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Field Trips for Reading, England

The Erasmus & Study Abroad Office (ESAO) at the University of Reading runs field trips that are very popular with study abroad students. The locations and dates of these trips are determined after your arrival in Reading, but past destinations have included Windsor, Blenheim Palace, Cambridge, Warwick Castle, and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Events provided by the USAC England Resident Director, such as field trips to Brighton, Oxford/Stonehenge, and Cardiff, are included in your program fees.


Each semester, USAC students visit the seaside town of Brighton, renowned for its beach promenade, pier, and robust cultural scene.  The field trip includes a visit to the Royal Pavilion, a palace built for King George IV that mixes Regency grandeur with the visual styles of India and China.

Oxford and Stonehenge (Fall)

In the fall, USAC students travel to the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge.  Also, visit Oxford, a university town dating back to the 11th century.  Home to the 39 colleges that make up Oxford University, this elegant city is also home to fine architecture, world-class museums, and winding lanes with shops and restaurants.

Cardiff (Spring)

In the spring, USAC students will tour the Welsh capital of Cardiff. You’ll visit Cardiff Castle, a site that combines Roman ruins, an 11th century castle keep, and a neo-Gothic clock tower. You’ll also see the Welsh National Assembly at the Senedd, the city’s harbor, the Victorian shopping arcades, and the Cardiff Central Market.

Optional Activities

USAC England offers the following London-based activities at an additional cost:

  • Performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Arsenal Emirates Stadium tour
  • Thanksgiving potluck (fall)
  • Bonfire Night fireworks (fall)
  • Christmas market at Blenheim Palace (fall)

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Trimester 1 (Sept-Dec): Open

Trimester 2 (Jan-Mar): Open


Minimum GPA: 3.0

Minimum class standing: Junior (strong Sophomore applications will be considered)

Open to degree-seeking students currently attending a 4-year institution

Program Type



Overseas credit

Program Capacity

30 students




AASAP/UK -- Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom

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