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Summer Abroad UK - On Site

Design in Britain


  • In York, you will stay in shared rooms at a youth hostel.
  • In Edinburgh, you will stay in single rooms in a student residence suite.
  • In London, you will stay in single rooms in a student residence hall, where English breakfast is included.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


During the program, there are a number of lunches or dinners included during field trips (see syllabus). For the most part, you are on your own for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. You may decide to purchase groceries at the local market on your own or visit nearby restaurants to enjoy regional dishes.

In addition to a welcome meal at the beginning of the program in York to help you get to know your instructor and classmates, there is a farewell dinner at the end of the program in London, which will give you an opportunity to say goodbye before continuing your travels or returning home.

Excursions & Activities

The first part of the program will be based in the northern English city of York. We will work closely with York Museums Trust and other local cultural organizations. York is easy to navigate and has some of the finest museums in Britain including the National Railway Museum, and superb examples of Roman, Norman, Medieval and Georgian architecture and design. From York we will take day trips to Leeds/Wakefield, famous for its Victorian architecture, the supremely landscaped Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and the picturesque coastal town of Whitby. There will also be opportunities to visit other local design classics such as Castle Howard, or the vibrant city of Liverpool. 

The program then travels north to the stunning Scottish capitol of Edinburgh. Everyone falls in love with Edinburgh, famed for its castle, Georgian architecture and welcoming spirit. The National Museum of Scotland is one of our main visits, as is a day excursion to the city of Glasgow known for the work of architect/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and to Mackintosh’s Hill House in Helensburgh.

Our third stop will be London, capital of British style. Here we will experience some of the best contemporary British design and architecture, and visit behind-the-scenes of world class museums and professional design studios, including the V&A and the Design Museum, and study in the prestigious Central St. Martins School of Art and Design. From London we will take a day trip to the seaside town of Brighton.

Study Abroad will arrange travel from York to Edinburgh, and Edinburgh to London. The cost of this travel is included in the program fee.

Get to Know Your Destination


"No other city in northern England says 'medieval' quite like York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its pre-industrial lustre. A magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls encloses a medieval spider's web of narrow streets. At its heart lies the immense, awe-inspiring York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. York's long history and rich heritage is woven into virtually every brick and beam, and the modern, tourist-oriented city – with its myriad museums, restaurants, cafes and traditional pubs – is a carefully maintained heir to that heritage." (Lonely Planet - York)


"Edinburgh is a city that begs to be discovered, filled with quirky, come-hither nooks that tempt you to explore just that little bit further." (Lonely Planet - Edinburgh)


"Everyone comes to London with a preconception shaped by a multitude of books, movies, TV shows and songs. Whatever yours is, prepare to have it exploded by this endlessly fascinating, amorphous city. You could spend a lifetime exploring it and find that the slippery thing’s gone and changed on you. One thing is constant: that great serpent of a river enfolding the city in its sinuous loops, linking London both to the green heart of England and the world. From Roman times the world has come to London, put down roots and whinged about the weather. There is no place on earth that is more multicultural; any given street yields a rich harvest of languages, and those narrow streets are also steeped in fascinating history, magnificent art, imposing architecture and popular culture. When you add an endless reserve of cool to this mix, it’s hard not to conclude that London is one of the world’s great cities, if not the greatest." (Lonely Planet - London)

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Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

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