MacMurray College juniors or seniors who have achieved a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA are encouraged to apply. This means that sophomores who will be juniors in the fall semester can apply. Juniors and seniors who have achieved a 2.75 to 2.99 cumulative GPA will be given consideration as applicants.
The program is selective and students must complete an application process. The number of students accepted for participation in this study abroad program is controlled by both MacMurray College and Canterbury Christ Church University, and the program is subject to sufficient student interest and other factors that might affect the student experience abroad.
How to Register for the Canterbury Program
- Students should attend one of the informational sessions about the Canterbury Program, typically held between November and March preceding the fall semester of the program.
- Once students know they're interested in the program, they should work with their faculty advisor to obtain their transcripts. Students and faculty advisors will then use the official One-Stop Study Abroad Transcript Student Plan form to figure out how 15 credits (5 courses) in Canterbury will be distributed and integrated into their graduation plan. This will allow One-Stop Student Services to look over the decision trees of the students as well. The study abroad faculty mentor for that year should be included in this conversation to determine eligibility for acceptance into the Canterbury program.
- Once students' eligibility have been determined, they will register for the Canterbury Study Abroad Program by enrolling in the MACM 301: Study Abroad Canterbury course worth 15 credits.
This study abroad program is offered during the fall semester. Those who participate in the Canterbury Program remain registered MacMurray College students and must enroll in MACM 301: Study Abroad Canterbury. The 15-semester hour course load taken by all students who participate in the Canterbury Program includes 4 courses of 3 semester hours each through Canterbury Christ Church University, plus a 3-semester hour seminar class (MACM 202) taught by the MacMurray College study abroad faculty mentor. The MacMurray faculty mentor will work with students and their faculty advisors to develop a map to graduation course schedule to determine how study abroad fits with the graduation plan. MacMurray faculty advisors will be consulted in finalizing the schedule.
All students must take two courses specific for international students. Two additional courses are selected from the CCCU curriculum that satisfy MacMurray College degree requirements. Courses taken during this program may fulfill major course requirements, prerequisites, general education requirements or electives. The MacMurray faculty mentor is provided the course catalog of Canterbury Christ Church University which will be shared with students and faculty.
All MacMurray students will take these two courses, which include:
- Divided by a Common Language (3 credit hours) — a comparative study of contemporary Britain and the USA: MBSOI1DVC Divided by a Common Language
[10 credits] Semester 1 & Semester 2, Year 1 (Level 4)
The aim of the module is to enable students to gain insight into major aspects of political and social life in modern Britain and the USA, and to encourage students to recognize and understand the similarities and differences in the political, social and cultural structures within Britain and the USA.
- Sites and Sights (3 credit hours) — exploring Britain's history and culture: MBSOI1SSE Sites and Sights: Exploring Britain's History and Culture
[10 credits] Semester 1 & Semester 2, Year 1 (Level 4)
This course aims to offer international students the opportunity to visit key places in the south of England (and beyond) of historic renown, and the opportunity to gain insights into the places visited and how they are relevant to British culture and society today. Students will be encouraged to question the assumptions they may enter with, and to debate these fully with their peers and seminar leaders.
- Canterbury Cathedral & City Tour
- Quex Park & Turney Gallery
- Dover & Walmer Castle + Deal
- Stonehenge & Bath
- London (Jewish Walking Tour)
- Bruges, Belgium
- London (Golden Hinde & The Globe Theatre)
- London Museums
Cost & Aid
Students will pay the regular tuition, room & board of MacMurray College for the semester. They will be financially responsible for their airline tickets and transportation to and from England. Those who participate will be required to purchase round trip airfare and travel insurance as part of a group travel purchase.
All MacMurray College scholarships, grants and other financial aid arrangements remain in place.
Transcripts from Canterbury Christ Church University courses will be sent to the student and to the MacMurray Registrar, which can then be applied to the MacMurray transcripts.
Canterbury Christ Church University's Student Disability Service is available to assist and support students with disabilities. However, students should work with MacMurray's Office of Disability Services in conjunction with CCCU to make prior arrangements.
Housing & Dining / Accommodations
Those students who participate in the Canterbury Program will live in assigned Canterbury Christ Church University student housing and will eat at the university dining halls. MacMurray students are guaranteed housing.
Students will be issued a Bank of Springfield debit card and MacMurray will apply the student's board fee to the card for use throughout the semester. Some students will be living in housing next to a Walmart-type store (Asda) and Aldi (Lidl) where they can purchase groceries, or can use it at local coffee shops and restaurants.
Currently, a student visitor who is a U.S. citizen living in the U.S. is not required to have a visa to live in the United Kingdom if the duration of the stay will be less than 6 months. Canterbury Christ Church University will issue each student a Sponsor Letter to be used at UK passport control (Customs) lines.
Contact information for Canterbury Christ Church University:
From the U.S.: 011 (44) 1227-767700
From England: 01227-767700
@CanterburyCCUni (university handle)
@CCCUStudents (student-run info)
Contact info for U.S. Embassy in London:
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1A 2LQ
From the U.S.: 011 (44) 20-7499-9000
From England: 0 (20) 7499-9000
The relationship is with the:
International Partnership and Development Office
Study Abroad, Exchange and North American Partnerships
International Programmes Officer — Mr. Kieran G. Thomsett
A: AH1.26 | Canterbury Christ Church University | Augustine House | Rhodaus Town | Canterbury | Kent | CT1 2YA | UK
T: +44 (0)1227 92 1928
The international office is located in the Library building — known as Augustine House.