Field Trips for London, England
Semester and Yearlong Program Field Trips
The International Programmes Office arranges a London sightseeing tour orienting you to the city, as well as an international student arrival party. Each semester also offers a trip to a West End theatre performance, dinners, and a trip to the London Eye. There may be additional events depending on availability. The International Student House offers many planned activities, including the ISH Travel Club which organizes a range of trips in and out of the UK. All ISH Travel Club trips are subsidized by 50% and include daytrips to places such as Dover, Brighton, Cambridge, and Bath at a very good price. Events provided by the USAC UK Resident Director, such as Bonfire Night, Greenwich, Oxford, and Hampton Court Palace field trips, are also included in your program fees.
Bonfire Night Fireworks
In the fall, USAC students gather for a group dinner and to enjoy Bonfire Night fireworks and festivities in London. "Remember, remember the fifth of November..." A British tradition since the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, Bonfire Night is also known as Fireworks' Night or Guy Fawkes' Night and it marks the anniversary of when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I. The anniversary of Fawkes' arrest on November 5 is celebrated each year with fireworks and bonfires. Effigies of Guy Fawkes ("the guy") are often burned on top of the bonfires.
Each semester USAC students also visit Greenwich, a beautiful and historic area in South London, on the southern banks of the River Thames and just south of Docklands and Canary Wharf. It is home to many attractions including the Greenwich Meridian line, Greenwich Park, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College, the Cutty Sark, and the Royal Observatory. The excursion includes dinner with the group.
Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford
Visit Windsor castle, a royal residence for almost 1,000 years. Explore the State Apartments as well a the 14th century St. George's Chapel. Then, travel to the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge. Learn about the amazing feat of engineering at this prehistoric site.
Also, visit one of the world's most famous university towns, which dates back to the 12th centruy. Home to the 39 colleges that make up Oxford University, this elegant city is also home to fine architecture, world-class museums, and lovely winding lanes with shops and restaurants.
Hampton Court Palace
In the spring, USAC students also visit the historic site and house of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's favorite royal residence. The Palace includes Henry's grand State Rooms, vast Tutor kitchens, plus 60 acres of formal gardens and the famous maze. The excursion includes dinner with the group.
Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle
Explore the birthplace of William Shakespeare and gain insight into his life. Then, visit the Great Hall and State Rooms of Warwick Castle, where many bloody battles were fought.
Summer Program Field Trips
A guided city tour of London and field trip to Oxford and Hampton Court Palace are included for all students; other field trips include a tour of Parliament, a performance at the Globe Theatre, a cruise on the Thames, and a ride on the London Eye. You are encouraged to participate in these field trips. Dates and destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
Visit one of the world's most famous university towns which dates back to the twelfth century. Home to the thirty-nine colleges that make up Oxford University, this elegant city is also home to fine architecture, world-class museums, historic pubs, and lovely winding lanes with shops and restaurants. Called "that sweet city with her dreaming spires," you can trace literary landmarks from the many writers who have lived in or set their characters in this historical city.
Stonehenge and Bath
Visit mysterious Stonehenge, probably the most sophisticated stone circle in the world, to view the Stones and learn the mystery that surrounds them. In Bath your guide will take you on a panoramic tour of the gorgeous Georgian City of Bath, and you will have the chance to go inside the famous Roman Baths that gave the city its name.
Hampton Court Palace
USAC students visit the historic site and house of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's favorite royal residence. The Palace includes Henry's grand State Rooms, vast Tutor kitchens, plus 60 acres of formal gardens and the famous maze. The excursion includes dinner with the group.