United Kingdom Cultural Information

Know before you go!


The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!

United Kingdom Official Travel Guide

Culture Gram

Local News

Television and Films





Recommended Readings

  • In Search of England  by H. V. Morton
  • Notes from a Small Island  by Bill Bryson
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 
  • The Thirteenth Tale By Diane Setterfield







Cultural Activities

  • Walk along Portobello Road
  • Experience a High Jinx Magic & Illusion Show in Blackpool
  • Relax on Tolcarne Beach in Newquay
  • Visit John Lennon’s home in Liverpool


Recommended Websites

Common British Cuisine

  • Kippers
  • Yorkshire pudding
  • Cottage pie
  • Kedgeree
  • Bubble and Squeak

Prominent British Icons

Sir David Attenborough is an English broadcaster and naturalist. His career as the face and voice of natural history programs has endured for 60 years. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of all life on the planet. His sensational TV series that have taught a whole generation more about the planet and the life forms that occupy it than any textbook could ever come close to doing.

Kimberley Jane Walsh is an English singer-songwriter, model, television presenter and actress. She rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals on ITV.

David Beckham is a leading English footballer and a former star of the legendary Manchester United. Nowadays he plays for Los Angeles, Galaxy. He was the first British football player to play 100 Champions League matches. In the year 2004 he was named the world's highest-paid footballer.

Kate Marie Nash is an English singer, songwriter and musician. She had a UK number-2 hit "Foundations" in 2007, followed by the platinum-selling UK number-1 album Made of Bricks. She was named Best Female Artist at the 2008 BRIT Awards.









Queen Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states, known as the Commonwealth realms, and their territories and dependencies, and head of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations.

Charles, Prince of Wales is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Known in Scotland as Duke of Rothesay and in South West England as Duke of Cornwall,he is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having held the position since 1952.

David William Donald Cameron is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service and Leader of the Conservative Party. He represents Witney as its Member of Parliament (MP).

Nicholas William Peter "Nick" Clegg is a British politician who has been Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Lord President of the Council since 2010, as part of the coalition government headed by Prime Minister David Cameron.



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