Last Updated on August 3, 2021 by AIFS Abroad
Are you curious why England’s capital city of London is one of the top study abroad destinations for college students?
1. It’s very green
While London is a busy city, there are plenty of green gardens to offer respite from the hustle and bustle. In fact, London is comprised of 40% public green spaces, including approximately 3,000 parks!
2. It’s extremely diverse
Did you know that London is one of the most diverse cities in the world? There are over 300 languages spoken in England’s capital. London is a cultural melting pot, filled with people of different religious, ethnic, political and social backgrounds.
3. There isn’t (much of) a language barrier
When you study abroad in England, you don’t have to worry about learning an entirely new language. You will, however, be introduced to a new dialect and likely learn some fun British phrases!
4. It’s a hub for a variety of industries
London is a major cosmopolitan city with something for everyone. Whether you are majoring in business, fashion, medicine, computer science or literature, the city has plenty of educational activities for your interests.
5. You’ll be surrounded by history
From Westminster Abbey to the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace, there are major bucket list-worthy historical sites all around the city. With world-class museums like the British Museum and Churchill’s War Rooms, London is a history buff’s dream.
6. It’s rich in theater…
London is one of the theater capitals of the world! The city’s West End is well known for its top-notch plays, often with famous screen stars gracing the stages. Don’t miss Shakespeare’s Globe, a reconstruction of the English playwright’s Globe Theater (the original Globe was destroyed in a fire).
7. …and the arts
Art enthusiasts can see classic masterpieces by great artists like Van Gogh and Monet at the National Gallery and modern art at the Tate. London is also home to museums and events dedicated to fashion, media, literature and more!
8. You’ll love the food
While London is not as well known for their food as Florence or Rome, the diverse culinary scene is perhaps one of the city’s best kept secrets. In addition to traditional British dishes like fish ‘n chips, scones and Yorkshire pudding, the city’s diverse population means you can find authentic cuisine from every corner of the globe. The city is home to approximately 90 international cuisines! From Indian food to Thai food to pizza, you’ll have no trouble finding your favorite dishes (or discovering new favs!) in London.
9. It’s very sporty
London is a terrific city for sports fans and athletes looking to study abroad. Football (aka American soccer) is the most popular spectator sport in the city. Catch an exhilarating football match at Wembley, the national football stadium. Other sports like rugby, tennis, golf and cricket are also very popular throughout England.
Whether you are interested in theater, history, business, fashion or sports, London is a fantastic place to study abroad.