London, England

Theater Arts Behind the Scenes

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Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 12 – Jul 2, 2022 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 10 – 30, 2022 (3 weeks)


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Get a backstage pass and immerse yourself in the theater capital of the world.

Write and produce a mini play. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. Get behind-the-scenes tours of world-famous theaters. Meet actors, directors, producers and writers. Hit the town and see a range of high-caliber plays and productions, from West End to Fringe. Mix it up with group trips to major museums, historic landmarks and all that London has to offer. Don’t worry – we’ll make sure you still have time for afternoon tea and biscuits.

During the core part of this program, you’ll study theater arts through the lens of a writer, as you write and produce a mini play collaboratively with your group. Through interactive classes you’ll learn how to interpret a text, distinguish between different theatrical styles, and prepare for an acting role during each step of the process. During your three weeks, you’ll have the flexibility to try on different hats and focus on acting or backstage roles as you prepare to stage your culminating show. Students of all levels of experience are welcome!

On afternoon excursions, you’ll venture out and explore the many facets of theater production, from lighting and design to costume and directing, through workshops and site visits to working performance venues throughout the city.

In between classes and group outings, you can hang out with your classmates, shop in trendy vintage boutiques, stroll through the city’s shady green parks, and sample an amazing variety of multicultural foods from practically every country on the planet.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways


    Explore London's theater culture. Go behind the scenes and meet professionals to understand the basics of theater production – including lighting, design, costumes and directing. Learn how to interpret a script. Write and produce an original play small groups!


    After just 3 weeks away, you'll build self-confidence, gain a broader world view, improve your interpersonal communication skills and make lifelong friends from all across the U.S.


    Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a Certificate of Participation.

Location & Culture

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Perfect your English accent in a city that speaks 300 different languages.

Home to more than 8.5 million people, London is roughly the same size as New York City population-wise. But because it covers more area, it’s less crowded. Both are multicultural melting pots with diverse populations and amazing ethnic food. In terms of the theater scene, both are legendary, but London has a longer history and hence greater status (depending on who you ask).

London has 240 theaters within the city limits, but is especially renowned for its theater quarter. The West End, or Theatreland as it’s often called, attracts huge numbers of visitors to sell-out musical productions and plays in its 40 theaters.

Some of London’s noncommercial theaters can claim even greater artistic prestige. Places like the National Theater, the Barbican Centre, and The Old Vic stage a high volume of straight drama and premieres of new plays by leading playwrights. Shakespeare's Globe continues to draw in both tourists and highbrow aficionados. Fringe theater – similar to Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater in New York – is big here as well, with small productions that draw big crowds to great acclaim.

Often called the “cultural capital of the world,” London offers a dizzying number of options for people interested in fine art, dance, music, poetry, literature, plays and musical theater. There are over 170 museums, 800 bookstores and 850 art galleries and more than 17,000 music performances a year across London's 300 performance venues. One thing’s for sure: During your three weeks in London, you won’t have a single chance to be bored.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in London.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Every day brings new discoveries and fun, but you can always count on a perfect balance between interactive instruction, excursions and free time! Here's what to expect on a typical day:

  • 7:00 am: Get up and have breakfast at your dorm/hotel
  • 8:00 am: Walk or take public transportation to CIEE for morning instruction
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Interactive class with a local teacher. Format may change to workshops or guest lectures, depending on the day.
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00pm: Find a fun spot to grab lunch with your friends (your program tuition includes a stipend for lunches).
  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Gather back at CIEE to go on today's cultural activity or excursion.
  • 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Each activity or excursion is designed to echo what you learned in class that morning.
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00pm: Free time! Hang out with your friends and shop. Commute back to your hotel/dorm.
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Dinner
  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Wrap up any homework. Usually just readings or personal research for your project.
  • 10:00 pm: Lights out!


Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts below.

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Activities & Excursions

Sample Activiites

  • Globe Theater Tour – Go behind the scenes at the reconstructed Elizabethan theater and view interactive displays to see how plays were staged in Shakespeare's day.
  • National Theater Tour – Explore the backstage life of one of the UK’s most prominent performing arts centers. Watch set-building and props-making in action as professionals prep for the shows. No two tours are ever the same!
  • Stratford Upon Avon – Take a day trip to this medieval market town to view Shakespeare’s Birthplace and grave, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, and Mary Arden’s House.
  • Greenwich – Stroll along the River Thames and see the Cutty Sark (a restored 19th-century ship), the National Maritime Museum, and the Royal Observatory – the site of the Greenwich meridian line.
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral – Stand in awe at one of the largest cathedral domes in the world and survey the surroundings from the highest point in the city of London.
  • London Museums – Visit the stunning Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, and Science Museum in South Kensington; and the British Museum and the Museum of London to view some of the rarest artifacts in the world.
  • Hampton Court Palace. Once home to Henry VIII, the Palace is situated on the river Thames and is surrounded by parks. Explore Tudor kitchens, rooms used by kings and queens, and get lost in the famous Hampton Court Maze.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances, covid-related measures and restrictions and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


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Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2022 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 12, 2022 Jul 2, 2022


Summer Session II 2022 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 10, 2022 Jul 30, 2022


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