Since 1977, when BYU converted two stately Victorian row-houses on Hyde Park’s northern edge into its new overseas campus, the London Centre has served as the university’s premier study abroad location in Europe. Four decades of BYU students have now called the London Centre home. When not studying, eating, or sleeping in these historic West End mansions, students have used the Centre as a base for their explorations of the city, the British countryside, and beyond. Spending a term at the London Centre remains one of the great bargains at BYU. The program cost listed below covers not only more travel and better accommodations than most study abroad programs but also meals morning and night six days a week.
Each London Centre program is unique, based on the specialties of the faculty directors. This summer 2019 program brings together literature, history, and politics taught by Aaron Eastley and Quinn Mecham. Both are experienced international travelers and researchers, eager to share in the unique experiential learning opportunities of study abroad in the United Kingdom. Their courses will bring to life the multifaceted history of the British Empire, with a close focus on the magnificent but enigmatic statesman Winston Churchill, as well as the beautiful and profound literature of the British Isles.
Participants in this program will earn 7 credit hours toward graduation, develop close relationships with faculty mentors and their families, and tour some of the world’s greatest museums, churches, and cultural heritage sites. Within London, students will encounter people and cultures from across the world and visit such iconic sites as the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Imperial War Museum, the London Eye, and (naturally) Warner Bros. Making of Harry Potter. We will also attend a cricket match and Parliament. Beyond London itself, the program will feature a two-day trip to Wales, a four-day trip to France, and a five-day trip to the Lake District and Scotland. These and several other single-day coach trips out of the city will include stops at Stonehenge, Bath, Portsmouth, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and York, allowing us to study Churchill at his homes and schools, Shakespeare along the banks of the Avon, Leslie Norris in the Brecon Beacons mountains of Wales, early Mormon converts in Preston and Worcestershire, James Herriot in the Yorkshire Dales, and the literary homes of Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, and Virginia Woolf. There will also be ample opportunity for students to explore London and attend West End plays and musicals.