|Restrictions:||(current student at) SCSU applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Program Type:||Faculty Led||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Minimum GPA:||2.5||Minimum Class Eligibility:||1-Freshman|
|Non-SCSU Student:||No||Housing Options:||Residence Halls|
|Language Courses Offered:||No||Credit Type:||Undergraduate|
|Program Length:||Long-Term Program|
St. Cloud State University offers freshman students the unique opportunity of studying abroad for one semester in their first year of college. One option is the Alnwick Program in northern England. Students live in the Alnwick castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, taking classes alongside other St. Cloud State students and taught by St. Cloud State faculty. The Alnwick Castle is also widely known as the “Harry Potter Castle” because it was featured as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films.
Academic Calendar: Spring
Credits: 12-16 credits per semester
Faculty & Staff: Resident Coordinator in Alnwick, SCSU Faculty, and British Faculty
Housing: Dormitory-styled room in Alnwick Castle
Meals: Meals provided from Monday breakfast to Friday lunch; kitchen available for weekend meals
Language of instruction: English
Local Currency: Pound
Population of Alnwick: 8,000
Costs: Spring - CLICK HERE
The First Year Experience program at Alnwick requires students to take an introduction course in the fall semester to prepare for spending a semester abroad. Then participate in the Alnwick Program during the following spring or summer. The course fulfills goal 10 course requirement in their LEP goal area even if they decide not to participate in the Alnwick Program.
The courses at Alnwick include different major/minor-specific courses offered each semester depending on the faculty leading the program. Students will take 15 credits offered during the semester. Please contact the Education Abroad office for specific courses being offered that spring semester.
The castle itself is an attraction during tourist season with broomstick flying lessons, archery lessons, and tours of the castle area where the Duke and Duchess live. Alnwick also supports a rugby team that plays on the outskirts of the town. Hulne Park or Duke’s Park both offer multiple walking trails. If students are looking to see something outside the precinct, however, Newcastle, England and Edinburgh, Scotland are only a train ride away for weekend getaways!
SCSU students live in dormitory-styled rooms inside of Alnwick Castle. Single rooms are available upon request for an extra cost, but the typical dorm rooms fit two to five students in them. On the castle grounds there is a kitchen, dining hall, recreation room, laundry room, and library.
First Year Student
Must be enrolled in the required course during the fall semester
Open to all intended majors/minors