Summer School: Introduction to Cultural London

Students from City University of Macau are invited to join 'Introduction to Cultural London', a two-week residential summer school at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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This two-week residential summer school at Goldsmiths explores the city's vibrant cultural scene - and introduces you to the people and ideas behind London's theatres, museums, galleries, festivals, fashion brands, cinemas, public spaces and tourism strategies.

Living on campus at Goldsmiths, University of London, you will discover cultural London through a combination of lectures and workshops by industry experts, with related study trips and evening/weekend activities. The programme features 30 classroom hours, 18 hours of study tours and 26 hours of social activities, all conducted in English.

At the end of the course, you will present a reflective blog post about your experience, and receive a certificate of attendance.

Discover one of the world's greatest cities - London

Your summer school course has been designed to expose you to London's world-class cultural offer. Every day, your classroom study at Goldsmiths will be complemented with:

  • focussed study trips to museums, galleries, theatres, open spaces, shops and cultural hubs
  • evenings out in London, exploring the city's famous entertainment nightlife

Draft Study programme

The table below gives an idea of how we might pair classroom topics with afternoon study tours and evening trips. This is indicative only and is liable to substantial change.

TopicPossible trips *
Welcome to London Study tour: Walk along the River Thames
Evening trip: Visit a historic pub
Tourism and regeneration Study tour: Trinity Buoy Wharf
Evening trip: Covent Garden
Museums and cultural heritage Study tour: British Museum
Evening trip: Late at the V&A Museum
Theatre and performance Study tour: Backstage at the National Theatre
Evening trip: Shakespeare's Globe
Public spaces, public art Study tour: Hyde Park
Evening trip: Trafalgar Square
Festivals Study tour: Greenwich + Docklands Festival
Evening trip: G + D Festival event
Galleries & fine art Study tour: Tate Modern
Evening trip: Exhibition launch event
Fashion and shopping Study tour: Dover Street Market / Bicester Shopping Village
Evening trip: Brick Lane vintage stores
Cultural mapping and policy Study tour: Somerset House Studios 
Evening trip: Chinatown

* Please note - these trips are indicative only. When we know more about what's on in London in June 2020 (and what the weather might be), we will adapt this plan to give you the best possible experience.


Draft Summer School schedule

This is an indicative timetable only. It is subject to significant change and improvement in response to staff availability and what’s on in London.

Week 1


13 June
14 June

15 June

16 June
17 June

18 June

19 June
9am-12pm Arrival at Heathrow. Coach to Goldsmiths  Rest time Class: Course overview  Class: Tourism & regeneration  Class: Museums & cultural heritage  Class: Theatre & performance 

Class: Public spaces, public art 

2-4 pm Welcome session  Guided tour of the local area + Cockpit Arts Study tour: River Thames + Southbank  Study tour: Tourism & regeneration  Study tour:
Museums & cultural heritage 
Study tour:
Theatre & performance 
Study tour: Public spaces, public art 
Evening  Rest time  Free time  Visit a historic pub  Music concert  Theatre trip  BA Fine Art degree show  Gallery Late 

Week 2


20 June
21 June

22 June

23 June
24 June

25 June

26 June
9am-12pm Study tour of the British Museum  Free time  Class: Festivals  Class:
Film & TV 
Class: Galleries & fine art  Class:
Fashion and shopping 

Class: cultural mapping 

2-4 pm West End shopping  Free time  Study tour: Festivals  Study tour: Film & TV  Study tour:
Galleries & fine art 
Study tour:
Fashion and shopping 
Reflective blog presentations 
Evening  Free time  Music concert  East London tour  Festival event  Gallery launch event  Free time  Goodbye dinner 


You will be staying in our halls of residence on the Goldsmiths university campus. You will have your own bedroom with ensuite bathroom. There is a shared kitchen for every five or six student bedrooms, where you and your classmates can cook, eat and relax. More information about your accommodation

English language

All parts of the summer school will be in English. For this reason we strongly recommend that students have an English level of at least IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 60-78 / Cambridge 170 / CEFR B2.

Our summer school manager is an experienced English language teacher. He will produce topic summaries and vocabulary lists to help students to prepare in advance for each study day.

Exploring London

Our summer school staff will show you how to navigate London and its transport systems and will show you the very best of London's visitor attractions. When you arrive, we will give you an Oyster Card. This gives you free travel on the underground, overground and Docklands Light Railway (zones 1-2), buses (all London zones) and trains (zones 1-2). 
More about exploring London

Course fees

The fees for our two-week summer school include:

  • the full study and social programme accommodation
  • an Oyster card which gives free bus, train and underground travel in zones 1 & 2
  • assistance getting your study visa
  • Welcome pack, handbook and course materials
  • support from our summer school coordinators

The fees do not include:

  • air travel, visa fees and travel insurance
  • personal living costs such as food and drink

Cost per student

We cannot run the course for fewer than 15 students, so we encourage you to invite others to join you on the summer school.