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.
A semester 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 abroads but also includes healthy, chef-prepared meals four or five days a week. Fall 2021 promises to be a particularly vibrant term at the London Centre, as the city will be alive with great theatre, concerts, and festivals and the program will be led by BYU professors with extensive study abroad experience and expertise in British popular culture; European literature, art, history, and culture, and Experience Design.
Participants in this program will earn 12 credits toward graduation, develop close relationships with faculty mentors and their families, and tour some of the world’s greatest museums, cultural heritage sites, participate in unique structured experiences, and visit intriguing venues. Within London, students will attend West End plays and musicals, encounter people and cultures from across the world, and visit such iconic sites as the British Museum, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the National Gallery, and possibly even Platform 9 ¾. Our coach trips across England and Scotland will include stops at the Isle of Wight, Stonehenge, The Cotswolds, Oxford, Stourhead, Bath, Cornwall and Fountains Abbey. We will also study Shakespeare along the banks of the Avon and Beatrix Potter in The Lake District. Because of this program’s emphasis on popular culture and experience design, we will see Shakespeare performed in the restored Globe Theatre, attend a premier league football match, learn about the Beatles in Liverpool, retrace the steps of early tourists traveling to the Lake District, and visit locations that were used in film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. The program will also feature a five-day trip to Scotland.