Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in London:
While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our London housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.
Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.
Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered three excursions and summer study students are typically offered two excursions. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we’ve offered in the past.
*In an effort to offer lower-cost internship options and support you in maximizing your professional development in a condensed timeframe, summer internship programs do not include excursions.
The official home of England’s royal family for 900 years, Windsor claims to be the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Tour the immense grounds, lavish staterooms, crowd-pleasing dollhouse, art gallery, and chapel. You’ll also visit the state apartments, from the intimate chambers of Charles II to the enormous Waterloo Chamber, built to commemorate the victory over Napoleon in 1815. All are exquisitely furnished with important works of art from the Royal Collection. After lunch, head across the bridge from the castle toward the college of Eton, the exclusive school that’s educated eighteen former British prime ministers and members of the royal family.
The beautiful city of Cambridge is known for its academia, architecture, and majestic buildings, like Kings College and Great St Mary’s Church. Enjoy a guided tour of the colleges and learn about the history of the University, as well some of the pranks Cambridge students get up to. Take a punt down the river Cam, or jump on a bicycle and see the city the way the locals do.
Oxford is famous world-over for its University which, with its thirty-eight colleges, is the home of British academia. Oxford was established in the 9th century and residence of both royalty and scholars for over 800 years; today, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. The excursion to Oxford begins with a walking tour of the delights of Carfax Tower, Bodelian Library, Ashmolean Museum, and Christ Church, founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1524 and one of Oxford's largest colleges. More recently, Christ Church gained fame as a setting in several Harry Potter films. After the tour, you’ll have free time to explore other colleges, shop in the covered market, or try your hand at a traditional Oxford past-time: punting on the river which, similar to a Venetian gondolier, tests your strength and navigation skills.
Stonehenge and Bath
Travel by coach from London to Salisbury Plain, site of mysterious Stonehenge. The first stones are believed to have been placed as many as 5000 years ago, with the final phase completed around 1,500 BC. Wonder at how prehistoric man managed to transport these stones, weighing up to 5 tons each, across many miles before the invention of the wheel. Continue on to Bath, famous for its hot springs and 2000-year-old Roman Baths. The tour includes a visit to the Baths, where you can walk in the footsteps of the Romans and even taste the spring waters. Later, join a guided walking tour of this World Heritage city to admire its Regency architecture, including the Royal Crescent.
Known as "London by the Sea," Brighton is as cosmopolitan as its larger counterpart, but boasts an idyllic setting on the English Channel at the edge of the South Downs. A typical English seaside resort with an historic waterfront, Brighton is also home to a diverse array of quirky shops, pubs, and bars as well as excellent high street shopping. The excursion begins with a walking tour of the historic town center to take in “The Lanes,” a series of cobbled streets lined with shops. Take a walk along the seafront Palace Pier, one of the last seaside piers to be constructed in England and now a monument to the contemporary pleasures of roller coasters, arcades, and souvenir shops. After lunch, you’ll visit the Royal Pavilion, formerly a farmhouse rented by the then Prince of Wales (the future George IV), and take advantage of the benefits of Brighton’s therapeutic seaside location.
A Weekend in Wales
We’ll visit the ruins of a Roman amphitheater and soldiers’ barracks, a centuries-old castle, travel 300 feet underground to a coal mine, visit a historic Welsh town, and (finally) see a majestic abbey dating from the 12th century. You’ll have free time to spend an evening in the capital city of Cardiff or Wales’ second city, Swansea.
A Weekend in York
York is known for its Roman, Viking, and medieval heritage, as well as its famous residents, the Bronte sisters. On this weekend trip, you’ll visit York Minster (the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe), Fountains Abbey, Bronte Parsonage Museum, and Haworth village.
Scotland: Edinburgh and the Highlands (Spring Semester Only - Optional Additional Fee)
Depart from London’s bustling city streets and travel by high-speed train to Edinburgh, historic capital city and the first stop in your three-day excursion to scenic Scotland.
A major player during the time of the Enlightenment, Edinburgh is as an UNESCO World Heritage Site due in part to its distinctive Medieval Old Town, which preserves 16th century city plans and buildings. Weave through Edinburgh streets, visiting iconic sites including the Royal Mile, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center, Edinburgh Castle, and the Palace of Holyrood House.
