London Winter

December 26, 2023 —January 08, 2024
This is past program: To apply for a new CCSA program please visit our course search or use the main menu above.

Imagine yourself ringing in the New Year in London.

London has been one of the most important and connected cities in the world for most of the last half millennia. It was the center of the world's largest empire and from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century it was the financial capital of the Western world. It was the city of Shakespeare, Dickens, Johnson, Keats, and Blake. It has witnessed the plague, a Civil War, a supposedly Glorious Revolution, the Great Fire, the first Industrial Revolution, the birth of Romanticism, the Blitz, and Punk Rock. In other words, there is no other city in the world like it.

Experience the particular delights and lessons of international travel. And learn in a completely new environment, using the city of London and other locations as living classrooms.

Included are several class-specific activities plus a day trip to such locations as Bath, Canterbury Cathedral & Leeds Castle, Dover Castle, Stonehenge & Salisbury, or Stratford & Warwick Castle.

Participants are required to bring college/university ID cards, as proof of student status may be requested for activities booked with educational discounts.

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 will reside at the 4-star Washington Mayfair Hotel, located in one of the London’s finest locations, Curzon Street, in the heart of Mayfair. Park Lane, The Royal Academy of the Arts, Buckingham Palace, Bond Street, Green Park and Hyde Park are a few minutes’ walk. Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and Knightsbridge are within a 10- to 15-minute walk. From nearby Green Park Underground, there is easy access to the City, Canary Wharf, the O2, Wembley Stadium, all London Mainline Stations and a direct link to Heathrow.

Included in each bedroom are complimentary WiFi, wide screen wall mounted plasma TVs, luxury down & feather duvets, individual controlled air conditioning/heating, electronic safe, bath robes, tea/coffee making facilities, and hairdryer. Also provided are soap, bath/shower gel, shampoo, body lotion, facecloths, shoeshine, and shower caps. Hair conditioner, dental kits, shaving kits, and slippers are available on request. Irons and ironing boards can be provided on request and are complimentary.

Hotel accommodations are based primarily on double occupancy with occasional use of triple rooms. Singles are available at an additional cost.

A full English breakfast buffet is provided daily.

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Kara Arvin - Applications

Nate Addington - Payments

Denise Knisely - Travel

Diane Maldonado

On-Site Director

Diane Maldonado Diane Maldonado is the Operations Manager in the UKEA office. Diane oversees all aspects of daily office operations, to include reception and administrative services, calendar scheduling and functionality of the physical office spaces. With a firsthand experience living abroad in Ecuador, Diane truly understands the importance of gaining an international experience as well as discovering a global perspective. Prior to joining the UK Education Abroad & Exchanges team, Diane served as the Latino Programs and Services Coordinator and the Office of Inclusive Excellence Administrative Assistant at Northern Kentucky University. Although new to the Education Abroad profession, Diane has gained experience leading students on several study abroad programs as well as preparing pre-departure orientations. She also has worked as a student worker in the Education Abroad office and participated on numerous programs including a semester in Mexico. One of the most fascinating places she has visited to date is Machu Picchu in Peru.

Heather Schieman

Assistant On-Site Director

Heather Schieman Heather Schieman is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and an alumnus of the 2004 CCSA London Summer program. Her experience as a student with CCSA, and ultimately serving as onsite staff for the three summers that followed, led her to a career in International Education. For the last fifteen years, she has served in the education abroad field supporting both on-site international experiences in England, Zambia, and Belize as well as supporting countless students at varying universities in northern Kentucky and southwest Ohio. She is looking forward to returning to London this winter to support CCSA, the faculty, and students on the exact programming that sparked so much change and opportunity in her own life.

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
December 26, 2023 —January 08, 2024

Base Price

Estimated Airfare
$1,275 - $1,475
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Regular Application Deadline
September 22, 2023
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered

Advertising and Promotion

Advertising Sports and Popular Culture in Britain
Course Description: Sports, brands and popular culture are increasingly intertwined in the global marketplace. This course will examine how advertising, sponsorships, events, public relations, and other promotional practices construct brand identities through linkages to popular culture in the United Kingdom. We will view branding in many cultural contexts such as sports, music, design, fashion, art, theatre and film. Through visits to advertising and public relations agencies and to museums like the Museum of Brands and the fashion exhibits at the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as to sports facilities such as Wimbledon, Chelsea FC, and Olympic Park, students will gain insights that lead to comparison with US practice and enable them to create integrated strategic communication executions.
Prerequisite: Introductory course in integrated strategic communication, advertising, public relations, or marketing.
WKU Course: COMM 415 (AD 415)
Dr. Alyssa Eckman | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Art History / Art & Design / Pop Culture

