Get to know one of the world’s most diverse cities from the inside out while living in central London. Studying abroad in London is the ultimate global education—a hands-on exploration of the arts, finance, government, fashion, business and more.
Central College in London uses the city as a classroom, emphasizing fieldwork as well as traditional academics. Meet people of all nationalities—from the Afro-Caribbean neighborhood of Brixton to the Bengali population in the East End. Learn practical skills as an intern that you can transfer to your future career—wherever in the world it may take you.
Gain real world skills and experience in one of the world’s most diverse cities. Most students in London learn through experience by interning at one of the program’s many intern placements, which range from schools to marketing firms to Parliament.
The academic program is comprised of the following:
Designed to help students examine and discuss their own experiences in Britain and discover the aspects of British life and culture that underlie them, discussion is supplemented with group and individual excursions to explore various aspects of British culture including politics, royalty, education, urban sustainability and the media. (2 credits)
This course focuses on contemporary debates in Britain and explores some of the key historical and cultural influences that have shaped contemporary British society, including controversial issues such as the British ‘problem family,’ the meaning of British identity and the relevance of the monarchy. (3 credits)
Students round-out their course load by selecting from electives taught by Central College and/or affiliate universities in London.
Electives taught by Central College's local faculty (3-4 credits):
Connect the classroom with the world outside through academic excursions that link English culture and history with coursework. Examples of past excursions include:
Practical and transferable skills development is the foundation of the internship program in London. From the very start of the process, students are encouraged to approach internships in terms of skills development.
Work experiences are totally immersive; you work alongside Brits two days a week. (6 credits)
Recent internships include:
Service-learning connects meaningful service opportunities in the community with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. (2 credits)
Students live and study in the very heart of London's student community in Bloomsbury, a five-minute walk from the British Museum and British Library. Central students are the envy of their peers, since their experience includes no lengthy or expensive commute, and most students walk or take a short bus ride to classes and internships. Student Central, the student union for London, is a two-minute walk from your dorm and has all the entertainment, support services and student associations that you could possibly wish for.
Holistic programming integrates academics, personal journey and intercultural learning. Program excursions are linked to coursework to help students gain the most complete understanding of England possible, while gaining skills transferable to future experiences in cultures that are not their own. Guided by the resident director, students engage in intentional reflection to process and understand their personal experiences.
Mark Simmons’ 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 formative experiences of his life.
Since then, Mark has worked in international education for over 20 years. Before he joined Central College in 2008, Mark facilitated international business development in education at the University of London. In his spare time, Mark likes to sample multicultural food and attend musical theatre and other staged productions in London, one of the best cities in the world for such interests.
Simply put, Central’s London program goes above and beyond to create opportunities for students to integrate with university and local communities. From among dozens of options, students are required to join at least one club or student organization. An optional homestay weekend with a family is one more way to gain insight into British life.
The range of internship opportunities in London is as large as it is diverse. Most students take advantage of the opportunity to intern in London, from interning with a Member of the U.K. Parliament, to banking and finance or teaching in elementary schools.
Individualized attention to students distinguishes Central's resident directors from their peers. Starting long before arrival in London, the director works individually with students, coaching them to maximize their time abroad. Nothing is more central to the work of a resident director than giving students the support they need.
Get to know your surroundings through a full orientation program led by the London resident director. There will be extensive orientation activities during your first few weeks. Essential information regarding internships, affiliate universities and course registration is provided.
Central College offers a pre-departure and re-entry course for credit. The course is led by faculty and staff and is designed to meet student’s needs at the various stages of preparing for (Pre-departure) and reflecting on (Re-entry) their time abroad.
Guaranteed housing in a Central London residence hall, including double room and kitchen. In British fashion, students cook their own meals--a great way to meet hall-mates and learn cuisine from the U.K. and around the world.
*Students studying in the fall semester make arrangements for alternative assessments with individual professors.
*All program dates are tentative. Do not purchase airline tickets based on these dates. Please check the official program calendar in your online acceptance account to confirm dates.
Central College students pay the same tuition rate for each of the international programs that they pay on the Central campus, plus the price for accommodations. In addition, students who transfer to Central College from another college or university must complete one semester at Central prior to participating in study abroad.