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Time in the USA and Canada

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American Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University encourages students to spend time abroad. We understand the importance of personal and academic growth during your university career. Our exchange programmes offer students:

  • Intercultural exchange
  • Exposure to new ideas and philosophies
  • Invaluable international professional experience
  • The opportunity to learn from, and network with,   professionals from across the world
  • New knowledge and expertise
  • Improved job prospects

In an ever expanding global economy we want to provide you with opportunities that benefit you in the long run, bolster your transferable skills, and set you on the right path to employment. We are delighted to be able to offer American Studies students at Canterbury Christ Church University a number of options for spending time in the USA or Canada.

Annual field trip

Each year (normally during the Easter vacation) the American Studies team organises a week-long field trip to the USA, which is open to all undergraduate students in American Studies.  Recent destinations include New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco.  The American Studies staff organise daily tours, visits to historic sites, day trips and other events for students during the week. Students are also free to organise their own activities in addition to some of the scheduled itinerary. 

Click here for more details about the trip.

Summer school in the USA

American Studies students (both Single & Combined Honours) are eligible to undertake a summer school at University of California, Irvine (UCI). Students have the opportunity to spend their summer studying in Orange County, California between June-August (Session I) and August-September (Session II). With over 800 courses on offer at UCI students can broaden their academic credentials whilst enjoying everything that southern California has to offer, from the beach to the mountains. 


Semester Exchange in th e USA or Canada (Level 6 / Year 3)

There is also room in the American Studies programme for Single Honours students to spend a semester (August-December) studying at an American or Canadian university. This option allows students to spend a period of study in North America whilst having the ability to graduate in three years. Students undertake their semester abroad during the Autumn term in Year 3 and return to Canterbury in the Spring term to resume and complete their studies. The semester abroad is worth 50% of a student’s final year grade.

Full-year Exchange in the USA or Canada (Level 6 / Year 3)

All full-time American Studies students (Single & Combined Honours) have the option to spend an entire academic year in the USA or Canada. This exchange takes place between Level 5 and Level 6 (between year 2 and year 3) and lasts from August-May. The year abroad is graded on a pass/fail system with students returning to Canterbury to complete a fourth year of study. The year exchange option allows students to take a wide range of courses, and students also have the ability to undertake research and utilise American or Canadian resources for their final year dissertation.

NB: Not all students who apply through UCAS for the Semester or Year in North America will be guaranteed this option. While we try to ensure that all suitable students are able to spend some time in North America, spaces are limited by our exchange partners, so there is a competitive application process, which students will be informed about during their first year.

American Studies Exchange Partners in North America


We are constantly looking to agree exchange agreements with other universities in the USA and Canada. Please email Douglas MacMillan ( ) for updates and further information.


Canterbury Christ Church University is a proud member of BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association). BUTEX is a great way to learn more about scholarship opportunities, pre-departure tips, and general information regarding studying in North America. For more information please visit the BUTEX

Postgraduate Study in the USA

Students interested in undertaking postgraduate study in the USA will find useful information on the Fulbright Commission

Camp America

A number of American Studies students choose to spend their summer in the USA involved in Camp America. For more information please visit the Camp America

For more information about studying in North America as part of your American Studies degree please email the departmental Study Abroad Co-Ordinator, Douglas MacMillan: