Liberal Arts in London

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The London Centre offers multi-disciplinary courses in the liberal arts and humanities. Each course places an important emphasis on experiential learning, transforming the entire city of London into your classroom by incorporating several local outings and excursions. Courses take advantage of the world class galleries and museums like the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, the Cabinet War Rooms, the Churchill Museums and, of course, the British Museum, which is just a short walk from the GEO London Centre. Each term, students have the opportunity to experience London’s rich theater options, from the West End productions to smaller, fringe productions with big name actors like Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Patrick Stewart, as well as younger stars like David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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9.86 Rating
based on 7 reviews
  • Academics 8.6
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.7
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Gurjot
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A College Experience of a Lifetime

This program is amazing for students looking for a study away opportunity that emphasizes experiential learning in the diverse, cultural hub of London! My classes at the GEO Centre introduced me to new and challenging topics in British culture, politics, literature and media. I especially had a great time in my "Britain Today" class where I learned about Brexit and visited Westminster Palace and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh with my classmates.

Students don't have classes on Fridays, so there is plenty of time to travel outside of England on the weekends and explore the rest of Europe as well. There's a lot to do in London too! The city has a great transportation system and you can take the tube to popular sites, museums, markets, etc . Spring break is also a great time to travel! During break, I traveled to Spain and Portugal.

The Liberal Arts in London program also comes with an internship option, which I would encourage everyone to take advantage of! I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a great media company and learn from my British coworkers about the UK broadcasting industry. The internship helped me branch out from the cohort of American students and socialize with more Londoners. I also really enjoyed the British home-stay option and the way I was able to create meaningful relationships with the family I stayed with. Overall, the GEO in London program opened up a whole new world of global perspectives and taught me that some of the best experiences lie right outside my comfort zone!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
During our three day class trip to Edinburgh, Scotland for the required "Britain Today" class, a group of students and I climbed to the top of Arthur's Seat, the peak of an extinct volcano. I'm definitely not a hiker, so the trek up hill was difficult, but once I reached the top, the view was absolutely beautiful and worth the climb.
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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best 4 months of my life.

Getting the opportunity to be apart of this study abroad program was, hands down, the best experience of my young life. Our program directors were supportive and fun, our classes were captivating and enriching, the homestay families were so kind and helpful, the list goes on. I randomly decided to study abroad my junior year, I thought I just wanted a break from my university and meet some new people, but little did I know that being apart of this program would change my life so much. I can't recommend this program enough to students wishing to study abroad, you truly won't regret it.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would change the amount I travelled on the weekends. Don't get me wrong, in the four months I lived in London I was able to see and experience so much (including visiting 7 other countries and 12 different cities) and the centrality of London really made that possible. However, I feel as though I took London for granted. Since we lived there, my friends and I thought using the weekend to go elsewhere and experience more of Europe was the right move. Again, I don't regret doing that, but I will say I missed out on quite a bit of London by going from my homestay to school and back Monday-Thursday and leaving Friday to explore a whole new place. If I got the chance to do one thing over again it would be to spend more time seeing as much of London as I possibly could and not casting it aside so much.
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Lydia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The highlight of my undergraduate career!

Not to be too stereotypical, but my semester abroad in London with GEO was easily the highlight of my college experience! The program offered the ideal look into what London has to offer. London is a beautiful city, rich with culture and history, which the classes in the Liberal Arts program teach you all about! From going to plays and art museums nearly every week, to going to a city hall meeting, and attending a Scottish Parliament meeting, if you're wanting to experience the UK, this program is for YOU! I was also blessed with the most AMAZING host family who made me feel right at home. Having three day weekends also allowed for me to explore what Europe has to offer! I was able to visit five countries outside of England during my semester abroad. The professors realize that we are going to be traveling and experiencing the city during the weekends, so they do not give too much homework either. I cannot recommend this program enough!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing - Everything was great! I just wish I could've stayed longer!
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Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable

Yes "Unforgettable" is one of those "Well duh!" descriptions about spending three months living in a city you've always wanted to travel to. But I truly cannot think of a better descriptive word or phrase to sum up this whole experience. Not unless I take you through my life there in painstaking detail accompanied by nearly 2000 pictures, each and every single one worth a thousand words. Don't worry I'll spare every one that review. This is not something that can be recreated or mimicked. You get to live in London, and if you do an internship like I did work in London, but with all the big terrifying things like bills and housing and other adult stuff already taken care of. It's not possible to bored as long as you're willing to step outside your door because there is always something to see, something to do while there. If you somehow manage to get bored of London the rest of the UK and Europe await. Just a train or ridiculously cheap plane ride away. The professors are people who know what they teach backwards and forwards and have the most fascinating life stories. The host families are caring and kind and full of knowledge and questions. The staff at the center is personable and wonderful.

I wanted to study abroad from the time I was in middle school, and this program was everything I could have hoped for and more. It was an experience that changed me, in the best way possible.

What would you improve about this program?
The one thing that got rather annoying was that there were days when I would have to bring a big bag to class because I had my internship that day and then right after finishing at my internship I would have to go a play. Those days were extremely long and quite exhausting and having a large bag at a play was rather inconvenient.
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Madison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a fantastic time in London!

This program truly goes above and beyond. It exceeded my expectations in so many wonderful ways. We got to go on excursions all over the UK, seeing everything from castles to Scottish countryside to cast footprints that are copies of actual prints left behind by when dinosaurs roamed Britain. We learned about Shakespeare and got to see many of his plays. We even got to stand on stage at the Globe! We learned about British politics and got to attend political gatherings both in London and Edinburgh. We walked in the footsteps of many great writers, including Mary Wollstonecraft and Virginia Woolf. You get a little bit of everything in this program, and it all combines to create a truly amazing, memorable experience.

I also did an internship while I was in London. Doing an internship was an excellent way to meet British folks and get to know British culture. You get the opportunity to learn a lot about a field you are interested in and make connections that will last for years to come. I recommend doing an internship because you get to meet great people and see another side to British culture that you just don't get inside the classroom.

Overall, this program was amazing. I highly recommend it!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would improve is possibly the timing of outings. Sometimes we wouldn't get back from plays until after midnight, and it sometimes felt weird to be walking back in the dark on empty streets.
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Ella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spring Semester in London

I had a wonderful time in London last spring. The program was incredible and we got to go all over the UK on excursions with the tutors. While classes and group outings were great, the best part of my study abroad was definitely the internship. I was doing work that has helped to build my professional portfolio and will eventually be a huge asset when I begin applying for jobs!
Also, London was an amazing place to spend a few months and I am counting down the days until I can go back! This was the perfect program, very well located, with great tutors and an even better schedule of events.

What would you improve about this program?
The housing could be more centrally located, but because cost of living in London is so expensive I can see why the program houses students outside of zone 4.
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Madison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

London Liberal Arts

I loved my experience with GEO London. One of my favorite memories was seeing Hamlet at the Globe Theatre on Shakespeare's 400th birthday/day of his death.

Our entire class went to see the performance together. We stood in the Yard, which made us feel like were truly living in Shakespeare's time. The theatre's atmosphere was so energetic and lively. The production had just returned from a year long world tour. They had just returned to London and were preforming for the first time. The actors acted with such passion and enthusiasm, despite having preformed the play dozens of times.

After the performance, I left the theatre energized and glowing with happiness. I felt so lucky to be able to experience such a historical moment in the birthplace of Shakespeare. It is a memory I will never forget.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, I enjoyed every moment!