London - The City
England—the birthplace of formidable authors Shakespeare and Dickens, the proving
ground of legendary heroes King Arthur and Robin Hood, and the home of artistic greats
John Constable and JMW Turner. Throughout the ages, England has made incredible contributions
in the fields of literature, theater, art, and architecture. And England continues
to offer the world so much.
This country traditionally known for its lush rolling hills and quaint, cottage-filled towns has evolved into a country of vibrant cities that are homes to an increasingly culturally diverse population.
A massive cosmopolitan city in southeast England, London serves as one of the world's most important cultural and business capitals. The world-famous theaters, the breathtaking art collections and museums, the River Thames meandering through the city center, the cultural melting pot of the East End, and the trendy West End with Soho and Trafalgar Square—all combine to form the London of today.
You can explore artistic treasures at the National and Tate galleries, visit the resting
place of the royals at Westminster Abbey, watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham
Palace, or pick through antiques, jewelry, and second-hand clothes at Portobello Market.
Add to these possibilities the outstanding educational opportunities offered by London's colleges and universities, and it is easy to see why so many students find this to be a fantastic study abroad destination.
Getting to live in a new culture and truly immerse myself in British life was amazing. I was lucky enough to live in a flat that was full of British students, and they were kind enough to introduce me not only to what we all know as typical British things (tea, scones, Buckingham Palace) but also their own versions of London (marmite, the lunch spot around the corner, a variety of types of biscuts they had grown up with that I'd never seen). I learned to love London and the British more than I had ever thought possible.
Claire Rupprecht '08