At NYU London, students have unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in the city’s rich theatre and literature scenes. From attending world-class performances to engaging in literary discussions, these experiences significantly enhance their education. Students can witness innovative productions, participate in workshops with renowned artists, and delve into classic and contemporary works. These activities not only deepen their appreciation for the arts but also foster critical thinking and creative expression. Additionally, by exploring diverse artistic expressions, students broaden their perspectives and gain valuable insights into cultural dynamics.


The author leans against a wall. The River Thames and Big Ben are in the background.
Me, the River Thames, and Big Ben.

Immersive Theatre Experiences

NYU London’s theatre program places a strong emphasis on experiential learning. It provides students with immersive opportunities to engage with the city’s vibrant theatre scene. Tisch School of the Arts students can gain direct experience at one of the world’s leading drama schools, the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Meanwhile, English literature students can enjoy weekly outings to watch Shakespearean plays or the latest West End productions. These outings offer a diverse range of theatrical experiences. Furthermore, they not only enrich students’ understanding of theatre but also allow them to connect with the historical and contemporary facets of London’s performing arts culture. Through this practical approach, NYU London fosters a deep appreciation and practical understanding of the theatrical arts within its students.

West End theatres in Leicester Square, London, lit up at night.
West End theatres in Leicester Square, London.

Discovering Literary London

Exploring London’s iconic literary sites offers NYU London English literature students a unique glimpse into the lives and works of the authors they study. The city is home to renowned libraries, charming bookstores, and the homes of famous authors. Students can visit landmarks associated with celebrated authors such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and the Brontë sisters. They can tour Dickens’ childhood home, now a museum showcasing his life and works. They can also visit Shakespeare’s Globe to experience plays in a historic setting. Sherlock Holmes’ fictional residence at 221B Baker Street and Virginia Woolf’s apartment further enrich their understanding with vivid historical context. These visits not only bring the literary giants to life but also provide students with an immersive educational experience that deepens their appreciation of literature.

Charles Dickens’ study inside Dickens House in London.
Charles Dickens’ study inside Dickens House, where he wrote David Copperfield and Great Expectations.
Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
A gallery view of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

A Magical Tour of Edinburgh, Scotland

NYU London’s trip to Edinburgh offers students the opportunity to explore the streets and shops that inspired the world of Harry Potter. Wandering the city’s cobblestone alleys, students can explore iconic locations such as the Elephant House cafe, where J.K. Rowling penned much of the beloved series. They can also visit colorful and whimsical Victoria Street, thought to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley. The tour includes the Greyfriars Kirkyard, where gravestones bear names that made their way into the books. This enchanting trip allows NYU London students to step into the world of Harry Potter and gain a deeper appreciation for the creative process behind the famous series while exploring the literary and cultural heritage of Edinburgh.

The Greyfriars Kirkyard, a graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Greyfriars Kirkyard, a graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Victoria Street, a street in Edinburgh, Scotland, that was the inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley.
Victoria Street

NYU London offers students exceptional opportunities to immerse themselves in the city’s rich tapestry of theatre and literature. Through direct experiences in world-renowned programs, engaging with iconic literary landmarks, and exploring the enchanting inspirations behind beloved franchises like Harry Potter, students gain a profound appreciation for the arts. These unique experiences not only enrich their academic journey but also foster a lifelong passion for theatre and literature. By fully embracing the cultural vibrancy of London, NYU students can create lasting memories and develop a deeper understanding of the creative forces that shape the literary and theatrical worlds.

A busy road in London, England.

Elena Garcia is a senior studying English literature on the prelaw track with minors in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology and Social and Cultural Analysis. She is the president of NYU’s Literacy Advocacy Coalition and the founder of Barraz Genesis, a nonprofit organization with branches in Arizona, Texas, and NYC dedicated to increasing literacy rates in underrepresented school districts. Elena works extensively in immigration law, researching migratory patterns and the cultural structures present within the Latino community. When she is not giving tours with her fellow admissions ambassadors, she loves exploring New York City’s vibrant cultural scene, including Broadway shows, The Metropolitan Opera, art museums, and new dining spots.