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Take a magical mystery tour

Next summer will bring music to the ears of Orange Coast College students who are looking to study abroad.

Jeffrey Mayor, OCC’s history of rock music instructor for the last seven years, is planning to take around 30 students to Cambridge University in England next summer for a study abroad program.

Although prices and a set itinerary have yet to be announced, Mayor plans to have class on Cambridge’s campus and said he will take students on smaller trips to London and Liverpool during their stay in England.

Students will go on a two-day overnight trip to Liverpool to partake in The Beatles Tour. They will then go to the Cavern Club with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts College, which was founded by Paul McCartney.

There will also be an overnight trip to London, just 55 minutes from Cambridge by train, to go on a rock ‘n’ roll walking tour to include Abbey Road studio, and some evening events that have yet to be decided.

“The class will most likely meet on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so there will be time for local and regional trips along with plenty of time for individual exploration and travel,” Mayor said.

Cambridge has many things to do, including visiting pubs with live music and open mic nights and large music venues like The Junction and The Corn Exchange. There is also boating and museums, parks and churches located on campus, according to Mayor.

There will be live-in supervisors and 24-hour contacts at the university who are available to help and assist students for the entirety of the trip. Each live-in supervisor will either be a Cambridge alumni or a local resident who is familiar with the town and all of its local gems.

So each student will get the full, real English experience by people who know their way around tourist traps, he said.

Students who want to attend must be 18 years old by the time of trip and enrolled in the summer course Music 139: History of Rock Music. This class is six weeks long, which includes two weeks at OCC where students will learn the fundamentals as well as getting to know each other before their four-week trip in Europe.

The class fulfills the three-unit general education requirements for humanities for both Cal States and UCs.

Prices have yet to be announced but students will be expected to pay for the summer course as well as the trip package, which includes staying at Cambridge University, meals, trips to Liverpool and London and the round-trip flight.

Students will have to pay for their personal trips around England and Europe if they plan to do so. Students who want to attend, but may not have enough money, are encouraged to apply for a federal Pell Grant or even look into a loan with low interest rates in Watson Hall.

Students interested in studying abroad can find out more information about this trip by going to the page and submitting your email to receive notifications about course and trip developments.

Student can also contact Mayor by emailing him at

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This entry was posted on May 6, 2014 by in Campus News, News.
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