Study Abroad in London

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Explore London, England

It’s no surprise London remains one of the most popular destinations for study abroad students. Bustling with must-see art, music, theater, and fashion, the capital of the United Kingdom never runs shy of excitement or attractions.

Study abroad student exploring London on study excursions
Study abroad London city shot
Study abroad  student recreating the Beatles crosswalk album cover in London

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In London past excursions have included:

  • Day trips to other cities, such as Oxford or Brighton
  • Trip to Hampton Court Palace or a boat trip to Greenwich
  • Learn about the history of the South Bank ending with lunch in Borough Market Guided tours of London’s highlights – the Houses of Parliament, the British Museum, street art in East London or a walk through the redeveloped London Docklands
Study abroad students London open campus session


CIEE London
Our Center in London is part of the CIEE Open Campus Block Network. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, our London center is in the academic heart of London, one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of central London. It features Georgian-style architecture, 10 classrooms, a café, garden terrace, and tech zone.

Goldsmiths, University of London
Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths joined the University of London in 1904 and is world-recognized for creativity and innovation. The urban campus is in New Cross, South East London, a lively, diverse, neighborhood with a booming music and arts scene.

University College London (UCL)
This challenging and highly selective top-ranked UK university has a world-class reputation. Founded in 1826, UCL is the largest college within the University of London, first to admit students of any religion and social background, and first to admit women on equal terms with men. Nearly 40 percent of students come from more than 140 countries.

University of Westminster
Britain’s first polytechnic opened in 1838 and was rededicated in 1992 as University of Westminster. Known for innovative courses and teaching methods, and diversity, the university hosts 22,000 students, including 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries.

Study abroad students taking a group picture in London bridge


Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In London, students can volunteer at a range of organizations in need of support.

In addition, students can add valuable international work experience to their resume by interning at British companies.

Study Abroad Programs in London

Pocket Guide to London

  • Currency
    Pound Sterling

    Spoken Languages

    Available Transportation
    Tube, bus, train, feet

    Famous Local
    Queen Elizabeth II – the Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms

  • Climate
    Warm, dry summers; mild, wet, windy winters; mild spring and fall

    Did You Know?
    "Big Ben" is not the name for London’s famous tower; it’s actually the name for the clock inside the tower

  • Airport
    London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

    Social Norms
    Don’t eat food with your hands – table manners are highly valued in Britain

    What to Pack
    Short, comfortable summers; long, cold, windy winters; mild spring and fall

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