Activities for London, England
Each semester begins with a mandatory weeklong orientation program, which includes registration and orientation, and open access to the university-wide welcome program. During orientation, the International Programmes Office provides information about living in London, dealing with culture shock, the British higher education system, teaching and study methods, health and safety issues, and travel opportunities in the UK and Europe. The Bonfire Night Fireworks and USAC Dinner in November is also included in your program fees.
At the beginning of the semester, a coach tour of the city centre and a boat trip up the River Thames are arranged to help orient you to London, and during the semester other events for Study Abroad students take place, such as visits to West End theatre performances, dinners, and a trip on the London Eye. The specific dates or activities are always subject to change; more details are announced upon arrival. There are more than 50 societies you can join and the University’s chill-out areas, cosy cafes and bars are ideal for catching up with old friends and making new ones. A huge range of sport and leisure activities are also on offer, ranging from aerobics to skiing. Facilities include two modern fitness gyms, a full programme of fitness classes and the chance to represent the University in competitive sport. In addition students may participate in the many activities organised by London’s International Student House, including the ISH Travel Club which organizes a range of trips in and out of the UK at subsidized prices.
In the summer program, extracurricular activities include a ride on the London Eye to take in the view of all of London, a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and a visit to the Houses of Parliament. Many courses also have a number of field trips built into the course curriculum to take advantage of London’s sites and attractions. This is a very active program with lots of activities; be prepared for a lot of walking!