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 or Oxford. Sound good? Then when you choose to study abroad, England is the perfect choice for you.
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.
We asked IES Abroad Ambassadors, recent alumni who volunteer to share their study abroad expertise, about the best free things to do in their study abroad host city. So, what was the number one free thing most all of our Ambassadors suggested?