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July 8 - 28, 2014 (3 weeks)

Total Program Fee: $4,999

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Program Location:

A true cosmopolitan melting pot, home to Harry Potter, William Shakespeare, and King Arthur, England is known as one of the world’s most influential centers of cultural development. It would take more than a quick trip to even begin to explore its many historic and contemporary treasures, from Stonehenge to Stratford-on-Avon, to London with its amazing museums, historic churches and towers, lively theater scene, and bustling markets.

England boasts an impressive stage for theater, entertainment, fashion, history, pubs, museums and street markets. London’s Theaterland is host to 40 venues for shows and is like no other in the world. TNCIS study abroad students typically see a number of shows while in the city.  The Lion King, Wicked, Blood Brothers and Billy Elliot are four favorites to all students who visit the city.

Program Description:

Turn England into your living classroom when you choose to study abroad and discover what England's landscapes and people have to offer. The sea surrounding England makes for a varied climate, which typically results in temperatures ranging from 65 to 85 F in the summer. The population is the most diverse in the world with more than 300 languages spoken daily.

Excursions may include: Excursions in and out of the city may include historic sites such as Stratford-Upon-Avon, Windsor Castle, and the International Date Line at Greenwich, Hampton Court, or Canterbury Cathedral. Students will visit World Heritage Sites in London such as the Tower of London (the prison where Queen Anne Boleyn was beheaded & now houses the Crown Jewels), The Houses of Parliament & Big Ben, Buckingham Palace with the famous Changing of the Guard, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. A number of museums may also be included, such as the British Museum and the Tate Modern. Students may also choose to explore the waterfront of the majestic River Thames and ride the London Eye. (Optional). Your program director will hop on the Tube with you to visit Covent Gardens, Trafalgar Square, Camden Market (where you can buy vintage clothes and jewelry) and theaterland.

Please note:Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk at least 3-5 miles each day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, particularly in the 900 year old English villages. In order to use the rapid transit system, the London Underground or “Tube,” students must be able to ascend and descend stairs without difficulty.

Classes: Students usually meet for class three hours each morning during the week, using the afternoons, evenings and weekends for cultural enrichment excursions.

Accommodations: Dormitory-style rooms will be provided at a college dormitory or youth hostel in London.  Two meals a day will be provided.


All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution  are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level.  TnCIS program courses are for credit only. In England, students will enroll in ONE of the following courses:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/SOCIOLOGY: Criminology (No Prerequisites)
An introduction to crime theory; topics include biological, psychological, and sociological studies of crime causation and the policies adopted in response to crime theory.  In addition, this course will examine crime typologies, serial murders, crime prevention, crime mapping and criminal profiling. Program sites will offer opportunities for field work as well as classroom instruction.  Possible opportunities for site visits include law enforcement agencies (New Scotland Yard, Territorial Police Forces); correctional facilities (Her Majesty's Prison Service, HM Prison Wandsworth, Her Majesty's Young Offender Institution); museums (Museum of London Docklands, The Black Museum, Museum of London); universities (The Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge); courts (High Court of England and Wales); and historic castles.  Students may also visit agencies and/or personnel involved in crime prevention, criminal intelligence, and behavioral science.  See course syllabus

CRIMINOLOGY/SOCIOLOGY:  Understanding Terrorism (No prerequisites)
This course is a survey course covering the historical background of terrorism as a criminal activity, terrorist typologies, the motivations behind terrorist activity, and the responses of the criminal justice system to terrorism. The program site will offer opportunities for field work as well as classroom instruction.  Students will visit Scotland Yard and the FBI field office in the U.S. Embassy for briefings from British counterterrorism officials and U.S. agents based in London, and will visit sites of terrorist plots and attacks ranging from the Guy Fawkes Plot of 1605 through IRA bombings of the late 20th century, to 21st century attacks from Islamist militants.  Students will take excursions to the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Museum of London, Windsor Castle, and the Churchill War Rooms, focusing on exhibits in each that showcase political violence, from lost civilizations to the Holocaust, and from armament display for intimidation to the bombing of London in WWII.  Students will attend plays in London’s acclaimed West End theatre district that deal with the topic of political violence and terror, such as “War Horse” and “Wicked.”  See course syllabus

