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Program Description:
Museums. Galleries. Concert Halls. Film Studios. Cultural Centers. Explore the variety and abundance of arts and activities. Imagine what twelve days can offer! On the CCSA London Arts & Literature Program, you will have the opportunity to experience all London has to offer. From your home base in a four-star central London hotel, explore London’s vibrant arts scene and make an excursion beyond the capital city to one of the other jewels in England’s cultural crown. 

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


Winter 2018-19 program courses: 
London Gothic: From White Witches to Madwomen in the Attic
Course Description: From witches and ghosts to the mentally ill, this course will explore Gothic novels and short stories on location in London! We’ll begin by reading works from the British Gothic tradition to help us define the genre, and investigate what makes a novel “Gothic.” Then we’ll read the contemporary British novels Her Fearful Symmetry and White is for Witching, while using London as our classroom. We’ll visit Victorian spiritualist homes, explore Highgate Cemetery, and tour Gothic museums and places that inspired the works we’re reading. Our ultimate aim will be to consider whether contemporary novels fit within Britain’s Gothic tradition.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed their college’s basic writing / composition or introduction to literature requirement.

3 credit hours
Willy Wonka, Harry Potter and Mary Poppins: Exploring Adolescent Literature
Course Description: Great Britain is the home of many authors of literature for young people. Board a train like WWII child evacuees, walk the London streets like Mary Poppins, and try to find Platform 9 and 3 / 4 like Harry Potter. Read British children’s literature, walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters, and visit the settings of your favorite books. You will see original transcripts and drawings from classic books at the British Library, experience the making of the Harry Potter movies at The Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio tour AND encounter literary history at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.  

3 credit hours 
Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen
Course Description: You’ve read the books and seen the movies. Now explore the process of turning novels into films and the place of the Harry Potter phenomenon in contemporary British culture. In our course, we will discuss the film adaptations of Harry Potter while experiencing the places that inspired the books and provided unforgettable locations for the movies. We will visit Harry Potter sites in London and Oxford, visit the London Zoo, and tour the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Brothers London Studios. Muggles and wizards welcome! Available for credit as a lower division or upper division course.

Prerequisite: For Upper Division credit, students must have completed the minimum composition requirements at his / her home institution. Students will also be expected to read the Harry Potter novels and watch the Harry Potter movies before the class begins. There are no prerequisites for Lower Division credit.  3 credit hours 
 
Global London: Literature in the World’s Cultural Capital
Course Description: With an influx of immigrants from former British colonies, London has become one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In this course, we will explore London through literature of England and its former colonies. As we read these works, we will experience multicultural London firsthand, connecting the literature we are reading to the geographic locations and the cultural communities within London it represents. Along the way, we’ll take a backstage tour of the Globe Theatre, climb to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and take a portkey to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Prerequisite: First-year composition requirements. If students wish to register for the upper-level option, they must have completed at least one lower-level literature course. 3 credit hours 
 
Beyond the Selfie: Exploring London via Multimedia Storytelling
Course Description: Traverse the world in one setting by exploring art and culture in London. From the historic paintings and photographs of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio tour, we will consider how media producers throughout history have documented their cultural interactions. By examining and using photography, journals, video, essays and documentaries, we will learn to record our own travel experiences for both private growth and public consumption. This travel writing class challenges students to critically investigate culture and find the best tools to communicate their inward and outward experiences beyond selfies.

Prerequisite: An introductory writing course such as media writing, technical writing or creative writing.  3 credit hours 
 
London Arts & Literature Program Package
Base Price $3,299
Includes:
  • En suite accommodations in twin rooms at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in downtown London (Mayfair District)
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • Some minor additional course fees may apply. See our cost calculator.
  • All course-related ground transportation
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Program directors and staff on-site 24/7
  • Daily breakfast and some additional meals

Optional Group Travel:
Estimated Cost: $1000 – $1200 * 

(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with optional group travel. If you opt for group travel CCSA will purchase a ticket on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, those that choose group travel also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport. Includes:

roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.

  • Roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.*
All prices are estimates based on winter 2017 costs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by May 2018.
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 10/26/2018 ** Varies 12/26/2018 01/08/2019

** Indicates the Office of Education Abroad pre-approval deadline. Students will also need to meet the actual program application deadlines, which may be earlier. See the Getting Started page for more details.