Exploring the Culture, Landmarks and Sights of London
The London semester is packed with assignments and classes, but there’s still time for the activities that make study abroad so enriching– exploring the culture and customs of another country. Some of the London semester excursions are required and built right into the curriculum but students also have a packed calendar of social programming to choose from, at an added cost but often at a discounted rate. This optional programming is facilitated by the Boston University London staff, with logistics like transportation, lodging and sometimes food planned out. Trips and programming will vary by each semester, but here’s a sampling of what students enjoyed in the summer of 2018.
This summer, students could take an adventure weekend to Preseli in Wales or visit the highlands of Scotland.
On the shorter day trips, students explored Windsor Castle and Runnymede and took in views from the Panoramic and Tower of London. They visited Oxford and Blenheim Palace (the ancestral home of the Churchills), the seaside town of Brighton, and Stonehenge and Bath.
Culture and Theatre
Some cultural offerings on the menu this summer: Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and Phantom of the Opera. Students could also enjoy an Italian dinner with wine, take in a football match, have afternoon tea after visiting the British Museum, and visit the Comedy Store. And of course, the Harry Potter Studio Tour is always a popular option.
Liam Quidore (CGS’19) did a Snapchat takeover when he went to see Wicked, and Anne Marie Miscioscia (CGS’19) decorated her room’s bulletin board with mementos from some of the performances she went to see.
Students went to London’s highest heights for some Instagram-worthy views. A view from the Shard– a 95-story skyscraper– lays out all of London in front of you. The London Eye, Europe’s tallest Ferris Wheel, gives a bird’s eye view of the Thames, Westminster, and the heart of London.
And of course, students do their own exploring, too– whether it’s checking out the vintage stores and food at Camden Market or Greenwich Market, visiting Chinatown and Trafalgar Square, or stopping by Buckingham Palace.