This UK Cultural Study Tour is one of the best language and cultural study tours that UK has to offer. It is designed for international students who want to explore the great cities of the UK and its distinctive cultures while learning English language.
This is a cultural programme as much as an academic one, which integrates academic studies with activities and culture tour, covering the best sights that Great Britain has to offer. It is a perfect stand-alone course showcasing Great Britain, or a great accompaniment at the end of another academic course programme.
The structured programme contains a full academic programme with 30 hours of English tuition which mostly takes place in Edinburgh over the five days. Further English tuition will take place in some of the evenings and during project work on English, Scottish and Welsh cultures, culminating in a project presentation on the final day of the programme.
As part of the programme students will visit London, Edinburgh and Cardiff – the capital cities of England, Scotland and Wales that make-up of Great Britain. In addition, students will also visit the historic city of York, the picturesque Lake District, the mysterious Stonehenge, and many other popular tourist attractions en route. Alongside the culture visits there will be an activities programme for when students are on-site, and also an evening activity programme, both carefully designed to improve students’ English language learning as well as their cultural understanding of Great Britain. Above all, the programme is to let every participant have fun and make friends.
This UK English and Cultural Study Tour consists of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, activities and cultural tour. The structured programme includes:
- 30 hours of English tuition
- Cultural projects about each location
- Private coach for all stages of journey
- Full on-site and evening activity programme
- Tour across England, Scotland and Wales 3 countries and 5 cities
- Central London location to start and end the course
- Free airport transfers
- All-inclusive fees, including all meals, accommodation, insurance and all entrance fees
- Maximum class size is 15, typically there are 10-12 students per class
1. LONDON (4 nights)
- The Tower of London
- West End Musical
- Oxford Street Shopping
- Southbank & Shakespeare’s Globe
- End of Course Project Presentations
2. YORK (1 night)
- Interactive Lecture
- York Minster
- York City Walls & Shambles
3. EDINBURGH (6 nights)
- English Language Programme
- Interactive Lecture
- Holyrood Park & Arthur’s Seat
- Edinburgh Castle
- The world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- Ceilidh (a traditional Scottish dance)
4. THE LAKE DISTRICT (1 night)
- Boat Tour of Lake Windermere
- Interactive Lecture – Introduction to Wordsworth and the Romantic Poets
- Guided tour of Old Trafford, home of Manchester United Football Club
5. CARDIFF (2 nights)
- Cardiff Castle
- Visit St Fagan’s National History Museum of Wales
- Trip to Stonehenge
The programme begins in London, a city full of history, culture and some of the finest architecture in Europe. Students will be able to experience the best of all that London has to offer with planned trips to the Tower of London, shopping in Oxford Street, a West end Musical and a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe.
After the first night in London the programme takes students to York, a city with a long history including Viking invasions and major roles in both the English Civil war and the Wars of the Roses. Like London, York still has many ancient buildings including York Minster which dates back to 1338. Students will also walk along “the Shambles”, a collection of streets 700 years old lined with timber framed buildings.
Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, was built around an extinct volcano. Both the Old Town and the New Town were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. The city hosts the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August which attracts tourists to its amazing variety of shows and performances. Students will explore the historic city centre, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Park and will also watch a show at the Fringe festival.
The Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most beautiful and famous examples of the English countryside and is a designated National Park. The area is renowned for its beautiful landscapes which inspired the famous English poet William Wordsworth and the other romantic poets of the 19th Century. During the stay in the Lakes students will go on a boat tour on Lake Windermere which offers some stunning views of this scenic landscape.
Cardiff is the largest city in Wales and boasts a wealth of cultural and sporting institutions. As part of the stay in Cardiff students will visit Cardiff Castle which is almost 1000 years old. Students will also be able to get a glimpse of life as it used to be in Wales with a visit to the National History Museum of Wales.
Full board and accommodation in all locations.
London* – Goldsmith’s College, University of London (Single Rooms)
This very open campus has large playing fields and is close to the famous Greenwich Park, Maritime Greenwich, the Oval cricket ground and Canary Wharf. Besides, it has royal approval as Princess Beatrice recently graduated from Goldsmiths!
York* – Days Inn Hotel, Wetherby (Twin Rooms)
This 3-star hotel is just outside the city. It is ranked No.1 hotels in Wetherby and rated 92% by 656 reviews. All rooms in the hotel are twin rooms.
Edinburgh – Heriot Watt University (Single Rooms, En-suite)
This leading public university with an established reputation for world class teaching and pioneering research is set in 380 acres of parkland which is perfect for unwinding, socialising and excellent for studying and activities. It came 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey, and saw the largest increase in UK applicants of any UK university for the 2013 academic session.
Lake District – Ambleside Youth Hostel (Shared Rooms)
Students will stay at the Youth Hostel in Ambleside which is located on the banks of Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. Accommodation in the hostel will be shared dorms.
Cardiff – Welsh College of Music and Drama (Single Rooms, En-suite)
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is the National Conservatoire of Wales and the first and is only one of two All-Steinway conservatoires in the UK. Set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, bordering Bute Park – one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in the UK with 130 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland.
All meals are provided.
Computer facilities are available at most venues used.
Washing and drying machines in Edinburgh and London.
* Subject to change