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Chester, Carlisle, Durham, York, and Manchester, England

Program Description

The North of England Programme immerses students in the rich culture of this distinctive region within the UK, especially in History, Literature and Politics. It covers the entire period from the ancient world to 1997 with fairly even coverage of Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern periods. The many sites and museums we visit in the five cities in which we stay both reflect and augment the classroom experience.

General education and upper level courses are available. Students from all majors are welcome in NOEP.  

Amongst the highlights of NOEP are Hadrian's wall, Fountains Abbey, three cathedrals, Durham and Carlisle castles, walking the Medieval city walls of Carlisle and York, the Georgian splendour of Fairfax House and the glorious cuisine (yes, really!). In general, former NOEPi have particularly commented on their love of the very rich and varied architectural and artistic traditions. In addition to these memorable experiences, students are free to travel on three of the four weekends (the first, third and fourth). Come and enjoy the hospitality of the North and acquire life-long memories from NOEP 2022.

Location Description

NOEP 2022 (30 nights), the longest ever and the very final iteration, stays in five historic cities:  Chester (5 nights), Carlisle (4 nights), Durham (1 night), York (11 nights) and the great post-industrial city of Manchester (9 nights).  All five reflect the history of the North over the centuries. Chester, Carlisle and York were Roman cities with legionary garrisons as well as important Medieval sites with great cathedrals, abbeys and city walls. Carlisle was a powerful fortress on the Scottish border which experienced many sieges.  York enjoyed a renaissance in the elegant Georgian period and went on to become a railway hub and centre of chocolate production in the industrial revolution. Durham was a major medieval fortress-city with a beautiful early Norman Cathedral.  Manchester was a Roman centre and later a market town which exploded in size to become the living heart of the Industrial Revolution. Its modern vibrancy and diversity, including the Gay village, continues to make the city a major cultural attraction.


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The housing in Chester, Carlisle and Manchester is in university dorms in order to keep the price of the programme down. Our university dorm overnight in Durham is in the historic Durham Castle. We breakfast next morning in the Castle's Great Hall. In York, we stay at the glorious Alcuin Lodge, one of the most highly ranked bed and breakfasts in York and in the Hedley House Hotel.

In Chester and Carlisle, students do not receive breakfast with accommodation and so have a twenty-five pound per day food allowance. Students do have breakfasts included with accommodation In Durham, York and Manchester and twenty pounds per day additionally for lunch and dinner. This is a generous allowance. There are in addition several group meals in various settings.

Additional Items to Consider

HIST 489 can be taken for POSC or INTA credit.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Open to all majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Applications Closed.


Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HIST 391: The Life, History, and Culture Northern England - Mandatory for All Students (3 credits)

HUM 250: The Ancient Mediterranean (3 credits)

HIST 271: The Ancient Mediterranean (3 credits)

HIST 489: Topics in Northern English Literature, History and Politics

ENG 302: Literature in Northern English (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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