High School Programs in London

Back to Programs

A Guide to High School Programs Abroad in London

Along with New York, London is considered to be one of the top two premier global cities in the world. This is a place that truly has it all: historical intrigue, a flourishing arts and entertainment scene, and tremendous political and economic influence. Citizens of London come from all over the world and all walks of life, so if you are looking for a high school program abroad in one of the world’s most culturally diverse and enriching cities, then London has the right stuff for you.

High School Programs in London

There are many high school study abroad programs in London which allow students to earn academic credit for high school or even get a jump-start on college requirements. Participating in a summer school program, taking classes at an international high school, or enrolling in an exchange program during the regular school year are all ways high school students can take up life in London, and the British education system. Typically these types of high school programs in London are limited to upper classmen, and allow students to choose from a wide range of course subjects.

Other high school programs in London are more exploration oriented, using the city itself as a classroom and engaging in interactive lessons and tours throughout. You may find yourself learning about British history while touring local museums, politics while shadowing parliament, or music while attending famous concert venues. These high school programs in London are typically shorter in nature (usually lasting just a few weeks) and may or may not offer academic credit. Some student tours or cultural exploration programs in London will also take students to other locations across the United Kingdom, and even Western Europe, such as to Edinburgh or Paris!

High school programs in London are typically chaperoned by teachers or adult supervisors. Security is always a main priority for high school abroad organizations, so you need not worry about safety!

Life in London

For those not accustomed to life in the big city, London will be a tremendous growth experience. With nearly 14 million people living within the metropolitan area, it is a tremendously stimulating environment that never ceases to surprise. With such a tremendous diversity of cultural influences and potential lifestyles, it is a place where you can find your own unique niche, whatever that may be.

First you will want to see all the famous sites and attractions that make London such a popular travel destination. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Tower of London, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the list of cultural and historical landmarks goes on and on. With a huge amount of world class museums, such as the British Museum, Tate Modern, and the National Gallery, the opportunities for enriching outings never run out.

Soon you will move past the famous attractions and explore everyday life in London. This is when you will truly begin to get to know the city. The London Tube is one of the most popularly used public transportation systems in the world and can take you wherever you wish to go throughout the urban area. Use your high school program in London to explore as much of the city as possible; seemingly every neighborhood you stumble upon in London offers something new and exciting!

Scholarships & Costs

High school abroad programs can often be pricey, but there are a wide range of scholarship opportunities out there that can aid you financially. Fundraising at your school and with friends and family is another great way to help cover the costs. You would be surprised how many people are willing to donate when it comes to international travel programs!

Once you land on the ground, London is certainly not the cheapest city to live in. As a central and competitive global city, costs of everyday living can often be steep. Just be smart with your wallet! It is likely that your program will cover many of the basic costs of living, but beyond this it is important to have a budget planned out to guide your spending habits.

Accommodation & Visas

High school programs in London often give students the opportunity to live with a host family or in dormitory style living, depending on the program type. Homestays can be a great culturally immersive experience and give you the opportunity to become close with a British family. Dorms are typically utilized at boarding schools or international schools and can be a lot of fun as well (don’t worry parents – there will be supervision!).

The UK’s visa policy varies from country to country. For example, students from other European nations will not have to apply for a visa, students from India or South Africa will need to apply for a visa before entry, and students from Australia or the U.S. will only need a visa if they plan on staying for longer than six months. For more details about the specifics of England’s visa policy toward your home country, check out GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory.

Benefits & Challenges

Joining a high school program in London will be a definitive experience in your high school career. Not many high school students are ambitious enough to travel the world at such a young age, but for a select few this will be an eye opening adventure in one of the world’s most important and culturally stimulating cities. While it may be a daunting prospect to leave your family and friends behind and head out into the larger world alone, the decision will pay off as an incredible opportunity to learn, grow, and have a whole lot of fun.

Read More
Banner Report 2018

A Guide To
High School Programs Abroad in London


 Explore Teen Travel Programs in London


This listing has been saved 9 times

English Language Courses in England

The language program offers small group classes for students to improve their language skills and increase their knowledge of the foreign culture in an individualized learning environment. Each English class consists of 4 or 5 students whose language level is similar and who are placed in host families living in proximity to the tutor. This is a multilevel English language course. Students who...


This listing has been saved 28 times

Travel For Teens: Berlin, Paris and London

Join us this summer for an unforgettable experience in Berlin, Paris, and London, three cities that are not only historically intertwined but also among Europe’s most vibrant and cultural. See Berlin by bike, visit its museums and memorials, and get a glimpse of what it was like to live during WWII with a tour of its bunker system. In Paris, stroll the wide boulevards and browse the quaint rive...


This listing has been saved 1 time

Modern Europe Travel Program:London,Paris, Berlin and Prague

The Abbey Road Modern Europe program is an exciting educational journey to some of Europe's most beautiful cities, an inspiring historical adventure, exploring the greatest moments of 20th century European history. Every day will be an opportunity for historical exploration and adventure. You will witness some of the most important events of the 20th century, contemplating the D-Day landing...


This listing has been saved 22 times

Summer & Gap Year Programs with API High School and Gap Year

Academic Programs International (API) High School offers various Summer programs for high school students, and API Gap Year offers programs for recent high school graduates. These consist of study, adventure, volunteer, and immersion offerings in Europe Latin America, and Asia. All of our gap year programs (and some of our summer programs) are offered for college credit, and all provide an eye-...


This listing has been saved 6 times

High School Musical Theatre Training in London

Join peers your own age for musical theatre training in some of the West End’s most famous studios...the same studios where they rehearse the West End shows! You will take classes in acting, singing, dance, audition techniques, and stage combat, and participate in workshops of West End shows led by current West End cast members. You will get a backstage tour of at least one West End theatre dep...


This listing has been saved 1 time

Pre-College in London - Putney Student Travel

London is your campus on this Pre-College study abroad program for high school students that includesfield trips and hands-on projects on subjects ranging from Business & Economics, to International Relations to Art History. Stay at the renowned London School of Economics in the heart of London. Choose major and minor seminars and delve into into your interests, meeting with local experts and ...


This listing has been saved 9 times

Global Social Leaders

Global Social Leaders is a unique two week residential leadership programme which takes place at Wellington College in the stunning English countryside. Join 100 young people aged 15-17 from around the world to exchange ideas, consider different leadership models and discuss how you can make a positive impact on your local community. Make friends, have fun, join a global network of young lea...


This listing has been saved 5 times

London- Barcelona Courses (The Dual City Summer Sessions)

Creative, inspiring short courses for beginners, students, designers, artists, and enthusiastic individuals in the arts and design field. The Dual City Summer Sessions are a series of concentrated international programs specifically created to illustrate world-class cities from different, yet complimentary, art and design perspectives. Central Saint Martins in London is collaborating wi...


This listing has been saved 4 times

The Summer Academy in UK

Join the Summer Academy at Sunningdale School. You will be participating in a two-week residential programme for international students within the age range of 8-14 years old. The programme combines high-level English lessons and cultural excursions with lots of outdoor activities, which will familiarise participants with the UK and boarding school life. The academy is ideal for students p...


This listing has been saved 2 times

London, Oxford, Ireland & Italy | Study abroad this summer!

Study abroad this summer in London, Oxford, Ireland, and Italy with Blyth Academy International Summers! A tour through some of classical literature’s most inspirational cities and towns, this program will be a treat for the academics at heart. In London, stay at Imperial College, take in St. Paul’s Cathedral, and study Shakespeare while visiting the stage his plays were created for at th...