UMass Lowell in London

The Experience

London is a large bustling city full of rich history in every little nook and cranny.  Yet, at the same time it is paving the way for the future as well in fashion, art, music, food, business, technology, science, architecture and so much more.  Check out our CAPA London Blog and Instagram below to see what CAPA Londoners have to say.

In addition, read about the language divide between the US and the UK here:

Two Countries Separated by One Language

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Multicultural London

“Multiculturalism is the co-existence of diverse cultures, where culture includes racial, religious, or cultural groups and is manifested in customary behaviours, cultural assumptions and values, patterns of thinking, and communicative styles.”

Source: The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions November 2013

A Brief History

The first town of London was established around AD50 as an international trading post for the Roman Empire. Groups from what is now Greece, France, Germany and Italy made up much of the international population. Although nearly 2000 years have passed, London has not ceased to be a beacon for refugees, immigrants, students, and workers

A few more statistics:

  • Top Spoken Languages (other than English): Polish, Bengal, Gujarati, French, Urdu, and Portuguese
  • Over 300 languages are spoken on London. Challenge: Count the number of languages you hear walking down the street one day. See if you reach 300.
  • The average household size is 2.47 persons.
  • The 2011 Census was the first to collect data pertaining to civil partnerships since they become legally recognized in 2005.
  • Top Countries of Birth (other than UK): India, Poland, Ireland, Nigeria, and Pakistan
  • 72 million London residents were holding non-UK passports in 2011.
  • 67 percent of men and 56 percent of women 16 years and older were employed.

Religion in London

In the 2011 census, 52.9 percent of people self-recognized as Christian, while 22.7 percent identified as ‘no religion’, 13.5 percent as Islam, and 5.5 percent as Hindu.

In addition, two of the largest mosques in the world are located in London! The East London Mosque with 7,500 worshippers and the Baitul Futuh with 10,000 worshippers.  CAPA blogger Carly Wickham, from Emerson College, talks about her experience with Diversity in London.

Carly Wickham is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the Emerson College, she is studying abroad in London this semester.

In this week’s video, Carly gains a new perspective of diversity in London with a visit to a Muslim primary school with her “Islam in Britain” class. 

People from Around the World in London

Home has a different meaning for each individual and over the years many people have immigrated to and started calling London home.  See what it means to them.

Oh the Food!

Food is an adventurous way to experience culture. Through immigration different recipes are passed around the globe with personal touches added in each location. With that said, imagine all the different types of food you can eat in an ever changing city like London!

“Especially on the weekends, the market is crowded and a bit messy, but it’s heartwarming to see everyone enjoying themselves, tucked into corners and eating out of Styrofoam boxes”

“The best part about Dutch pancakes are their snackability and their shareability—my friends and I ordered a serving of 15 pancakes and traded bite by bite until the plate was clean.”

If you want to read more about the foodie experience in London check out this CAPA Blogger’s advice on good eats: Plate by Plate: Eating My Way Through London-Part 2 (Camden Market)

Festivals & Celebrations

With so many unique people residing in London it is not hard to find a festival or celebration to attend that interests you. Burn’s Night, Chinese New Year, Holi Day, William Shakespeare’s birthday, Beltane, Summer solstice, Eid al-Fitr, Notting Hill Carnival, and Diwali are just a few that take place.


Fashion can be a form of self, cultural and religious expression. This is readily demonstrated within the community of London, in which individual attire may range from trainers and jeans, kurta and salwar, abaya, Italian suit, dashiki, or a simple cotton dress. While you may find daily wear slightly more formal than you could experience on a college campus, the way in which you choose to wear your identity is a personal choice.

Go Beyond

Ready to learn more?!

At CAPA we appreciate the diverse backgrounds and interests of our students! We have compiled a list of resources to help you feel more at home in your new city. Included you’ll find information regarding major news sources and things to do in London. You’ll also find resources for students going abroad as an LGBTQ student, students with a disability, students who have dietary restrictions, and students who are wondering how their racial and ethnic identity may be impacted in their new city.

This is only a brief introduction to your city and all it has to offer so please reach out to your program manager with any specific questions or concerns. At CAPA we pride ourselves on our ability to meet individual student needs and go above and beyond to ensure we offer the best student experience abroad possible!

Major news sources
Location specific “Things to Do”
Religious Services and Resources
LGBTQ Community Resources
Community Resources on Race and Ethnicity
Disabilities Abroad
Food resources: Dietary restrictions

Major news sources

Location specific “Things to Do”

Religious Services and Resources 

LGBTQ Community Resources

Community Resources on Race and Ethnicity

Disabilities Abroad

Food resources: Dietary restrictions

Have Questions?

Dr. Kevin L. Petersen

Associate Teaching Professor or 978-934-4095

Fern MacKinnon

Director, Office of Study Abroad & International Experiences or 978-934-4660

Christine Francois

Program Manager or 800-793-0334


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