say goodbye to in a few days. I don’t want this experience to end.

McKenzie Rivers, University of Alabama

Your Support Staff

John Hayes
Site Director in Ireland

Travel Tip: Spend as much time outside of Dublin as in. If heading to the west coast visit Sligo and Donegal. They’re stunning. In the South check out Tipperary and the Viking-founded town of Wexford. Travel tip: Pack your bags then take out half the contents.

Learn more about John

Linda Hallbäck
Site Director London

Travel Tip: Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

Learn more about Linda

Elena Villaescusa
Site Director in Barcelona

Travel Tip: When traveling make sure to use humour and start conversations with local people, they are the experts of the places you visit and you can learn so much from them; particularly the older generation can be a wealth of information. Try to enjoy every single minute of your travels!

Learn more about Elena

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

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

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program