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First-Year England - Alnwick: SCSU Semester
Alnwick, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring
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Restrictions: (current student at) SCSU applicants only
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Spring 2019 11/01/2018 11/12/2018 TBA TBA
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Program Type: Faculty Led Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5
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Non-SCSU Student: No Housing Options: Residence Halls
Language Courses Offered: No Credit Type: Undergraduate
Program Length: Long-Term Program
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  Fast Facts

  Academic Calendar:  Spring
  Credits: 12-16 credits per semester
  Course Offerings: Most Majors
  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: 8,116
  Costs: Spring - CLICK HERE



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. 

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Program Requirements

The First Year Experience program at Alnwick requires students to take an introduction course in the fall semester to prepare for spending spring semester abroad. 


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.

Spring 2019: Courses Offered
  • BRIT 250 - Contemporary Britain
  • HIST 335 - Britain in the Tudor Era
  • HIST 101 - Tolerance & Persecution During the Black Death (Goal 5 & 8)
  • HIST 110 - Western Civilization (Goal 5 & Goal 8)
  • HIST 380 - Saints & Demons 
  • STATS 193 - Statistical Thinking (Goal 4)
  • MATH 221 - Calculus (Goal 4)
  • MATH 480 - Topics in Mathematics (Goal 2 & Goal 8)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


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