Experience the secrets and ciphers of London, one of the world’s most influential global cities, contributing technological advances throughout history. Get into codebreaking and cybersecurity with visits to Bletchley Park, the top-secret home of World War II codebreakers, and learn how to decode encrypted messages in a decryption workshop at Bletchley Park. Step back in time at the National Museum of Computing to see the largest collection of historic computers in the world. Find the secrets of ciphers and cybersecurity from World War II to the 21st century at the London Science Museum. Join the next generation of cybersecurity professionals through world-class cybersecurity education at City, University of London. Discover the constantly expanding potential of this career field through visiting a local cybersecurity company, listening to guest lectures and engaging in workshops with industry experts.
Spend time immersing in London’s past and future with visits to major museums, landmarks and businesses. This ancient city is rich with history to learn on visits to Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Covent Garden. Witness the ceremonial Changing of the Guard, where the New Guard marches in, accompanied by a band of the finest military musicians, taking over the responsibility of guarding Buckingham Palace from the Old Guard. Experience a touch of drama in London’s theatre district, watching a phenomenal West End performance. See all sides of the city from a double-decker bus tour, getting above it all on the London Eye, seeing Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus and so much more. Get inspired by the beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the engineering of the Millenium Bridge, and the creativity of Shakespeare’s Globe.
Travel overnight by plane from San Antonio to London.
On arrival at the London airport, meet the Tour Director and take private transportation to check in to a local hotel. After settling in at the hotel, go sightseeing aboard a double-decker bus to take in the highlights and landmarks of London. Dine at a local restaurant this evening.
After breakfast at the hotel, go on a guided tour of Westminster Abbey, where royalty has been crowned since 1066. While here, explore the Poets’ Corner, where Geoffrey Chaucer is buried, the author of “The Canterbury Tales.” Visit the Royal tombs as well, where there are 30 kings and queens enshrined. Walk around Westminster, viewing the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Downing Street, Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square, St. James’s Park and Buckingham Palace. Listen to a guest lecturer discuss cybersecurity in tourism, featuring the protection of national treasures and attractions in England. Visit the Tower of London to see the historic structures, Crown Jewels and ceremonial regalia up close. Spend time in the Covent Garden area, perhaps watching street performers at the famous Piazza and on James Street. After dinner, attend a West End performance.
Enter the codebreaking universe on a guided exploration of Britain’s legendary Bletchley Park and participate in a decryption workshop. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum of Computing to see the world’s largest collection of historic computers that are still up and running. Return to London and get a little souvenir shopping done along Carnaby and Regent Streets before dinner.
Look towards the future on a guided tour of the City, University of London, focusing on the learning opportunities at the Institute for Cyber Security. While here, engage in a workshop or lecture with a faculty member or student. On a visit to the London Science Museum, see exclusive artifacts that represent the technological development of secret communication all the way from World War II ciphers to 21st-century digital security. Learn about cybersecurity in London’s museums through a workshop or lecture with a focus on modern technology that defends against potential threats. After dinner, take an evening stroll around Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, where there’s a statue of William Shakespeare.
Climb the iconic dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the morning, going up to experience the acoustics of the Whispering Gallery. Walk across the River Thames on the Millennium Bridge to Shakespeare’s Globe. For the afternoon, visit a local cybersecurity company to discover current cybersecurity threats and see the latest technology to protect against hackers. After a farewell dinner, soar above the sprawling city aboard the London Eye.
Start the morning with breakfast at the hotel and then return to the London airport for the journey home.
Note: Activities are subject to change based on availability.
From the home of the Turing Test, students discover London’s history of cybersecurity, computing, criminal science and cultural arts through interactive lessons. On this Cyber London trip, uncover the secrets behind the doors of the London Science Museum, Bletchley Park and the National Museum of Computing. Explore arts and history of London on architectural and cultural arts tours. Consider a future in cybersecurity on a guided tour of the Institute of Cyber Security and a lecture or workshop on campus. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.
At Experience, we make sure everything is covered – from housing to technology and beyond – to provide the best experience for our students.
Quality, safe hotels with twin or triple occupancy that are centrally located.
All transportation is provided throughout the program.
Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.
Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.
Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.
Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.
International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.
Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.
A night chaperone is on site to ensure security.
* For CTE and CCMR directors interested in co-op promotion please contact Naomi Woods at the ESC Region 20 Service Center.
Naomi N. Woods
Coordinator of College, Career, and Military Readiness
STEM, Early Childhood, CTE, Counseling, & Digital Age Learning
Education Service Center, Region 20
1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78208
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