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Study Abroad with Us! This guide compiled by the Florida State Univeristy International Programs office. Lead Guide Editors: Kyle Rausch and Brendan Richardson Submissions from student participants by: Quinton Campbell, Cheyayn Davidson, Brittany DeMuth, Mallory Goodman, Sarah Kelley, Emily Salinas, Caryn Savitz, Maddie Schrull, and Emma Weisbrod Design by: Jennifer Ouzts

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Letter of Introduction Congratulations on your acceptance to an FSU International Program! In a few months, London will soon be your home, offering you a unique perspective of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Instead of merely being a foreign traveler, you will be a resident as you attend your courses and work towards learning the London way of life. Studying abroad is a unique opportunity that affords participants a great chance of assimilating into one’s host culture while allowing for expansive personal and academic growth. This guide has been compiled by students like you who have participated on an FSU program in London. It is our hope that by reading through the experiences and suggestions of other students that your own time in the city will be maximized. There is so much to see and do and unfortunately, it will be over before you know it, so make sure you read through how to prepare for your time abroad and what to do once you arrive! Don’t forget to also take some great pictures and notes about new places that you discover. One of the best things about studying abroad is the memories that you will undoubtedly make about places that became all your own. If you find such places, make sure you let International Programs know so that way you can help future students to have as great a time in London as you will. By reading through these pages and eventually experiencing it for yourself you will soon see that London is one of our favorite cities in the world…so here’s why! Bon voyage!

Table of Contents Letter from the Academic Programs Coordinator......................................2 Chapter 1: London at a Glance.................................................................3 Chapter 2: Preparing for Life Abroad........................................................3 Packing........................................................................................5 Chapter 3: FSU Program Information.......................................................6 Classes........................................................................................7 Chapter 4: Practical Information About London........................................7 Money and Accessing Funds.......................................................8 Chapter 5: Health, Fitness, and Safety.....................................................9 Safety.........................................................................................10 Chapter 6: Things to Do..........................................................................10 Museums...................................................................................10 Cultural Sites.............................................................................12 Sports........................................................................................14 Checklist of Things to Do...........................................................15 Nightlife......................................................................................16 Food...........................................................................................17 Shopping.......................................................................17 Restaurants..................................................................18 Chapter 7: Diversity Abroad....................................................................19 Chapter 8: Travel....................................................................................20 Chapter 9: Coming Home.......................................................................22 British-to-­American Dictionary­.................................................................23

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Chapter 1: London at a Glance The City

he’s British!) to cheering for England in the world cup or five-nation rugby, sports have a way of bringing British people together from all walks of life. And whether your stay in London is before, during, or after the 2012 Olympics you will be able to see how sports permeate into every inch of British national morale.

London is a bustling metropolis well known for its diverse cultural affluence. Its rich history stretches back to the Roman occupation, as it is still located along the river Thames where the ancient city of Londinium was established. The city is filled with examples of both modern marvels like the Swiss Re Tower (also known as the Gherkin) and precious gems of historical architecture, like Westminster Abbey, parts of which date back to 1066.

• The U.K. is a Constitutional Monarchy governed by Her Majesty’s Government. • Although the Monarch has supreme authority the government is mainly run by the

London is both the capital of England, (which is part of Great Britain) and of the United Kingdom. Great Britain is the island that includes England, Scotland, and Wales. The United Kingdom includes all these and Northern Ireland.

• The current Prime Minister is the leader of the Conservative Party – The Right Hon-

London is made up of 32 bouroughs, of which you will be living in Camden, one of the most central. Although London is one of the world’s largest cities it is easy to feel at home as you begin to identify with your surrounding neighbourhood. Although London can seem very industrial in some areas, it is home to thousands of parks, squares, gardens, and green spaces. Many of these are public and tourists and residents alike can be found enjoying the (at times) nice English weather.

The People London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. That being said the people that live, work, and play there are very different from what we may think of as quintessentially English. The English in general are very social people. Most of their recreational time is spent with friends and family, which is quite often centred on food and drink. You can see pubs become full around four or five in the afternoon as people gather to relax and mingle after a day at work. Patrons flock to the theatre hours before the opening curtain to socialize. Most theatres have concession bars and some even have full service restaurants. Even simply going out to eat at a sit-down-restaurant can be an all-evening affair. Although it may seem rude to Americans when a waiter never comes to check on you, In England it is custom for them to let you enjoy your meal and company at your leisure, only coming when called over. Afternoon Tea is a true testament to English leisure time. You’ll find that nearly every museum, park, or public cultural centre has a canteen or tea house. In the afternoons, visitors take a break from their sightseeing by grabbing a “cuppa” (tea, that is) and a fruit scone, or a slice of cake. Despite the stereotypical images of life surrounded by floral tea pots, posh parties, and polite conversation, Londoners live quite a fast-paced and exciting life. They are exposed to so many ideas, cultures, and experiences everyday that such diversity becomes commonplace. The British are very proud of their nationality and competitive sports are one of their favourite ways of expressing their patriotism. Being in London, you will be at the centre of all of these major events. From supporting Andy Murray at Wimbledon (He may be Scottish but at least

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The Government/Demographics

Prime Minister and his cabinet.

• In elections, U.K. citizens vote for the party of their choice. The winning party then

takes over all executive positions, the leader of the party becoming Prime Minister. ourable David William Donald Cameron

• The major political parties are The Conservative Party, The Labour Party, and The Liberal Democrats.

• The terms “Liberal” and “Conservative” do not carry the same social and economic values as corresponding US parties.

• The United Kingdom Population: 62,698,362 (Source: CIA World Factbook) • London Population: 7.6 Million (Source:

Chapter 2: Preparing for Life Abroad Preparations for studying, and living, abroad can prove to be overwhelming. It is difficult to mentally and physically prepare for adjusting to a new setting. Here are a few ideas to help you prepare for your trip: Learning about the culture is one of the first things one can do to be prepared. By learning about the culture, it might be easier to assimilate into English culture and tradition. Here is a list of movies and books that you might want to catch up on before leaving:

Books Commentary, history and travel writing Rules, Britannia: An Insider’s Guide to Life in the United Kingdom dp/0312336659/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258550597&sr=8-2 (2006) by Toni Summers Hargis Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End (2006) by Tarquin Hall Watching the English (2005) by Kate Fox Brit-Think, Ameri-Think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide (2003) by Jane Walmsley London: The Biography (2001) by Peter Ackroyd London: A Social History (2000) by Roy Porter Twentieth Century Britain: a Very Short Introduction (2000) by Kenneth Morgan The English: a portrait of a people (1999) by Jeremy Paxman Notes from a Small Island (1996) by Bill Bryson

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Fiction London Imagined: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City (2004) by Anna Quindlen Classics The Jeeves & Wooster series (1917 - 74) by P.G. Wodehouse Mrs. Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf A Child of the Jago (1894) by Arthur Morrison Bleak House (1855) by Charles Dickens Vanity Fair (1848) by William Makepeace Thackeray Oliver Twist (1838) by Charles Dickens Historical Novels The Constant Princess (2006), The Other Boleyn Girl (2002) and others by Philippa Gregory London Dust (2003) by Lee Jackson The Crimson Petal and the White (2002) by Michel Faber 20th-Century and Contemporary The Understudy (2006) by David Nicholls Saturday (2005) by Ian McEwan The Line of Beauty (2004) by Alan Hollinghurst Baggage (2004) by Janet Street Porter Small Island (2004) by Andrea Levy Brick Lane (2003) by Monica Ali London Bridges (2000) by Jane Stevenson White Teeth (2000) by Zadie Smith E (2000) by Matt Beaumont Man and Boy (1999) by Tony Parsons 253 (1998) by Geoff Ryman Neverwhere (1996) by Neil Gaiman Bridget Jones’ Diary (1996) by Helen Fielding High Fidelity (1995) by Nick Hornby Fever Pitch (1992) by Nick Hornby London Fields (1989) by Martin Amis Mother London (1988) by Michael Moorcock Hangover Square (1941) by Patrick Hamilton

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Television Programs EastEnders (1985 - Present) Spooks (2002 - Present) The Thick of It (2005 - Present) Black Books (2000 - 04) House of Cards (1990 - 95) Jeeves & Wooster (1990 - 93) Yes, Minister (1980 - 84) and Yes, Prime Minister (1986 - 88)

Films Feel-good Movies Run, Fat Boy, Run (2007) Flushed Away (2006) The Queen (2006) Love Actually (2003) Bend it Like Beckham (2002) About a Boy (2002) Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel, and Lawrence (1998) Notting Hill (1999) Wonderland (1999) Sliding Doors (1998) Wimbledon (2004) Billy Elliot (2000) Tube Tales (1999) Jack and Sarah (1995) My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) London/Robinson in Space (1994/1997) Alfie (1965) Historical London Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) Finding Neverland (2004) Bright Young Things (2003) Elizabeth (1998) Shakespeare in Love (1998) Wilde (1997) Restoration (1995) Sense and Sensibility (1995) 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) Withnail and I (1986) The Italian Job (The Original only, please - 1969) Oliver! (1968) To Sir, With Love (1967)

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The Darker Side of London Many of these films contain violence - check them out on for descriptions before renting! The Bank Job (2008) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) V For Vendetta (2006) Children of Men (2006) Closer (2004) Dirty Pretty Things (2002) Snatch (2000) Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) Sid and Nancy (1986) Mona Lisa (1985) The Long Good Friday (1981) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Thrills and Chills Look these up on for descriptions before you rent them. You have been warned! 28 Days Later (2004) and 28 Weeks Later (2007) Shaun of the Dead (2004) Creep (2004) From Hell (2001) (Note: London is recreated in Prague in this latest re-telling of the Jack the Ripper murders) Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1993) An American Werewolf in London (1981) Oldies but Goodies Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Passport to Pimlico (1949) The Ladykillers (1995) The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Waterloo Road (1945) London Belongs to Me (1948) Preparing for study in a foreign country can, at once, be an intimidating and exciting process, especially if you have never done much travel. While there is no way to fully prepare oneself for all of the experiences to be encountered, there are certain things you can think about to make the transition abroad less overwhelming. First, learn about the other culture. You will make assimilation that much easier if you have some basic ideas of what to expect about your host culture. What are the people like: their values, traditions, and current ideology? Are there any cultural norms that differ from those of the U.S.? Second, stay abreast about current events regarding your host country. To help learn about the culture, consider reading online news articles from that country’s newspapers. Here is a short list of popular English journals:

