Yale in London is an exciting opportunity to study, live, and explore London and Europe. While in London, you will develop skills that will be critical to your academic career at Yale and your professional career post-Yale. Studying abroad also provides opportunities and connections that can only come from immersing yourself in the life and cultures of another country.
Living in London
While in London, students share comfortable and fully furnished flats in amazing central locations. Accommodation will generally come with a fully-equipped kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and living area. Students will always have access to internet, wireless or wired, in their Yale in London provided accommodation.
Samuel Johnson was absolutely right when he said, 'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.' There is so much going on in the city, so much to see and do, it really is hard to imagine ever being tired of London. But with so much to do how do you know what's worth checking out and what isn't while you're here? Guidebooks are a great place to start to get an idea of how the traditional tourist approaches the wonders of London. But to see London through a Londoner's eyes, check out websites, such as Time Out and the Londonist, and travel blogs prepare for your time in London.
While you're in London, the Yale in London coordinator will also send out a weekly digest covering everything from what's happening around town to guides on how to assimilate into London and become Londoners yourselves!
Social Events at the Paul Mellon Centre
Though Yale in London prefers students to shape their own study abroad experience, the programme does have a modest social events programmeme to help students along in London. Our events also encourage students to become more acquainted with the Centre's staff and other students in London. Past events have included, a Jack the Ripper Tour, a trip to the Houses of Parliament, and the annual 'Independence Day Tea Party'.
Transportation in London
Travelling around London is very easy due to the extensive transport links both in London and leading out of London to elsewhere in the country and continent. Students can make use of the Underground, the Red Buses, and even River Boat services to get to class, to go on field trips, to see the sights, and even to get groceries! For more information on getting around London, be sure to check out the Transport for London (i.e. the London transport authority) for more details and maps.
The great thing about Yale in London is that the class schedule runs Monday to Thursday, giving students a three day weekend. This means that students have the ability to explore the UK and continental Europe at their leisure. Manchester, Liverpool, and York are two hours away from London, Scotland is fours away by train, and Ireland is less than an hour away by plane. Not to mention, mainland Europe is simple a hop, skip, and a train or flight away. The flights and trains are relatively inexpensive, but there are always sales and additional ways to save money while satisfying your wanderlust. So be sure to take advantage of your three day weekends while studying on Yale in London.