London Summer

June 03, 2023 —June 24, 2023
This is past program: To apply for a new CCSA program please visit our course search or use the main menu above.

Make London your home. CCSA’s three-week program enables you to experience the great city while earning 3 or 6 hours of credit along with faculty and students from other CCSA member schools. Beyond the classroom and field trips, the schedule will enable you to explore the world outside of London on weekends.

Students selecting a Group A course will only be able to take one class. Students wishing to take two classes must select two Group B courses OR two Group C courses, as designated in the Course Descriptions section. An added fee of $700 will be assessed for the second 3 credit-hour course. This added course fee is non-refundable beyond the first payment deadline. Your home university may also assess additional fees for a second course, so be sure to check with your CCSA campus representative.

Optional day trips will be offered. (See Optional Excursions Tab)

Program Package

  • Accommodations
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance (International Programs Only)
  • On-Site Director's and staff on-site 24/7

Participants in CCSA’s London Summer Program will reside at the Royal National Hotel. This unique and lively hotel is located in the heart of Russell Square and Bloomsbury, near Euston and Kings Cross. The Royal National’s location is perfect for exploring the capital’s famous landmarks, such as the British Museum, Oxford Street, Theatreland, Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston.

In the middle of central London there is a quiet, green rectangle called Bloomsbury. The area is a microcosm of museums, trees, cafés, bookstores, and the historic home of artists and academics. Bloomsbury has a reputation as London’s most learned quarter, dominated by the dual institutions of the British Museum and the University of London. It is perhaps best-known internationally for the long list of former literary inhabitants, among them Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot and Charles Dickens. Though the pretty Georgian squares and streets sit well within the boundaries of central London, Bloomsbury has all the perks of village life.

Several green spaces are nearby the hotel, including Russell Square and a number of smaller squares (Gordon Square, Tavistock Square Gardens and more). The hotel runs and manages an onsite restaurant (Blooms Pizza Cafe) and pub (London Pub in Bloomsbury). The Brunswick Centre (Boots, Sainsbury’s, Superdrug, Brunswick Medical Centre and more) is nearby the Russell Square tube station (5-minute walk). A Pret A Manger is just a 2-minute walk from the hotel, and Starbucks outside the Warren Street tube station is just 12 minutes away.

The Royal National is a short walk of less than 5 minutes from Russell Square tube station on the Picadilly Line. Just 10 minutes away are Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan Lines), Euston (Overland and trains) and Goodge Street (Northern Line).

Hotel Amenities
Students will be housed in twin-share bedrooms, which feature:

  • 2 single beds w/pillow and duvet
  • desk w/chair
  • closet
  • en-suite bathroom w/shower, sink and toilet
  • bed linen and bath towels are provided
  • TV
  • telephone
  • tea/coffee-making facilities
  • daily cleaning
  • NO in-room safe
  • key card offers secure entrance to lifts and room
  • 24-hour reception desk
  • 24-hour security
  • free WiFi is provided throughout the residence
  • hairdryers in most rooms(can be requested from Housekeeping)
  • iron and ironing board (can be requested from Housekeeping)
  • shampoo and shower gel may be requested from Housekeeping
  • Blooms Pizza Cafe (onsite)
  • London Pub in Bloomsbury (onsite)
  • No laundry service is available in the hotel. However, Smart Line Dry Cleaners and Marchmont Dry Cleaners and just a 4-minute walk.


    Students will need to budget an additional £100 for local transportation costs.

    An Oystercard pre-loaded with £50 will be provided to each participant, but top-ups will be required (roughly £50 per week) over the course of the program. You may add more value/credit to your Visitor Oyster card by simply ‘topping up’ at:

  • touchscreen ticket machines in the stations
  • Oyster Ticket Stops across London
  • Transport for London Visitor Centre
  • London Overground station ticket office
  • You may also download the TfL Oyster app to check your balance and add credit to your Oyster card.

    CCSA Central Office

    Contact Information

    Kara Arvin - Applications

    Nate Addington - Payments

    Denise Knisely - Travel

    Mark Rogers

    On-Site Director

    Mark Rogers Dr. Mark Rogers is the On-Site Director for CCSA's London Summer 2023 program.

