Sample Excursions

THE UNDERGROUND

 

Brighton Day Trip

Summer Programs Only

According to Doctor Johnson, Brighton is ‘the perfect place to regain one’s health and then to ruin it again.’ This unique city by the sea offers fantastic shopping, sightseeing and the Brighton Pavilion – a sprawling, Arabesque palace that was a favourite of King George IV.

Spend the morning at the famous Pavilion before enjoying free time to explore in the afternoon. Browse the quirky independent shops in the North Laines or enjoy Fish 'n Chips on pier. You need at least one trip to the seaside during your time in the UK and Brighton is the best of the bunch!

Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms

All Programs

This museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that was home to government command centre during the Second World War. You can also see the Churchill Museum, a museum exploring the life of the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

During the war, two rooms were of particular importance. The map room was constantly in use. The other was the Cabinet Room in which Churchill declared: ‘This is the room from which I will direct the war.’

Royal Ascot

Summer Programs Only

Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £5.5 million in prize money. Of eighteen Group races, eight of them in Group One, have made legends of the finest thoroughbreds. Black Caviar, Frankel, Yeats – all are Royal Ascot winners turned household names.

In 2013, The Queen watched her horse, Estimate, triumph in the Gold Cup. A dedicated racehorse owner, she has attended every Royal Meeting during her reign and the Royal Procession is always an iconic moment to herald the start of every raceday.

Anticipated and revered, these five days are made for socializing. Long seen as a spectacle of fashion and style, they are referenced the world over. Each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special.

Our faculty member and Sociology lecturer, Dr Chris McMillan, writes:
"Sport provides a wonderful window into a nation's culture, particularly in a country as passionate about sport as Britain. The most dominant marker in British culture is often thought to be social class, which is not specifically linked to income and occupation as it might be in America. Instead we see social class in cultural expressions, such as the food people eat, the clothes they wear (watch out for red trousers and boat shoes!) and the way they speak. Sport is divided along these class lines. Football, for example, is considered a working class sport whereas cricket and rugby are considered more upper class or 'gentlemanly'."

Royal Ascot is most definitely considered to be on the 'upper class' side of the equation which, quite apart from the rest of the festivities, makes it well worth the visit. A strict class system is enforced through the different 'enclosures', as seen in their dress codes. In the 'Royal Enclosure', ‘A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden.’ Finally, the Ascot Racecourse proudly notes that in 2012 racegoers consumed 51,549 bottles of champagne and 2,050kg of fresh lobster.

Theater

All Programs

The UK, and London in particular, enjoys a rich and varied cultural life. Whether it’s an opportunity to see the works of Shakespeare performed in his own home town, a cutting edge production at the National Theatre, or a fringe event at one of the smaller theatres in London, all provide an opportunity to explore and to see the human experience and British life reflected, and to examine British life in relation to your own attitudes, beliefs and experience. Whether it be a light hearted comedy, a musical, or a more overtly serious piece dealing with the darkness of the human heart.

 

Engaging with the Community

All Programs

Opportunities to get involved alongside local organisations for the benefit of the local community are a great way to experience alot more during your time abroad and to make a significant addition to your resume.

Talk of the Town

All Programs

The talk of the town series comes from the age old tradition of conversing about current affairs over a drink, or two. This series invites guest speakers giving informal but informative evening talks in some of Holborn's most charming local venues.

Led by our own faculty, come and have a couple of drinks on Arcadia, listen to an acclaimed individual talk about their ideas, and have the chance to interact with them and your fellow students in a fun and thought-provoking environment. Free event.

London Street Art

All Programs

Dr Richard Maguire's tour will take in some of the street art in London's infamous East End. The area around Shoreditch and Brick Lane is caught in a tension between ideas of gentrification and the traditions of urban working life. Street art re-imagines the streets, and allows us to see the grimy roads and hipster joints in a new way. The tour will encourage you to not just look forward, but to look up to search for plastic mushrooms on top of buildings and to look down to see art so small it seems as if it's drawn for another kind of people. But most of all, this tour will persuade you to look behind you and see things that were not there before. And as street art is so ephemeral the chances are that it won't be there tomorrow. We will see art by famous artists such as Banksy and Eine, as well as art that remains untagged and anonymous.

Richard is currently Lecturer in Modern English Literature at Arcadia University where he teaches The 20th Century British Novel, English Poetry and sex and representation in London literature.

Clubs & Community

All Programs

It’s possible to live in the midst of London in splendid isolation. A weekly routine consisting of classes, dorm, grocery shopping, library. How do you make inroads into the established communities you’re now living in? Well, fret no more, here are some open doors into the local community.

Volunteer Opportunities

All Programs

Don’t just look, do. Join us for a community engagement activity.

In the past activities have included sponsored walks via iconic London venues, gardening and fundraising. This year we’re involved in Best Beginnings, a charity that helps support children from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds get a better start in life through education. We’ll be taking part in the British 10k London Run, raising money for Best Beginnings. The race itself takes place in central London, with roads closed especially for the event, you will have the opportunity to run through central London streets, past some iconic London landmarks while raising money for this important opportunity.

Free Homestay with HOST UK

All Programs

Talk about total immersion, experience life inside a British home and British culture first hand. This weekend opportunity can give you a whole new perspective on British life. Arcadia pays the application fee. You just pay the travel costs. Your hosts are volunteers who will collect you from the station, feed you and show the sites of cultural and historic interest. Host families are available all over the UK.

The Fringe

All Programs

Get away from the crowds and the tourists and come explore with us the lesser known cultural treasures of London. We’ll be experiencing music, theatre, destinations, events and more.

Creative Writing

All Programs

If you love writing, or even if you just love books, come along to the Creative Writing club. They meet every Thursday at 1pm. It is in no way academic, and is meant as some fun. You might also win a book of your choice worth up to £15 if you submit a winning piece of creative writing by the end of the semester.

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Pop Culture

 

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Specific Programs Only

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides an amazing new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films - the most successful film series of all time. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

You shall also get the chance to visit Platform 9 and ¾, home of the Hogwarts Express!

Brighton Day Trip

Summer Programs

According to Doctor Johnson, Brighton is ‘the perfect place to regain one’s health and then to ruin it again.’ This unique city by the sea offers fantastic shopping, sightseeing and the Brighton Pavilion – a sprawling, Arabesque palace that was a favourite of King George IV. Brighton has a great atmosphere during the summer holidays, and there may even be a spot of sun and the chance to take a dip in the English Channel (Please note: Nice English weather not guaranteed!).

Ice Skating at Somerset House

Fall Programs

Get into the Christmas spirit with a little bit of ice skating. Somerset House sits on the river Thames and is a stunning backdrop for a night of festive fun. There will be festive music, and more importantly festive food! Grab a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine when you pull off your skates after twirling the time away.

Theater

All Programs

The UK, and London in particular, enjoys a rich and varied cultural life. Whether it’s an opportunity to see the works of Shakespeare performed in his own home town, a cutting edge production at the National Theatre, or a fringe event at one of the smaller theatres in London, all provide an opportunity to explore and to see the human experience and British life reflected, and to examine British life in relation to your own attitudes, beliefs and experience. Whether it be a light hearted comedy, a musical, or a more overtly serious piece dealing with the darkness of the human heart.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic

All Programs

Whether it be a light-hearted comedy, a musical, or a serious piece dealing with the darkness of the human heart, theatre provides an opportunity to witness a reflection of British life and to examine it in relation to your own attitudes, beliefs and experiences. This Spring, have the chance to see Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Joshua McGuire (About Time) on stage in the mind-bending situation comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Billy Elliot at London's West End Theater

All Programs

One of the most celebrated, award-winning musicals on stage today, Billy Elliot has been dazzling London’s West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world.

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

With unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline, this astonishing theatrical experience will stay with you forever.

Everyman at the National Theater

Summer Programs

Written by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave).

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives.

Arcadia faculty member Louise Burns, Lecturer for The London Stage in Text and Performance, writes:
‘Carol Ann Duffy has adapted this version for the NT and that's interesting for many reasons, not least because she is a woman. When she became poet laureate (2009), it was a defining moment. No woman has ever held this position. It will be interesting to see how her voice is reflected in this new version. Her collection of poems titled The World's Wife is a retelling of history from the female perspective. It has been said - so I've heard - that the director Rufus Norris considered changing the show's title to The Everywoman! Equally exciting is Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Everyman. Following on from Twelve Years a Slave, I think he’ll give this role a fresh perspective. The staging of this play is also an indicator that this production wants to be bold, challenging and possibly a little subversive. The choreographer Javier de Frutos is well known for nudity and dramatic theatricality (both on stage and behind the scenes!) in his shows.’

London Street Art

All Programs

Dr Richard Maguire's tour will take in some of the street art in London's infamous East End. The area around Shoreditch and Brick Lane is caught in a tension between ideas of gentrification and the traditions of urban working life. Street art re-imagines the streets, and allows us to see the grimy roads and hipster joints in a new way. The tour will encourage you to not just look forward, but to look up to search for plastic mushrooms on top of buildings and to look down to see art so small it seems as if it's drawn for another kind of people. But most of all, this tour will persuade you to look behind you and see things that were not there before. And as street art is so ephemeral the chances are that it won't be there tomorrow. We will see art by famous artists such as Banksy and Eine, as well as art that remains untagged and anonymous.

Richard is currently Lecturer in Modern English Literature at Arcadia University where he teaches The 20th Century British Novel, English Poetry and sex and representation in London literature.

Talk Sport

All Programs

Talking about sport is heavily ingrained in the culture, and also a reflection of the culture. Join staff to discuss all things sport.

The Fringe

All Programs

Get away from the crowds and the tourists and come explore with us the lesser known cultural treasures of London. We’ll be experiencing music, theatre, destinations, events and more.

Creative Writing

All Programs

If you love writing, or even if you just love books, come along to the Creative Writing club. They meet every Thursday at 1pm. It is in no way academic, and is meant as some fun. You might also win a book of your choice worth up to £15 if you submit a winning piece of creative writing by the end of the semester.