ENGLISH: British Literature I (Prerequisite: English 1020)
Do more than just read British literature—in London, you can experience it!  Experiencing the places and artifacts first-hand gives a full-sensory interaction with the texts that you would never have anywhere else, and only in London does British literature truly come alive. We will witness first-hand the architecture, locations, and even see the original manuscripts covered in the course at the British Library, as well as connect what we read on the page with what continues into modern British society and theatre.  We will devote most of our time to the literature of the stage and oral performance, tracing English literature from oral traditions through medieval religious plays and into the formalized works of Elizabethan theatre and Neo-Classicism.  Possible excursions include the Sutton Hoo exhibit at the British Museum; Covent Gardens and Speaker’s Corner; tours of the Globe in Southwark; British Library; and others. See course syllabus

ENGLISH: British Literature II (Prerequisite: English 1020)
London offers an unparalleled place to study British literature and culture, both for its rich history and its contemporary vibrancy as one of the truly global cities of the world. The real classroom is the city itself—its life and its people through the centuries. To sharpen and deepen our grasp of the texts, the class will take various walking tours of the city—of its old pubs and coffeehouses, of Dickens’ Victorian city, Jane Austen’s Regency city, and the now gentrified immigrants’ neighborhood of Brick Lane—as well as visits to writers’ houses, and the Tate Britain art gallery to look at Blake’s work. We’ll visit the ancient street markets such as the Borough Market in Southwark. This gourmand's delight is London's oldest food market and boasts a mouth-watering range of fresh food stalls under its Dickensian wrought-iron roof. We’ll also visit Notting Hill’s Portobello Road Market, which has been featured in many books and films, and which is a shopping hot spot for both visitors and locals looking for everything from fresh produce to handicrafts to antiques from Roman times. Students can indulge in afternoon tea and also visit cultural sites such as Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station and Abbey Road if they choose. The class is flexible and designed to make the best use of being in London. Students will submit journal entries of their own mappings of London, as they bridge the distance between text and cityscape.

A former student said:  “This teacher made the literary experience come alive in a way that we could never have imagined — not just reading a text but living it, occupying its geographic space and following in the characters' footsteps. It was physically walking in London and seeing how layers of history and cultural conflict have left their mark that really drove home the literary themes." See course syllabus 

PSYCHOLOGY: Life Span Psychology (No Prerequisites)
Come to jolly old England where we will study the concepts and theories of human psychological and physiological development from conception to death in a very enlightening three weeks!  We could begin our exploration of the history of psychology with a tour of Sigmund Freud’s home; his couch is there!  Freud was instrumental in developing theories regarding childhood.  To highlight infancy through middle childhood, we could visit the Foundling Museum where a hospital once stood to accept babies and children from parents who could not keep their children for many reasons (usually poverty and illness).  The parents left tokens with the children to one day identify them upon their return; many of these tokens are on display at the museum.  London is also where the hospice movement began, and we will begin our identification of issues related to aging and dying.  In studying and comparing different burial customs, a very good place to start would be Westminster Abbey where many famous people are buried, including Henry VIII, Geoffrey Chaucer, Sir Issac Newton, and Charles Darwin.  See Course Syllabus. See course syllabus

THEATRE: Theatre Appreciation (No Prerequisites)
Come study Theatre first-hand in the beautiful city of London! We will see several professional productions, tour Shakespeare’s theatre and birthplace, dine on fish-n-chips, and use the British Museum as our backdrop while discussing ancient world cultures.   London will offer the  opportunity to study the essential elements of theatre in the heart of the country that has given us Shakespeare, Sheridan, Shaw, and Andrew Lloyd Weber.  See course syllabus