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• The Telegraph (daily): • The Times (daily) • The Evening Standard (daily):

Third, sit down with your parents and come up with a budget. It doesn’t matter if you will be there for a six-week summer session or for a semester. The budget will give you an idea of how much you will be spending on food, theatre tickets, personal travel, souvenirs, etc… This will hopefully help you get an estimation of what you would like to spend. Once you come up with the budget, then bring it with you and keep it updated so you know where your money is going. It has helped many a student keep their finances in order while overseas. Fourth, now that you have come up with a budget, come up with a list of attractions, museums, and shows (theatre). This will help maximize your time while you’re in London. Start planning for any outside travel that you wish to do. This will help with the budget as well. It’s also nice to have an idea so that you can ask the other students if they are interested in travelling with you. Two great sites for cheap airfare are: and Fifth, talk to other people who have been abroad--particularly who have been to the city to where you are going. This tip can save you a lot of time of ‘learning the basics’ as often people who have been to the same city have valuable tips they had to go through the trouble of learning. In addition, they will be able to tell you some sites that might be off the typical tourist path. Often these atypical sites and activities are the most memorable! Sixth, make sure that all of your documents and passport will be packed in your carry-on luggage. You will have to show proper paperwork that you are a student at customs in London. You will also want to keep this handy so that if you are not flying into Gatwick where we have a bus service, that you have the address of the study centre to tell the cab driver. Seventh, from a pragmatic point of view, learn as much as you can about how you will get from the airport to your housing. Most of this information will be provided in your pre-departure packet, however, having a plan that is tailored to your needs is the key. Think about how much luggage you will have with you. You do not want to pack too much because you will have to be carrying whatever you bring with you--and usually this means trying to get aboard a crowded train or tube car. (Regarding luggage, make sure you check with your airline what the allowances are).

Packing When you start packing for a trip, it will be best to come up with a checklist of what needs to be packed. You don’t want to overpack and pay a luggage fee or not have enough room to bring souvenirs back. What to Pack • Clothes that will last you your entire stay • During the summer, Londoners do not wear shorts but it can get hot so bring a couple pairs • Fall – the fall months bring rain • Spring – cold Florida State University


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DO NOT BRING • Too many pillows • Too many clothes (you can always do laundry) • Too many comfort items (a few can’t hurt, but you want to experience the culture, not watch Gossip Girl on DVD 14 times) • High-heeled shoes (Most of Europe has cobble stone roads. Heels can and will break.) • Items such as hair dryers that are not on the correct electrical outage or that do not have a converter.

Chapter 3: FSU Program Information Study Centre The Florida State University London Study Centre is located at 99 Great Russell Street, right in the heart of London and the Bloomsbury District. The British Museum, one of the most comprehensive museums in the world, boasts its grandeur just a few blocks down the road from the Study Centre, making the area a lively and cultured piece of the city. Two blocks in the opposite direction will take you to Tottenham Court Road, well known for its concentration in electronics. After pointing out the Study Centre’s location on a map of London, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to point closer to the center of the map. This area offers you an exciting blend of modernity and deeply rooted culture that can be seen even within the living arrangements. London Student Guide 2011-2012

The students’ flats are in three buildings directly adjacent to the Study Centre. These buildings (the Study Centre included) exhibit 17th century architecture that has been restored and furnished with the luxuries of the modern world. A swipe card is necessary to enter any of the buildings. At night, everyone who comes and goes must pass by security that is stationed at the front desk twenty-four hours each day. The basement of the Study Centre offers a library and computer lab, the latter of which is available to students at all hours. Both of these facilities require your swipe card for entrance. Each flat is fully furnished with kitchen appliances, dishes, furniture, towels, and linens. This really helps cut back on the amount of bulk luggage you have to bring from the U.S. It also expedites the process of feeling at home, as the flat is ready to be lived in immediately upon your arrival. Because the flats differ in size and number of bedrooms, there is a variation in how many students live in each flat. This number generally ranges from two to ten, with an average of two three students per bedroom. Often students from other universities within the United States attend FSU’s London program, and for this reason you might find yourself rooming with an individual who is from the other side of the country. Take advantage of such diversity and get to know students who are not enrolled at FSU. You never know when you will need contacts in other parts of the nation. The Study Centre’s comfort and central location hold a lot of responsibility for the high quality of the London program. The Tottenham Court Tube Station is right at the intersection of Tottenham Court and Great Russell, so you are able to get wherever you want to go in London within a very reasonable amount of time. When you are done with your gallivanting about the city, you can look to the air to find Centre Point, one of London’s first skyscrapers. Centre Point, which marks the center of London, is almost directly above the Tottenham Court Tube Station. From this point, finding the Study Centre is a breeze. The flats’ furnishings will allow you to relax after each day of experiencing such a highly wired cultural capital of the world. This is another reason that these flats quickly feeling like home—they are your haven from the bustling world all around, where you can sit back and watch television or talk the night away with your flat mates. But regardless of how comfortable you might be, you will continuously look forward to the next day of unveiling a new piece of London. Florida State University


Study Abroad with Us! Classes The Florida State University London Study Centre offers a wide array of courses that can contribute to pre-requisites and liberal arts courses before getting into your major department. Our classrooms are located in the adjoining buildings of your housing. They can be situated anywhere in the study centre but it should not take you more than 10 minutes to get to class from your room. As is the case in most European buildings, the classrooms do not have air conditioning so dress comfortably, obviously depending on weather. Our professors are either brought from Florida State University’s campuses (Panama City and Tallahassee) or they live in London. This provides students with an outlet to learn more about the city whilst learning in (and outside) of the classroom. Classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (with an occasional make-up class for excursions). Wednesdays and Fridays are “off” days where you are able to enjoy London, travel abroad, or partake on a school-sponsored excursion if scheduled. Class sizes in London are smaller than those that take place in Tallahassee. There may be two total students or 30, which is where FSU International Programs tries to cap the class size. This is a great way to build a professional and personal relationship with your instructor. Most of the classes that you take will try to incorporate the city as much as possible into the lesson plan. It is not uncommon to be in the classroom for a short amount of time and then leave to go to a museum or walk around the Bloomsbury district. Therefore, try not to bring bulky notebooks as writing while standing up can be very difficult. Study Centre Amenities Within the study centre, there is a laundry room in the courtyard area of the housing. There are 5 or 6 washers and 5 or 6 dryers. You will have to supply your own detergent and fabric softener. The theatre room located in the basement is used for Friday tea, as a classroom for the theatre program, and for orientation/presentations. It can also be reserved for those students looking to rehearse for classes. Also in the basement of the study center, there are three computer labs for students to use. There is one computer lab adjacent to the library, one within the library, and another across the hall from the library. The library has a wide variety of material that includes movies, books, music, travel guides, and more. There is also a conservatory for quiet studying. To further accommodate students with laptop computers, the Study Centre has implemented wireless Internet Access throughout the building and flats, though keep in mind that the building’s old, thick walls may contribute to slow internet London Student Guide 2011-2012

connection—a minor gripe for life in a 17th century London flat! Bloomsbury District The FSU London Study Centre, your new home, is located in the heart of the Bloomsbury District. The Bloomsbury District is in central London, within walking distance of some of the most famous landmarks in all of London. Bloomsbury is known for having picturesque squares (parks), local colleges, and homes of past literary figures. As you wander around your new neighborhood, make sure to pay attention to the front of the buildings and look for blue plaques indicating famous people who have called these buildings home!

Chapter 4: Practical Information About London So, you know all about where you are living in London, but now you need to know about how to get around and general life in the city! In this part, we’ll discuss using public transportation, how to access your money for your London adventures, the random weather in London, and how to communicate and stay connected to back home. Getting around in London One of the most common ways to get around in London is by walking, especially since you are housed in the middle of the city. In the rare circumstance that something is too far for walking, London has some amazing public transportation. London has an underground railway (the Tube), buses, night buses, and cabs. The tube is probably the most common and efficient way to get around London, especially towards the “outer” zones. Most of what you want to see in London can be found in zones 1 and 2, which is inexpensive with an oyster card. The oyster card is a public transportation pass that can be topped up when money is short. It is very beneficial because you do not need to carry coins or need to buy a ticket every time you make a trip. The Tube has 11 lines and about 270 stops that make it convenient for a London traveler. Each line is color coded to help you identify them easier. Riding in an underground metro is certainly an interesting experience, especially if one has never ridden in one before. The people, the underground path to the metro, and construction add to the experience. Here are some tips to help you with London’s underground system: Your main stop will be TOTTENHAM COURT RD, this is the closest stop to FSU’s London Study Centre. Tottenham Court Rd. can be found on either the Northern Line (black) or Central Line (red). The Tube generally runs from 5:00am to about 1:30am and it might stop earlier, depending on the line. There is certain etiquette that should be noted while riding or traveling through the tube. When taking escalators either up or down, it is customary for people who are walking to use the left side of escalator and those just riding up to use the right side. Always stand behind the yellow line when waiting to board the Tube; when the doors open let the people get off the Tube

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For those students travelling in the summer semester, the weather will be mostly sunny and hot (dry) with the occasional rain here and there. Londoners do not customarily wear shorts, but it will be good to pack them. The study centre is not equipped with air conditioning, so it is recommended to pack accordingly. Pack some type of casual business wear if you want to attend the West End theatres.

Another way to travel around London is to ride one of the infamous double-decker buses. They have stops at most of the famed London “hot spots” and anywhere in between. Traveling by the Thames is also a nifty way to move about, especially those wanting to go to Greenwich. The Dockland Lights Railway (DLR) is a metro that serves the Docklands of London.

For those travelling in the fall, the weather will be relatively warm when you first arrive and then it will gradually get colder as the months progress. Students should pack some heavier, warmer clothes for the winter months as it gets in the 30s and 40s. As with the summer semester, bring appropriate attire for theatre events.

Here is the link for more information regarding how to get around London:

Finally, the spring semester will welcome students with wet, cold weather! When one comments that London is always cold and rainy, they are speaking about London during the first few months of the year. Slowly, as spring goes on, the sun will come out and warm the city up. However, it still will be very rainy and windy. Rain, and even light hail storms, can come out of nowhere, so you will always want to make sure you have a sturdy umbrella handy!

