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My internship was definitely my favorite academic experience! It was absolutely wonderful, I learned so much, and it helped me get to know British people and learn about their health care system.
– Kaylee Gibney
Drake University

orientation/excursions

Each Central program offers an in-depth orientation that will acclimate students to the country's culture as they get a feel for their new environment.

London orientation

Get to know your surroundings by beginning your semester abroad with a full orientation led by your resident director. The orientation program includes discussions, speakers, a travel seminar, tours of London, a theatre trip (in recent semesters students have taken in Wicked and Mama Mia), a visit to London South Bank University, academic advising and course registration. Orientation culminates at the end of the second week with a weekend trip out of London.


Cultural excursions

One of the highlights of studying through Central College Abroad London is the number of cultural activities and excursions offered to students. These excursions, facilitated by the resident director, speak to the cultural learning and understanding you’ll gain in your courses. Recent excursions include:

  • Touring Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Attending a professional soccer (football) match
  • Walking tours of London's buildings, monuments and areas of historic interest
  • Straddling the prime meridian in the south London neighborhood of Greenwich—the heart of the old maritime section of the city
  • Visiting London’s vibrant markets—especially the famous Camden Market, pulse of youth fashion, music and culture in the city
  • Attending major theatre productions such as Wicked, Mama Mia and Chicago as well as classical music concerts
  • Touring the majestic Houses of Parliament
  • Day trips to Brighton, Cambridge and Canterbury
  • Weekend trip to Bath including a visit to Stonehenge and attendance at a rugby match

What's included:
Program excursions and cultural activities within London include entry fees and travel stipend for sites outside of Zone Two. Day trips outside of London include transportation, entry fees, and a meal stipend. Weekend excursions include transportation, lodging for two nights, breakfast, a meal stipend, and entry fees to museums or local sites.


Outside of regular program excursions, many students choose to explore on their own, either over the weekend or during a semester break. Students often visit other parts of England and the UK, with trips to Wales and Scotland being popular weekend options. In the past, students have taken advantage of London as a European travel hub, visiting Ireland, France, Spain, Greece, as well as many other countries.