Summer Study Abroad in England programs offer you the opportunity to experience the English language and British culture that you have probably only read about or seen on television. A study by US news actually puts the United Kingdom at the top of the list for study abroad destinations. One of the reasons might be that for English speaking students, the language is familiar, but at the same time, you are immersing yourself in a distinctly foreign country – and earning credit for it! But beyond the different accents, England is a country full of history, boasts one of the largest economies in the world, and is the birthplace of passenger railways, Sir Isaac Newton, Stonehenge and more. If studying abroad in summer is on your to-do list, England warrants some reflection.
Considering Summer Study Abroad in England?
Why consider a Summer Study Abroad in England? This is an exceptional country, sharing borders with Scotland and Wales, with the Irish Sea to the northwest and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. Its geography lends itself to exploration and discovery. England is filled with beautiful landscapes where you might find yourself roaming the rolling hills of the English Lowlands or strolling the streets of London or Cambridge.
FUN FACT: If you hear ‘Hiya’ – ‘hi there’, someone is informally saying hello
Stay on Track
Part of Britain’s heritage is the railway, so whether you are looking into a day trip to London, Manchester, Birmingham or want to see Scotland, Bath, Stonehenge or Salisbury…no shortage of excursions. Many tourists, students and locals get a BritRail pass – great for spontaneity!
An abbreviation for the Channel Tunnel, the Chunnel is the link between England and France. A tunnel under the English Channel, trains carry passengers, cars, motorbikes, coaches etc through the Channel Tunnel. The Chunnel takes you from Folkstone in the south of England to Calais in northern France. From there get to Paris, Brussels…
The London Underground, or Tube – subway- services the London metropolitan city, and makes it easy to get around, museum-hop, sight-see or have a 'cuppa' tea with new firends
Whether you are actually studying abroad in London or in another city (Brighton, Canterbury…) London is the largest financial centre in Europe, and is home to 4 World Heritage Sites, including Westminster Abbey. Many of the world’s most famous landmarks are there – Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the list goes on.
Museums and More
In terms of culture, there are over 1000 museums to visit in England. You could visit the National Gallery or British Museum if in London, the Museum of Liverpool. If you have never gotten up close to a 14th century moated castle, visit Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. From ancient Roman to early medieval early Gothic and Georgian architecture, you could also castle and cathedral hop (Windsor castle, The Tower of London, Canterbury Cathedral and the Crystal Palace are just a few). You could also just stroll through Ludlow and pass Tudor townhouses. Or visit the statue of Sherlock Holmes. Possibilities, possibilities.
Whether you study abroad in Cambridge, or take a day trip, summer is time when this University City hosts the Strawberry Fair music and arts festival, Cambridge Beer Festival.
Some of the most prominent authors of all time have come from England. Think Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Jane Auste, George Eliot, The Bronte Sisters, Charles Dicken, Thomas Hardy, E.M. Forster, Agatha Christie, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K.Rowling. Walk the same streets as some of the greatest writers of all time!
You have no doubt heard of the British Invasion, the Beatles, Coldplay, Radio Head, Led Zeppelin, Queen…The UK has one of the world’s most hopping music industries today
“Public houses” are at the heart of British life. Some are traditional country pubs (think ale and open fires), others are entertainment hot spots and music scenes. Most pubs are called ‘tied houses’ as they are owned and operated by local breweries, but you will also find chain pubs and ‘free houses’ where they sell any brand of beer. Just FYI – minimum drinking age is 18.
Sticky toffee pudding, fish and chips, bangers and mash, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, toad-in-the-hole, shephard’s pie; England is home to some traditional fare as well as to some really famous chefs like Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Heston Marc Blumenthal, and Nigella Lawson to name a few. You may have their cookbooks already.
Find a Summer Study Abroad in England Program
If you are interested in immersing yourself in upscale English, potentially glimpsing royalty or experiencing in person the significance of this majestic country, there are a variety of programs and cities to choose from for summer term. UK Study Abroad programs offer an intriguing blend of modern super power with medieval historical. Why not use the easy navigation tools to land on a Summer Study Abroad in England Program that inspires you to visit this unique country while earning valuable undergraduate credits. Continued success as you Summer abroad in England!