Money and Accessing Funds Keeping up with your finances while you’re away is a priority. The first step that you want to take is to notify your bank that you will be overseas for an “x” amount of time. This could stop a potential hold on the card(s). It is also prudent to ask them if there are certain fees associated with withdrawing money for European ATMs. Before you leave for your amazing trip abroad, make sure you have some of the local currency. A good amount to start with is a $100 to whatever the current exchange rate may be. This will come in handy if you need to hail a cab, buy some food, etc… When that runs out, it is always nice to have emergency pounds somewhere. Credit cards and debit/check cards are a great way to purchase groceries, theatre tickets, and museum passes. It doesn’t hurt that most major companies are accepted in London. There is no shortage of ATM’s in London, but you might have difficulty finding one that will accept your card, especially the FSU card. When telling your card company about your trip abroad, also ask about London banks recognizing your card. This is not to scare you but ATM scamming has been on the rise in recent years. Always be careful when approaching new ATM machines. There is a common scam where a film of plastic is put in the card reader, which takes the card and allows the scammer to use the card to withdraws cash. Always look at the ATM to make sure that there is no plastic liner or there is no machine on the front of the cash machine. This will be discussed more in depth during the mandatory security meeting upon your arrival. For further information on ATM card/credit card usage in Europe, visit this link:

Weather in London You’ll never know what kind of weather to expect while staying in London. One day it can be shining with no clouds in the sky and the next day it can be overcast with a chance of rain. This can happen in any month, so be prepared during the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

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Communications/Staying Connected to Home There are many ways to keep in touch with friends and family back in the States. One way is through the computer. One of the computer labs is open 24/7 and gives you a chance to e-mail/facebook/tweet anybody back in the states. This is also the most inexpensive way to communicate. Students bringing their laptop can take advantage of the wireless connection throughout the study centre. If you elect to do this, please be aware that FSU International Programs accepts no responsibility should your laptop be stolen or broken while abroad. Laptops are high-theft items, and you should check with your home insurance provider to see if it will be covered while you are abroad. That said, bringing a personal laptop will enable you to use Skype. Skyping is free if you are video chatting with someone who also is using Skype. It is also an inexpensive way to call landlines, cell phones, etc… back in the states. You can bring US cell phones to London, but be careful because some companies increase their rates for overseas use. Smart phones can also see an increase in phone bills by being connected to the internet regardless if using it for personal calls. If you do bring your cell phone, then make sure you notify your phone company that you will be overseas. Always ask if they have some type of international plan that you can use while studying in London. Most students buy a cheap cell phone and “topup” when they have run out of minutes. There are many phone stores situated on Tottenham Court Rd., a 5 minute walk from the study centre, where students go to purchase London cell phones. They can then add money to their cell phone and keep topping up as the minutes are running low, plus, incoming calls are usually free. This is a great Florida State University


Study Abroad with Us! option to also stay connected with fellow students on the program. Each student can get a SIM card with a local number. There is also the option to get an international phone plan for your local number. This will be discussed during orientation when you arrive in London. With some plans, students found they could text locally much cheaper than calling. Also, it was actually cheaper to call the United States than to make local calls. All Plans will vary, but buying a cheap phone (approx. 4-7 pounds) and topping up is generally going to be cheaper than bringing your phone from home.

“Going to Brighton with International Programs was a great experience because it showed an example of the variety in culture and landscape of England.” –Quinton Campbell /Exercise Science/Pre-med

0845 4647: This is the number for the NHS direct, if you have any non-emergency health queries you can call to speak with a health care professional. Usually your information is gathered in your initial call, then your call is returned in 4 hours or less by an NHS doctor or nurse. 020 7534 6500: Soho NHS walk-in centre – your local doctor’s surgery, open during regular business hours. Address: 1 Frith Street,London,W1D 3HZ 0845 155 5000: University College Hospital, your nearest A&E. Address: 235 Euston Road, London, Greater London, NW1 2BU

Chapter 5: Health, Fitness, and Safety

If you currently take medication that you will need during your time in London it is best to check with your doctor or pharmacist before you leave. They may be able to grant you a traveler’s prescription, permitting you to order a large amount ahead of time to bring on your trip. If this is not possible, have your doctor write out your prescription in chemical form (drugs often have different brand titles abroad) so that you will be able to get your medication from a pharmacist in the U.K., who are called chemists.

Health care in the United Kingdom is run by the government program called the National Health Service, better known as the NHS. Traditionally this means that citizens are covered with their local doctor as well as any hospital care they should require.

Fitness There are plenty of ways to maintain an active lifestyle while abroad, with options that fit every budget.

In the U.K., local doctor offices that you may visit for a check-up or minor injuries and ailments are called “surgeries”. For emergencies you may visit what is called “Accident and Emergency” (A&E) or “Casualty” – it should be known that this does not mean that there has been a casualty, this is what Americans would call the Emergency Room. FSU makes every effort to ensure that you are safe and healthy during your time on the program. However, emergencies and illness are always a possibility, even when the greatest precautions are taken, so be mindful of these important numbers in case you find yourself in an emergency: 999: The U.K. equivalent to 911, you will be prompted to tell the state of your emergency and whether you require the fire brigade, police, or an ambulance. 020 7499 9000: In an emergency involving an American citizen in the United Kingdom, you can reach the US Embassy 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the main Embassy number. ** More info can be found at: 030 0123 1212: For non-emergency to the metropolitan police. Your local police station is located at: Bloomsbury Team Safe Neighbourhood Office Holborn Police Station London, WC1N 3NR. **They can be reached by phone on 020 8721 2693 or 079 2023 3770

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• Grab an iPod or a friend and go for a jog around one of London’s many parks. Hyde

Park, one of the best, is only a 15-20 minute walk or less than 5 minutes on the tube or bus. There is also plenty of space to claim a spot of green for an impromptu football or rugby match. • Central YMCA – located just a few doors down on Great Russell St. Contact the admin office for a letter to prove you are a student to ensure you get their student rates. • Oasis – If you register for a Camden resident’s card, you can pay per use at this gym which is less than a 10 minute walk away. University of London Student Union – The admin office can help you establish an associate student membership to the union. For a reduced monthly fee you are free to use all of the gym facilities or you can pay per usage. Also at the union you can join a wide variety of clubs and activities with students at the University of London, including intramural sports. This is a great way to meet local students!

“Living in London was a life changing experience. I made friends who became more like family and I learned more than I ever imagined I could. Everyone should study abroad in London.” –Caryn Savitz, Editing, Writing, And Media

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Study Abroad with Us! Safety London is categorized as a safe city. Like most big cities around the world, one should always be mindful about one’s surroundings. Pick-pocketing and petty crimes are the most common incidents reported. One way to make sure you are not a victim of a pickpocket is to not keep valuables or tons of money in your back pocket. Guys should keep their wallets in one of their front pockets. Ladies want to be aware when they are carrying a larger purse, make sure it is zipped completely. Leicester Square is known for hosting events such as movie premieres. This is one place of many where pick-pocketing can happen. Usually there are signs located on the sidewalks or buildings all over London to indicate a “pick-pocketing zone”. If you are ever in an area where the foot traffic is heavy or large groups are congregating, be careful because that is an easy target for pickpockets. Just like in the U.S., there are areas where you should be more alert than in other areas. The area near Tower Bridge at night is known to attract youth gang members, St. Pancras is another area where you would not want to venture alone during the evening, as well as Southbank. This is not to say that you can’t and shouldn’t go there, but you should always bring a buddy and be conscious of your surroundings. Your comportment is also important. If you make no effort to blend in or if you flash expensive items about, you will become a prime target. Petty criminals target unsuspecting tourists who are not familiar with the city, so you should always strive to assimilate and look like you belong. Again- do not be the shouty American on the tube as this will draw all sorts of unwanted attention your way. If you remain aware of your surroundings and do not draw unnecessary attention to yourself, you will most likely not encounter any problems. Always make sure to have a buddy with you and use common sense and you will have a safe stay in London.

Chapter 6: Things to Do There is an endless amount of attractions for visitors to partake in while staying in London. There are 32 boroughs that provide museums, theatre, and local events that should not be missed. Since there is so much to do, the following is a list of sights that any visitor should incorporate into their stay. The administration office has new editions of Time Out London. Time Out London is a magazine that highlights events, museums, restaurants, shopping, etc. This publication is a great way to become aware of attractions, theatre, or concerts that you might not have researched prior to getting to London.

Museums World-renowned for the plethora of museums that are housed in the city, London boasts a different museum to see each day that you are there. The best part is that most of them are free! The museums range from the expansive British Museum to a museum devoted to a fictional character, The Sherlock Holmes Museum. Refer to the London Time Out Guide in your flat for a

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list of current free events or festivals. When it comes to attractions in London there are many must sees that do charge admission prices. If you are on a budget be sure to bring your student ID as this will likely get you a discount. In many cases, you can also book tickets ahead online at a reduced rate, the websites are provided for you. British Museum Arguably one of the most famous museums in the world, the British Museum is just a block away from our London Study Centre. The British Museum houses over 7 million objects collected from around the world, some dating over 2 million years old. Some of the most famous artifacts include The Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles (original pieces from the Parthenon), and the Benin Bronzes from Nigeria. There are 10 departments within the museum that house collections from the Middle East to Ancient Egypt and Sudan. This is one of the many free museums, although donations are accepted. The British Museum is located on Great Russell Street and open daily from 10:00am – 5:30pm. Admission: Free Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn Website: British Library One of the three greatest libraries in the world, the basement alone holds 500 miles (12 million) books! The library has a copy of every piece of written media published in the U.K., many of which are available for people to read on site. Rare, old, or valuable books are often only available with special permission. Besides being a library, it is also a fascinating museum. On display are original hand-written manuscripts of works by Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Ghandi, and William Shakespeare. There are also scores by Mozart and Handel as well as one of the original copies of Magna Carta. The most famous display, however, is The Beatles’ lyrics that were hand-written on bits of paper, napkins, envelopes, and birthday cards. Admission: Free Tube: King’s Cross Website: Churchill War Rooms One of five museums operating under the Imperial War Museum, this museum is comprised of the Cabinet War Rooms that Winston Churchill used as a command centre during World War II. Since its renovation in 2005, the public can view the Cabinet Rooms, the Map Room, and Churchill’s bedroom. There is also a section devoted to the biography of Winston Churchill. Museum is open daily from 9:30am – 6:00pm with last entrance at 5:00pm. ** Entrance to the museum is £12.00 for students with a valid student card, bring your ISIC card. Tube Stops: Westminster or St. James Park Website: Florida State University

