Study abroad in the land of Hemingway, Chaucer, and Shakespeare! Students interested in spending a semester in England can explore British history, culture and society at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and earn JALC credit. The Canterbury program is the longest standing program of the Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and among the most popular destinations for JALC students studying abroad.

Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Pilgrims

Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Pilgrims

Program Overview

This semester-long program introduces students to British civilization and literature and provides cultural excursions to some of England’s most historic sites. Canterbury is located in the seat of Kent in Southeastern England, about 60 miles (98 kilometers) from central London. Canterbury is a historic English city and is home to Canterbury Cathedral and Marlowe Theater. Canterbury is also within proximity of regional transportation; many students spend weekends in London or surrounding towns exploring the English countryside. As part of the program costs, students will participate in several excursions and cultural trips to neighboring historical sites such as Stonehenge, Tower of London and Dover Castle. Cultural excursions vary by semester.

The Canterbury program is faculty-led; a faculty member from an ICISP institution will be on site during the entire semester to serve as a liaison between CCCU and JALC students for any concerns or issues that may arise. This program does require a pre-departure orientation which is held at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL.

Program Dates

  • Fall semester: September - December
  • Spring semester: January - April

Application Deadline

  • Fall semester: May 1
  • Spring semester: October 1

Admission Requirements

This program is open to serious students who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in British culture and history. All students are required to register for credit courses and participate in all classroom and program activities.

Applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level coursework completed
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition (ENG 101) completed with a grade of B or better
  • Physician's approval to travel

Academic Program

All students earn JALC credit; classes taken at CCCU are reflected as JALC courses on a transcript. Students will take four courses for a total of 12 semester credits. Students will enroll in two required courses:

  • Modern Britain
  • Survey of British Literature OR Survey of British History

In addition, students will choose two electives from an approved listing of courses, primarily composed of humanities and social science courses.

Lodging and Meals

Students will live with a local British family. The homestay experience is the cornerstone of the English program and provides students with wonderful opportunities to gain firsthand experience with British culture. The International Office at CCCU screens local families carefully to provide JALC students with a safe, secure introduction to everyday British life. Many of the families have hosted students for years and have become veteran guides to life in Canterbury.

Linens and breakfast will be provided for the student by the home-stay family. There will be kitchen access for the rest of the meals. There is also a cafeteria on campus from which the students are able to purchase food.

Most home-stays are within a 30-45 minute walk from campus. Some home-stays may be further away; in such instances, local public transportation is available.


Students are required to have a current passport to travel to England. Passports must be valid for a minimum of six months from the anticipated date of return. Students who need to apply for and acquire a U.S. passport should visit theDepartment of State website for instructions on applying for a passport. Allow a minimum of eight weeks for standard passport processing. Rush service is available for an additional fee; check with the Department of State for current rates.

Visas for U.S. citizens are not required if studying in England for less than six months. Further information will be provided at orientation.


Pre-departure orientation is typically held on a Saturday in Normal, IL at Heartland Community College. Attendance is required.

Program Fees

The semester program fee is $8,970 USD. The program fee covers:

  • Instructional costs
  • Homestay
  • Breakfast provided daily
  • Course-related field trips
  • HealthSelect Overseas Platinum insurance through HTH Worldwide

Fees do not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Passport
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Books
  • Refundable library deposit (campus and town)
  • Personal expenses