Join us in London for an insider’s experience of England on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons and prepare for college with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of staff and students from around the world.
- Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the famous London Eye.
- Picnic amongst the fountains, monuments, and other visitors in Trafalgar Square before exploring nearby museums of art, architecture, and archaeology.
- Take in the towering steeples and cobblestone streets of Oxford.
- Perform with friends at a private coffee house production.
- Explore iconic neighborhoods in search of street-art masterpieces.
Our London Campus
Our London campus is situated in the heart of the city, with easy access to many of it’s most famous landmarks, and ideally located for day trips to the surrounding countryside. London’s rich historical, architectural, and cultural background makes it the perfect setting for our field-based seminars. Enjoy a picnic lunch of fish and chips in Hyde Park, catch a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, or explore the eclectic stalls of Camden Market.
Choose One Seminar
Choose one seminar and explore the city of London and the surrounding area through the lens of your choice. Your dynamic seminar, capped at ten students, encourages hands-on, collaborative learning, and takes place largely outside of the traditional classroom. Visit 10 Downing Street and the London Stock Exchange, and discuss social responsibility with protesters in Parliament Square. Enjoy views from the London Eye, cruise the Thames by river boat, and discover a Banksy piece hidden in plain sight. Study treasures in the British Museum, or head underground to explore Churchill’s War Rooms. Experience a ride atop a double-decker bus, and witness the centuries old tradition of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Afternoons, Evenings, and Weekends
Afternoon activities and enrichment seminars allow you to explore topics outside of your seminar, relax, and have fun! Discuss current events in the bustling Trafalgar Square, join in a pick-up game of cricket or frisbee, spend an afternoon at nearby Stonehenge, or catch an exciting football match at a local pub. The entire group gathers for a community meeting before dinner. After dinner, venture out again in the company of your instructors to experience the nightlife of London. See a dance performance or a comedy show, or have a movie night in the dorms with new friends.
In addition to your time in London, enjoy a day trip to nearby Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Follow the footsteps of Lewis Carroll or J.R.R. Tolkien among the magical gardens of Oxford’s venerable colleges, and visit the the Christ Church Cathedral. Then travel on to Stratford-Upon-Avon to take in a performance by the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company.
Prepare a final presentation to share with the whole group to showcase what you have learned in your seminar. Create a turn-of-the-century map of Sherlock Holmes’ London, research British perspectives on European integration, or perform a series of Beatles hits.
Group accommodations are carefully selected by Putney Student Travel to emphasize convenience, a positive group environment, and wholesome interaction with local people and fellow travelers. The group stays in dormitory accommodations in the heart of London. The rooms are singles with shared baths at the end of the hall. Accommodations are separated by gender, and the leaders reside in the same dorm as students throughout the program. Students have access to common space within the dorms, as well as a classroom for work and group activities.
Physical Challenge Level
Our programs are physically active. Days are filled with movement — exploring the British Museum, strolling Trafalgar Square, hiking in the Cotswolds, or enjoying a river cruise on the Thames. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities.