NCC in England (Canterbury)
Canterbury Christ Church University
in Canterbury, England
Founded by the Church of England in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) provides, in both size and atmosphere, an educational environment very similar to that of North Central. 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. Here are some fast facts about the city of Canterbury and CCCU:
• 11,500 full-time students
• Campus is a 5 minute walk from downtown Canterbury
• 55 minutes by train to London
• CCCU is known as the "closest UK higher education institution to mainland Europe"
• Special courses especially designed for American students: courses on contemporary British politics, society and culture, British literature and British history
Field trips included in program:
• Two, half-day trips in and around Canterbury
• Five day trips to Stonehenge, Bath, London (Globe Theatre, Darwin’s Freud’s and Marx’s home), Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Cambridge, and Dover to complement
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; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.
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Photo: CCCU Library, courtesy of Kristin Rose, Canterbury Fall 2013
Housing & Meals
Students are housed in university residence halls in single rooms and share a bathroom. Most students live in Vernon Place which is located in downtown Canterbury, once block from the cathedral. It is located next to the student union and is a 10-minute walk to 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.