Next, we’ll transport you from the familiarity of city surroundings into lush, emerald-colored hills. The Scottish Highlands house a significantly lower population than the country’s urban centers. Experience a blend of geographical and historical sightseeing euphoria as you trek from monument to monument, dispersed throughout the stunning landscape’s rocky mountain ranges and plains. Discover the enchantment of the Wallace Monument, commemorating Braveheart’s stand against Edward I; brave the shores of Loch Ness, home of Nessie, the infamous lake monster; the Hermitage, a.k.a. Birnam Wood in Shakespeare’s Macbeth; and more.
Paris (Fall Semester Only – Optional Additional Fee)
Flourish in the city of food, fashion, and culture on this excursion to Europe’s most populated metropolis: Paris. Start your Parisian adventure on a tour of the city’s iconic sites including the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the Champs Elysées.
Use your free evening to discover Paris at your own pace, whether you prefer sipping café in a quaint restaurant or indulging in the city’s finest delicacies.
The next day, you’ll visit the elaborate Notre Dame Cathedral, charismatic Latin Quarter, Montmartre (the artists’ quarter), and Sacré Coeur Basilica, where you’ll will climb up to enjoy a view of the sparkling city from its highest point. Don’t worry; you’ll have plenty of free time to get lost in French culture and experience life through Parisian eyes. Whether you choose to stroll along the River Seine nibbling on a freshly-baked baguette as you watch the locals meander by, or experience culinary rapture as you sink your teeth into a ham and cheese crepe, you’ll encounter the magic of Paris during this excursion.
Take advantage of the unique flavors of London. CEA offers a variety of local cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges, or something entirely different, our staff helps you get involved in local culture. Here are just a few examples:
Take a journey through a London that’s miles (and years) away from the city you see before you today. Hidden gems await as you learn how London has grown and evolved over the centuries. Tours are tailored specifically to each group; you might have the chance to retrace the steps of Jack the Ripper, discover secret London street art, or follow the routes of some of London's most notorious characters. Walking has never been so interesting! These tours are a real eye-opener and will leave you wanting to find out more about your adoptive home.
Fullers Brewery Tour
No visit to England would be complete without a tour of the Griffin Brewery. Explore the brewing process from the arrival of raw materials, to packaging of the beer on the cask racking line. The tour ends with a full tasting session of Fuller’s beers, including London Pride. You’ll also catch a glimpse of Fuller’s massive purple wisteria, believed to be the oldest in England.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
The new Shakespeare's Globe is an international education and entertainment resource that expresses and utilizes Shakespeare's work through the playhouse and various workshops. The original Globe Theatre was built in 1599, but was closed (along with all theaters) under the 1642
Puritan administration. After extensive renovations, Her Majesty the Queen opened the new Globe in 1997.
Museum or Gallery Tour
Where else but London can you see the Rosetta Stone, Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, mummies, and a giant dinosaur skeleton all within a few miles? A guided tour points out highlights of London's collections and opens your imagination to the history and art from around the world.
Our London partner institutions offer a number of opportunities for you to get involved and interact with local students. Specific activities vary by university, but you’ll have the chance to explore your interests and experience local culture through opportunities such as intramural sports teams, writing for a local newspaper, helping out at a local radio station, or joining clubs or societies around issues like animal rights, film, drama, fashion, integrated medicine, and more.
Evening at a West End Play/Theatre Show
From the long-standing Phantom of the Opera to The Mouse Trap, Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Othello to Macbeth, you’ll have your pick of world-class entertainment in London’s West End. Keep your agenda open and enjoy performances by Benedict Kumberbach or Daniel Radcliffe. London and its magnificent theaters and actors are always ready to welcome you.
If you visit England and don’t have tea, then you were never here! Indulge in a lovely hot cuppa poured in fine-bone china, try scones with jam and Devonshire clotted cream, and nosh on finger sandwiches and delicious pastries. Welcome to the UK—please feel at home!
Monthly Challenges help students discover the places that are worth exploring, like climbing the Monument to the Great Fire of London and exploring east London, the O2 Arena, and the Emirates Line. You’ll find many quirky spots in London if you decide to take the challenge! (Bonus: CEA explorer students get rewards!)
Dreams Come True
Everyone was so friendly and caring, each excursion was always a blast, and everything just really was a dream come true.