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Study Abroad with Us! Imperial War Museum Very interesting museum, even for those who are not war-buffs. The displays include a blitz simulation where guests get to feel what it is like to be in a bomb shelter during an attack and then explore the streets of a devastated London. Another fascinating attraction is the trench exhibit, a walk through this area allows guests to experience what it was like to live and work in the terrible conditions of the trenches during WWI. Admission: Free Tube: Lambeth North, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo Website: Museum of London Want to know what London used to look like before it became this metropolitan hotspot? The Museum of London is committed to recording and explaining change in every part of London life, to tell its past, present and future stories. The Museum of London is one of the world’s largest urban history museums and cares for over two million objects in its collection. The museum is currently under construction to detail more of historic London. The museum is broken up in two sections: Prehistoric to 1700 London and 1700 London to today. There is also a special exhibit on the Great Fire of 1666. This is a museum not to be missed. Admission: Free Tube: Barbican, St. Paul’s, or Moorgate Website: National Gallery The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. This is a great opportunity to take a stroll through some of the most influential artwork that have been created. This museum always features special exhibits, so make sure to check the website for new works of art. Admission: Free Tube: Charing Cross or Leicester Square Website: Sherlock Holmes Museum The most visited address in the entire world, 221b Baker Street, was the home of English sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes, a product of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, lived in this residence from 1881-1904. Step back in time and experience the home of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Admission: Adult £6 Tube: Baker Street Website: Victoria and Albert Museum Founded as the National Museum of Art and Design, the V&A is the greatest museum of art and design, a world treasure house with collections of fabulous scope and diversity. The Museum holds over 3,000 years worth of artifacts from many of the world’s richest cultures. There are a number of unique exhibitions like the dress collection, jewelry, iron work, Asian art, photography, silver, glass, porcelain, cartoons, and much more! One of Europe’s most London Student Guide 2011-2012

extensive museums, it requires more than one visit to see all that the museum has to offer. Tube: South Kensington Admission is Free except certain exhibits Website: Science Museum This museum combines history and science to create a hands-on adventure that is more than purely educational. Different exhibits include food, gas, computers, time, chemical industry, marine engineering, photography, health, geophysics, and oceanography. If all of this still doesn’t sound like your thing, there is also an Imax cinema with a screen the size of 5 double decker buses. Admission: Free Tube: South Kensington Website: Natural History Museum This museum as all about the Earth. Exhibits range from dinosaurs and whales to butterflies and flowers. There is even a section dedicated to space exploration, and Earth’s place in our solar system. The best times to visit this popular and often crowded museum are in the early mornings or just before closing in the late afternoons; also try to avoid school holidays. Admission: Free Tube: South Kensington Website: Sir John Soane’s Museum Located only a 15 minute walk away from the study centre, this little museum is one of the city’s hidden gems. Sir John Soane was a famous (and eclectic) art collector, when he died in 1837 he left his house and all of its contents to the nation. His last request was that it be opened as a museum and that it remain unaltered. As a result the museum remains unchanged since his death. Besides being open most weekdays, the museum is open the 1st Tuesday of every month from 6-9pm with many of the rooms lit by candlelight. Admission: Free Tube: Holborn Website: Tate Modern Walk along the banks of the Thames and chances are that you will immediately spot an enormous building resembling some sort of industrial-age factory. This building is actually the former Bankside Power Station, which now houses an enormous modern art collection, known as the Tate Modern museum. The collection includes international modern and contemporary works of art dating from 1900 onwards. In addition to the permanent collection that is on display, there are always new exhibits rotating out, so make sure you visit the Tate’s website to see what unique works might be on display during your visit. Admission: Free Tube: Southwark, Mansion House, St. Pauls Website: Florida State University

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Study Abroad with Us! Cultural Sites If you want to mix up your sightseeing, then you should visit some of the wonderful cultural sites that are spread throughout London. Refer to the London Time Out Guide in your flat for a list of current free events or festivals. When it comes to attractions in London there are many mustsees that do charge admission prices. If you are on a budget be sure to bring your student ID as this will likely get you a discount. In many cases, you can also book tickets ahead online at a reduced rate, the websites are provided for you. Buckingham Palace The official residence of monarchs since 1837, starting with Queen Victoria. The State Rooms are open generally from early August to September and tickets can be purchased in advance or outside the entrance on the day of. Audio Guides are included in the price of the ticket. Here you can also view the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony free of charge. It occurs every other day at 11:30, April-July and August-December. Weather permitting. Admission: State rooms- £15.50 for students. Changing of the Guard: Free Tube: Green Park, St. James’s Park, Victoria Website: Royal Academy of Arts Located in Burlington house, an 18th century Piccadilly mansion, the academy features changing exhibitions which feature talented aspiring artists. Admission: Varies with each exhibition Tube: Piccadilly, Green Park Website: Banqueting House This is the only remaining part of the old White Hall Palace which was the former home of the monarchy before it was destroyed by fire in the late 17th century. The ceiling has a painting which is an original work by Rubens, and it is from one of the windows that King Charles I was convicted of treason and also from where he stepped on to the scaffold to face execution. Admission: £4 for students, includes an audio guide Tube: Westminster, Charing Cross Website: Tower of London One of the oldest attractions in London, construction was begun by William the Conqueror in 1066. Today, this is the home of the crown jewels which is a must see for tourists and residents London Student Guide 2011-2012

of London alike. Other highlights of the tower include the Salt Tower, where you can see graffiti from prisoners from the past several centuries, the Tower Green, where a number of famous executions have been performed including 2 of Henry VIII’s wives and their accused lovers. The White Tower is the oldest part of the tower and this is where you can see the executioners axe and block as well as Henry VIII’s armor, and 11th century toilets! The tower is also home to the infamous Bloody Tower which has held a number of famous prisoners, and the medieval palace which is still an official royal residence. This is one of London’s top attractions and can get very crowded, especially in the summer months. Be sure to arrive early to beat the crowd! You can also purchase your ticket at the tube station and nearby shops to avoid the long lines at the attraction. Be sure to take a tour that is guided by one of the “Beefeaters,” well known for their unique uniforms. Admission: £14.50 for students, tour included Tube: Tower Hill Website: Tower Bridge One of the most recognizable bridges in the world, it was first opened by the Victorians in 1894 to accommodate London’s growing trade. Today you can visit the exhibition inside the bridge that shows you artifacts that tell about this famous landmark’s history, operation, and construction. It includes a visit to the Victorian engine room which was used to lift the bridge up until the mid 1970’s. Admission: £5 for students Tube: Tower Hill, London Bridge Website: St. Paul’s Cathedral The Cathedral is a masterpiece of architect Sir Christopher Wren, whose name is synonymous with the reconstruction of London after the great fire. It famously survived the Blitz of WWII and now stands as a symbol of Londoners’ unwavering spirit. It was also the location of Prince Charles’ and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981. The crypt of St. Paul’s is home to a number of tombs and memorials of many recognizable figures, including Lord Horatio Nelson, Florence Nightingale, and JMW Turner. The main attraction, however, is undoubtedly the galleries. The cathedral features three galleries, taking the long climb to the top is well worth the effort. The whispering gallery (at 259 steps) is located inside the dome and offers beautiful views of the interior of the cathedral and the mosaic ceiling. The stone gallery (at 378 steps) is located around the outside of the dome. The golden gallery (at 505 steps) features some of the best views of London! The choir of St.Paul’s cathedral is world renowned, if you have the time stay for an evensong: weekdays at 5pm. Admission: £9.50 for students, tours and audio guides at an additional cost Tube: St Paul’s Website:

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Study Abroad with Us! Westminster Abbey One of London’s most popular tourist destinations, the Abbey is a testament to Britain’s rich history, both modern and ancient. It is home to nearly every monarch’s coronation starting with William the Conqueror in 1066 to the current Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Nearby are also the tombs of Queen Elizabeth I and her rival Mary, Queen of Scots. Some points of mention include the Henry VII Chapel, an addition built by that very monarch in the early 16th century. It is now his final resting place along with his wife. There is also the Poets’ corner which includes tombs and memorials of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, The Bronte sisters, Williams Wordsworth, Charles Dickens, and Geoffrey Chaucer. Be sure to check out the peaceful cloisters and the college garden, as well as the inspiring Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Admission: £12 for students Tube: Westminster, St. James Park Website: London Aquarium Not your average aquarium! One of the highlights is a three-story high tank in which swim a large variety of ocean life, everything from sharks to flounders. There is also an open tank where you can pet rays. Admission: £16.20 Tube: Westminster, Waterloo Website: The London Eye The world’s biggest wheel, it can hold 960 people at once! On a clear day, you can see as far as 25 miles. Each “flight” is 30 minutes long. For the best views, take a ride just before dusk, but plan on a queue. Admission: £17.95 Tube: Westminster, Waterloo Website:

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Shakespeare’s Globe A reconstruction of the Elizabethan outdoor theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed. Today you can see a professional performance of many of Shakespeare’s famous works as well as some modern pieces. You can take a tour of the theatre and an exhibition. The most economical way to get the most out of this experience is to buy a standing ticket and stand in front of the stage as a “groundling” just as they did during Shakespeare’s time. Admission: Tour & Exhibition: £8.50 (An addition £2 off if you present a performance ticket) Performances: Seated student tickets range from £12-£32 Standing tickets only £5! Tube: Mansion House, London Bridge, Cannon Street Website: Harrods The world famous department store is a must see, even if you don’t purchase anything. It opened in 1849 and has over 300 departments. Harrods sells everything from elephants to airplanes! The food halls, located on the lower floors are the ultimate in grocery decadence. There are also many restaurants and food stalls to stop for an afternoon tea. Admission: Free Tube: Knightsbridge Website: Kensington Palace The home of many popular royals including William and Mary, Queen Anne, George I, George II, and most recently Princess Diana. It is also the birthplace of Queen Victoria and where she was told, upon the death of her uncle William IV, that she was queen. Today, the staterooms are set up in the way they would have been in the time of William and Mary in the 18th century. Also on display are Princess Diana’s dresses and other special changing exhibitions. If you have the time and the budget, it is recommended that you have tea at the Orangery on the palace grounds. Best place for afternoon tea in London! But if you are visiting during the highseason, be prepared for a wait if you do not have a reservation. Admission: £11 for students Tube: High Street Kensington, Queensway, Notting Hill Website: Madame Tussaud’s Nowhere else can you get as close to the stars as Madame Tussaud’s brings you. The celebrities range from current A-listers like Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Radcliffe, and Jim Carey, as well as history’s brightest stars such as the Beatles, Ghandi, Humphrey Bogart and Henry VIII. The cast also includes some of your favorite film characters like Jack Sparrow, Spiderman, and Scarlett O’Hara.

