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The GW England programs offer:

  • A dedicated, on-site resident director and academic director
  • A highly immersive program:  direct enroll courses and university-specific dorm accommodation
  • Exciting program excursions and cultural activities throughout the semester
  • A two-day, GW on-site welcome orientation that covers academic issues, health and safety, and an introduction to London

In addition to challenging academic programs, students who choose GW England can expect to acquire a greater awareness and deeper appreciation of diversity in every program component, ranging from the people they’ll meet to the cultures they’ll encounter and the different teaching styles they’ll experience at their U.K. universities.  GW England offers cultural activities that lend an aesthetic and intellectual context to the study abroad experience. Students attend performances at a variety of venues, including the Globe, a replica of the original 1599 playhouse in which Shakespeare’s plays were first produced and where the Bard himself once acted. From the National Theatre’s War Horse to the Royal Opera House’s magnificent productions of Die Zauberflöte and La Bohème, to concerts at Wigmore Hall, London invites students to actively experience the arts and British culture.

Bath, England

The GW England program provides a factual framework to enhance the students’ understanding of the country’s religion, history, and politics.  Students tour important public spaces and buildings-- the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, and Parliament Square, for example —with the purpose of understanding their significance in the U.K.’s historical, political, and cultural past and present day life.

Outside the classroom, GW England offers many opportunities for students to explore the landscape of London, including specially guided tours of Parliament and Westminster Abbey,  the “coronation church” since 1066 and final resting place of seventeen monarchs and  some of the U.K.’s most prominent public figures. The Churchill War Rooms, the bunker from which Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government ran the country from 1939 to 1945, are another regular stop for GW England students, helping them bring into focus some of the world changing events of the mid-twentieth century.  The program also arranges explorative day trips to any of a number of destinations outside London, including Cambridge, Canterbury, Blenheim Palace, Windsor Castle, Eton, and Bath.

Pillow fight in Trafalgar Square

GW England schedules a variety of social events for GW students to share their personal and academic experiences at their own U.K. universities.  Thanksgiving dinners at the historic George on the Strand Pub and high tea on the top floor of the National Portrait Gallery, where the views over London are spectacular, are among the favorites.  A ride on the London Eye, boat trips on the Thames, and guided walks also provide ample time for students to exchange impressions and observations about living and studying in England. 

The cultural and social events offered by the GW England program are included in the cost of the program. Host universities also offer numerous opportunities to become involved in student life on campus. Please see individual university information for details.