London Study Tours

FIE offers three exciting, academic weekend field trips exploring British history and culture. Led by expert faculty, participants travel by train to unique towns to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the UK at great value. Check out the details below!

Note: Students who are enrolled in Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature, Contemporary British Theatre, Islam and the West, or Food, Society and Culture in Britain, will have early access to specific Study Tours taught by their faculty (any remaining places will be offered to all students via the Extra Curricular Calendar).



Shakespeare's Footsteps: Culture and History in Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24, 2017 
  • £275
  • Two performances and a backstage tour at the Royal Shakespeare Company, admission to four houses of Shakespeare, afternoon tea, B&B accommodation, return train travel
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK 
  • Students registered for Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature or Contemporary British Theatre courses will have priority access to book a place on the tour

Take a train to the beautiful Cotswolds in Warwickshire, England and visit the birthplace and final resting place of William Shakespeare. This quintessentially English market town has over 800 years of history and is well known for it's Tudor style architecture. FIE students will enjoy multiple shows and backstage tours at the Royal Shakespeare Company theater along the banks of the River Avon. The cost includes overnight bed and breakfast accommodation, return train travel, one group evening meal, one group afternoon tea, all theater tickets, tours, and entrance to four of Shakespeare's Houses including his birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. 


Britain’s Cultural Thali: Exploring the Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of South Asian Leicester 

  • Saturday, September 30, 2017
  • Multiple mosques, temples, museums, and tours
  • £115
  • Leicester, UK 
  • Students registered for the Understanding Civilisations: Islam and the West course will have priority access to book a place on the tour

Leicester in the East Midlands is one of Britain’s most vibrant and multicultural cities. An estimated 40 percent of the population were born or descend from countries overseas, particularly from South Asia, East Africa, and the Caribbean. On this Study Tour, created by local residents in partnership with FIE, you can discover how people have traveled the world to live in Leicester. Visit the ‘Golden Mile’, New Walk Museum and spectacular religious buildings. Hear about East African twice migrants, three generations of British Muslims, Indian religious festivals and taste delicious South Asian food. Leicester’s motto is ‘Semper Eadem’ or ‘Always the Same’. Yet the city is constantly changing. From the Norman conquerors who built the Cathedral to Victorian exiles from Europe to today’s migrants, Leicester has welcomed people, religions, and cultures from worldwide.


Food and Drink in the Garden of England

The Kent countryside provides a welcome escape from the frantic pace of London. With this idyllic backdrop, we will spend a leisurely morning focused on the history and process of winemaking, its connection to the soil and how food and drink practices shape culture and community at the Chapel Down Winery. We will conclude our morning by participating in a tutored tasting of the wide range of wines produced at this award-wining home of English wine.

Following the wine tasting, we will experience Modern British Cuisine as we enjoy a three-course meal, expertly prepared from local produce in an elegant setting at the Swan Wine Kitchen restaurant. In the afternoon, we’ll transfer over to the next town to visit the Old Dairy Brewery for a tour and tasting. Relatively young yet steeped in the tradition of English brewing history, we will learn about the business of modern brewing, techniques and the sourcing of ingredients. Finally, we will have time to explore the rural town of Tenterden, with a High Street featuring historic houses, shops, and pubs, which will work to frame the close relationship between food, drink, culture, and community in rural England.