The Lawrence University London Centre turns 50 years old today!

On July 6, 1970, Lawrence students began classes in London as part of the very first Lawrence University London Centre. Housed in the Arden Hotel, students were able to take classes in a private classroom on the property, while sharing residential facilities with regular hotel guests, mainly tourists. Teaching was done solely by faculty visiting from the Appleton campus, and the first London Centre semester consisted of two 10-week sessions separated by a three-week travel break between.

According to the formal proposal submitted by the Subcommittee on Foreign Study, the London Centre was initially envisioned as a way to provide students with a “broadening and humanising experience” as they gained exposure to a cultural environment other than their own, and, since its inception, the London Centre has done just that – offering students the chance to continue their Lawrence education through academic coursework and experiential learning that utilizes London itself as the classroom. It continues to be a favorite study abroad choice for Lawrence University students.

This year marks 50 years of the Lawrence University London Centre, and we look forward to celebrating this milestone with you all throughout 2020-2021!

Learn more about the London Centre at https://www.lawrence.edu/academics/off-campus/london_centre.

Picture of Arden Hotel