Don’t just learn about health care in a classroom—immerse yourself through theory and practice in compelling public health issues in London, Oxford, and Kingston, Jamaica, that are affecting local communities, countries, and the global population right now.
The curriculum for this program was created to meet the academic needs and interests of students in pre-professional medical studies and public health majors and minors, as well as students studying Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
Through our program, you discover the different perspectives, challenges, and needs of diverse populations in London and Kingston with a once-in-a-lifetime service learning and practicum opportunity.
Your course load includes:
You are based in London and commute to Oxford once a week for lecture and seminar discussion. Our program emphasizes experiential learning, including a practicum in London with public and private organizations that provide health-related services.
London will also be your classroom. Meet with and learn from local medical professionals, epidemiologists, social anthropologists, and public policy-makers. Learn first-hand how the British health care system operates. Study the Jamaican community in London so you can compare when you spend time in Kingston. Everything you do will be a part of your learning experience.
In the final 10 days of the term, you participate in an extended course-related excursion to Kingston, Jamaica, with the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona. There you learn about the health care issues in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and a practicum at community health clinics.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Arrive in London
Arrive in Kingston, Jamaica
Depart London for Kingston, Jamaica
Depart Kingston, Jamaica for home
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, and the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona.
This program offers unparalleled courses that explore Health and Human Sciences through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors at IES Abroad, the University of Oxford, and the University of West Indies enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
All IES Abroad courses are taught by British and international faculty, and are designed to offer you a unique academic experience, combining the traditions of your home campus with the best of the British university system.
You enroll in 15 credits per semester from the following required and optional program components:
IES Abroad Study London Program Elective Course
Please visit the Study London Program page to learn more about the elective courses offered in a variety of disciplines such as Art History, Communications & Media Studies, Film Studies, Fine Arts, History, Literature, Marketing, Psychology, Sociology, or Women’s Studies.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
University of Oxford
The Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford offers one of the required courses in the fall and spring core curriculum. The Institute of Human Sciences draws from several departments in the university, including Anthropology, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, and Zoology, to offer courses that provide a multi-disciplinary undergraduate foundation.
You travel one day a week by train from London to Oxford, just 60 miles from London, and join Oxford students working toward a degree in Human Sciences. The scheduled lecture is held in the morning at the Institute for Human Sciences.
IES Abroad organizes a seminar discussion of the lecture topic in the afternoon. It is open to other students from the Institute, as well.
University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona - Jamaica
The 10-day field study hosted by the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, immerses you in the everyday issues of health care delivery in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and a practicum at community health clinics. A number of lectures and seminar discussions planned specifically for you will cover an overview of public health, healers, and alternative medicine in Jamaican culture, the roles of the WHO and PAHO in health care delivery and research in Jamaica, and an overview of nursing education.
While you attend your 10-day field study in Kingston, Jamaica, you will attend lectures at the University of West Indies, School of Nursing, Mona. During this final portion of your study abroad experience, you’ll finish Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum.
Goals of this portion of the program are to demonstrate the different perspectives, challenges, and needs represented by different patient populations in terms of their interactions with mainstream health care systems; examine the roles of various stakeholders in the delivery of health care; and facilitate your engagement with public health at the community level, particularly for socially and economically vulnerable populations.
Service learning and practicum are essential components to the Health Practice & Policy Program, providing an invaluable cultural experience, practical exposure to the demands of community health care and policy, and development of professional and personal skills.
All IES Abroad service learning placements and practica are supervised. Placement examples in London include public and private organizations that are involved in providing healthcare, health care administration, and formulating and implementing public health policy. The practicum in Kingston takes place at community health clinics or NGOs.
A course-related excursion to Kingston, Jamaica, complements your courses and helps you better understand the community health care challenges in a developing economy. This two-week field study is hosted by the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona.
The excursion will address multi-disciplinary topics including the response of the nursing profession in Jamaica to global health challenges, current research on regional health care needs, and local public-private partnerships. At the end of the program, you will depart for home from Jamaica.
Housing (in apartments) and internal transportation are covered in the program fee, as well as a couple meals. You are responsible for all airfare (to London, from London to Kingston, and from Kingston home) and ground transportation to and from the Kingston airport.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.
Nido King’s Cross Residence Hall – This international student residence hall is located in central London. You and another student share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen with other students on your floor. There is also a café on-site providing hot and cold meals.
Bed linens are provided, but you’re responsible for your towels. There are laundry facilities and common areas with wireless Internet (and 24-hour Internet access in your room) on various floors of the residence hall, and you have access to the fitness facility (with a one-time induction fee) located in the building.
Enjoy 24-hour security, and a 5-minute walk to King's Cross station, where you can catch trains on six different underground lines. You can also reach the IES Abroad Center in 25 to 30 minutes by foot.
Kingston Field Study Student Apartments – You will be housed in apartments during your 10-day field study with the London Health Practice and Policy program. Each apartment houses 4 students, and the faculty on the trip are housed in adjacent apartments. Your housing, most food costs, and internal transportation are covered in the program fee. You are responsible for all airfare (to London, from London to Kingston, and from Kingston home), as well as ground transportation to and from the Kingston airport.
Pictures of Nido Housing
Part of making you feel at home in England is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The IES Abroad orientation program takes place in and around London, and is designed to orient you to the program, your fellow students, and to London.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Program, begins during orientation and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. Detailed information about academics, housing, public transportation, cultural adjustment, health and safety, and other important topics will also be covered.
Other highlights may include walking tours of London neighborhoods, and a field trip to Greenwich or Windsor Castle.
You also learn about the teaching methods of British professors and the educational format of the Study London Program, including internships, academic policies, and field trips. Students receive academic advising and finalize their course registration during orientation.
You have additional orientation sessions on enrollment at the University of Oxford and at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, in Kingston, Jamaica.
Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:
Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Past destinations are listed below. IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.
Stonehenge, Bath, and Salisbury
Visit mysterious Stonehenge, the ancient Roman baths in Bath, and the Salisbury Cathedral, one of the finest examples of the early English Gothic architecture style in Britain.
Explore the north of England, including a night in the historic town of York. Other sites of interest include stunning national parks, the Bronte Parsonage, Castle Howard, and Fountains Abbey.
Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy an optional visit to the royal pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.
Visit the country meeting place for the group of artists and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.
Oxford or Cambridge
1 DayVisit one of these historic university towns, with their picturesque colleges and punting (like a gondola) on the river.
Stratford and Kenilworth
Visit Shakespeare’s house, place of birth, and place of his burial, Holy Trinity Church.
The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.
John OckeyIES Abroad Director
John brings over 12 years of experience with IES Abroad, including seven years with IES Abroad Milan and nearly three years with IES Abroad Siena before coming to IES Abroad London. During his time in Siena, John developed and implemented a banner program with a strong focus on cultural immersion and academic rigor. In Milan, he played a key role in improving and developing the Milan program, notably in the areas of student housing, student activities, orientation, and supervision of the student services staff. Prior to working for IES Abroad, John received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Italian Literature and Art History from Brigham Young University and worked in Geneva for the United Nations.
IES Abroad Staff
Natanya van der Lingen Interim Assistant Director
Alice Coltofeanu Academic Programmes Manager
Dr. Diane AtkinsonAcademic Advisor
Vanessza KaloczyStudent Affairs Coordinator
Simon CaustonProgramme Assistant
Beth LehlbachInternship Coordinator
Dianna PierceInternship Coordinator
Zosia RutkowskaSenior Programme Coordinator
Martin HannanAccounts Administrator