London is a global cultural capital, an extraordinary city filled with artistic and cultural expression. It is considered the most cosmopolitan city on earth, and is the world’s most visited city. With 13 million inhabitants, London is a leading global city with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, media, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. The city’s exciting daily life and cultural institutions are an important part of its experience. The historical elements of Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are experienced alongside newer attractions like the London Eye and the Tate Modern gallery.
Situated on the River Thames, London is a hub of diversity, attracting people from around the world. With more than 300 languages spoken within Greater London, the city is an inviting space for all. London’s efficient underground metro (or Tube), which is the oldest in the world, and its iconic double decker buses that traverse the city 24 hours a day, make it easy to move about and explore the 32 boroughs, each with their own flavor and culture.
SAI offers two host school options in London with liberal arts curriculums: London South Bank University (LSBU) and the University of Westminster.
LSBU is one of London’s largest and oldest universities. Established in 1892, the original aim of LSBU was to promote the industrial skills, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women, which remains remarkably similar today. LSBU uses strong links with employers and industry to ensure that course content, facilities and equipment meet the demands of the 21st century workplace. In doing so, LSBU maintains its commitment to being a leading applied university.
This cosmopolitan university is centrally located in London and averages 25,000 students each year drawn from over 130 countries. LSBU offers a wide array of course options, from business management to engineering or science. Study abroad students at LSBU study alongside degree seeking students for a fully integrated experience.
The University of Westminster boasts a rich history and has been providing students with academic excellence, cultural engagement and personal enrichment since its inception as Britain’s first polytechnic in 1838. Since then it has developed into a university that combines both metropolitan and cosmopolitan dimensions, and which is closely involved in business, professional and academic life within London, as well as overseas.
Students studying abroad at the University of Westminster join over 24,000 degree seeking students at four main campuses in London that house its seven faculties. Students can select from over 700 courses that satisfy intellectual curiosity in a lively and friendly atmosphere.
London is a large city and may seem daunting at first, but students quickly find that it has a place for everyone. The vast number of restaurants, shops, cinemas, theaters, museums and green spaces satisfy any interest. Students studying in London have a global experience at their fingertips. Cuisine from every corner of the world is available, festivals and theater performances are at every turn, cutting-edge art and fashion pour out into the streets, and today’s leading global companies bustle alongside historical monuments such as St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Students can find peace from the crowds by studying in a neighborhood café or tea house, taking a tube ride to any of the vibrant and unique boroughs or jogging through one of the many parks and urban gardens that occupy one third of the city.
London also offers students incredible accessibility to Europe–with four airports and the Eurostar train, Europe is truly on London’s doorstep.