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  • Locations: Caernarfon, United Kingdom; Chepstow, United Kingdom; Conwy, 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: 2.0
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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Castles Tab 1Program

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

Patrick Herak
Senior Lecturer, Engineering Education

Education Abroad Coordinator

Leslie Roberts



Castles Tab 2Courses 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 Ohio State Columbus campus beginning May 7, where students will spend two hours each day preparing for the international portion of the program.



Castles Tab 3Application 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



Program Costs Castles Tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,163 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 $4,163 per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 per student (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 Tab 5Information Sessions

  • Thursday, September 20: 12:30 p.m., 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • Tuesday, October 9: 6 p.m., 346 Hitchcock
  • Monday, November 19: 5:30 p.m., 346 Hitchcock
  • Join us for the Education Abroad Expo on Tuesday, September 4, 2 -6 p.m. located in the Ohio Union East Ballroom 
  • Engineering and Knowlton Abroad Expo, Tuesday, October 9, 3 - 5:30 p.m. in E100 Scott Lab
  • See Leslie Roberts in Enarson Classroom Building during drop-in advising hours every Wednesday from 1 - 4 p.m. to discuss the program further.


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
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.


None at this time. Castles Tab 6

I like that we visited all kinds of communities. We were not just in huge tourist cities and instead got to visit small towns where the locals don't see a lot of tourists. This provided some great opportunites to interact with locals and have open conversations with them. Also, I always felt welcome in these areas because tourists are less frequent there. We also traveled a lot in the coach and got to see the country more than we would have if we had just stayed in a single area.
     — Summer, 2018 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 05/12/2019 05/27/2019
NOTE: Dates include travel to and from the U.S. Students are required to participant in class on Columbus campus May 6-10, 2019