When you study abroad in England, you see the best of the old and the new. Your host city and the country become your classroom as you find yourself touring the Tower of London, visiting Stonehenge, and attending performances in some of the world’s most historic venues…for class!
Envision living and learning in a historic, culturally diverse city where “field trip” translate to exploring castles and landmarks. You make friends with local students you meet while taking classes at world-renowned universities. That’s what studying abroad in England is like, whether you choose London, Cambridge, or Oxford. Sound good? Then when you choose to study abroad, England is the perfect choice for you.
Located 60 miles north of London, the large town of Cambridge welcomes students from around the world to study at the historic University of Cambridge. Beyond its academic prestige, Cambridge offers a vibrant arts and culture scene.
Perhaps the most recognizable landmark in Cambridge, King's College Chapel towers over the River Cam near the city center. Built in phases, the chapel took nearly 100 years to complete and stands as the largest collegiate chapel in the world.
For a picturesque view of the city, walk up Castle Mound, the remains of the 11th century Cambridge Castle built by William the Conquerer.
The River Cam
Winding through the city of Cambridge, the River Cam offers postcard-worthy views of the University of Cambridge's oldest colleges. Follow it east towards Sheep's Green where you'll find places to go punting, rowing, and canoeing.
True to its name, the Corn Exchange used to host merchants who came to trade corns. Nowadays, the Corn Exchange is a famous concent venue that has hosted the likes of The Who, Queen, Pink Floyd, and David Bowie.
The rich history and strong student culture of England’s capital and largest city make every day a new adventure in London, a world-class city and international center of business, the arts, media, and more.
The UK Parliament is perhaps the most recognizable building in London. Comprised of the House of Commons and House of Lords, Parliament is the supreme governing council in the UK. Big Ben, commonly mistaken as the clock, is the bell in the giant clock tower.
Tower of London
Constructed in 1078 by William the Conquerer, the Tower once acted as a palace, fortress, and prison. Today, the Tower houses the magnificent Crown Jewels and many other historical artifacts. Beefeaters, the protectors of the Tower, also serve as informative tour guides.
Located just steps from Parliament, Westminster Abbey is the famous burial and coronation site for British royalty. King Edward's 700 year-old Coronation Chair is located in the Abbey. Since 1308, every British monarch has sat in the throne after coronation.
Hyde Park is the largest park in central London and one of the Royal Parks, famous for its Speakers' Corner. Neighboring Kensington Gardens, it covers 608 acres with its sprawling green lawns dotted with lush gardening, ponds, and trees.
University College is the oldest and largest of the 27 colleges at the University of Oxford. The college was built in the 13th century, and its medieval architecture is truly reflective of the period.
Oxford Castle was constructed in 1071 for William the Conquerer. His son, King Henry I, later inhabited the castle. When King Henry died in 1135, his daughter Matilda should have succeeded him. However, Henry's nephew, Stephen seized the Castle and the throne from Matilda.
The Carfax Tower is located at the center of Oxford. The Tower's name was taken from the French word "carrefour" meaning "crossroad." The Tower, indeed, is a crossroad of Oxford. If one climbs to the top of the Tower, he or she will see spectacular views of the town.
No, not with a boy. It’s midterms season and I’ve found myself being particularly stressed about schoolwork, my job, and my life as a whole. It is so easy for me to be swept away in the stress of it all and completely forget the big picture. As my dad likes to say, when I focus on something, I really focus on it. When I’m involved in doing something, it is hard to shift my attention to basically anything else other than the task at hand.
Okay, so I didn’t actually cry. It just makes for a catchier title to say that I did. The truth is, I didn’t cry, but I certainly wanted to. The other day, I had some British friends over to my flat. It happened to be raining that evening, so many of them showed up varying degrees of soaked. I noticed some people were more cold and wet than others, so I offered them tea to help them warm up.
As a natural born introvert, the constant bombardment of new people and experiences can be a lot. Being abroad means that everything is new, which can sometimes make coping with anxiety and homesickness difficult. Your normal support system and go-to places are no longer there and you have to find new ways of managing. For me, something that has been unexpectedly causing me anxiety has been spending time with big groups of my British friends.
When you’re an American in England, you have to sign every time you use your credit/debit card. Literally. Every. Time. The other day, I was at the grocery store and had to sign for my groceries. The cashier asked me if I had an English back account, to which I responded no. He then asked me if my account was American. After I said yes, he genuinely and sincerely asked me if I was from North or South America.
How do you fit in with the culture around you while maintaining a sense of self? In sharing a few personal experiences as well as my general knowledge, the balance of blending in while being yourself becomes easier to see.