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TRADITION & INNOVATION

 

Edinburgh Weekend

Semester Programs

The Scottish capital is a wondrous city. A city of contrasts, the old town sits alongside the new town, a legacy from the days of Auld Reekie – a town so overcrowded and smelly, the rich were forced to leave and establish a new town in bogland.

Edinburgh was one of the historical centres of the Enlightenment, has been at the forefront of many of the world’s medical developments and contains over 4500 listed buildings. Today it is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and attracts countless scores of visitors.

Windsor Castle Day Trip

All Programs

Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world with approximately 500 residents all year around! It is Queen Elizabeth’s weekend home and is often used for royal functions.

The castle was first built in the 11th century after William the Conqueror and it has been used by monarchs since the reign of Henry I, making it the longest occupied palace in all of Europe. It was originally built to protect London by overseeing the River Thames, but it’s purpose has changed drastically over the course of time. Join us on this visit to marvel at the architecture, and to explore the royal history within.

Tower of London

All Programs

What better way to welcome you to British culture than by taking you back 1000 years into our history? Situated on the bank of the Thames, the tower was founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. It stands as a witness to historical events that are embedded in British culture. It was a fortress during the War of the Roses; it was a prison for Elizabeth I. It is most famed as a place of torture and death, but you will learn about its history as a palace of comfort too.The Tower of London is still one of the most popular sites in the UK. It is quite remarkable that something so old stands beside so much that is so new. And lets not forget, the Crown Jewels.

Stonehenge & Bath Day Trip

All Programs

Now a World Heritage Site, Stonehenge and all its surroundings remain powerful witnesses to the once great civilisations of the Stone and Bronze Ages, between 3000 and 5000 years ago. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 16000BC. Each monument was a circular structure, aligned with the rising of the sun at the midsummer solstice. There has always been intense debate over quite what purpose Stonehenge served. A huge effort and great organisation was needed to carry the stones tens, and sometimes hundreds, of miles by land and water and then to shape and raise them. Stonehenge’s orientation in relation to the rising and setting sun has always been one of its most remarkable features.

Two thousand years ago, with most of the world at their feet, the Romans recognised the unique qualities of Bath and settled here. They chose well. Set in a sheltered valley, surrounded like Rome by seven wooded hills and nourished by Britain’s only natural hot springs, it is a natural haven. An exquisite Georgian city grew from Bath’s ancient roots. The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pump Room and Pulteney Bridge are among the finest architectural treasures in the world. Indeed, the entire city has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Brighton Day Trip

Summer Programs

According to Doctor Johnson, Brighton is ‘the perfect place to regain one’s health and then to ruin it again.’ This unique city by the sea offers fantastic shopping, sightseeing and the Brighton Pavilion – a sprawling, Arabesque palace that was a favourite of King George IV. Brighton has a great atmosphere during the summer holidays, and there may even be a spot of sun and the chance to take a dip in the English Channel (Please note: Nice English weather not guaranteed!).

Oxford Day Trip

Summer Programs

Oxford was founded in the 9th century during the Saxon period and was initially of strategic significance due to its controlling location on the upper reaches of the River Thames at its junction with the River Cherwell. The town grew in national importance during the early Norman period and in the late 12th century became home to the fledgling University of Oxford, the oldest university in the UK. The University rose to dominate the town entirely, and by the middle of the 14th century the history of the town was effectively no more than a footnote to the history of the university. Oxford will surprise, inspire and enchant you with its magnificent architecture, impressive yet intimate colleges, romantic rivers, and hidden nooks and crannies. The whole place has a buzz and a vibrant atmosphere which is hard to define.

Cambridge Day Trip

Summer Programs

Cambridge is most famous for its prestigious university founded in 1209. Students make up a sizeable chunk of its population, and colleges that are part of the university dominate the historic city centre. Our visit to Kings College will give you ample time to appreciate the gorgeous architecture and the walking tour will fill you in on the history of the city.

The River Cam is also a great attraction, and you might even get to try your hand at punting!

Hampton Court Day Trip

Summer Programs

Not only is this year the 500th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace, but it is also the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. What better time to visit!

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. It has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century. It was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514; in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it. Hampton Court is most famous for its ties to the Tudors, but you shall see many other periods have influenced its architecture over time.

Liverpool Day Trip

All Programs

Liverpool gained its status as a city in 1880, having existed as a borough before that point. It’s urbanisation and expansion was due to its status as a port city, largely due to its participation in the Atlantic slave trade. It was also the port of registry for a number of famous ships, including the RMS Titanic. Liverpool has an incredibly diverse population and is home to both the oldest Black African community, and the oldest Chinese community in Europe.

One of Liverpool’s most famous exports was the rock band The Beatles, formed in 1960. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are widely regarded as the most influential rock band of all time. ‘Beatlemania’ took over the world, and they were the British musicians that paved the way into the US pop market. To this day, they are still the best selling band in the United States.

Canterbury Day Trip

All Programs

Canterbury is a historic cathedral city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the district of Kent. In 597 the ‘Kingdom of Kent’ converted to Christianity, and St Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Today, this position heads the Church of England, but it also has a bloody history that Canterbury is famed for. In 1170 the Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered at the Cathedral by followers of Henry II, after he clashed with the king over the rights of the Church. Thus, the Cathedral became a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world and provide the theme for Geoffrey Chaucer’s literary classic The Canterbury Tales.

