Consisting of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain (UK) has long been one of Europe’s most popular destinations to visit. The country’s appeal has much to do with its diverse scenery and rich cultural heritage. The best places to visit include everything from beautifully preserved country estates and castles, to its many world-class art galleries and museums.
The UK is a great place for exchange students to study because of their cosmopolitan and diverse society. The multicultural population of the UK includes many different people and cultures from all over the world:
- People from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have their own cultures and customs
- Many British people can trace their heritage to other parts of the world
- Nearly 10% of British people are Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Afro-Caribbean, Chinese or mixed heritage
- Over 1 million people in Britain were born in another country in Europe, North America or Australia
As an AFS exchange student, you could be based anywhere in Central England, but have the ability to explore the best of Britain with ease because the country’s top locations and attractions are all so close! In fact, free monthly excursions are available to AFS students. You could visit:
- Bath – one of the world’s most beautiful cities with its superb Roman remains, glorious Georgian architecture and natural hot springs
- Chester– walk where Roman Legionnaires marched to war, Viking raiders wreaked havoc and Norman invaders conquered Anglo Saxons in this ancient city. Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, plus a 1000-year-old cathedral with Europe’s finest example of medieval carvings – and of course the one and only 700-year-old Rows shopping galleries
- Manchester – with a thriving arts and culture scene, stunning architecture and, of course, home of the famous Manchester United Football Club
- London – the capital city with endless attractions – Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and the Houses of Parliament plus so much more!
- Oxford – well known for its university, is one of the most interesting and historic cities in England
- Liverpool – famous for its musical heritage (home of The Beatles) and arts scene
- Cardiff – the capital city of Wales and home of the Welsh Dragon
- Stratford Upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespeare, this quaint and picturesque city is steeped in history and culture
- Shrewsbury – the town centre has a largely-unspoilt medieval street plan and over 660 listed buildings, including several examples of medieval houses from the 15th and 16th centuries