    Group or Individual Travel Allowed

    Option One - Group Travel

    Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

    You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

    • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
    • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
    • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.

    Option Two - Individual Travel

    If you wish to make independent travel arrangements and depart from a city not listed or travel outside the program dates please choose INDEPENDENT TRAVEL from the selection below. You will book your own flights and arrange your own transportation to/from the airport and the accommodation site of the program. This is a great option for going early, staying late, or using airline miles to purchase tickets. We highly recommend participants not fly standby for these programs as a late arrival may negatively impact your grade.

    Important Note for Independent Travelers: Please be aware that your check-in date may be up to 24 hours AFTER the program start date (program dates include travel time).

    Check the CCSA website at for your scheduled date/time check-in.

    * All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


    Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

    Program Dates
    June 03, 2023 —June 24, 2023

    Base Price


    Payment Process
    See our payments page
    Enrollment Status: CLOSED

    Regular Application Deadline
    March 03, 2023
    App Fee Currently $250

    Courses Offered

    Group A Courses Students selecting Group A courses are not able to take a second course.


    Exploring Darwin’s Legacy in England
    Course Description: Evolution by natural selection is an idea which unites all aspects of biology, and the history of Charles Darwin's development of these ideas is fascinating. Learn about the principles of evolution in London, the same location where Darwin formulated his ideas. We will connect to Darwin's history by taking advantage of the many programs in England dedicated to his legacy, such as the Darwin Centre at the Museum of Natural History, the Tring Museum, and the Lyme Regis Museum. Visiting Darwin’s country home, Down House, will enrich your understanding of Darwin’s character, working methods, and contributions to science.
    Prerequisite: An introductory biology course, or consent of instructor
    WKU Course: BIOL 485
    Dr. Timothy Spier | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

    Psychology / History / English / Literature

    The Psychology of Dracula: Science, Literature, and the Supernatural
    Course Description: Bram Stoker wrote Dracula in the late 19th century, a time of revolutionary intellectual change, when Darwin’s theory of evolution challenged conventional biology, scientists were studying supernatural phenomena, and the scientific discipline of Psychology was founded. This class will explore these developments by visiting sites such as the Victoria and Albert and British Museums, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Highgate Cemetery, and London Zoo. We will focus on Stoker and the imaginative ways he treated new ideas about mental illness, hypnotism and sexuality and sample contemporary treatment of such issues on the Jack the Ripper walking tour and the play The Woman in Black.
    Prerequisite: An introductory Psychology course would be useful, but not essential.
    WKU Course: PSY 299 / PSY 499
    Dr. Robert W. Mitchell | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

    Group B Courses Students may take a single Group B course or combine with another Group B course.

    Art & Design / Theatre / Interdisciplinary

    Experience London's Theatre, Art, Music, and Design
    Course Description: London is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, and home to centuries of theatre, visual art, music, and design. In this class you'll explore some of London's famous sites, but you'll spend even more time discovering unique destinations and experiences that are off the beaten path. You'll see street art and the great masterworks, hear classical and contemporary music, watch cutting edge theatre and productions of Shakespeare, eat traditional British food and try new flavors. You'll even meet and work with some of the artists themselves. You'll experience first-hand how it feels, looks, and sounds as all the arts come together on the vibrant streets of London!
    Prerequisite: None
    WKU Course: THEA 499
    Dr. Carol Stewart | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

    Photography / Art and Design

    Travel Storytelling through Photography in England
    Course Description: Designed for those interested in exploring new places, this fun, hands-on class promotes storytelling through photography. Experience the vibrant culture and rich history of London while learning how composition, light, color, exposure, and focus help communicate your personal experience to others. In addition to photographing the Eye, Tower Bridge, and Big Ben, you’ll visit areas off the beaten path and even travel to the birthplace of photography in rural Wiltshire. No matter your major or your photography skill level, this course will sharpen your visual communication skills. We'll visit photo galleries and museums and peek into the medium's fascinating history.
    Prerequisite: None
    WKU Course: ART 496 / ART 496G / ART 130
    Prof. Laura Hartford | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G / H

    Group C Courses Students may take a single Group C course or combine with another Group C course.

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