Canterbury is rich in history. The city wall was founded in Roman times and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey remain. It is an incredibly popular tourist destination and will be a fantastic day out.

Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms

All Programs

This museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that was home to government command centre during the Second World War. You can also see the Churchill Museum, a museum exploring the life of the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. During the war, two rooms were of particular importance. The map room was constantly in use. The other was the Cabinet Room in which Churchill declared: ‘This is the room from which I will direct the war.’

Royal Ascot

Summer Programs

Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £5.5 million in prize money. Of eighteen Group races, eight of them in Group One, have made legends of the finest thoroughbreds. Black Caviar, Frankel, Yeats – all are Royal Ascot winners turned household names.

In 2013, The Queen watched her horse, Estimate, triumph in the Gold Cup. A dedicated racehorse owner, she has attended every Royal Meeting during her reign and the Royal Procession is always an iconic moment to herald the start of every raceday.

Anticipated and revered, these five days are made for socializing. Long seen as a spectacle of fashion and style, they are referenced the world over. Each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special.

Our faculty member and Sociology lecturer, Dr Chris Mcmillan, writes:
“Sport provides a wonderful window into a nation's culture, particularly in a country as passionate about sport as Britain. The most dominant marker in British culture is often thought to be social class, which is not specifically linked to income and occupation as it might be in America. Instead we see social class in cultural expressions, such as the food people eat, the clothes they wear (watch out for red trousers and boat shoes!) and the way they speak. Sport is divided along these class lines. Football, for example, is considered a working class sport whereas cricket and rugby are considered more upper class or 'gentlemanly'."

Royal Ascot is most definitely considered to be on the 'upper class' side of the equation which, quite apart from the rest of the festivities, makes it well worth the visit. A strict class system is enforced through the different 'enclosures', as seen in their dress codes. In the 'Royal Enclosure', ‘A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden.’ Finally, the Ascot Racecourse proudly notes that in 2012 racegoers consumed 51,549 bottles of champagne and 2,050kg of fresh lobster.

Olympic Tour

Semester Programs

Originally built for the 2012 London Olympics, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the biggest park built in Europe for 150 years – at over 560 acres, it features 65km of waterways and 111 acres of woods and wildlife habitat. Whilst the stadium is currently closed for redevelopment, you will have the opportunity to enter the Aquatic Centre and Velodrome, see London’s 9/11 memorial, take pictures with the Olympic rings as well as taking in the redevelopment of East London.

Keats House

Summer Programs

Join Dr Laurence Scott on a visit to Keat's House, a museum dedicated to the Romantic poet John Keats. This will be followed by a picnic on Hampstead Heath and a discussion about the great literature that has been associated with the location.

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Tribes

 

Edinburgh Weekend

Semester Programs

The Scottish capital is a wondrous city. A city of contrasts, the old town sits alongside the new town, a legacy from the days of Auld Reekie – a town so overcrowded and smelly, the rich were forced to leave and establish a new town in bogland.

Edinburgh was one of the historical centres of the Enlightenment, has been at the forefront of many of the world’s medical developments and contains over 4500 listed buildings. Today it is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and attracts countless scores of visitors.

Windsor Castle Day Trip

All Programs

Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world with approximately 500 residents all year around! It is Queen Elizabeth’s weekend home and is often used for royal functions. The castle is famous for its beauty and its long history. The castle was first built in the 11th century after William the Conqueror and it has been used by monarchs since the reign of Henry I, making it the longest occupied palace in all of Europe. It was originally built to protect London by overseeing the River Thames, but it’s purpose has changed drastically over the course of time.

Join us on this visit to marvel at the architecture, and to devour the royal history within.

Wales Adventure Weekend

Semester Programs

Ditch the city for a weekend to experience the beautiful landscapes and coastal surroundings of the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. During this Adventure Weekend, you will have the chance to try activities such as sea kayaking, surfing and coasteering led by experienced and trusted guides.

You’ll also stay in a fully catered eco-lodge, where after a busy day outdoors you can retreat to delicious home cooked meals, campfires and cosy nights in.

Please note this event leaves on a Friday afternoon, it is your responsibility to check for academic clashes.

Tower of London

All Programs

What better way to welcome you to British culture than by taking you back 1000 years into our history? Situated on the bank of the Thames, the tower was founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. It stands as a witness to historical events that are embedded in British culture. It was a fortress during the War of the Roses; it was a prison for Elizabeth I. It is most famed as a place of torture and death, but you will learn about its history as a palace of comfort too.The Tower of London is still one of the most popular sites in the UK. It is quite remarkable that something so old stands beside so much that is so new. And lets not forget, the Crown Jewels.