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Study Abroad with Us! Madame Tussaud was a historical figure that made death masks in 18th century France and the Chamber of Horrors keeps the tradition of Madame Tussaud’s gruesome history alive. Live actors re-enact themes of torture, execution, and murder. This exhibit is definitely not for the faint of heart. Admission: £28, Chamber of Horrors at an additional cost Tube: Baker Street Website: London Zoo The world’s first institution dedicated to the study of animals, the London Zoo was originally opened in 1828 in Regent’s Park. They have over 5,000 animals and 650 species, many of which are endangered. One of these residents is the snake that spoke to Harry Potter. That scene from the movie was filmed in the reptile house of the zoo. Admission: Cost varies, off-peak less expensive. Tube: Camden Website: Parliament and Big Ben The Palace of Westminster holds the two houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom: House of Lords and House of Commons. Take a tour of the halls where the legislators of Britain decide on important laws or watch a debate between some of the more influential members of Parliament. On Saturdays and during the Summer Opening, U.K. residents and overseas visitors can buy tickets in advance or queue on the day to tour Parliament. Tours start every 15 minutes and last approximately 75 minutes. Admission: £10.00 for students Tube: Westminster Website: http://www.parliament.U.K./ Somerset House Not actually a house, this building is situated between the Strand and the Thames River. Somerset House has a little of everything that can tickle your fancy. There are art and design exhibits, open-air concerts, fashion shows, and film showings. If you are in London during the winter months, the front area is converted into a massive ice skating rink. It has even been seen in such films as The Duchess and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Admission: £6 for adults to the Embankment Galleries and £4.50 for concession to the Courtauld Gallery Tube: Temple Website: Wellington Arch Set in the heart of Royal London at Hyde Park Corner, Wellington Arch is a landmark for

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Londoners and visitors alike and a great addition to a memorable day out in London. It was originally commissioned as a grand outer entrance to Buckingham Palace and moved to its present site in 1882. For glorious panoramas over London’s Royal Parks and the Houses of Parliament, take the lift to the balconies just below the spectacular bronze sculpture surmounting the arch. The balconies also offer unique views of the Household Cavalry, passing beneath on their way to and from the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade. Inside the Arch, three floors of exhibits tell its fascinating history. Admission: Concession £3.10 Tube: Hyde Park Corner Website:

Sports There are many sports in London that one can enjoy as a spectator; the biggest one is football (soccer). London also has rugby, cricket, and tennis matches year round. Soccer: London is home to some of the most respected soccer clubs in the Premier League, which is a league consisting of the best 20 teams in the country competing to be the champion of the Premier League. There are currently five teams in London competing in the Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea (current champions), Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham United. The other London based teams can be found in the Football League Championship division, which is the second highest division after the Premier League. Here is a link for all clubs: Wimbledon: One of the biggest and most anticipated events in the summer is Wimbledon. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis event in the world and considered the most prestigious of the grand slam events. The tournament lasts two weeks from late June – early July. Tickets usually go quickly, but there is always the option to sit on the lawn and enjoy watching the matches on a projection screen. Webiste: British Open: outside of London in Kent for 2011. Wembley Stadium is the largest stadium in London and the 2nd largest in Europe. The stadium is home to the English National Team. Other sporting events are played in Wembley such “Studying abroad in London is by far the best experience I’ve had in my life. It’s an adventure that teaches each student to live on their own, step out of their shell, and learn about a different culture. Within a week, I gained a group of friends that I am still close with to this day. There is absolutely nothing negative to say about studying abroad. It’s worth every penny, every memory, and will be worth every minute spent scrap booking my six thousand pictures from my 13 weeks abroad.” –Sarah Kelley, Editing, Writing, and Media

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~ Checklist ~

Print out this page and use it as a checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything during your stay in London! Also be sure to write down places that you visit which are not listed. At the end of your program, share them with your program assistant/leader and we’ll add them to future guides!


̖̖ British Museum ̖̖ British Library ̖̖ Churchill War Rooms ̖̖ Imperial War Museum ̖̖ Museum of London ̖̖ National Gallery ̖̖ Sherlock Holmes Museum ̖̖ Victoria and Albert Museum ̖̖ Science Museum ̖̖ Natural History Museum ̖̖ Sir John Soane’s Museum ̖̖ Tate Modern Cultural Sites

̖̖ Buckingham Palace ̖̖ Royal Academy of Arts ̖̖ Banqueting House ̖̖ Tower of London ̖̖ Tower Bridge ̖̖ St. Paul’s Cathedral ̖̖ Westminster Abbey ̖̖ London Aquarium ̖̖ The London Eye ̖̖ Shakespeare’s Globe ̖̖ Harrod’s ̖̖ Kensington Palace ̖̖ Madame Tussaud’s ̖̖ London Zoo ̖̖ Parliament and Big Ben ̖̖ Somerset House ̖̖ Wellington Arch

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Things to do before leaving

̖̖ Eat Bangers and Mash ̖̖ Spend a day at Camden Market ̖̖ Have a picnic in St. James Park ̖̖ Witness the Changing of the Guard ̖̖ Walk the steps of Jack the Ripper ̖̖ Attend a production at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre ̖̖ Window shop along Regents Street ̖̖ Eat at Wagamama’s ̖̖ Be a spectator on Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park on a Sunday morning ̖̖ Walk down Palm Mall to try and catch a glimpse of the Royal Family ̖̖ Attend a show as a ‘groundling’ at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre ̖̖ Score great seats at a West End show using TKTS! ̖̖ Enjoy Indian food Notes:

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Study Abroad with Us! Holidays and Festivals Thames

The Thames Festival will be held on September 10 and 11, 2011. This festival is sponsored by the mayor of London on the River Thames in zones 1-4. The festival is free so that Londoners of all ages are able to celebrate the arts community. The event is capped by an amazing firework show on Sunday night, get on the Waterloo bridge early for a great view.

Guy Fawkes Day

Remember, Remember the 5th of November! Guy Fawkes Day on November, 5th 1605 commemorates the night when Guy Fawkes was caught with explosives under the House of Lords where the king was. To celebrate the foiled assassination attempt on the king, bonfires were lit throughout the night and fireworks are displayed on this night still!

Bank Holidays

Bank holidays are public holidays in the United Kingdom when businesses and banks are closed for the day. This even means no school! There are eight permanent holidays with the Royal Wedding in 2011 being an extra bank holiday.

Nightlife The nightlife that you can experience in London is unlike anything that you have experienced in the past. Since London has a population of over 10 million people from all parts of the world, it’s always an exciting evening in London. No matter what you’re into, be sure to grab a copy of Time Out, a publication that lists hundreds of events happening around London from the obvious to the obscure. One of the most popular evening activities is to see a West End show. The West End boasts the best theatre productions in the world. There are opportunities to see Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Chicago, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables (the longest running musical), and Wicked. These are only some of the musicals!! There are plenty more shows to see that can even have celebrities in their cast. Past celebrities to have worked on the West End are Matthew Perry, Patrick Stewart, Josh Hartnett, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Matthew Fox, Jude Law, and more! Students can find inexpensive tickets at the theatre about 30 minutes prior to the show, just bring your ISIC card to the show. There are hundreds of plays to see whilst you spend your time in London. Make the most of it by trying to see at least three a London Student Guide 2011-2012

week, you won’t be disappointed. Also, try checking out The Royal National Theatre. It’s a massive publicly funded theatre located in the South Bank that often offers tickets for as little as 5 pounds! There are shows every night and there is often live music outside by the café in the summertime.

Become a local by visiting one of the thousands of pubs. Many of the pubs in the area around the study center are often frequented by students from the local universities, so they’re a great place to meet locals. Some examples of pubs in the area are The Crown, The Rocket, The Court, The Tottenham, and O’Neil’s, however, being an integral part of British culture, you can’t walk more then 5 minutes without passing one. Many of the pubs have dinner specials that can be very inexpensive. The Court, on Tottenham Court Rd., usually offers a hamburger and fries for about four pounds every afternoon around 3-5. This is part of a chain of “Scream Pubs,” a company that owns pubs across the city that cater to college students. They offer a Yellow Card, which you can purchase for only a pound that will get you discounts on food and drinks (make sure to bring your ISIC card, just in case you need to prove you’re a student!). Also, the University of London has a student union with a student pub called the Duck & Dive. It’s a great place to meet local college students, just be sure to bring your ISIC card or you won’t be able to get in!

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The music scene in London is incredibly diverse. Artists from around the world almost always include the city on their world tour, often with multiple shows. On Tottenham Court Rd. there’s a small shop that sells reduced price tickets on or just a few days before the event, there are also many of these in Leicester Square, but be wary of price inflation and compare before you buy. In addition to the experience of seeing American artists in a foreign city (ex. Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Rihanna), make sure to check out the local up and coming artists as well. In the summer

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Study Abroad with Us! of 2010, Florence and The Machine played at least six shows, all within minutes of travel from the study center in incredibly small and personal venues, and now they have performed at the MTV music awards, The Academy Awards and the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in addition to being nominated for Best New Artist. A great place to discover new music nearby is The Royal George on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross, just a minute from the study center. They continually play demo cds of local up and comers and often have shows and open mic nights. On Wednesdays, they even have U.K.ulele jam sessions in the basement bar, which usually become sing-a-longs. If you’re into the house/electronic/dub music scene, be sure to check out Fabric. Fabric is a nightclub in the City of London that has been featured in DJ Magazine as #2 in their “Top 100 Clubs” for 2009 and 2010. It’s a massive venue that’s on the edge of new music styles and trends, with DJ’s from all over the world. Another great venue is Proud Camden, a gallery/bar/music venue located in 200-year old horse stables in Stables Market, Camden. During the day, you can hang out and eat in refurbished horse stalls with flat screen TV’s watching sports games, movies, or even playing video games. At night, it turns into a venue for a wide variety of music, and truly unique place to spend an evening. If comedy is your thing, there is a festival every year beginning in April called the E4 Udderbelly Festival at the Southbank Centre, featuring comedy, cabaret, and theatre from around the world. Marked by a giant upside down purple cow, the festival is set up on the water along the Southbank. Even if you don’t make it to a show, hang out at the garden bar set up outside featuring food, drinks, giant chess and checker boards, and sometimes live music as you sit amongst the picnic tables and oversized furniture on Astroturf that help create a cartoon-esque backyard BBQ feel.

