London, England

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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.

90% of students intern while in London
  • Live in the heart of Central London



Strong Academic Program

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:

  • British Experience Seminar
  • Topics in British Social History
  • Internship/Service-learning
  • Electives through Central College or affiliate universities

British Experience Seminar (required)

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)

London, England


Topics in British Social History: Contemporary Britain (required)

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.

Central College Electives

Electives taught by Central College's local faculty (3-4 credits):

  • Sustainability in the City - Policy & Practice
  • Art in London
  • Introduction to British Theatre (spring only)
  • Shakespeare on Stage (fall only)
  • Religions in London

Academic Excursions

Connect the classroom with the world outside through academic excursions that link English culture and history with coursework. Examples of past excursions include:

  • Visit London’s vibrant markets—especially the famous Camden Market, pulse of youth fashion, music and culture in the city
  • Attend two major theatre productions such as Mama Mia, Matilda and Billy Elliot
  • Journey to Bath to visit Stonehenge and attend a rugby match
  • Eat Pakistani barbecue in multicultural Brick Lane, experience traditional afternoon tea, enjoy a play at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and a soccer match
  • Visit Cambridge or Canterbury

Internships and Service-Learning

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:

  • Art galleries
  • Branding and design agencies
  • Community law centers
  • Corporate marketing
  • Elementary schools
  • Environmental activism
  • Event planning
  • Family centers
  • Fashion marketing and PR firms
  • Film and radio
  • Finance at international banks
  • Fitness industry and wellness
  • Graphic design
  • IT departments
  • Museums
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Parliament
  • Print and online magazines
  • Public relations firms
  • Publishing houses
  • Sports promotion

Service-learning connects meaningful service opportunities in the community with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. (2 credits)

The Central Difference

In the Heart of London's Student Community

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.


Integrated Programming

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. 

Program Director

London, England director photo

Mark Simmons

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.

  • Master of Arts in British imperial and commonwealth history, the University of Aberdeen
  • Postgraduate Diploma in administrative and information management, Napier University

Purposeful Integration into Local Life

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.

Valuable Work Experience

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.

Residential Program Director

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.

What to Expect

On-Site Orientation

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.

Before and After Your Time Abroad

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.

Housing and Meals

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.

Dates and Fees

Fall 2016 dates*

  • Arrival for students enrolling at London College of Fashion (LCF): Aug. 28, 2016
  • Arrival for all other program students: Aug. 28
  • Program orientation: Aug. 30
  • Classes and internships begin: Sept. 5
  • London South Bank (LSBU) classes begin: Sept. 26
  • Fall break: Oct. 21–30
  • Classes End: Dec. 15
  • Final Date To Vacate Housing: Dec. 17

*Students studying in the fall semester make arrangements for alternative assessments with individual professors.

Spring 2017 dates*

  • Arrival: Jan. 7, 2017
  • Orientation begins: Jan. 9
  • Central classes and internships begin: Jan. 16
  • London South Bank (LSBU) classes begin: Jan. 30
  • Spring Break: April 14–23
  • Classes end: April 27
  • Final date to vacate housing: April 29

*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.

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 fees

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.

See program pricing information for Central students or for visiting students.

A marching band composed of the Queen's Guard in London, England.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Guaranteed housing in Woburn Place, a central London residence including double rooms, shared bathroom facilities, and common kitchen, dining, laundry and lounge facilities
  • 24-hour staff and reception
  • Computer/internet access
  • Week-long orientation
  • Excursions and cultural events such as a weekend trip to Bath
  • Internship and service-learning opportunities (optional)
  • Discount card for travel in central London
  • A commemorative photo book
  • On-site resident director and support services
  • Personal Central College Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
  • Optional online pre-departure and re-entry course
  • Central College Abroad Student Survival Guide and Parent handbook
  • Supplemental travel insurance, including mental health coverage, emergency evacuation and more
  • International student ID card provided by INEXT
  • Transcript from Central College, a U.S. institution fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Learn More

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