MCC Britain Study Abroad

Mesa Community College's Study Abroad program in Nottingham, England

Program Info

27 June- 29 July 2014

Courses Offered:

ground transportation from London to Nottingham and return, housing, weekly excursions to selected major historic/literary sites, use of New College Nottingham facilities, including computer lab and library.

Estimated cost:
The program fee for the Britain Study Abroad program is $2395. Tuition, airfare, and food are not included in this price. You may reserve a group airfare ticket for an additional $1350.

To participate in the Paris optional excursion, it is $575 extra. This covers roundtrip transportation from London to Paris, 3 nights lodging at a hotel, and some entrance fees.

Participants will be housed in Student Residential Housing in Nottingham within walking distance of New College Nottingham. Housing units include kitchens, private bedrooms, laundry facilities, and electronic security.

International study is full of potential rewards and opportunities for growth. It is also not right for everyone. Interested students must be honest with themselves about their openness and flexibility, desire to interact, and ability to notice differences and enjoy learning about new points-of-view without being judgmental. Although independence is important, in terms of responsibility, maturity and self-motivation, study abroad is not simply an exercise in self-reliance, but an opportunity to become an active, educated participant in our global community. A good dose of self-confidence and humor is also helpful when you have no idea what you are eating, the showers are just too "unique," your senses are over loaded, or you are exhausted from striving to be so open-minded. Study abroad is also about being an ambassador. You become a part of very complex and delicate relationships between Mesa Community College, the Maricopa Community College System, and the host college and country. What you do WILL affect the options other students have in the future. Please remember your responsibility and think about your opportunities to represent yourself and all of us well. The MCCCD Student Conduct Code shall apply while participating in any study abroad program. Because the Britain Study Abroad program, MCC's International Education Department, MCC, and MCCCD are obligated to ensure a healthy, comfortable, and educationally productive environment for students, faculty and the host institution, a negative academic and/or student conduct reference may be used to deny participation in a study abroad program.

Excursion Sites:
Major excursions are scheduled for Thursdays and will include:

  • York (or another site)
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Chatsworth
  • London

Other, optional visits may be made to such sites as:

  • Sherwood Forest, made famous through the tales of Robin Hood
  • Brighton
  • Hadrian’s Wall (built by the Romans during their occupation of the island)
  • Stonehenge
  • Bath
  • Stratford Upon Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace)
  • The Lake District (lakes, mountains, stunning vistas—and beloved home of Wordsworth and Coleridge)


Study Abroad in Britain is an academic program, part of Mesa Community College’s International Education offerings.  Participants will earn college credit while living in the very heart of England, in Nottinghamshire.  This is an area of England that knows and celebrates its history while anticipating its future.  Once engaged in farming, industry, lace and candy making—and an occasional involvement in things royal (Richard III sequestered himself in Nottingham Castle just prior to his defeat in the Battle of Bosworth Field, just a few miles outside of Nottingham), its future is in its major universities and colleges, its world class health care facilities, as well as a stunning amount of new business and housing construction.  The people are generous and outgoing; there’s a sense of community pride and accomplishment.  The visitor feels instantly at home.

Mesa Community College’s Study Abroad in Britain program will be held at New College Nottingham (NCN), located at the edge of Nottingham’s City Centre in the historic Lace Market district, home to over one hundred lace factories during the 19th century.  The Adams Building, home of NCN, Nottingham, is one of the city’s premier Victorian landmarks. 

Nottingham, famous for its association with Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest, is in England’s beautiful Midlands, a short and easy train ride from many of England’s most famous cities and sites:  London; the university centers of Oxford and Cambridge; York, northern England’s medieval walled city ; Blackpool, England’s Las Vegas; Liverpool, home of the Beatles; even Edinburgh, Scotland is just a short train ride away!

Nottingham itself is a lively and growing city, featuring Nottingham Castle (built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century), two of England’s finest universities, a rich cultural focus (music, theatre, dance, art), a 500-acre deer park, a dynamic night life, great “pubs,” superb internationally recognized sports arenas, and the annual “Goose Fair,” a centuries old traditional event.

Great Britain’s past is profound, including such unrivaled historical events as the creation of Stonehenge, the Roman invasion and construction of such landmarks as Hadrian’s Wall, the Norman conquest at the Battle of Hastings, the unrelenting nights of bombing over London in WWII.  But today, this “sceptred Isle” maintains its traditional “British resolve” over all, having become one of the world’s most important and influential powers.  The British Parliament is valued as one of the first democratic governmental bodies, London is celebrated as one of the world’s great capitals, and the English countryside is the very image of charm and beauty.


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Comment by Cheryl Colan on September 28, 2010 at 11:18am
Is this the 2011 itinerary?

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