Shopping for Food It is undoubtedly exciting and delicious to stop in for some fish and chips from one of London’s many pubs. But for many American students studying in London, this dinner option is not the most economical. The Study Centre’s flats are equipped with kitchens for this reason. You can cut back on costs by visiting local supermarkets and preparing your own meals at home. Make mealtimes your periods of recuperation during your otherwise thrilling, fast-paced life in London. Because London is such a modern city, shopping for food is not wholly different London Student Guide 2011-2012

from American grocery shopping in the way that other foreign cities might be. You will find supermarkets throughout the city that operate similarly to American supermarkets. Even so, you should anticipate new and unfamiliar experiences. Obviously, you will not find Publix, Winn-Dixie, or Wal-Mart in London. The largest supermarket chains in the U.K. are Tesco, Asda, and Sainsbury’s. You will quickly become familiar with the supermarkets that are nearby and probably develop a preference of where to shop. The closest supermarket to FSU’s Study Centre is the Tottenham Court Road Sainsbury’s, which is a brief walk down Great Russell and then less than a block up Tottenham Court. The prices here are reasonable. You will find the food for sale arranged much in the same way it is in American supermarkets, with the produce laid out in the open, freezers lining the back walls, and other products arranged in shelved aisles. You will notice that the Sainsbury’s and many other supermarkets you visit are smaller than the average Publix or Wal-Mart. This is part of the city life. There is less space available for each supermarket to occupy, and so every store has to simplify its variety of stock. There are certainly enough product options to satisfy any customer, but you will not find the superfluous amount of choice offered by many American supermarkets. Instead of having a whole aisle devoted to cereal, Sainsbury’s only utilizes a segment of an aisle to hold a handful of the most popular types. This is common for many of the products. While it is not much of a problem to overcome, it is helpful to assume that you will not have your choice between Cap’n Crunch Oops! All Berries and Peanut Butter Crunch. While checking out, you might notice that a lot of the other customers already have plastic or canvas grocery bags with them. Try to adopt this practice, as it is good not to waste. Also, some supermarkets might charge you pence amounts for grocery bags. If you find yourself in this situation, do not act like it is ridiculous to pay for grocery bags. Just remember to bring your own next time. Try to make grocery shopping a fun thing. It is a chance to get out of your flat and interact with a more residential portion of the London population. It is also a better indicator of real life in London as opposed to tourist life. In addition to these benefits, shopping for food will help you develop better management skills, which can greatly enhance your time abroad. Some nearby supermarkets include Sainsburys, Tesco, and even a Whole Foods! There is also the option of buying food at an open-air market. Those are a little further from the study centre but are exciting in their own right. Try out Borough Market and Portobello Road. Here is a full list of London markets:

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Kosher Restaurants London is known for having an endless amount of restaurants that fit any eating habit of tourists or locals. There are kosher restaurants available throughout London that are supervised by kosher authorities. Here is a website that lists those restaurants and authorities:

Bevis Marks is situated near Whitechapel and Moorgate boroughs of London. The restaurant is overseen by the Shepardi Kashrut Authority to ensure that every item on the menu is kosher. The Bevis Marks restaurant offers an extensive menu including matzo ball soup, chopped liver, potato latkes, and a rhubarb crumble. They also have a separate take away menu for those looking to eat back at the study centre.

Reuben’s Restaurant is located on Baker Street, a great place to eat after touring the famous Sherlock Holmes estate. Reuben’s is also supervised by the Shepardi Kashrut Authority and the only restaurant in the West End of London. The menu offers traditional Jewish food for those students looking to indulge in Gefilte fish and Corned Beef. Vegetarian and Vegan

Food for Thought is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant near Covent Garden known for attracting a crowd. A helpful hint is to line up early so you won’t be waiting to try the delicious food. The menu changes daily so you will be able to try new foods every time you visit! This is a restaurant not to be missed.

Tibits is another vegetarian restaurant just a walk away from Picadilly Circus and Regent Street. Tibits is open for breakfast starting at 10:00am, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. Restaurants

The British often get an unfoundedly bad reputation for their food. “How’s the food?” is one of the most popular questions you will receive from friends and family. Yes, the Brits love everything fried, fatty, and meaty but there is so much more to the British culinary palate than “fish and chips.” The Bloomsbury neighbourhood in which you will be living is home to a number of small cafes and restaurants perfect for a quick bite or a relaxing lunch break. Plan carefully though, like many shops in the U.K. they close earlier than many Americans may be used to. Here are some that are located directly near the study centre and will most likely come to be very familiar to you.

• Bloomsbury Deli - Located right across the street from the study centre. Some of the best baguettes, bagels, and muffins you will ever enjoy!

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• Eve’s - Located next to the study centre. Great jacket potatoes (baked potatoes with as-

sorted toppings) and a perfect place to grab a coffee before going on an early morning excursion. • Malabar Junction- The U.K. is famous for it’s Indian cuisine, and this restaurant is one of it’s finest examples. British chain restaurants are a great way to get a unique dining experience without breaking the bank. The best part is that there are many locations spread all around the city and range from quick bites you can grab before hopping on a train, to the perfect location for a flat-mate birthday dinner.

• Nando’s - Portugese peri-peri

chicken counter service restaurant. A favourite amongst students because it is one of the few that has self-service drinks (most restaurants will put very little, if any, ice) and free-refills. • Pizza Express- Contrary to how the name sounds, it is nice sit-down restaurant that service personal-sized gourmet pizzas. • Giraffe - Sit-down restaurant with a variety of ethnic flavours • Cornish Pasty Co. - The best pasties outside of Cornwall! A pasty is a savoury pastry with hearty fillings like “Chicken and Veg, Pork and Apple, and Lamb and Mint.” • Garfunkel’s - The Ruby Tuesday’s of the U.K. • Prêt a Manger - French for “ready to eat.” Walk in and grab a pre-prepared sandwich and a coffee. • Eat - Similar to Prêt but also with hot soups and sandwiches with some typically British flavours. • Yo Sushi - Affordable sushi that comes to you! Sushi and other Asian fusion dishes slide past your table on conveyor belts and you get to grab whatever looks good! The food is served on different coloured plates that are a guide to prices. • Wagamama’s - You’ve never had Ramen noodles like this before! The U.K.’s favourite noodle house and a student favourite. • La Tasca- Spanish tapas restaurant. Great for groups that like to share. • Old Orleans- Craving some tastes of home? Great American food table service restaurant. • Ben’s cookies - Located in Covent Gardens, the best and softest cookies you will ever eat! Take a box home and share with your flatmates. • Costa- Chain coffee house for those looking for something different than Starbucks The best way to get the most out of a British dining experience is to visit a pub for dinner. Not all of them serve food so be sure to ask at the bar. Usually they are not table service, you need to go to the bar and put in your order. Although pubs today have great variety, it is imperative to go for the classic fish n’ chips (and you know its legitimate when its served with mushy peas). Pubs are Florida State University

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• McDonalds • Burger King • Pizza Hut • Starbucks • TGI Friday’s • Krispy Kreme • KFC • Subway

“One of my favorite things about London is the variety of food that is offered. I was able to sample many different kinds of food such as traditional and modern British, North African, Georgian (the country), French, and Indian (Brick Lane). I could not go a week without partaking in the pub food, especially Bangers and Mash.” – Brendan Richardson, Higher Education

Chapter 7: Diversity Abroad Ethnicity in London More than 7.5 million people live in London. If you go there to study abroad, you will be one. This is an opportunity for you to experience cultures that are completely different from your own. As one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, London has adopted a unique kind of mega-culture in which its population understands the prevalent differences among its people and uses this understanding to vitalize a society that is respectful and accommodating for all walks of life. More than one-third of London’s population belongs to a minority (non-white) group. No matter where you go in the city, you will be among people from all over the world. This is to your benefit. Do not approach London’s diverse ethnicity as a challenge that you need to overcome. Embrace it as an opportunity. Allow yourself to become more cultured, more knowledgeable, and a better people-person. In order to do this, you will need to adopt the proper mindset. In the same way that you cannot expect to approach Londoners solely with your cultural standards, others will not expect to approach you solely with theirs. People are willing to meet halfway, but halfway means that you must put forth some effort. This is a large part of the London culture—people meeting halfway. The name of the game here is friendly professionalism. Do not try to joke around with someone you have just met like you would with a close friend. This is a good tip for meeting people wherever you are, but especially in an environment that hosts hundreds of cultures from around the world. Also, be aware of your tone. Often, tones speak louder than words, and this holds doubly true when someone is not speaking his native language (and British English, especially that spoken in London, is not your native tongue.) Be aware of your volume, too, when riding the tube or bus system. This is common courtesy. On this note, being aware pretty well sums up the proper mindset to keep when interacting with fellow Londoners. If you and somebody else are trying to meet each other halfway culturally, and you both remain aware of how the situation is progressing, there should be no problems. You might have a negative experience that stems from cultural discrepancy. If this happens, let it go. Consider how and why the problem occurred, and how it could have been avoided, but do not dwell on the situation or allow it to dictate your emotions toward any culture or ethnicity.

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Once you are mentally prepared to encounter the wide range of ethnicities that London offers, enjoy it. Each person has a unique perspective on life. These perspectives can enhance your own life. London would not be what it is without its varied ethnicities, so if you want to experience this city, be ready to dive into the melting pot.


As London is a large, world city, it is much more liberal than many of the small, American cities you might be used to. Homosexuality is not as scandalous a topic as it might be in certain parts of the States. You will see many same-sex couples holding hands, especially in Soho and its many streets. Here you will find bars, clubs, cafés, bookstores etc. that all cater to the homosexual community side by side with heterosexual establishments. In addition, the city hosts its annual pride festival in mid to late June, so if you are there during this time, be sure to take advantage of the unique cultural opportunity. Below is a list of resources for local gay-friendly establishments pride festival in mid to late June, so if you are there during this time, be sure to take advantage of the unique cultural opportunity. Below is a list of resources for local gay-friendly establishments.


