NCC in England (Canterbury)
Canterbury Christ Church University
in Canterbury, England
NCC students on the NCC-in-England (Canterbury) program fall 2014
North Central College students enrolled in this program travel to the medieval city of Canterbury, where they study in the shadows of its famous cathedral. The campus of Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is built on what was the old orchard ground of St. Augustine’s Abbey, surrounded by the medieval Abbey wall and now listed as a World Heritage Site dating back to 597 AD. The university offers a wide range of courses to more than 11,500 full-time students and is a five-minute walk from downtown Canterbury, one of the bestknown cities in Britain. The campus is 55 minutes by train to London and a mere 20 miles to Dover on the English Channel. CCCU is known as the “closest U.K. higher education institution to mainland Europe.”
Students enrolled in this program learn alongside British students taking courses in the arts and humanities, business and the social sciences. In addition to elective courses taken in these areas, other courses are especially designed for American students. These include courses on contemporary British politics, history, literature and cinema. There is also a required class designed specifically around academic field trips to local sites, London, the Southeast of England and Europe. Trips vary each year but usually include the Tower of London and the Globe Theatre, Windsor Castle, Dover Castle and Belgium. £500 scholarships through BUTEX, a U.K. higher education membership organization, are available for students in all NCC England programs.
Photo: NCC group Fall 2013 at orientation, courtesy of Amanda August
Sophomore, junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred.
Students earn 12-15 credits towards their degree. Students wanting to earn 15 credits by taking 4 elective courses abroad must pay the additional cost of the course. In addition, students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall. All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. You cannot take courses pass/fail.
Required: GLS 277 Seminar: Study Abroad (0.00-2.00 credits)
A workshop in intercultural learning designed for students enrolled in North Central College study abroad programs. In this pre-departure course, students explore the concept of culture, compare cultural values, investigate social relations and communication styles, prepare for adjustment, and begin to develop intercultural competence. Journals are kept while students are in their host cultures; required activities and a final reflective essay are completed upon return.
Required: GLS 367: Modern Britain (3.0 credits)
This course is required of all participants in the program and is designed to provide an overview of contemporary British culture.
Electives: Students choose three (3) additional courses at 3.0 credits each for a total of 9.0 credits.
Not all courses at CCCU are available to U.S. study abroad students. Please, click here to see all courses available for U.S. study abroad students. Prerequisites apply.
Note: Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad. To ensure that all courses count towards their degrees, students must get their department's approval.
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Photo: CCCU Library, courtesy of Kristin Rose, Canterbury Fall 2013
Housing & Meals
Students are housed in university residence halls in standard single rooms and share a bathroom with their flatmates. Residence halls are located at different areas across the CCCU campus.
Meals: Students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen.
Click here to be linked to CCCU's accommodation website, where you will find general information, including an accommodation handbook and map.
Photo: Vernon Place (accommodation), courtesy of Kaitlyn Brown, Canterbury Fall 2013
North Central College fall tuition plus $3,500 program fee. Fee includes accommodation, orientation, health insurance, and field trips. Fee does not include meals, airfare, departure tax, books, personal travel, and spending money. North Central College-based financial aid does apply.
Last Updated: September 10, 2015