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Make London Your Classroom

Explore and thrive in this global center for the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, tourism, and transport and one of the world’s leading financial centers.

Quick Facts:

  • Largest City in Europe
  • First 3 Times Olympic Host City
  • Word's Most Visited City
  • Over 300 Languages Spoken
  • High Ranked Tech Ready City
  • Home of 4 World Heritage Sites
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Preparation

Picture yourself exiting a Tube station into London’s bustling historical streets, having access to innovative fashion, art, and technology, exploring world-class galleries, tasting a Brick Lane curry, and studying abroad at CAPA’s London center inside two Victorian townhouses. With a bit of preparation, this can become your reality. CAPA’s team of study abroad experts and travel enthusiasts are excited to help you on your way, making sure first that you know how to study abroad! With a checklist in hand, going from considering what your life could look like in England to actually experiencing the energy of one of the world’s most diverse cities will seem much more achievable.  

First, there will be some admin: application forms, applying for a passport, chatting with your advisor and considering an internship, among other things. You’ll want to plan a budget to make sure you have enough pounds to last the duration of your study abroad adventure. Think about scholarships and any other finance options available. Once you’re accepted, it’s then time to think about what to pack. Then hop over and look at our blog for solid budgeting tips from our finance team, a list of helpful apps and inspirational London stories. 

Why London

Why London? Why not? With three of the top 10 museums and galleries in the world, 857 art galleries and 170 museums total (most of them free), 786 movie screens, 200 West End theatre shows, 300 music venues, 250 annual festivals, 800 bookshops, four UNESCO heritage sites and more live comedy than any other city in the world, it’s safe to say you’ll never be bored.  

 The incredible diversity in London (over 300 languages are spoken here) seeps into every aspect of life. Cultures from around the globe influence everything mentioned above as well as the food, which has a lively scene developed far beyond stereotypical fish and chips. Creativity and innovation that result from this global community shine through in fashion, tech and business too. There are vibrant markets, international street art talents, and what seems like endless neighborhoods to explore. London is one of the world’s greenest cities, with streets steeped in history, a lively soccer scene and internship opportunities in just about any industry you can imagine. If that’s not enough, all of Europe is right on your doorstep, a short flight away.

Food

You could eat your way through the whole world while studying abroad in London: Ethiopian, Turkish, Peruvian, Polish, Canadian, Vietnamese, Indian, Russian – you name it and there’s almost always somewhere to eat it. The global community has added layers of interest to London’s food scene and British cuisine has also grown up significantly in recent years. You can still find those traditional English fish and chips shops, menus serving pie, mash and eel, delicious Sunday roasts with all the trimmings and 3-tiered plates of sandwiches, scones and cakes for afternoon tea. You can also find cereal cafes, cat cafes, crossushi, cronuts, rainbow bagelsunicorn cupcakes and 70 Michelin-starred restaurants.    

 If you’re eating out, you’ll have no shortage of options with thousands of places to eat in the city. CAPA London staff are happy to share recommendations and you’ll find top picks from CAPA alumni on the blog too. Plus, London’s many markets with fresh and affordable ingredients make cooking as a student easy.

Culture & Activities

Walking around one of the world’s most photographed cities can feel surreal. There’s Big Ben, the London Eye, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. And that’s just a few landmarks you’ll spot on a stroll along the Thames. But the deeper you look the more London will give. See the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum or take an after-hours candlelit tour of Sir John Soane’s Museum. You can admire the artwork in Tate Modern and the National Gallery, but also weave your way through the art-covered streets of East London. See a West End performance or experience the Secret Cinema night. Take in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and support up-and-coming bands playing tiny local venues in Camden. Lounge in Hyde Park on a sunny day or take a boat down the river to discover the Victorian palm house at Kew Gardens. See the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, but also take part in the smaller cultural festivities in the city like Diwali in October. Attend a soccer match to see Chelsea play Arsenal, but also enjoy a night of playing shuffleboard at the London Shuffle Club. We could go on and on…

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Scholarships & Finance

There are many different types of scholarships, grants and finance options to explore that can help you reach your goal of studying abroad in London. CAPA’s predeparture staff will guide you in the right direction so you can decide which opportunities are best suited to your personal situation and find out how to apply.  

We do our best make study abroad accessible to everyone and to provide funding to those who need it. Need-based options include CAPA’s own need-based scholarship, the FEA-CAPA Access Scholarship, a grant from one of the colleges or universities who are affiliated with CAPA, and third-party options such as the Gilman Scholarship. CAPA also offers a blogger/vlogger grant that select students receive in exchange for creating content for our blog about their study abroad experience, a diversity advocate grant, an accommodations fund for students with disabilities and an HBCU grant for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. There are also many other study abroad scholarships available that are not direct CAPA initiatives. Research early as they usually require you to apply up to a year in advance. You may also be eligible to for financial aid.

Interning Abroad

Set yourself apart from your peers by interning abroad for credit in the iconic city of London! You’ll develop new skills, learn how to effectively articulate these to grad schools and hiring managers, and positively impact your future career in a country that ranks as best in the world for business (2018). You’ll collaborate with and learn from Londoners in this powerful, world-class city, expand your professional network overseas, gain an international perspective on your field and an appreciation for diverse working cultures and practices in a global city.  

 CAPA’s internship program is well-established with a network of over 2,000 internship sites across the globe in private and nonprofit sectors and in just about every field. We work hard to place you somewhere that fits your academic major, personal interests and abilities. CAPA London Internship placements are available in more than 60 different fields and industries across London! CAPA has established meaningful partnerships with a multitude of corporations and charities on the local, national, and international levels. Internship placements are included in the cost of the CAPA London program, so don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity! Chat with an admissions advisor to learn more about the placement process and be sure to read about other CAPA London students’ internship experiences on our blog.

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Education Abroad

Studying abroad in London doesn’t mean sacrificing quality, credits or academic integrity. CAPA courses and faculty-led programs are rigorous; we run them in strict adherence to the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice. You’ll play an active role in your own development while you’re abroad, working toward what we call our Student Learning and Development Outcomes (or SLDOs). From personal and professional development to urban environments, our five SLDOs will guide everything you do as a CAPA student. You’ll have plenty of time for fun and exploration too, and those things are also incorporated into (and a very important part of!) the CAPA London experience. One example is our My Global City social events and cultural activities, including tasting a curry on Brick Lane and attending a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. We also take your experience in England from international to global, with collaborative projects that involve working directly with CAPA students in other cities around the world through our innovative globally networked technology.  

See our blog to read our Thoughts on Education Abroad column and take a deep dive into specific areas of academic focus from the perspective of past CAPA London students and faculty. 

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CAPA's London Center

146 Cromwell Road
Kensington,
SW7 4EF
United Kingdom

Claire Kibblewhite, CAPA London Resident Director

Greetings from London! I’m a lifelong resident of this complex global city and feel privileged every day to witness our students discover, adapt, and engage in the new community they have come to live in. Congratulations for choosing to study in a city with postcodes so diverse, that each have their own colour and personality but soon will become so familiar you’ll be living as a local in no time! We’ll help you explore a different culture and way of life from your own, with mindfulness and through quiet reflection; we’ll provide you with the framework and tools so that you participate fully in your chosen academic field. Each day you will discover, be challenged and your awareness will develop; we look forward to sharing this with you. See you soon!
 
 

Course Credit

Earn 6 credits in the Summer and 12-15 credits in the Fall and Spring. Courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted; internships are 3 or 6 credits. Credits are issued by the University of Minnesota.

Housing

You can opt to live in a homestay or in shared apartments. All housing is centrally located within commuting distance to the CAPA center. 

Local Transportation

You will receive a transit pass that provides you with complimentary public transportation in London throughout your program.

Student Activities

Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner and a farewell ceremony. Plus experience a variety of immersive social experiences throughout your program.

Internships

Earn 6 credits in the Fall and Spring or 3 credits in the summer  with an optional part-time internship placement and weekly workshops for professional development. 

My Global City

This program offers a variety of immersive social experiences throughout your program such as feasting on a multi-course curry dinner on Brick Lane or exploring the city on foot to visit famous neighborhoods and historic sites.

Excursions

A half-day panoramic coach tour of London, a full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath, and one of the following full-day excursions: Stratford-upon-Avon and Kenilworth Castle, Salisbury and Glastonbury, Oxford by Rail, or Brighton by Rail.

Insurance

All students receive medical, travel, and accident insurance. The cost of this insurance is included in your program fee.

Support

Our team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience. 

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When I explored London for the first time, I instantly knew that it was the place for me. I matured so much and learned so much about myself that it made all the effort worthwhile. I can safely say that it was the best semester of my college life.
Jorge Galvez
Clark University