Social Sciences

Cumbria Study Abroad


Leave the classroom behind, and take your learning into the world! 

Study abroad with Michigan Tech faculty in northern England in during the summer. Professor Carl Blair across campus lead the five-week program, "Crossing Borders," in Northern England and Southern Scotland.

Get to know Cumbria, Northern England, and Southern Scotland through a mix of archaeology and other liberal arts topics. Students learn the culture through a mix of field trips, and classwork.

Cumbria and Carlisle

   Aerial of Keswick and Derwent Water, Lake District Cumbria, UK


Today Cumbria is a predominantly rural county focused on tourism and agriculture. In the past, it was one of the most significant political and economic hubs of England. Cumbria's roots go back to early Medieval England where the region was part of the British Kingdom of Strathclyde. Hadrian's Wall runs across the northern part of the country.

Many of the industrial revolution's early developments took place in West Cumbria. The region was one of the most important parts of the Romantic Period, including the Lake District, now site of a national park to preserve the region's nature and character.  Cumbria's current economic and cultural revival is characterized by the newly formed University of Cumbria, established in 2007 in Carlisle.

Carlisle Castle, UK. Inside the walls of Carlisle Castle showing the barracks and 'Lady's Walk'


Carlisle is Cumbria's only city, with a population of about 80,000. We'll visit the 12th Century Carlisle Castle, and Carlisle Cathedral, circa 1123. The city has many cultural centers and extensive shopping. Located on the main north-south road and rail routes, it's a convenient base for exploring northern England and southern Scotland.

Courses Offered

Students earn 9 credits abroad. Students will take: 

  • SS 3990 Topics in the Social Science: Cultural Immersion
  • SS 2503 European History Since 1650
  • SS 3561 History of England II

 If you have questions about what courses may be offered for summer, please contact Carl Blair.

Much of the course material comes from field trips to museums, and excursions to historic sites and foreign cities. All courses meet the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) requirement, and can also be applied toward majors or minors as needed.

If you need additional credits to meet the 12-credit financial aid requirement, please talk with program leader Carl Blair about a directed study/directed reading.

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