Program Overview

Summer in the British Isles is perfect for first-time international travelers, culture and film buffs, and students who want to get ahead academically over the summer while exploring historic locations. On this study-travel program, you’ll enjoy a blend of site visits, excursions, cultural activities, and student life on a British university campus. During this five-week program, you’ll see the majestic Aran Islands, tour Dublin, travel through bustling Scottish streets, and live and study in London. Earn up to ten credits as you enjoy an up-close glimpse at life in the British Isles.

 

GPA Requirement
2.8
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1
Avg Course Load
2 courses (8 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • Fast-paced way to study and experience the best of Ireland, Scotland, and England
  • Experiential courses that rely on cities, monuments, and museums as classrooms
  • Diverse course offerings, including international studies, literature, history, culture, cinema
  • Tight-knit travel group with fellow classmates and your professor
  • Dorms with British and international students on the outskirts of London

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 Dublin, Galway, Edinburgh and London

Welcome and Orientation

You’ll kick off this engaging, travel-based study abroad program in the traditional city of Galway, on the west coast of the “Emerald Isle.” Once settled in, you’ll enjoy an introduction to your fellow participants and program leaders, as well as guidelines, rules and regulations, and a cultural orientation. Despite (mostly) sharing a language with locals on this program, you’ll find accents, slang, and expressions a bit unfamiliar, so we’ll give you some tips on what to expect with language as well as cultural differences.

Following orientation, you’ll explore your new surrounds with a walking tour of Galway, followed by a welcome dinner. As you move 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.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

On the last day of class, we’ll gather everybody for a farewell (or rather and hopefully a “see ya later!”) dinner. You’ll be able to reflect on your diverse range of experiences and exchange contact information after a summer you’ll never forget as you weep over a tasty meal. And be sure to stare daggers at those that are continuing on to Spain for another month and/or make them jealous with plans of equally exciting, but perhaps less “academically-oriented” plans of your own for what remains of summer.

Regardless of how things end for you, we’ll be sure that you’ve sufficiently reflected and prepared for “reverse culture shock.” Believe it or not, it will likely be harder going back home than it was adjusting to your new surroundings in Europe! Not to worry though, as you’ll have plenty of new friends with whom you can identify (when everybody else back home loses interest in your countless stories of your European adventure!). Additionally, you can stay involved and continue to reflect on your experience through our ambassador program. Another option is to just go again, on a different program (for which you’ll receive a discount!).

Housing Options

For the first two weeks of Summer in the British Isles, you’ll travel throughout Ireland and Scotland, staying in shared rooms at hostels or hotels as you move through each country. At most hotels, breakfast will be provided, but all other meals will be your responsibility.

While studying in London, you’ll live 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.

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Local Life

  • Beautiful Landscapes: Between the Cliffs of Moher, Scottish Highlands (think Braveheart), and Loch Ness (yes, where the mythical "monster" is purported to live), this program provides plenty of sightseeing during the British Isles' beautiful summer.
  • Rich History: You'll visit a plentitude of historic locations, many of which are older than the US's modern history: Stonehenge, castles, universities, and medieval cities (with fortresses and perimeter walls intact) to name a few. Pop into a local pub to glean insight into neighborhood establishments that have brought together families and friends for centuries.
  • Vibrant, 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. You'll also enjoy plenty of free time to venture from campus to the city for exploration, as class is typically not held on Fridays.

More About Dublin, Galway, Edinburgh and London

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.”

Program Excursions

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.

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Wallace Monument

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!

Kilmainhaim Gaol

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.


Academics

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.

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.

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.

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

Course Information

Ireland & Scotland:

Sessions 1 & 2

Visualizing Celtic Culture: Ireland and Scotland through the Media (20 UK credits, 3-5 US credits)

** 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.”

London:

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.

COURSE DETAILS

Session 1:
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? 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

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

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.

Session 2
Choose one of the following courses

Art in London Museums
Department of Humanities

This module introduces students to the national art galleries in London, with a dual focus on the cultural history of these sites and the art history of their collections. Approaching the public art gallery as a historically specific phenomenon, we will trace the emergence and evolution of these institutions from the late-18th to the early-21st century and analyse their objectives, policies and artworks with reference to the political events, socio-economic conditions and cultural debates that shaped them over 250 years. By placing the development of public art collections into their historical context, the module utilises these resources for the teaching of British cultural history. Beyond this, it seeks to develop students’ knowledge of the institutional frameworks within which art has been historically produced, disseminated and consumed. A further aim is to broaden students’ understanding of the public functions of art, such as the construction of national and civic identities and the propagation of political ideas and regimes.

Londonopolis
Department of Social Sciences

This module will combine contemporary theories and debates on the condition of urban life in a global city with hands-on ethnographic, street level perspective experienced and then conceptualized by students. The idea is to continuously relate theories from urban anthropology, sociology and urban studies with dynamic reality ‘out-there’ directly confronted by students. The aim of the module is to generate discussions on the interplay between culture and structure, economy and society, urban landscape and human behaviour using phenomena, data, images, observations gathered by students during field trips which are the integral part of the teaching tool. The methodological assumption behind the module is strictly anthropological – that students need to be ‘immersed’ in various aspects of London life, see things with their own eyes, analyse and critically evaluate their own assumptions against the backdrop of chaos and order of urban life in London.

Hidden London
Department of English and Creative Writing

London is an extraordinary city, in which history, culture, and desire collide. It is a city of stories as no other, and has inspired brilliant writing for hundreds of years. This module aims to enable students to situate their writing about London in relation to key texts that have shaped the way we think about and experience London. Each session addresses a specific topic, with one key text at the focus of analysis, discussion and creative assignments and outings.

Art Psychotherapy; madness, creativity and healing
Department of Psychology

This module will provide both theoretical and experiential elements designed to provide students with an introduction to Art Psychotherapy with a particular emphasis on a Jungian approach. Theory will include a broad outline of the psychology of C.G Jung including areas such as the structure of the unconscious, symbols as the language of the unconscious, the archetypes and the collective unconscious and active imagination. These ideas will also be used for exploring elements of Art Theory especially in respect to the psychopathology of art. Other psychoanalytical ideas relating to art, and especially those from Sigmund Freud such as Sublimation will also be explored and exemplified through a study of his seminal analysis of Leonardo Da Vinci. This will include a visit to the National Gallery in London to view some of the paintings and drawings referred to by Freud. A visit to the Freud Museum will also be included providing students with the opportunity to see where Freud conducted ‘the talking cure’ of psychoanalysis and to view his famous couch. This Module also features a week long workshop providing students with the opportunity to experience the Art Psychotherapeutic process directly and therefore students should be prepared for a degree of personal disclosure and the possibility of hither-to unconscious elements of the self to emerge.


The University

The University of Roehampton is the School of Record for this program. Founded in 1975, Roehampton has an incredible reputation. It ranks as the best modern university in London in 2016 according to three sources: the Complete University Guide, the Sunday Times Good University Guide, and the Guardian University Guide. Roehampton is a research-intensive, modern university on a beautiful and historical campus in London.

As the School of Record, the University of Roehampton has vetted the academic outcomes of this program and determined that it meets the requirements to provide credit, on their official transcript, for all participants.

Accreditation(s): Ministry of State for Universities, Science and Cities and also the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

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Student Feedback

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This experience allowed me to gain independence. It also allowed me to learn about cultures and increase my love for traveling.

Cheyanne Marsh - Mount Aloysius College

Program Support

Meet 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.

Ongoing Support

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

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:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Accommodation (hostels, residence halls, hotels)
  • 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
  • On-site support
  • All trip-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US)
  • Roehampton University official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program