August 2014: British Culture

As a student in the CGS January Program, you will have the exciting opportunity to experience London—one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in the world. During the six-week summer term you will gain global perspectives through the continuation of the “Revolutions: Changing Times, Changing Minds” curriculum and side trips to some of Europe’s greatest academic and cultural centers.

While you are abroad, you will take classes at BU’s London Academic Center and live in the neighborhood of South Kensington, only steps away from famous sites like the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, and the Natural History Museum. The Underground (or “Tube” as it’s called by locals) and London’s extensive bus service will provide easy access to numerous other historic landmarks and world-class museums. With the chance to explore the world and learn about British history and culture amidst the context of your studies, this program will provide you with a freshman experience like none other.

Learn about housing in London

More information coming soon!

Explore British Culture

There’s a range of differences between American and British politics, humor, national obsessions and even street culture. In order to get the best out of British culture and to interact successfully, take some time to familiarize yourself with some of the following:

Books

  • A Short History of England, Simon Jenkin
  • About A Boy, High Fidelity and How to be Good, Nick Hornby
  • Atonement, Ian McEwan
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
  • The Making of Modern British, Andrew Marr
  • Notes From a Small Island, Bill Bryson
  • Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, Kate Fox
  • London guide books by Time Out, Eyewitness Travel or Lonely Planet 

Movies

  • Bend it Like Beckham
  • Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead (two great examples of the British sense of humor)
  • Kidulthood/Adulthood
  • Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • The Full Monty
  • The Queen 

Television (Telly)

  • Made in Chelsea (a posh reality show about the young and rich living in what will be your very own neighborhood in London)
  • An Idiot Abroad (a hilariously done travel show from the comic genius Ricky Gervais)