Semester in Britain

Basic information

  • Location: Liverpool, England | Map
  • Dates: Next scheduled for Spring 2023
  • Class requirement: Sophomore
  • GPA requirement: 2.50+
  • Cost: $26,750 + round-trip airfare (estimate)

No matter what major you're pursuing—business, communication, education, English, film, history, information technology, sport and exercise, or religion—you'll find classes to take at Liverpool-Hope University.

Relatively close to Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and named a European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool boasts a bustling downtown area and thriving arts scene second only to London’s, as well as quiet green suburban parks.

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Liverpool, England

Founded in the thirteenth century, the city of Liverpool has long been one of England’s primary seaports, gateway to the British Empire, home to the Beatles, and port of registry to the Titanic.
Approx. 494,814 in the city itself, with 2,241,000 in the wider metropolitan area
This area of England has warm summers with temperatures reaching up to 86 °F (30 °C). Winter is cold and wet, with temperature lows of around 36 °F (2 °C) and plenty of rain. In summer the sun rises and sets in about 17 hours, but winter days only experience about seven or eight hours of daylight.

Program Profile: Liverpool, England

In most cases students adapt well to their circumstances, but it is helpful to know what to expect as you prepare for a specific experience. If you have specific questions about a program, we would encourage you to speak directly to your off-campus instructor or director or, feel free to stop by the OCP Office at any time.

Physical expectations: Moderate
Language Importance: Low
Cultural acclimation difficulty: Low
Level of Cultural Interaction: Moderate
Safety & Security Considerations: Moderate

Health Considerations: Low
Mental Health Considerations: Moderate
Lodging: Dorms

Social Expectations: By their nature, semesters and interims off-campus are inherently social experiences. Heavy emphasis is usually put on building a strong sense of community within the group, which requires openness, sociability, and a collaborative spirit from everyone involved. Acknowledging that having a diversity of personalities makes a group stronger, it is expected that all participants willfully agree to be an active part of the social community of their interim or semester program.


Physical Expectations


These experiences require no more physical exertion than being on Calvin’s Campus. You don’t have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to. No physical preparation is required to make the most of this experience.


Moderate physical activity is expected and an average level of fitness is required. You will be doing a great deal more walking then on campus, often over uneven surfaces and rough roads. Some physical preparation is recommended before departure to make the most of this experience.


Be prepared for some serious physical activity requiring an above average level of fitness. This will include a high level of walking over all kinds of terrain as well as other physical demands in all kinds of extreme temperatures. The fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy this experience as many activities will be challenging.


Language Importance


English is the predominant language in course location.


Knowing another language is helpful to fulfill the goals of the course but English is also prevalent in course location.

Knowing another language is important to fulfill the goals of the course.


Cultural Acclimation Difficulty


Western conveniences are prevalent. Host culture is very similar to traditions and culture of West Michigan.


Few western conveniences, the need for students to blend in with the surrounding culture is important. Host culture shares similarities and differences with the culture of West Michigan.

No western conveniences, the need for students to acclimatize to local culture is readily apparent. Host culture is vastly different than West Michigan.


Level of Cultural Interaction


Interaction with local culture is limited and very formal (e.g. through organized tours).


Intentional opportunities to interact with local peoples and culture.


Intensive immersion in local culture – host families, service-learning, etc.


Safety & Security Considerations

Although no one can guarantee your safety or eliminate all risks from a study-abroad experience, Calvin College is committed to doing its utmost to provide secure environments in which you can live and learn. Our goal is to minimize risks and keep you aware of special situations as you make decisions about studying off-campus.


Safety concerns are similar to living on campus. Incidents can happen anywhere, but there are no indications that you are more at risk during this experience then you would be at home. You always need to continually be aware of what is going on around you and partner with your Calvin instructor or director to assure your safety while off-campus.


There are no specific safety concerns of the U.S. State Department for the areas where you will be studying. However, additional care must be taken to assure a safe and secure experience. You always need to continually be aware of what is going on around you and partner with your Calvin instructor or director to assure your safety while off-campus.


There are safety concerns you should be aware of as you commit to this trip. The U.S. State Department has issued a Travel alert or Warning for the area where you will be studying. You will need to partner with Calvin in addressing safety concerns and follow all safety guidelines for the experience.


