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I look forward to watching students grow and develop during their time in London, and I am proud to introduce students to the most fantastic, vibrant and diverse city in the world.
– Mark Simmons
London program director

meet the director

Every Central College Abroad program boasts a resident director who plays a unique role in students' experience. Directors provide academic advising; teach a hands-on seminar, where students learn about the host city and then experience it first hand, and lead the cultural excursions connected to the seminar class. Central College Abroad takes pride in the personalized attention that it can provide students.

Mark Simmons

Mark Simmons, the resident director in London, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about London and all of the UK to the program. Mark's love of international education was first sparked in the United States, when he studied at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. He says it was one of the most exciting experiences of his life. Before joining Central College Abroad in 2008, Mark facilitated international business development in education at the University of London. He has travelled widely for work, having spent time in the United States, Venezuela, Vietnam and China. While being a Scot, he is also very proud to be a Londoner and excited to introduce students to one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world.

In his spare time, Mark likes multicultural food, musical theatre and other staged productions in London, one of the best cities in the world for such pursuits.

As the resident director, Mark facilitates personal growth and learning by offering on-site support, academic advising and a complete on-site orientation to the host city and country.

Academic credentials

  • M.A. in British imperial and commonwealth history, the University of Aberdeen
  • Postgraduate Diploma in administrative and information management, Napier University

You'll find Mark...

In the Central College Abroad center on Store Street in Bloomsbury. A five-minute walk from your residence hall, it includes library space, a small seminar room for classes and a lounge. As the on-site resident director, Mark light heartedly refers to himself as a jack-of-all-trades— serving as chef, tour guide, interpreter and relationship counselor. But his real passion is giving students the confidence to step out of their comfort zones, which is a life-enhancing experience every time.