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 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 but also includes healthy, chef-prepared meals six days a week. Spring 2019 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 and European literature, art, history, and culture.
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 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, Tate Modern, and possibly even Platform 9¾. Our coach trips across England and Wales will include stops at the Isle of Wight, Stonehenge, Stourhead, Bath, Tintern Abbey, St. Fagan’s, Beacon Hill, Fountains Abbey, and York. We will also study Jane Austen at her Hampshire cottage, Shakespeare along the banks of the Avon, William Wordsworth at his Ambleside home, and the Brontë sisters amid the Yorkshire moors. Because of this program’s emphasis on popular culture, 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 Austen’s novels. The program will also feature a four-day trip to Paris, offering countless points of comparison for our study of British art, architecture, and history through a day-trip to Versailles, a twilight cruise along the Seine, and tours of Notre Dame, the Louvre, and Musée d’Orsay.