Study abroad inbound
Over 20 Years of Experience
Canterbury Christ Church University has hosted hundreds of study abroad and exchange students from the US and Canada for over 20 years. Our North American programme is run by our History and American Studies Department, within our Arts and Humanities Faculty. The programme is well respected for its academic rigour.
The Department of History and American Studies is the perfect base for the programme as both the Faculty and students are interested in studying the US and Canada, and participate in study abroad (outbound) and exchanges in North America themselves. There is a friendly atmosphere with organised social events including Thanksgiving and an annual Super Bowl night.
Canterbury is located in the South East of England. The attractions of the country’s capital city, London, are within easy travelling distance, and access to international airports, ferry terminals and cross-channel services means Canterbury is an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the UK and Europe.
Canterbury is one of the most significant historical and cultural centres in Britain. The main campus is situated in a World Heritage Site stretching from the Cathedral to the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey.
Canterbury is one of the safest university cities in England and Wales; characterised by a friendly and vibrant atmosphere and a strong community spirit. We have students from 80 countries worldwide studying with us and contributing to our exciting and engaging international student community.
What are my options?
American and Canadian students can study in Canterbury for a semester as study abroad (inbound) students or for a year, usually as exchange students.
You can elect to study in the fall semester (September-December) or the spring semester (January-April), or the whole academic year, September-June.
What’s the academic programme like?
Students typically choose four or five courses (equivalent of 12 or 15 credit hours). There are three courses specifically designed for North American students, these are:
Modern Britain – comparison course between the United States and Great Britain, which covers contemporary topics on: politics, society, culture, health care, media etc.
British History Survey (Romans to Civil War)
British Literature Survey (Chaucer to Dickens)
Other courses are selected from a broad range of options including Business, American Studies, History, Politics, Archaeology, English, Film and Media, Religious Studies and Social Science.
There are several organised trips as part of the academic programme on offer. These would typically include the Tower of London, The Globe Theatre, Dover Castle, and Windsor Castle.
What are the facilities like?
Recent multi-million pound developments ensure you’ll have access to the most up to date library and IT facilities at Augustine House-which also houses the i-zone and our student advice and support services.
Whether you’re an interested novice or a passionate expert there are sports facilities, clubs and activities to suit you. Our Sports Centre is a short walk from the Canterbury Campus and provides dedicated space for a variety of sports and physical activity. You will also have access to the 47 acre Polo Farm Sports Club.
Our Students' Union offers a varied entertainment programme that caters for all tastes. Canterbury Christ Church Students’ Union also runs its own radio station, TV station and produces its own newspaper.
Where will I live?
Students are accommodated in university residences or with families (Homestay).
How can I apply?
Applications for the Canterbury Christ Church North American programme can be made via our partner institutions:
Institutions who are interested in becoming one of our partners should please contact our International Office.