• In many ways, England is much farther along with protecting the rights of homosexuals

than the U.S. is. Within the past decade, laws have been passed allowing civil unions between same sex couples. Also, recently, these couples have been granted the right to adopt. • Anti-discrimination laws have been enforced to protect homosexuals in the workplace, including civil service jobs and the military. • Transexuals were granted the right to marry in 2004 under the Gender Recognition Act. This act also protects them fully under the law. Keeping Involved and Staying Informed There are a few publications in London that offer ways for homosexual students to stay informed in what is happening with queer culture both politically and in the city. The Pink Paper is the largest LGBT newspaper in the U.K. You can find it at the Bedford Square Library on the third floor. This newspapers deals primarily with political and legislative concerns of the LGBT community. Similarly, there are two magazines published weekly that details events and parties for the community. Boys Magazine and QXmagazine are distributed every Thursday evening at clubs and bars and they list local information about upcoming parties and events. Stonewall This activist organization is an important staple in campaigning and lobbying for equal rights of the LGBT community. If you’re looking to get involved, visit the website for more information. Address: Tower Building, York Road, London SE1 7NX Webiste: Gingerbeer is the local area information guide for the lesbian and bisexual women’s community. Visit the informative site for events, listings, groups, and professional services. Website:

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Study Abroad with Us! LGBT Clubs and Bars As previously stated, starting your night in Soho is your best bet if you are looking for a good club or bar that caters to the homosexual community. Feel free to wander around and find some new establishments, but here are a few key spots in the LGBT scene to not miss! G-A-Y at Heaven G-A-Y is London’s (and some say Europe’s) largest gay and lesbian party. Located in central London, U.K., G-A-Y has an enviable reputation of offering outstanding Saturday night PA’s from artists normally associated with Arena and Stadium performances. Over the years, icons such as Mariah Carey, the Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue, and even Madonna have all graced the stage in often surprise concerts. Previously residing for more than 15 years at the famous Astoria theater, G-A-Y now operates Saturday nights at Heaven. Website: Tube: Embankment/Charing Cross G-A-Y Bar G-A-Y bar is right in the heart of Soho. It offers a good starting point for your night, with numerous video screens and a jU.K.ebox-like system that lets you pick what gets played. The lower floor of this bar is for lesbians. Address: 30 Old Compton Street, Westminster, London W1D 5JX Website: Tube: Tottenham Court

to their own elite status—specifically those who play football (soccer) and cricket. As you will learn, the English take great pride in their national identity as a world power in sports, and they spare no expense when it comes to having the best represent them. Some even make it their entire profession to associate with these athletes as their wives and girlfriends. These women are known as WAGs and are prominent socialites that are well known in popular culture. Just as most other major world cities, London is home to people from all socio-economic statuses. The neighborhood you will be living in, The Bloomsbury District, is well known to be home of the affluent as well as the artistic. A great many famous (and quite rich authors and artists) lived or worked in the area, which is evident by the blue plaques that can be found on most buildings. Since this area is also home to the British Museum and business complexes such as Centre Point, the area prominently caters to academics, tourists, and working professionals. As a result there are a number of small public squares, which are filled with people enjoying their packed lunches on weekdays, small posh cafes and souvenir shops. Areas that might sit in contrast to the Bloomsbury District are areas that are council housing areas. These homes are provided by the government to low-income families—a majority of them young single mothers. These areas usually sit outside of the city centre or in ethnic neighborhoods such as Brick Lane, The Docklands, and Brixton.

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Heaven This mega club has five rooms and a wide variety of music sure to suit most anybody’s tastes. Though primarily drawing gay males, the club has become such a nightlife staple that it appears on the ‘must see’ list for any club enthusiast. Address: 9, the Arches, Villiers St.

There are many ways to travel once you are in London. You can travel throughout the United Kingdom by train, you can hop on a ferry to travel to Ireland or the continent, or take a plane to travel anywhere you wish. Do not limit yourself to where and how you can travel, you are in an excellent location to visit many countries within Europe and even Africa.

One of the most used and least expensive airlines used in the United Kingdom is RyanAir. RyanAir flies out of three or four airports in London: Stanstead, Luton, Gatwick, and… The destinations that you choose to have an adventure in might be a little further than where you want to be but that doesn’t mean you can’t get there easily. The train system in the U.K. is easy to use and navigate.

Website: Tube: Embankment/Charing Cross

Ku Bar Consistently voted one of the best gay bars in the city. Address: 25, Frith Street, London, W1D 5LB Tube: Leicester Square

Socio-economic Although some have claimed the United Kingdom to be a classless society with a political system based on a monarchy, there remain some distinct differences. The Queen and The Royal Family are always at the top of the social ladder, and although it harks back to British feudal history, anyone with a ranking or title is to be afforded certain levels of respect. These include members of the Parliament; The House of Lords and The House of Commons.

Liverpool- Huge Beatles Fan? All you need is a trip to Liverpool to experience where the Beatles got their start. The Beatles museum highlights John, Paul, George and Ringo’s entire career from ‘I Want to Hold your Hand’ on the Ed Sullivan show to the psychedelic sounds of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road. Don’t forget to swing by the Cavern Club to see where the Fab Four performed their very first concert.

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Study Abroad with Us! Brighton- If London ever leaves you feeling homesick for Florida beaches, then a day trip to Brighton Beach is what you need. Located on the South Coast of England, this town is world famous for the Brighton Pier, known for its amusement park rides, fish and chips stands, and carnival games. While the actual beach may be a bit “different” then you are used to (don’t expect to be sunbathing on sand) it is not a trip that should be missed out on. Preseli Venture Trip- If you are anxious to get away from Britain’s seemingly endless cites, towns, and villages and experience the great outdoors, spend a weekend in Wales with Preseli Venture. Your weekend includes a surfing lesson, jumping off 25-foot cliffs into the ocean (under professional supervision, of course) and exploring the beautiful Welsh coastline on a 7-mile hike. The staff takes excellent care of you after your exhausting, with exquisite meals, (make sure to save room for the out of this world apple pie!) a cozy lounge area, and an outdoor fire pit for campfires at night. This weekend trip is the adrenaline rush of a lifetime! (Please note that this is a voluntary trip and many of the activities offered may not be covered under the CISI insurance policy included with the program.)

Cornwall- This region of England encompasses the entire southwestern tip of the country. The coastal town of Newquay is worth a visit as it is the surf capital of the U.K. Surfboard and wetsuit rentals, as well as surf lessons are widely available, and the town is home to many beach and surf-themed shops. Unlike Brighton, Newquay is home to sandy beaches as opposed to pebble beaches. Cornwall is world renowned for its scones served with clotted cream and jam, as well as Cornish pastrys. Cornwall is also home to the famous Eden Project, which houses artificial biomes from around the world and is home to the largest greenhouse in the world. Only here can you walk around a rainforest or Mediterranean environment in the U.K. To the north of Cornwall is the city of Bath, home to the famous Roman baths and deemed a World Heritage Site. While traveling in Southwestern England, a trip to Stonehenge may be worthwhile as it is close by.

“Our excursion to Preseli Venture in Wales was by far the best weekend of the summer. Coasteering is like nothing else you will ever experience. Swimming and climbing along the coast of Wales helps you take in the scenery in a new way, not to mention jumping into mini whirlpools and off cliffs is extremely exhilarating!” –Emma Weisbrod, Chemical Engineering

Shamrocker Irish Adventures – If you are looking to get out of the United Kingdom, then heading over to Ireland is a fantastic option! Shamrocker Irish Adventures offers six guided tours all throughout Ireland. This tour company wants you to experience everything that Ireland has to offer. Some highlights from these trips are kissing the infamous Blarney Stone, visiting the Giant’s Causeway (a collection of columns due to a volcanic eruption), and the Hill of Tara (a site devoted to kingship rituals). This tour is for those looking to experience the countryside of Ireland from true Irish locals.

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Study Abroad with Us! North Wales- While often the most overlooked portion of the U.K., Wales (or Cymru as it is in Welsh) is known for its beautiful mountains and coastline and splendid seaside towns. A great town town to visit is Llandudno, situated along the coast of North Wales. After strolling along the beach, a perfect next stop is to take a cable car up to the summit of the Great Orme, and navigate around its cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Near Llandudno is the coastal town of Conwy, famous for its Castle and beautiful marina. When traveling through North Wales, a popular excursion is riding one of the steam trains which travels through forests, marshes, and even passes a waterfall! Visiting Wales will truly have you saying Cymru am byth! (Welsh for Wales forever). Edinburgh- A trip to the U.K. is not complete without visiting England’s neighbor to the north, Scotland. Only a 4 hour train ride away from London, Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city and also the historical and cultural centre of Scotland. Famous residents of Edinburgh include Adam Smith, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and J.K. Rowling. Edinburgh’s most visited resident however is Greyfriars Bobby, a statue of the famous Skye Terrier that spent 14 years of his life guarding his master’s grave in the 19th century and later became a symbol of the city. Attractions in the city include the famous Edinburgh castle, a fortress set on volcanic rock towering above the city skyline, shopping along the Royal Mile for Scotland’s famous wool sweater’s, or having lunch at The Elephant House, the birthplace of the Harry Potter novels. While dining in Edinburgh, make sure to try the haggis (ask what it is after you eat it) served with mashed “neeps and tatties.” Edinburgh is also conveniently located near the Scottish Highlands—some of the most breathtaking and unspoiled scenery throughout the U.K. Just make sure to pack warmly, as even in July the weather is chilly, rainy, and very windy.

