European Experience: Ireland, Scotland, England and Spain

Program Information

Travel in Europe and spend 10 weeks studying and traveling in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain during this multi-country study abroad program! European Experience: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain is the ideal way to not only boost your academic studies a full semester ahead, but also see four beautiful, historic European countries. You’ll fall in love with them!

Plenty to offer –This program will satisfy culture, history, architecture, and language buffs as much as the first-time traveler. You will study at a London university, explore Ireland and Scotland, and immerse yourself in Spanish language all in one summer. It’s the best of study abroad combined into one program! You can look forward to:

Faculty-led – This summer study abroad program is led by faculty from Jacksonville University. 

Travel throughout Ireland and Scotland – First, you will spend one week traveling throughout Ireland. Then, after one week in the heart of Scotland, you'll spend the next four weeks taking classes at Roehampton University on the southern edge of London.  

Swing through Scotland for castles and landscapes – Scotland, England's neighbor to the north, is known for its beautiful lochs, exquisite landscapes, rugged highlands, unique culture, and impressive castles. 

 Explore all the amazing sites in London – From Big Ben to the London Eye, you will find hundreds of things to do in the vibrant capital of England as you study at Roehampton University for 4 weeks. You'll get to really experience this diverse city with your professor and classmates!

Learn Spanish this summer (and maybe a bit of Catalan, too!) – During the last 4 weeks of this program, Spanish classes in Barcelona let you really advance your language skills. ¡Qué guay!

English-language courses available in Barcelona – Take one class in Spanish and one in English or two in English. Business, history, art, sports, culture...There are tons of options in either language.

Highlights and Excursions

Spend your summer in Europe on our multi-country summer study abroad program! There are many reasons to study on our European Experience: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain program, but here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

    Live on a beautiful campus just outside of the city center of London

    Choose from such diverse course offerings as international studies, business, literature, history,

    culture, and cinema

    Study in the heart of London and check out Big Ben, Parliament, Oxford Street, the London Eye, and


    Travel throughout Ireland with fellow classmates and your professors

    Try the local languages of Gaelic and Catalan to really fit in

    Immerse yourself in Spanish in Barcelona

    Fall in love with vibrant Barcelona, with its tapas, Ramblas pedestrian zone, and Catalan nationalism

    Learn Spanish through an intensive language course available at any level

    Take courses in English in history, art, culture, sports, and more in Barcelona

    Earn 15 credits in 10 weeks while seeing the best of Europe


Since the European Experience is a true travel-study course, a great deal of your academics will be mixed with trips around the various locations in which you will be studying. In Ireland you'll visit the major cities like Dublin, Galway and Belfast as well as the delightful countryside treasures that fill the country. You'll then take a quick trip through Scotland where you’ll visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and the highlands! Then head to London for the next portion of the program where you’ll visit castles, historic sites, towns such as Oxford, and more. Your classes there will include many excursions in and around the big city as part of your schooling. And of course, once you're in Spain there will be hundreds of things to see and do in and around the city of Barcelona. And when you want to just take it easy, hit the beach!

Possible Activities include:

    Cliffs of Moher

    Aran Islands

    Book of Kells

    Giant's Causeway

    Dunluce Castle

    Lochness Cruise


    Edinburgh Castle

    Beatles Tour

    Plas Mawr

    Harry Potter walking tour

    Oxford and the Cotswolds

    Tower of London


    Spanish Cooking Classes

    Costa Brava


For the first 2 weeks of Summer European Experience, you will be traveling throughout Ireland and Scotland so you will be staying in double rooms at hotels throughout the country. At most hotels, breakfast will be provided but all other meals will be your responsibility.

While you're studying in London you'll be living at one of Roehampton University's residence halls. Each hall is its own social hub. This way, you can have all of the luxuries of a traditional campus environment while enjoying a small, tight-knit community that makes it easy to get to know your British and international classmates.  The residence halls offer self-catered single-occupancy accommodation with common kitchen facilities, furnished rooms, and comfortable lounges. Many halls are near cafeterias, coffee and snack bars, and shops.

As for your month in Barcelona, you will begin by staying in a hotel on the Balearic Coast for the 5-day interim between your courses in [London/Rome] and Barcelona, with a welcome dinner included. You will be able to explore the sites of the region, including beautiful beaches and history ruins of the old Roman capital in Spain. Then, you will be transported to your apartment shared with other students back in Barcelona, where you'll be for the remainder of the program. The apartments are located off-campus in the city of Barcelona, just a 25 minute commute to class. They are fully furnished apartments with a shared living room, a well-equipped kitchen, and bathrooms.  Two students will share a room and there will be up to six students in each apartment.  Due to the central location of the apartments within the city, you will have the opportunity to experience living in Barcelona.  You will be near shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, museums, and will have the chance to learn more about the culture through the people you meet and the roommates you live with.  What more could you ask for? 


Program Dates

Summer 2014*:

Start Date: May 14
End Date: July 26



*Costs may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Jacksonville University official transcript
  • All trip-related travel (excluding round-trip airfare from US)
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

"From talking to locals, I learned so much about the culture in these three countries. This was truly my first time away from home. This trip made me grow up extremely fast and become much more of an independent individual."

Leah B.