London is a major capital – but far from the only one in the area. One thing (among many) that makes England’s biggest city vastly different from New York or Washington, D.C., is just how closely connected it is with other capitals…and the ease of travelling between them.
As part of their study abroad experience, all students have the opportunity to participate in all-university weekend field trips to another popular destination. Learn more about these places and their connection to our Passport program below.
Students have the chance to select one of five overnight trips to a European capital or major city. Our destinations for Spring 2020 are shown below. Incoming students can sign up here with the password they received via email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-School Overnight Field Trips – Spring 2020
Madrid is the third-largest city in Europe, losing only to London and Berlin. It is home to the Spanish monarch and Prime Minister as well as two world-famous football clubs and the financial headquarters of many Spanish companies. Alongside its modernity, Madrid has kept historic landmarks like the Royal Palace, Royal Theatre, and Plaza Mayor. The city has played a pivotal role in multiple wars as well as democratic demonstrations during the Francoist dictatorship. Today, many Latin American as well as Romanian, Chinese, and Moroccan communities call the city home in addition to its Spanish population.
Students attending the Madrid field trip might think about the rise and fall of political regimes or the popularity and diplomatic potential of sport for a Justice or Wellbeing stamp in their London Passport.
Though not the capital of the United Kingdom, Cardiff is a capital city – it has been Wales’ capital since 1955 and now hosts the Senedd, home to the Welsh Assembly (the country’s National Parliament). Its gorgeous waterfront also boasts the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex and a plaza named after children’s author Roald Dahl. Cardiff’s city centre includes the BBC drama village, a Norman Castle built over a Roman fort, and the Principality Stadium for rugby. Nearby is the Big Pit Museum in a working coal mine and the beautiful Brecon Beacons, both of which students on this trip will have the opportunity to visit.
Students attending the Cardiff field trip might write up some notes about Welsh political history or the city’s status as a Sports Capital to receive a Justice or Wellbeing stamp in their London Passport.
The “City of Music” was the workplace of such notable composer as Schubert, Strauss, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms…the list (and Liszt) goes on, but it is also known as the “City of Dreams”, thanks to its role as Sigmund Freud’s home. The capital of Austria is regularly ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities. Buildings, gardens, and parks make the city a popular destination for architectural hobbyists as well as those coming for its rich art scene. The city centre is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also sits on the ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list due to strains from urbanisation and tourism.
Students attending the Vienna field trip might capture some of their cultural experiences for an Art stamp in their London Passport, or consider the city’s ‘World Heritage in Danger’ status for a Sustainability reflection.
Though the title now belongs to Warsaw, Kraków was the official capital of Poland until 1596. It remains the country’s second largest and one of its oldest cities, a hub of academic, economic, and artistic life. It has a turbulent history, serving as the capital of Germany’s General Government through World War II, but it was spared major bombing. Today, its gorgeous Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with sites such as the Rynek Główny, Europe’s largest medieval market square.
Students attending the Kraków field trip might write up some notes about Nazi political history or the city’s iconic architecture to receive a Justice or Culture stamp in their London Passport.
Stockholm is the most populated urban area in the Nordic countries – ironic, since it’s a bunch of islands, rather than a solid land mass! The capital of Sweden accounts for more than one-third of the country’s GDP, and is perhaps most famous for the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ incident, but it’s also home to the Nobel Prize. Its metro system is the longest ‘art gallery’ in the world, boasting incredible graffiti, sculptures, and architecture. The Vasa, a preserved 17th-century ship, is another must-see in the city.
Students attending the Stockholm field trip might write up reflections about the city’s status as Europe’s first ‘green capital’ for a Sustainability stamp in their London Passport – or perhaps capture their explorations of the Photography Museum for an Art stamp.