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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 ECC 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 ECC students studying abroad.

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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 ECC 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.

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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
  • Recommendation of the International Office

Applicants must have no outstanding financial obligations to ECC and no disciplinary record on file with the Office of the Dean of Student Services and Development. Applicants can contact the Center for International Education and Programs to determine eligibility; admission into the program may require an interview. Admission is made on a space available basis.

Academic Program

All students earn ECC credit; classes taken at CCCU are reflected as ECC classes on an ECC 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. A complete listing of available courses is available from the Center for International Education and Programs (building B, room B105) or by emailing Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Center for International Education and Programs, please make an appointment with Sean Jensen in the Academic Advising Department to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Academic Advising Department at 847-214-7390 or visiting building B, room B120. Final grades will be reflective of the student's work in England and will be awarded as American grades (i.e. A, B, C, D, F). Grades generally arrive 4-6 weeks after the term in England ends.

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 ECC 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 the Department 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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

A limited number of ICISP scholarships are available for this program. Awards range in size up to $1,000. Applicants interested in applying for a scholarship should complete a scholarship application and submit all required documentation. Selection is competitive.

Financial aid (grants, loans, other scholarships, etc.) are available to students who qualify. Students wishing to use financial aid for study abroad should contact the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss requirements. An appointment can be made by calling the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 847-214-7360 or by visiting building B, room B156.

Applying to the Program

To apply for the Canterbury program, please complete the following forms:

Submit all applications to the Center for International Education and Programs in building B, room B105.


For further information, please email the Center for International Education and Programs at or call 847-214-7809.

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