London, England

London, England

Get to know one of the world’s most diverse cities from the inside out while living on a beautiful garden campus. 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.

of students intern while in London
  • Immerse yourself in the traditional British college experience



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 placements, which range from schools to marketing firms to Parliament. The academic program is comprised of the following:
  • British Experience Seminar
  • London Studies Course at University of Roehampton
  • Internship/Service-learning
  • Electives through University of Roehampton
  • London Studies Course at the University of Roehampton
  • Electives through the University of Roehampton

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 Studies Course (required)

Choose from a list of courses in theatre, literature, creative writing, history, social sciences and media studies.  Courses include fascinating field experiences in the city of London.


Students round-out their course load by selecting from electives at University of Roehampton.

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:

  • 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 Matilda, The Play that Goes Wrong and Wicked
  • Journeying to Bath & Stonehenge, Oxford and maritime Greenwich for the day
  • Discovering Wales or York on weekend trips
  • Sampling London’s multi-cultural cuisine or experiencing a traditional afternoon tea
  • Enjoying a play at Shakespeare’s globe and a soccer match

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
  • Corporate marketing
  • Elementary schools
  • Environmental conservation
  • Fashion marketing
  • Finance investment
  • Fitness industry and wellness
  • Graphic design
  • IT departments
  • Museums
  • Nonprofit organizations, working in fields such as fair trade, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, human trafficking, mental health and social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Parliament
  • Print and online magazines
  • Public relations firms
  • Sports promotion
  • Theatres

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

The Central Difference

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.

Leah Janss Lafond

Leah Janss Lafond brings extensive international experience to the London program, having lived, studied and worked in 6 European countries since 1993. Following a career and at the World Health Organization, she brings rich experience of cross-cultural communication, broad experience of urban health sustainable development policy and a firm understanding of the values of international learning.  Leah joined Central College in 2016 with the goal of empowering students to enrich their studies, future careers as well as the quality of their lives, by supporting them make the most of their study abroad experience.

Leah grew up in New Hampshire and she has lived in London since 2001. A keen sculler, she can be spotted on the Thames early mornings.  She loves London for its diversity in all things and she particularly enjoys visiting London’s world-class galleries and museums.

Academic credentials
  • Dual BA in International Affairs and Political Science, University of New Hampshire
  • MA in European Affairs, Lund University

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.


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 working with a Member of the U.K. Parliament, to financial investment, or teaching in elementary schools.

Students on a tour in London

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, our affiliate university 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 residence hall at University of Roehampton offers students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a traditional British university setting. Students also cook their own meals—a great way to meet hall-mates and learn cuisine from the U.K. and around the world.

Three students posing for a photo with Big Ben in the distant background.

Dates and Fees

Fall 2018 dates*

  • Arrival Sunday, September 09, 2018
  • Orientation begins Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Internships begin Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Classes begin Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Break Monday, October 22, 2018 to Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Classes end Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Vacate housing Saturday, December 15, 2018

*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.

Spring 2019 dates*

  • Arrival: Jan. 6, 2019
  • Orientation begins: Jan. 7
  • Classes and internships begin: Jan. 14
  • Spring Break: April 1 – 22
  • Classes end: April 26
  • Exam period: April 29 – May 24
  • Final date to vacate housing: June 8

*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 2017/Spring 2018 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.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Guaranteed housing at University of Roehampton with shared bathroom facilities, and common kitchen, dining, laundry and lounge facilities
  • Computer/internet access
  • Week-long orientation
  • 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 Study Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
  • Optional online pre-departure and re-entry course
  • Central College Study 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
  • A comprehensive program of excursions and cultural events, including weekend and day trips, theatre, walking tours and visits to London’s famous West End theatres.

Learn More

Want to find out more about London, England? Contact us to learn more about this program and other study abroad opportunities.