On 20 September 1878, when Rabindranath Tagore is seventeen, he is asked to go to England with his brother Satyendranath. His father wants him to become a barrister, so he is enrolled at a public school in Brighton and briefly reads law at University College London.
He then opts to independently study literature and takes classes in English Literature at the University of London. Rabindranath feels lonely in London but spends some time in the cottage of his eider brother Satyendranath and his sister-in-law in Torquay in Devon.
In February 1880, Tagore is called back to Bengal by his father, without having received a degree, but having learnt a lot about European culture that he resolves to merge with his Indian tradition in his own artistic endeavours.