There are many day trips that you can take that are not provided by the program. When you get your social calendar, write down the day trips that FSU will be taking you on. Next, you can come up with a list of other cities in England. Here is a brief list of cities that are not to be missed:

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Bath Stratford-Upon-Avon Canterbury Oxford Cambridge Brighton Cotswalds

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Windsor Castle Stonehenge Salisbury Lacock Dover Castle Hampton Court Palace

There are also weekend trips that you can take within the U.K. and even outside of the country. One can easily take a train to Wales or Scotland to enjoy St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, or Inverness. A majority of students take advantage of the United Kingdom’s close proximity to continental Europe by traveling to Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Chapter 9: Coming Home When your time abroad comes to a close, the physical process of coming home will feel like a breeze. You will have obtained the experience needed to feel like a competent traveler, and the hardest difficulty to deal with will be the emotional state that comes with leaving. As far as flight logistics go, you should know your departure details for flying home before you even arrive in London, so you shouldn’t encounter any surprises there. The study centre will offer multiple bus shuttles from the centre to Gatwick on the last morning of the program. You will need to have all luggage packed and ready to go at least fifteen minutes before your appropriate shuttle leaves to ensure that there are no problems. There will probably be other students from the study centre on your flight home, but if not, don’t worry. Navigating the airport is simple, and there are a lot of workers who will gladly help you out. The important thing to keep in mind is time. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, check in, and go through security. Another important thing to keep in mind when getting ready to return home is baggage weight. If you packed your bags before coming to London right up to the maximum weight acceptable, there is a good chance you will bump that number over the top if you stock up on souvenirs and gifts during your stay. If that’s the case, you’re okay. Just be prepared to pay an extra fee to have your bag checked. Lastly, make sure you’re familiar with the airport’s policies and procedures before leaving the study centre. Don’t pack an expensive bottle of French wine on your carry-on to take back to

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Study Abroad with Us! your uncle if you are under 21. You will be disappointed. Try your best to stay upbeat after you get home. You will have made many memories and obtained a unique fondness for London by the time your experience is over, and coming home can seem bleak. Take the passion and lessons you’ve obtained from your time abroad and apply them to your life at home. You’ll find that doing such will open new doors and opportunities all over the place. You are now back in the United States after living in London! You might encounter “reverse culture shock,” which is realizing that things have changed at home. One of the biggest concepts about reverse culture shock is wanting to tell your family and friends about your study abroad experience. You might soon find out that they become uninterested in your stories, but that should not get you frustrated. It is best to not bombard them with stories but tell your family and friends in spurts. It can take awhile to re-adjust back to American culture when you have become familiar with London culture. Now that you have had this amazing experience with other program participants, you are going to want to see them and reminisce. It is nice to have gatherings and reunions with everyone who was on the program. Try to arrange scrap booking sessions or dinner parties for a great way to keep in touch with how everyone is adjusting to being back in the U.S. One of the many advantages of studying abroad as opposed to traveling independently is the experience you can use to enhance your résumé. Be sure to include your experiences on your résumé or CV so future employers notice you—only 1% of American college students study abroad so this will set you apart on grad school and job applications! Now that you have had an amazing experience abroad, how can you make sure you capitalize on this life-changing event and build your academic and professional portfolios? Thanks to two new initiatives on campus, you can use your international experience to satisfy specific criteria to become a Garnet and Gold Scholar or to receive the Global Pathways Certificate. These programs have been established to help students who have meaningful experiences outside the classroom synthesize them in a way that will help them to continue growing from them both in the classroom and in future careers. For more information on these programs, visit their websites:

“I really benefited from the inclusive weekend trip to Cornwall, not only did we get to surf in the surfing capital of the UK, we got to experience the very unique, magical culture of Western England.” –Cheyayn Davidson, Political Science & Literature

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British—to—American Dictionary Emergency: 999 - 911


Advert - Commercial Aerial - Antenna Aeroplane - Airplane All Right? - When you greet someone they may say “All right?” as in “hello, how are you” to which the proper answer is also “all right” Amber light – Yellow traffic light Aubergine - Eggplant


Balaclava - Ski mask Banger - Sausage Bank Holiday - Days when schools and businesses are closed. Bap - Bun Barrister - Attorney Beefeater - The guards at the tower of London. Known for their unique and traditional uniforms. Bespoke - Custom, for example you may order a bespoke suit. Billion -To Americans, a billion is a thousand million. To the British it is a million million. Bin bag - Garbage bag bin lorry - Garbage truck Bird – A woman Biro - Ball point pen Biscuit - Cookie Blimey - An expression of surprise, comes from ‘God blind me’ Bloke – A guy Bobby - Police man (specifically for London, after Sir Robert Peel founder of the Metropolitan Police). Bonnet - The hood of a car Boot - The trunk Braces - Suspenders Brackets - Paraenthases Brown bread - Wheat bread Brown sauce - Steak sauce Budge up - If you ask someone to do this, you are asking them to move over or make some space. Bum - Popularly used as an alternative to butt. Bum bag - Fanny pack Busker - Street entertainer Butty - Sandwich

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Candyfloss - Cotton candy Canteen - Cafeteria Car boot sale – Similar to a garage sale, only many people get together and sell things out of the trunk of their cars. Cashpoint - ATM Casualty - Emergency room (also called the A&E). Chat show - Talk show Chat up lines - Pick up lines Cheers - Used mostly to say thanks or goodbye, or both. Chemist - Drugstore or pharmacy Chips - Fries Chuffed - Really pleased. Cider – In the U.K., cider is an alcoholic drink Cinema - Movie theatre Coach - Bus Concession - Discount Courgette - Zucchini Crisps – Chips Crumpet – Similar to an English Muffin CV - Résumé


Diary - Calendar or day planner Diversion - A detour Dressing gown - Robe Duck - Some older people will call you this as a term of endearment, rather than dear or sweetheart. Dungarees - Overalls Dustman - Garbage collector Duvet - Comforter


Faff - To dither or procrastinate. To “faff about” would be to mess around. Fairy cake - Cupcake Father Christmas - Santa Claus Film - Movie Fire Brigade - Fire Department First floor - Second floor. In the U.K. buildings begin on the ground floor, and then go up to first and second etc. Fiver - Five pound note (bill) Fizzy drink - Soda Flannel - Washcloth Flat - Apartment Flat mate - Room mate Football - Soccer Form - Your form in school is similar to what grade you are in. London Student Guide 2011-2012

Fortnight - Two weeks, short for fourteen nights. Fresher - Freshman Fringe- Not just a specific hair style, but any type of bangs. Frock – A casual ladies dress Full stop - Period at the end of a sentence.


Gallon - U.K. gallons equal 1.25 of American gallon. Garden – Your yard, not just a place you grow vegetables. Gherkin - Pickle ‘Give us a bell/ring’ - Give me a call


Handbag - Purse Hash – The pound sign on a phone (#) Hen night - Bachelorette party Hiya – A popular and casual expression of greeting Hob - Burner on the stove Holiday - Vacation Hoover - Vacuum cleaner hundreds and thousands - Sprinkles


Jacket Potato - Baked potato Jam - Jelly Jelly - Jell-o Jumper -Sweater


Kip – A nap or snooze Kitchen roll - Paper towels Knackered - Tired, worn out Knickers - Panties


Lady bird - Lady bug Leaving do - Going away party Lift - Elevator Loft - Attic Lollipop man - Children’s crossing guard, called so because of the round sign he holds on a stick Loo - Bathroom Lorry - A truck Lounge - Living room Lurgy - The flu

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Mac/Macintosh - Raincoat. Beatles: ‘the banker never wears a mac, in the pouring rain, very strange’ Mash - Mashed potatoes Mate - Friend Maths - Math Mince Pies - Made with mincemeat which is dried fruit in a brandy sauce, no meat, eaten around christmas time. Mobile - Cell phone Motorway - Freeway Mum - Rather than Mom


Nappy - Diaper Note - Bill


Off license – Liquor/Convenience store


Pancake - Crepe Pancake roll/Spring roll - Egg roll Pants – Underwear. It is also used in slang to describe something that is bad, as in “that film was pants.” Parcel - Package Petrol - Gas Pickle – A type of sauce made with vinegar, vegetables, and spices, usually eaten with meat, cheese, or on a sandwhich. Pint – In the U.K. a pint is 20 oz where as in the US a pint is 16 oz Plaster - Bandage Ploughman’s lunch - You can get this at pubs, usually a piece of bread, some pickle, meat, cheese, and maybe an apple. Posh - high class or fancy Postcode - Zipcode Power point - Electric socket, Primary school - Elementary school Public school - Private school Pudding - Dessert. Specifically, pudding is a type of very moist cake, but pudding can also refer to dessert, the meal. Purse - Wallet


Queries - Questions Queue – line, as in “waiting in the queue” Quid - slang for pound, like “buck” is to the dollar.

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Rasher - Slice of bacon Read - If someone asks what you read at university, they mean what did you major in. Redundancy - If you are made redundant you are laid off at work. Return - Round trip ticket. When buying train tickets you would ask for a single or a return. Reverse the charges - To call collect Ring – To call, on the telephone Row - An argument or fight Rubbish - Garbage Rubbish bin – Trash/Garbage can Runner beans - String beans


Salad cream - a dressing that can be used to make coleslaw. Kind of a vinegary white ketchup. Often used in place of mayo. Sarny - Sandwich Scotch egg - A hardboiled egg surrounded by sausage meat and breadcrumbs and then fried. Sellotape - Scotch tape Serviette – Napkin Skip - Dumpster Smart - Sharp, dressed up Squash - A concentrated drink that you add water too. Stag night - Bachelor party Stone - A unit of measurement, usually used to describe a person’s weight = 14lbs. Subway - An underpass Sultanas - Raisins Surname - Last name


Ta – Thanks Take-away - To-go, food Telly - TV Tin – Can, as in tinned beans, rather than canned. Tippex - White out Tipple – A drink To let - To rent Toilet – When asking for the restroom or bathroom, it is correct to call it a “toilet”. Even though, to an American, this may sound rude. Toilet Roll – Toilet paper Tomato sauce - Ketchup Torch - Flashlight Trainers – Sneakers or tennis shoes Trolley - Shopping cart Trousers - Pants Tyre - Tire (for a car)

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Uni – University, which is completely different to college.


Wardrobe - Closet, walk in closets don’t really exist in Europe, the wardrobe is a piece of furniture rather than another room Wash up - Doing the dishes Way out - Exit Wellies - Boots or galoshes Whinge - To whine Windscreen - Windshield


Zebra crossing - Cross walk for pedestrians Zed - How you pronounce the letter Z.

QUOTES... “My favorite trip was definitely when we got to spend the weekend in Wales. The town Llandudno was so quaint and the people were so friendly. The train ride that we took through the mountains was certainly an awesome way to get to see the countryside - I never imagined Wales to be as beautiful as it actually is. “ –Maddie Schrull, Applied Economics & Risk Management/insurance “Having the chance to learn to surf on the coast of Wales through Preseli Venture and hike on the cliffs was one of the most exciting experiences of my life” –Mallory Goodman “Dear London, Thank you for the best 6 weeks of my life.” –Caryn Savitz, Editing, Writing, And Media “I woke up every excited that I had a new adventure waiting for me. I will miss meditating in the Chelsea Physic Garden or attending the Body, Mind, Spirit convention for my Holistic Medicine class, two things I would have never thought to do if I had traveled on my own.” –Brittney DeMuth, Dietetics “During my second session abroad in London, we spent the weekend in Cornwall, Bath, and visited Stonehenge on the way back to the study centre. It’s crazy getting to say I went surfing in Cornwall, ate famous pastys and then visited the famous Roman Baths all in one weekend! Every excursion had great tours included, but it was a real treat to explore each destination on your own.” –Sarah Kelley, Editing, Writing, and Media

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FSU London Student Guide  

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