As one of Valpo's oldest study abroad programs, the Study Center in Cambridge, England offers a well-established curriculum as well as an on-site Resident Director who teaches some program courses, and also coordinates group excursions and cultural activities. The learning experience extends far beyond the classroom walls. Among many group trips, students will visit the Lake District, London, and also have some time built in for personal exploration of Cambridge, and/or travel throughout and beyond the UK.
The City Center of Cambridge is within walking distance from the Study Center. In addition to its daily market, shops, museums and more, it is home to many students from around the world. The Resident Director lives nearby and have their offices located within the housing facilities, making it easy for students to contact them should they have any questions or concerns.
Courses taken at this Study Center are considered to be VU courses. Coursework is intentionally designed to fulfill general education requirements or to be used as an elective. The Cultural Diversity requirement and Christ College seminar credit would be automatically fulfilled by participating in this program. Once accepted into the program by VU study abroad, students will enroll in a placeholder course to indicate that they are studying at the Cambridge Study Center along with the specific courses that they will be taking, as is possible.
All participants are required to take Topics in English Life & Culture (GS 390) for 3 credits taught by the Resident Director. Students may then choose to take any or all of the following:
- Art Appreciation - ART 311 - 3 credits - fulfills Humanities Fine Arts requirement
- Topics in Theology - THEO 490 - 3 credits - fulfills upper level Theology
- Survey of English History & Culture - HIST 351 - 3 credits - fulfills Humanities History requirement
- Liturgical Theology and Church Music - MUS 473/THEO 456 - fulfills Fine Arts or upper level Theology requirement - taught by Resident Director
- Courses through Anglia Ruskin University and/or Westfield House - consult program advisor for more details on additional offerings
All students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course planning. Any course equivalencies must also be approved by the corresponding department head (i.e. History Department would approve a course taken abroad to count for a history course or specific degree requirement at Valpo).
Program dates for Spring 2018 have not officially been determined. Dates listed will serve as an estimate until official dates are released around the time of acceptance. Please note dates are often similar to the Valpo semester dates, thus the program will run from early January to mid-May.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants must have at least sophomore standing. Graduate students interested in studying in Cambridge should consult their advisor and Associate Director of Study Abroad Erin Kunert to discuss details.
The deadline to apply for the Spring of 2018 will be October 1st. Applications will be reviewed by the Resident Director alongside the Office of International Programs study abroad staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee they would pay at Valpo. All financial aid (except work-study and some 'on-campus' aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost. Students pay one $5,000 program fee which covers accommodation as well as group travel/excursions, activities and some meals. Participants in the program live together in two attached housing facilities that include bedrooms, sitting rooms, study areas, kitchens, and other facilities.
Tuition, general fee, and program fee will all be posted to Student Accounts any fees would be for a normal semester at Valpo.
Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare. The Study Abroad Office is happy to offer support as necessary including soliciting quotes for flights from a travel agent, and/or connecting students with reputable travel agents. Many students choose to fly together as a group, but some may choose to travel independently for personal travel before or after the program, or prefer to research and book on their own. Flights will be discussed at length during orientation.
The estimate for spending money will vary greatly depending on personal spending habits. This would include personal items, additional personal travel, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities such as going to movies, concerts, etc. This estimate found in the budget sheet is based on average spending and students should estimate for themselves based on their individual spending habits.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Resident Director in Cambridge:
Professor Lorraine Brugh, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Chapel Music
Office: VUCA 1520
Phone: (219) 464-5084
Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.