Health Considerations

Remember, Calvin follows the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for all Calvin sponsored off-campus experiences.


Health concerns are similar to living on campus. Illnesses and accidents can happen anywhere, but there are no indications that you are more at risk during this experience then you would be at home. Health Care resources (clinics, medical personnel, etc.) are numerous and you would have easy access to medical care if needed. Some vaccinations will be required, but overall precautions are minimal.


In general, health concerns are slightly higher than living on campus. Typical travel illnesses (diarrhea, intestinal issues, etc.) are often experienced and appropriate health care is available but can be harder to access than on campus. Several vaccinations may be required and students must be diligent in taking precautions before and during the experience.


Health concerns are higher than living on campus. Typical travel illnesses (diarrhea, intestinal issues, etc.) are often experienced at some point. Plans to assure adequate health care are in place but health care facilities could be hard to access during the experience. There may be many vaccinations required for the experience and students must be diligent in taking precautions before and during the experience.


Mental Health Considerations

Remember, the Broene Counseling Center cannot provide on-line or phone consultations with students.


Mental health resources are similar to living on the Calvin campus. Mental Health resources (clinics, counselors, etc.) are available and you would have access to these resources, if needed. It could be challenging to find the right resources on short notice and for a short period of time.


Mental health resources are present in various locations during the experience but maybe difficult to access for a variety of reasons.




Group will be camping (living outdoors) at times during the trip.

Host Families

Students will be staying with host families for parts or all of the experience.


Staying in College dorms, similar to Calvin. Roommates will be other Calvin students or other international students depending on your preference.


Dormitory style lodging, shared bathrooms.


Individual rooms (with roommates) and private baths.



Cost of off-campus experiences vary as a result of a number of factors, including the number of students enrolled in the program. Amidst all these factors, the following categories could be helpful, but students are encouraged to check with instructors and directors on specific cost information.


$ Within $500 of tuition, room & board on campus
$$ Between $501 and $2,000 of tuition, room and board on campus
$$$ More than $2,000 over tuition, room and board on campus


$ Less than $2,500
$$ $2,501 to $3,800
$$$ >$3,801


Each student will take four courses:

Two courses taught by the Calvin program director (Dan Knapper)

  • STBR 312: Studies in British Culture. 4 credits: A topical introduction to political, historical, religious, artistic, and popular aspects of the culture of Great Britain. The course engages the culture through a combination of classroom and experiential learning, including speakers, excursions and tours. This course earns Global Historical and Cross-Cultural Engagement credit in the old core; it earns Global Regions and Cultures credit in the new core.
  • STBR 210: Visions of Albion: British Literature in Context. This course will explore a variety of literary texts from key periods across British history and culture, from the chivalric and monastic cultures of the high and late Middle Ages, through the religious and political revolutions of the Renaissance and Reformation eras, to the industrial and imperialist developments of modernity, and, finally, the post-colonial, globalist present day. Students will read texts in a range of genres—Arthurian legend, slave narrative, Gothic romance, historical drama, global novel, devotional poem, pop-rock lyric—and they will learn to analyze and interpret the texts not only according to their formal/aesthetic features but also in relation to their historical and cultural contexts, considering how the texts shaped and were shaped by the times and places of their production and immediate reception.

    This course earns Humanities credit in the new core.

Two courses from Liverpool Hope University, which offers a broad selection of classes in the arts, sciences, and humanities.


The grades from the two courses taught by the Calvin instructor will factor into your GPA.



You will stay in your own dorm for the semester.


You must be of sophomore status and have 2.5 GPA or higher.


$26,750 + round-trip airfare (estimate)

The final program cost is based on many factors and is not known exactly until the number of students in the group has been identified. The price for the Britain semester will include:

  • Tuition, room and board; students will receive a weekly stipend to cover all meals while in the program
  • Administrative fee
  • Program excursions

Additional expenses not included in the program fee: books, insurance (required), passport, personal spending money and personal travel.

This price may change due to fluctuations in the rate of the dollar against the British pound.


This year's application deadline has passed. Check back next year to apply.

Questions / contact

Daniel Knapper

Daniel Knapper

Adjunct Professor
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