Spend your summer traveling throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain during this multi-country study abroad program. European Experience is the ideal way to boost your academic studies a full semester ahead while also exploring four beautiful, historic, and diverse European countries. This program will satisfy culture, history, architecture, and language buffs as much as the first-time traveler. You’ll study at a London university, walk bustling Scottish streets, visit Ireland’s iconic cities, and jump to Barcelona, where you’ll immerse yourself in Spanish language—all in one summer. This traveling summer study abroad program is the opportunity of a lifetime.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Avg Course Load
- 3-4 courses (11-14 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Spanish
Key Program Highlights
- Diverse course offerings, including international studies, business, literature, history, culture, and cinema
- Large diversity of places, people, and culture—engaging for first-time and experienced travelers alike
- Spanish language courses for every level, from beginner through advanced
- Guided travel through four countries combined with independent exploration
- London location near Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and more
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.
Life in Galway, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, and Barcelona
Welcome and Orientation
The program commences 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. Once onto 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. The last leg of the program, Barcelona, begins with an on-site orientation and city tour.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
You’ll first enjoy a farewell dinner after your time in London and before moving on to Barcelona, since not all participants will likely have opted for the last month in Spain. After another month in Spain, your emotional fulfillment tank will be overflowing. We’ll gather you all together again for an official Spanish farewell, where you’ll have to be peeled away from our lovely staff and your fellow students, now lifelong friends. After a program like this, we can’t prepare you enough for “reverse culture shock,” symptoms of which commonly include daydreaming, storytelling, and frequent hashing of plans for your next trip overseas. We’ll give you a sense of what to expect when returning home, as well as how to verbalize your experience in a resume and job interview, resources to stay involved in study abroad and a discount for a future program.
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.
- Majestic Landscapes: Between the rugged Irish coastline (Cliffs of Moher), Scottish Highlands (think "Braveheart"), Loch Ness (yes, where the mythical "monster" is purported to live), and beautiful Barcelona (as it sits between mountains and Mediterranean coastline), this program provides plenty of photo opp's.
- Rich History: You'll visit a multitude of monuments and historic and culturally-rich buildings, old and new alike, ranging from Stonehenge, castles, and medieval cities in the UK and Ireland, to icons such as Parc Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Roman ruins, and many of Barcelona's countless architectural wonders. 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.
- Vibrant Barcelona: 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.
More About Galway, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, and 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.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and 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.
This world-famous landmark, standing tall and proud outside the city of Stirling, is visible from campus. You can touch and feel it as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace—patriot, martyr, and guardian of Scotland.
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!
Touring this former prison will take you deeper into the roots of Irish constitutional nationalism and a spirit of rebellion! Built in 1796, Kilmainhaim was where many both Irish Rempublican members were jailed by British troops in the Anglo-Irish war. An icon of Dublin history, this site is not to be missed.
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.
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 and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
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 2018!**
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.”
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.
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:
- Architecture and Urban Design: The Barcelona Example
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Entrepreneurship and the New Economy
- Contemporary Spanish Society
- Spanish A1
- Spanish A2
- Spanish B1
- Spanish B2
Tentative Session 2:
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 it's 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. Advisors can guide you on everything from course registration to fun excursions.
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.
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - England, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, British Isles, Celtic Culture, European Experience
Site Director in Scotland
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalMay 23 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 27 (Estimated)PRICE$11,990 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
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
- 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