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  • Locations: Caernarfon, United Kingdom; Chepstow, United Kingdom; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Llandudno, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Salisbury, United Kingdom; Wales, United Kingdom; York, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2
Housing Option: Hotel Areas of Study: Architecture, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Classics, Engineering, Engineering Physics Program, Geography, History, Humanities
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 GE Requirements: GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the US; Global Studies), GE: Historical Study
Academic Credit: Engineering Education Abroad Coordinator: Leslie Roberts
Program Description:
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Have you ever wondered how castles and cathedrals were constructed? If so, then explore a class in which you will not only learn about how they were constructed, but why. This class will take students to some of the classic castles and fortified cities in Wales and England as well as some of the outstanding religious structures in England.

The construction techniques used when these structures were created are still relevant today. Students will learn why they were built and why some were abandoned. Each student will be assigned a specific castle or cathedral to research. During the tour, each student will be the resident expert and tour guide for the group at that location. In addition, students will visit Stonehenge and Westminster Abbey. There is also free time in London, one of the great cities of the world.

By participating in this program, students will: 
1. Understand construction methods used to build selected castles and cathedrals
2. Better understand English and Welsh culture
3. Increase research and communication skills through site analyses, paper writing, and presentations
4. Contextualize the interdependence of international technological advances

Read more about past student experiences here. 


Students arrive on a group flight in London, England, then travel up the coast of Wales, cross back into England and end in London. Cities visited include Salisbury, Chepstow, Caernarfon, Conwy, York and London.


During the week on-campus prior to traveling abroad, students have the option of finding their own housing or staying in Ohio State dorms. To reserve dorm space on campus, contact the Housing Office.

While abroad, students will stay in shared rooms in hotels and bed & breakfasts. All breakfasts will be provided by the accommodations while abroad. 

Resident Directors

Jamie Paulson, Graduation Coordinator, College of Engineering

Dr. Don Hempson, Director for International Initiatives in the College of Engineering  

Education Abroad Coordinator

Leslie Roberts



Castles and Cathedrals Block OCourses and Credit

Admitted participants are required to register in three credit hours of Engineering 5797.13 for May 2018. This course counts towards engineering's Global Option and is an approved History GE. Non-engineering students are welcome to apply for the program.

Students will participate in a class on OSU Columbus campus beginning May 7th, where students will spend two hours each day preparing for the international portion of the program.



Castles and Cathedrals GroupApplication Requirement

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. This program is open to all majors.

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Technical Standard: Students will be working in historic buildings that predate elevators and ramps, viewing original construction and renovation techniques requires accessing upper spaces and infrastructure that can only be reached by steep steps and requires comfort with working in exposed heights.

The Office of International Affairs works with the Office of Disability Services to establish reasonable accommodations, if you have not registered with them, they can be reached through Disability Services website. Questions about the program requirements can be addressed to the Office of International Affairs and the resident directors for the program.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Castles and Cathedrals Group 1Program Costs

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,060 program fee. The program fee includes one-way international airfare to London, breakfast every day, some group lunches and dinners, in-country transportation, accommodations, excursions and supplemental health insurance. It will not cover the return flight from the United Kingdom to the U.S., personal expenses, passport, immunizations, and some meals. Not including the return flight allows students the capability to travel independently after the end of the program, if interested.

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $4,060 per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 (subject to change).

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.



Castles and Cathedrals GroupInformation Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 10th: 3:00pm, Enarson Classroom Building, room 100
  • Friday, November 3rd: 12:30pm, Hitchcock Hall 426
  • Monday, December 4th: 5:15pm, McPherson Hall 1021
  • Students can also join us for the Education Abroad Expo on Thursday, September 14th, 10:00am-2:00pm located in the Ohio Union East Ballroom
  • or the Engineering Abroad Expo on Thursday, September 21st, from12:00-3:00pm in E100 Scott Lab


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



The most valuable part of this program that I gained was the opportunity to connect history with standing structures.  I have always struggled in history classes to remember facts because they did not interest me, and I was not able to connect what I learned to my own life.  In taking this class, however, I found that I really enjoyed learning about the castles and cathedrals we visited, and seeing/climbing the structures made the experience so much more valuable.  I think that the next time I go on a vacation to somewhere, I would like to do my own research about the sites that I see to understand the history behind the structures.  I could tell that my peers also felt motivated to listen to each other about each site.
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/03/2018
01/10/2018 05/13/2018 05/28/2018
NOTE: Dates include travel to and from the U.S. Please note students are required to participate in class on Columbus campus beginning May 7th.
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 TBA TBA

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