Stonehenge & Bath Day Trip

All Programs

Now a World Heritage Site, Stonehenge and all its surroundings remain powerful witnesses to the once great civilisations of the Stone and Bronze Ages, between 3000 and 5000 years ago. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 16000BC. Each monument was a circular structure, aligned with the rising of the sun at the midsummer solstice. There has always been intense debate over quite what purpose Stonehenge served. A huge effort and great organisation was needed to carry the stones tens, and sometimes hundreds, of miles by land and water and then to shape and raise them. Stonehenge’s orientation in relation to the rising and setting sun has always been one of its most remarkable features.

Two thousand years ago, with most of the world at their feet, the Romans recognised the unique qualities of Bath and settled here. They chose well. Set in a sheltered valley, surrounded like Rome by seven wooded hills and nourished by Britain’s only natural hot springs, it is a natural haven. An exquisite Georgian city grew from Bath’s ancient roots. The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pump Room and Pulteney Bridge are among the finest architectural treasures in the world. Indeed, the entire city has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Brighton Day Trip

Summer Programs

According to Doctor Johnson, Brighton is ‘the perfect place to regain one’s health and then to ruin it again.’ This unique city by the sea offers fantastic shopping, sightseeing and the Brighton Pavilion – a sprawling, Arabesque palace that was a favourite of King George IV. Brighton has a great atmosphere during the summer holidays, and there may even be a spot of sun and the chance to take a dip in the English Channel (Please note: Nice English weather not guaranteed!).

Oxford Day Trip

Summer Programs

Oxford was founded in the 9th century during the Saxon period and was initially of strategic significance due to its controlling location on the upper reaches of the River Thames at its junction with the River Cherwell. The town grew in national importance during the early Norman period and in the late 12th century became home to the fledgling University of Oxford, the oldest university in the UK. The University rose to dominate the town entirely, and by the middle of the 14th century the history of the town was effectively no more than a footnote to the history of the university. Oxford will surprise, inspire and enchant you with its magnificent architecture, impressive yet intimate colleges, romantic rivers, and hidden nooks and crannies. The whole place has a buzz and a vibrant atmosphere which is hard to define.

Cambridge Day Trip

Summer Programs

Cambridge is most famous for its prestigious university founded in 1209. Students make up a sizeable chunk of its population, and colleges that are part of the university dominate the historic city centre. Our visit to Kings College will give you ample time to appreciate the gorgeous architecture and the walking tour will fill you in on the history of the city.

The River Cam is also a great attraction, and you might even get to try your hand at punting!

Hampton Court Day Trip

Summer Programs

Not only is this year the 500th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace, but it is also the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. What better time to visit!

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. It has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century. It was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514; in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it. Hampton Court is most famous for its ties to the Tudors, but you shall see many other periods have influenced its architecture over time.

Liverpool Weekend Trip

All Programs

Liverpool gained its status as a city in 1880, having existed as a borough before that point. Its urbanisation and expansion was due to its status as a port city, largely due to its participation in the Atlantic slave trade. It was also the port of registry for a number of famous ships, including the RMS Titanic. Liverpool has an incredibly diverse population and is home to both the oldest Black African community, and the oldest Chinese community in Europe. Oh yes, we nearly forgot, a band called The Beatles also came from here!

Canterbury Day Trip

All Programs

Canterbury is a historic cathedral city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the district of Kent. In 597 the ‘Kingdom of Kent’ converted to Christianity, and St Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Today, this position heads the Church of England, but it also has a bloody history that Canterbury is famed for. In 1170 the Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered at the Cathedral by followers of Henry II, after he clashed with the king over the rights of the Church. Thus, the Cathedral became a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world and provide the theme for Geoffrey Chaucer’s literary classic The Canterbury Tales.

Canterbury is rich in history. The city wall was founded in Roman times and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey remain. It is an incredibly popular tourist destination and will be a fantastic day out.

Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms

All Programs

This museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that was home to government command centre during the Second World War. You can also see the Churchill Museum, a museum exploring the life of the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

During the war, two rooms were of particular importance. The map room was constantly in use. The other was the Cabinet Room in which Churchill declared: ‘This is the room from which I will direct the war.’

Sports

All Programs

You can tell alot about a culture from its sporting activities, both activities associated with sports and from those watching. Each semester we offer an opportunity to observe, and become part of British sporting culture whether through watching a cricket match, football, rubgy, tennis or other.

Royal Ascot

Summer Programs

Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £5.5 million in prize money. Of eighteen Group races, eight of them in Group One, have made legends of the finest thoroughbreds. Black Caviar, Frankel, Yeats – all are Royal Ascot winners turned household names.

In 2013, The Queen watched her horse, Estimate, triumph in the Gold Cup. A dedicated racehorse owner, she has attended every Royal Meeting during her reign and the Royal Procession is always an iconic moment to herald the start of every raceday.

Anticipated and revered, these five days are made for socializing. Long seen as a spectacle of fashion and style, they are referenced the world over. Each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special.

Our faculty member and Sociology lecturer, Dr Chris Mcmillan, writes:
“Sport provides a wonderful window into a nation's culture, particularly in a country as passionate about sport as Britain. The most dominant marker in British culture is often thought to be social class, which is not specifically linked to income and occupation as it might be in America. Instead we see social class in cultural expressions, such as the food people eat, the clothes they wear (watch out for red trousers and boat shoes!) and the way they speak. Sport is divided along these class lines. Football, for example, is considered a working class sport whereas cricket and rugby are considered more upper class or 'gentlemanly'."

Royal Ascot is most definitely considered to be on the 'upper class' side of the equation which, quite apart from the rest of the festivities, makes it well worth the visit. A strict class system is enforced through the different 'enclosures', as seen in their dress codes. In the 'Royal Enclosure', ‘A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden.’ Finally, the Ascot Racecourse proudly notes that in 2012 racegoers consumed 51,549 bottles of champagne and 2,050kg of fresh lobster.

Billy Elliot at London's West End Theater

All Programs

One of the most celebrated, award-winning musicals on stage today, Billy Elliot has been dazzling London’s West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world.

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

With unforgettable music by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful storyline, this astonishing theatrical experience will stay with you forever.

Talk of the Town

All Programs

The talk of the town series comes from the age old tradition of conversing about current affairs over a drink, or two. This series invites guest speakers giving informal but informative evening talks in some of Holborn's most charming local venues.

Led by our own faculty, come and have a couple of drinks on Arcadia, listen to an acclaimed individual talk about their ideas, and have the chance to interact with them and your fellow students in a fun and thought-provoking environment. Free event.

Olympic Tour

Semester Programs

Originally built for the 2012 London Olympics, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the biggest park built in Europe for 150 years – at over 560 acres, it features 65km of waterways and 111 acres of woods and wildlife habitat. Whilst the stadium is currently closed for redevelopment, you will have the opportunity to enter the Aquatic Centre and Velodrome, see London’s 9/11 memorial, take pictures with the Olympic rings as well as taking in the redevelopment of East London.

Free Homestay with HOST UK

All Programs

Talk about total immersion, experience life inside a British home and British culture first hand. This weekend opportunity can give you a whole new perspective on British life. Arcadia pays the application fee. You just pay the travel costs. Your hosts are volunteers who will collect you from the station, feed you and show the sites of cultural and historic interest. Host families are available all over the UK.

The Fringe

All Programs

Get away from the crowds and the tourists and come explore with us the lesser known cultural treasures of London. We’ll be experiencing music, theatre, destinations, events and more.

Talk Sport

All Programs

Talking about sport is heavily ingrained in the culture, and also a reflection of the culture. Join staff to discuss all things sport.

Dublin Weekend Trip

All Programs

Fly over the Irish Sea for our two night excursion to Dublin (or Baile Átha Cliath in Irish). This capital city is known for its live music scene, Guinness and, of course, U2. But did you know that Dublin was also home to an event that shaped both Ireland and the Modern World? During this trip, we will take a walking tour along the streets of Dublin and discover how Irish rebels assembled over 100 years ago to proclaim an independent Irish Republic.

Please note this event leaves on a Friday afternoon, it is your responsibility to check for academic clashes.

Highlands & Skye Weekend Trip

All Programs

This three-day weekend excursion explores the beautiful and fascinating history of the Highlands and Skye with one night in Broadford and another in Inverness. We will travel through the spectacular Trossachs National Park and desolate Rannoch Moor to enter the Scottish Highlands, visiting The Battlefield of Bannockburn, The Falls of Dochart, Glencoe and Eilean Donan Castle. On Skye, we will explore the ancient iron-age Dun Beag Broch, 13th-century Dunvegan Castle and its ties to the Viking invasions as well as the geological wonders of Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock. On the last day of the trip, we will visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness and the Battlefield of Culloden before touring the Blair Athol Whisky Distillery and returning to Edinburgh.

Please note this event leaves on a Thursday evening, it is your responsibility to check for academic clashes.

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Sensory

 

Ice Skating at Somerset House

Fall Programs

Get into the Christmas spirit with a little bit of ice skating. Somerset House sits on the river Thames and is a stunning backdrop for a night of festive fun. There will be festive music, and more importantly festive food! Grab a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine when you pull off your skates after twirling the time away.

Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms

All Programs

This museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that was home to government command centre during the Second World War. You can also see the Churchill Museum, a museum exploring the life of the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

During the war, two rooms were of particular importance. The map room was constantly in use. The other was the Cabinet Room in which Churchill declared: ‘This is the room from which I will direct the war.’

Activities

All Programs

Each semester we offer opportunities for total immersion, not just observing by getting actively involved in the community, whether that be through participating in local running clubs and activities, cycling or yoga.

Sports

All Programs

You can tell alot about a culture from its sporting activities, both activities associated with sports and from those watching. Each semester we offer an opportunity to observe, and become part of British sporting culture whether through watching a cricket match, football, rubgy, tennis or other.

Cycle Tour Afternoon

Summer Programs

Join us on a professional bicycle tour for a unique perspective on some iconic London sights as the sun sets and day turns into night. You'll ride past the Globe Theatre, where you'll have spectacular views of St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll also find yourself riding along the river bank, across from the historical Tower of London. You may even get the chance to see Big Ben just as the clock strikes nine (as long as everyone is on time), which is the perfect way to end this particular night out!
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Olympic Tour

Semester Programs

Originally built for the 2012 London Olympics, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the biggest park built in Europe for 150 years – at over 560 acres, it features 65km of waterways and 111 acres of woods and wildlife habitat. Whilst the stadium is currently closed for redevelopment, you will have the opportunity to enter the Aquatic Centre and Velodrome, see London’s 9/11 memorial, take pictures with the Olympic rings as well as taking in the redevelopment of East London.

Keats House

Summer Programs

Join Dr Laurence Scott on a visit to Keat's House, a museum dedicated to the Romantic poet John Keats. This will be followed by a picnic on Hampstead Heath and a discussion about the great literature that has been associated with the location.

London Street Art

All Programs

Dr Richard Maguire's tour will take in some of the street art in London's infamous East End. The area around Shoreditch and Brick Lane is caught in a tension between ideas of gentrification and the traditions of urban working life. Street art re-imagines the streets, and allows us to see the grimy roads and hipster joints in a new way. The tour will encourage you to not just look forward, but to look up to search for plastic mushrooms on top of buildings and to look down to see art so small it seems as if it's drawn for another kind of people. But most of all, this tour will persuade you to look behind you and see things that were not there before. And as street art is so ephemeral the chances are that it won't be there tomorrow. We will see art by famous artists such as Banksy and Eine, as well as art that remains untagged and anonymous.

Richard is currently Lecturer in Modern English Literature at Arcadia University where he teaches The 20th Century British Novel, English Poetry and sex and representation in London literature.

Green London

All Programs

Tired of the concrete? What some greenery in your scenery? If you’re yearning for green spaces, trees, leaves, birds etc, London has plenty of it, with over 60% being open space, and around half being green. The Green London club will introduce you to hidden, and not so hidden green spaces of London. Explore with us or in your own time.

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Life & Death in London

 

Windsor Castle Day Trip

All Programs

Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world with approximately 500 residents all year around! It is Queen Elizabeth’s weekend home and is often used for royal functions. The castle is famous for its beauty and its long history. The castle was first built in the 11th century after William the Conqueror and it has been used by monarchs since the reign of Henry I, making it the longest occupied palace in all of Europe. It was originally built to protect London by overseeing the River Thames, but it’s purpose has changed drastically over the course of time.

Join us on this visit to marvel at the architecture, and to devour the royal history within.

Tower of London

All Programs

What better way to welcome you to British culture than by taking you back 1000 years into our history? Situated on the bank of the Thames, the tower was founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. It stands as a witness to historical events that are embedded in British culture. It was a fortress during the War of the Roses; it was a prison for Elizabeth I. It is most famed as a place of torture and death, but you will learn about its history as a palace of comfort too.The Tower of London is still one of the most popular sites in the UK. It is quite remarkable that something so old stands beside so much that is so new. And lets not forget, the Crown Jewels.

Stonehenge & Bath Day Trip

All Programs

Stonehenge
Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site, is composed of the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC. There has always been intense debate over what purpose Stonehenge served and during your visit you will get the chance to form your own opinion. A huge effort and great organisation was needed to carry the stones tens, and sometimes hundreds, of miles by land and water and then to shape and raise them. Stonehenge’s orientation in relation to the rising and setting sun has always been one of its most remarkable features.

Bath
Two thousand years ago, with most of the world at their feet, the Romans recognised the unique qualities of Bath and settled here. They chose well. Set in a sheltered valley, surrounded by seven wooded hills and nourished by Britain’s only natural hot springs, it is a natural haven. An exquisite Georgian city grew from Bath’s ancient roots epitomised by Jane Austen. The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pump Room and Pulteney Bridge are among the finest architectural treasures in the world, which explains its designation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Oxford Day Trip

Summer Programs

Oxford was founded in the 9th century during the Saxon period and was initially of strategic significance due to its controlling location on the upper reaches of the River Thames at its junction with the River Cherwell. The town grew in national importance during the early Norman period and in the late 12th century became home to the fledgling University of Oxford, the oldest university in the UK. The University rose to dominate the town entirely, and by the middle of the 14th century the history of the town was effectively no more than a footnote to the history of the university. Oxford will surprise, inspire and enchant you with its magnificent architecture, impressive yet intimate colleges, romantic rivers, and hidden nooks and crannies. The whole place has a buzz and a vibrant atmosphere which is hard to define.

Cambridge Day Trip

Summer Programs

Cambridge is most famous for its prestigious university founded in 1209. Students make up a sizeable chunk of its population, and colleges that are part of the university dominate the historic city centre. Our visit to Kings College will give you ample time to appreciate the gorgeous architecture and the walking tour will fill you in on the history of the city.

The River Cam is also a great attraction, and you might even get to try your hand at punting!

Hampton Court Day Trip

Summer Programs

Not only is this year the 500th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace, but it is also the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. What better time to visit!

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. It has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century. It was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514; in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it. Hampton Court is most famous for its ties to the Tudors, but you shall see many other periods have influenced its architecture over time.

Liverpool Day Trip

All Programs

Liverpool gained its status as a city in 1880, having existed as a borough before that point. It’s urbanisation and expansion was due to its status as a port city, largely due to its participation in the Atlantic slave trade. It was also the port of registry for a number of famous ships, including the RMS Titanic. Liverpool has an incredibly diverse population and is home to both the oldest Black African community, and the oldest Chinese community in Europe.

One of Liverpool’s most famous exports was the rock band The Beatles, formed in 1960. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are widely regarded as the most influential rock band of all time. ‘Beatlemania’ took over the world, and they were the British musicians that paved the way into the US pop market. To this day, they are still the best selling band in the United States.

Canterbury Day Trip

All Programs

Canterbury is a historic cathedral city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the district of Kent. In 597 the ‘Kingdom of Kent’ converted to Christianity, and St Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. Today, this position heads the Church of England, but it also has a bloody history that Canterbury is famed for. In 1170 the Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered at the Cathedral by followers of Henry II, after he clashed with the king over the rights of the Church. Thus, the Cathedral became a place of pilgrimage for Christians from all over the world and provide the theme for Geoffrey Chaucer’s literary classic The Canterbury Tales.

Canterbury is rich in history. The city wall was founded in Roman times and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey remain. It is an incredibly popular tourist destination and will be a fantastic day out.

Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms

All Programs

This museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that was home to government command centre during the Second World War. You can also see the Churchill Museum, a museum exploring the life of the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

During the war, two rooms were of particular importance. The map room was constantly in use. The other was the Cabinet Room in which Churchill declared: ‘This is the room from which I will direct the war.’

Everyman at the National Theater

Summer Programs

Written by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave).

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out. One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives.

Arcadia faculty member Louise Burns, Lecturer for The London Stage in Text and Performance, writes:
‘Carol Ann Duffy has adapted this version for the NT and that's interesting for many reasons, not least because she is a woman. When she became poet laureate (2009), it was a defining moment. No woman has ever held this position. It will be interesting to see how her voice is reflected in this new version. Her collection of poems titled The World's Wife is a retelling of history from the female perspective. It has been said - so I've heard - that the director Rufus Norris considered changing the show's title to The Everywoman! Equally exciting is Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Everyman. Following on from Twelve Years a Slave, I think he’ll give this role a fresh perspective. The staging of this play is also an indicator that this production wants to be bold, challenging and possibly a little subversive. The choreographer Javier de Frutos is well known for nudity and dramatic theatricality (both on stage and behind the scenes!) in his shows.’

Keats House

Summer Programs

Join Dr Laurence Scott on a visit to Keat's House, a museum dedicated to the Romantic poet John Keats. This will be followed by a picnic on Hampstead Heath and a discussion about the great literature that has been associated with the location.

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Wales Adventure Weekend

Semester Programs

During this unique weekend away you’ll stay in a fully catered lodge, be led by experienced and trusted guides, and explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural environment with outdoor hiking. Additionally the weekend will include activities such as sea kayaking, surfing and coasteering.

Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms

All Programs

This museum comprises the Cabinet War Rooms, a historic underground complex that was home to government command centre during the Second World War. You can also see the Churchill Museum, a museum exploring the life of the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.

During the war, two rooms were of particular importance. The map room was constantly in use. The other was the Cabinet Room in which Churchill declared: ‘This is the room from which I will direct the war.’

Activities

All Programs

Each semester we offer opportunities for total immersion, not just observing by getting actively involved in the community, whether that be through participating in local running clubs and activities, cycling or yoga.

Cycle Tour

Summer Programs

Join professional cycle touring company London Bicycles for a unique perspective on some iconic London sights such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Includes a stop for a drink so please bring money if you want a drink.

Engaging with the Community

All Programs

Opportunities to get involved alongside local organisations for the benefit of the local community are a great way to experience alot more during your time abroad and to make a significant addition to your resume.

Clubs & Community

All Programs

It’s possible to live in the midst of London in splendid isolation. A weekly routine consisting of classes, dorm, grocery shopping, library. How do you make inroads into the established communities you’re now living in? Well, fret no more, here are some open doors into the local community.

Volunteer Opportunities

All Programs

Don’t just look, do. Join us for a community engagement activity. In the past activities have included sponsored walks via iconic London venues, gardening and fundraising. This year we’re involved in Best Beginnings, a charity that helps support children from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds get a better start in life through education. We’ll be taking part in the British 10k London Run, raising money for Best Beginnings. The race itself takes place in central London, with roads closed especially for the event, you will have the opportunity to run through central London streets, past some iconic London landmarks while raising money for this important opportunity.

Free Homestay with HOST UK

All Programs

Talk about total immersion, experience life inside a British home and British culture first hand. This weekend opportunity can give you a whole new perspective on British life. Arcadia pays the application fee. You just pay the travel costs. Your hosts are volunteers who will collect you from the station, feed you and show the sites of cultural and historic interest. Host families are available all over the UK.

Green London

All Programs

Tired of the concrete? What some greenery in your scenery? If you’re yearning for green spaces, trees, leaves, birds etc, London has plenty of it, with over 60% being open space, and around half being green. The Green London club will introduce you to hidden, and not so hidden green spaces of London. Explore with us or in your own time.

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