The bulk of your time during your three-week stay will be spent in Exeter. With a population of approximately 120,000, Exeter gives you the opportunity to experience English life in a smaller city than London. Meanwhile, the large, popular city of London showcases cultural diversity and the fast pace of government affairs and tourism. Both famous English cities have much to offer in terms of historical interest and recreational activities.
Housing and Meals
You will stay in hostels centrally located in both Exeter and London.
A meal stipend is included in the program fee to cover all of your meals. In Exeter, there is a kitchen available at the hostel and most students purchase food at local supermarkets and prepare meals. You can also go out to eat at the many restaurants within walking distances. The hostel in London does not offer a kitchen so previous students typically ate their meals at restaurants or grabbed quick meals at local markets. In both locations, there are plenty of inexpensive, nearby restaurants with various kinds of cuisines—English, Indian, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Moroccan, etc.
Both hostels have Wi-Fi internet access, but it is not required to bring a laptop on the program. Assignments are accepted in hand-written form. Only your first and final assignments, competed prior to and after your program, must be typed and printed or submitted electronically.
In the event you need to travel on your own while in Exeter, you can easily walk almost anywhere or use the city’s bus system. Meanwhile, London’s public transportation consists of the London Underground, buses and taxis.
Exeter has a lively cultural scene with restaurants, festivals, art galleries, theatres, clubs. London is one of the great cultural centers in the world. In both places, cultural activities cost a great deal less than in the United States. Many art galleries and museums are free, as are street festivals. Theatre tickets may be as low as £5 in Exeter. One theater is right behind your hostel!
Exeter Airport runs cheap scheduled flights to Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Southern Spain, London City, Edinburgh and others. By rail you can go to Cornwall, Scotland, Wales, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle etc. Similarly there is inter-city bus service. Previous students have visited the coast at Exmouth only 10 miles away (by train or bus), Torquay via one of the most spectacular and beautiful rail journeys and Plymouth where the Pilgrim fathers set sail.