Exploring British Visual Culture
Course Description: By visiting indoor and outdoor cultural environments in London, this course will have you exploring visual culture, including art, photography, film, television, advertisement, and print mediums. At museums like the Tate Modern and the London Film Museum, at art galleries and in public parks and through self-directed explorations of the lively urban scene, your awareness of visual culture will be heightened, and you will gain new skills for studying different forms of visual representation. Though the course presumes no prior knowledge and is open to students from any academic discipline, it should be of special interest to students majoring in art history, sociology, communications, film and cultural studies.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: Art 490 / Art 490G
Prof. Christopher Fulton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G

English / Literature / Theatre

Curtain Call: British Drama In Action
Course Description: Explore British drama and culture by experiencing British theatre in action. We'll attend several dramatic productions in London's amazing West End theatre district and explore aspects of street theater. We'll learn about staging, lighting, costuming, music, directing, art and set design while on backstage tours at such places as the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour. Tentatively scheduled field trip sites designed to enrich your appreciation of the historical background and cultural setting of British theatre are Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, Westminster Abbey, Dover Castle, and Hampton Court Palace. Return home with a wealth of experience and knowledge about British drama and English culture. Join me as we participate together in our excellent adventure for a truly dramatic field trip of a lifetime before the final curtain call!
Prerequisite: Students should have completed their college's basic writing requirements.
WKU Course: ENGL 290, 329, 339, 399
Dr. Mickey Wadia | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / G

Nursing / Health Care Administration

Trends and Issues in Nursing and Healthcare: Nightingale to Now
Course Description: Immerse yourself in the British healthcare system and culture. This course focuses on both historical and current practices of the British and American healthcare systems. While living and learning in London, students explore cultural influences on health policy, analyzing trends, similarities, and differences in British and American healthcare delivery, nursing, and medicine. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning, with visits to historic sites such as the Old Operating Theatre and Museum, the Florence Nightingale Museum, and the Wellcome Collection Museum and Library, as well as to London hospitals, nursing schools, and other healthcare institutions.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in nursing courses, enrollment in upper-level related healthcare courses, or with the approval of the faculty.
WKU Course: NURS 317 / HCA 347
Dr. Amy Hamlin | 2-3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Sociology / Criminal Justice

The Dark Side of Society: The Sociology of Evil in London
Course Description: Death! Destruction! Dungeons! This course delves into the dark side of London and analyzes the manifestations of evil in society. In this class, we will explore locations emblematic of society’s evils – from the monstrous institutions of slavery, empire, and war to the social evils of oppression, domination, and discrimination. Tour the infamous torture chamber at the Tower of London and trace Jack the Ripper's steps through White Chapel. Stand on Liverpool's waterfront where slave trading ships set sail for Africa. Go underground to Churchill’s War Rooms, where he directed the crusade against fascism during the Blitz. Students majoring in sociology and criminal justice will gain a contemporary sociological understanding of evil.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: SOCL 489 (SOCL 346)
Dr. Joseph M. Simpson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U


Beyond the Footlights: Theatrical Tradition in Britain
Course Description: This course examines the rich heritage of theatrical production in Britain from the medieval to the current West End stage. In addition to sampling a variety of selected theatre productions, the class will include backstage tours of British theatre and concert halls, such as the National, the Globe, and Drury Lane theatres, as well as discussions with London theatre critic Matt Wolf. Students will explore the rich cultural heritage of London and also visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and burial place in Stratford-upon-Avon. Emphasis will be placed on the difference between British and American theatre practice and production, and participants can count on gaining inspiration for future artistic endeavors.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: THEA 499
Prof. Scott Boyd | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U

Theatre / Pop Culture / History / Humanities

Exploring London’s Historic and Contemporary Urban Culture
Course Description: From its founding by ancient Romans to its recent waves of immigration, London has been a melting pot of diverse cultures and people. Using the city as a textbook, this class explores historic traditions and current trends in fashion, theater, architecture, decor, and cuisine. We will visit famous architectural sites, like Westminster Abbey, and delve into the superb collections of cultural artifacts at the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, while also taking walking tours in historic districts, going backstage at the Globe Theatre, browsing through street markets, and sampling ethnic cuisines. In this lower division class that may count for general studies humanities credit, you will expand your understanding of urban culture’s many facets in a uniquely stimulating way.
Prerequisite: None
WKU Course: THEA 499
Prof. Michael Hatton | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U
© 2015-2024 The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad