Most US study abroad students come to London not expecting any sort of language barriers, considering that we speak the same language. However, I was surprised to find out this is not the case, and have found myself in several situations in which there was a communication breakdown; usually resulting in a funny story. One of the first instances I came across were the greetings used by register workers. “You alright?” When I first heard this after buying a water bottle at Sainsbury’s, I wasn’t sure how to…

London is huge. It’s 607 square miles. To put that in perspective, New York City is 304.6 square miles—London is almost double the amount New York City which is the largest city in the United States. I am only here until mid-December which doesn’t give me nearly as much time as I need to explore London. There are so many little hidden spots within London that are more than just the touristy areas like the South Bank or Oxford St. Here are a few places that I have enjoyed…

Going out of London was somewhat mind boggling because of the way that the city just dissipates. All that is left is the rural beauty with sheep, cows, hills, water, and fresh air. After a ride on the fabulous coach, the world of Wales was right at my fingertips. Our fantastic tour guide gave us tons of interesting information that wasn’t just limited to Wales, but also London. The majesty of Wales was almost eye-opening; being from California this concept of true rural beauty is lost upon me….

London is known for its incredible artistic influence, so it’s no surprise that street performers are extremely common throughought the city. In this post, I’ll highlight some of the different areas where you can find them, as well as show the different types of performers that you will come across. The Tube The most common area for street performers to perform is the Tube. Given the high amount of foot traffic from everyday commuters, it’s a perfect spot to for artists to be heard. Here you find musicians…

Shoreditch has been my home for the past month, and although I’ve enjoyed living here, most of the activities I’ve done with CEA have required me to take a Tube into center city. So I was obviously pleased to hear that the next cultural engagement activity took place right here in Shoreditch: To explore the abundant street art of London’s East End. We were fortunate to have a really knowledgeable tour guide; he not only pointed out and explained the street art, but also gave historical information about…

In this video, I give a tour of the Alexander Fleming Halls of Residence, as well as a few of the local stores surrounding it that are an essential part of everyday living in this area. Located by Old Street station in Shoreditch, Alexander Fleming is perfectly situated to access the local corner shops, cafes, and nightlife of London’s vibrant East End. Check out this video to see the dorm’s amenities, and where an average Fleming student will go to buy groceries, do laundry, get a cup of espresso or…

There’s no doubt that internships and study abroad boost your résumé. You set yourself apart by having lived and studied in another country, you discover career paths when you take an internship. But these things don’t have to be mutually exclusive: you can intern abroad. Take it from Jodie, a CEA London Alum from 2015, as she takes us around her favorite parts of interning abroad in London. As a Public Relations major studying abroad at the end of my Junior year, it was really important to me to…

When CEA students study abroad, they get to experience the world, try new things, and ultimately find themselves through life and school in another country. They also have the opportunity to take over our Snapchat account. Because if you didn’t Snapchat it, did it even really happen? Here are 10 stages of study abroad as told by CEA’s Snapchat stories. 1. Starting your journey is easy when you have a support system that loves traveling as much as you do. 2. Packing is possibly the most difficult part of…

After a few weeks of getting acquainted with the city, the CEA London family hopped on a train for Windsor. Windsor is a town just west of London, and is home to the famous Windsor Castle. Sitting up high on a hill overlooking the town, it was the first thing we saw after getting off the train. Known for its elaborate architecture and ornate interior design, this castle has been in use by English monarchs for nearly a millennium. It was built in the 11th century by William…

The trip over to United Kingdom was difficult, including a connecting flight with only an hour in between. There were so many bumps along the way, but getting to London was well worth it. Upon arrival, I met my amazing on-site coordinator and an ambassador at the meeting point at Heathrow. I was welcomed with warm smiles, laughs and people who knew how to make the awful post-flight experience so much better. Other CEA students who are studying at the University of Westminster and I waited for our shuttle…