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What You'll Study

Don’t just learn about health care in a classroom—immerse yourself through theory and practice in compelling public health issues in the United Kingdom 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 opportunity.

London will also be your classroom. Meet with and learn from local medical professionals, epidemiologists, social anthropologists, and public policy-makers. Learn 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 trip to Kingston, Jamaica; hosted by the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona. There you will learn about the health care issues in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and observation at community health clinics and local NGO's.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. 

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What You'll Study

Don’t just learn about health care in a classroom—immerse yourself through theory and practice in compelling public health issues in the United Kingdom 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 opportunity.

London will also be your classroom. Meet with and learn from local medical professionals, epidemiologists, social anthropologists, and public policy-makers. Learn 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 trip to Kingston, Jamaica; hosted by the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona. There you will learn about the health care issues in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and observation at community health clinics and local NGO's.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. 

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$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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 School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL); the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London (City); and the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, Jamaica.

This program offers unparalleled courses that explore Health and Human Sciences through an in-depth and hands-on approach. World-class professors at IES Abroad, QMUL, City, 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 16 credits per semester from the following required and optional program components:

Required Courses:

  • HL/SL395 Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum (6 credits) Final portion taught at University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona
  • HL300 Comparative Health Care Systems and Policies in Britain, Europe and the U.S. (fall) / HL305 Public Health in Europe: Issues and Social Policies (spring) (3 credits)
  • An additional health course, which may be a course taught by the School of Medicine and Dentistry at QMUL OR a course taught at the School of Health Sciences at City (4 credits)
  • Study London Program Elective course (3 credits)

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, Sociology, or Women’s Studies.

Courses

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.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 341 - The Architecture Of London: 1600-Present Day Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
AH/FA 390 - Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy Fall, Spring English 3
Communications
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS/CM 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See Spring, Summer English 3
PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/CU 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Drama
Course Name Term Language Credits
DR 315 - Theater In London: An Introduction Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/EC 330 - The Economics And Business Of Climate Change Fall English 3
Fine Arts
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH/FA 390 - Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy Fall, Spring English 3
Finance
Course Name Term Language Credits
FI 355 - International Finance Fall, Spring English 3
Film Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS 345 - Passions And Repressions: Cinematic Representations Of British Identity In British Cinema Fall, Spring English 3
FS 390 - London Video Film Production Workshop Fall, Spring English 3
FS/CM 325 - Censored! What The British Could Not See Spring, Summer English 3
LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature Spring, Summer English 3
Health Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
HL 300 - Comparative Healthcare Systems And Policies In Great Britain, Europe, And The United States Fall English 3
HL 305 - Public Health In Europe: Issues And Social Policies Spring English 3
PO/HL 310 - International and European Health and Human Rights Fall, Spring English 3
SL/HL 395 - Social Welfare Policy In The United Kingdom And Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective And Practicum Fall, Spring English 6
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 336 - The History Of London Fall, Spring English 3
WS/HS 366 - From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History Fall, Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
IB 340 - Contemporary Business Issues And The Eu Fall, Spring English 3
IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 320 - Strategic Management Spring English 3
MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/EC 330 - The Economics And Business Of Climate Change Fall English 3
IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT 312 - Literature And Place Spring, Summer English 3
LT 322 - Modern British Novel Spring English 3
LT 351 - Shakespeare The Dramatist Fall, Spring English 3
LT/FS 340 - Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature Spring, Summer English 3
Management
Course Name Term Language Credits
MG 302 - Managing Behaviour in Organisations Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 320 - Strategic Management Spring English 3
MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics Fall, Spring English 3
MG/IB 355 - International Marketing Management: Europe Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO 325 - An Introduction To European Integration: History, Institutions, And Policies Fall, Spring English 3
PO/CM 350 - Media and UK Politics Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
PO/HL 310 - International and European Health and Human Rights Fall, Spring English 3
Service Learning
Course Name Term Language Credits
SL/HL 395 - Social Welfare Policy In The United Kingdom And Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective And Practicum Fall, Spring English 6
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/CU 352 - British Youth Culture From 1950 To The Present Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Theatre Arts
Course Name Term Language Credits
TH 350 - European Approaches To Text And Theater Performance Fall, Spring English 3
TH 390 - Playwriting Workshop Fall, Spring English 3
Women's Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
WS/HS 366 - From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History Fall, Spring English 3

Partner Institution(s)

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 observation at community health clinics and local NGO’s. 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.

City, University of London (City)

As a large, urban university with a strong international community, City, University of London gained its charter in 1966 (formerly Northampton Polytechnic, established in 1894). It joined the University of London in August 2016.  The University of London system includes several other institutions with which IES Abroad in partnered—SOAS, Queen Mary, UCL, and the Courtauld, for example.  City’s academic roots in industry and technology reflect its contemporary commitment to such disciplines as health sciences, business and engineering.  City enrolls approximately 24,000 students, and its large international student body (more than 50 percent) makes it reflective of London’s incredibly multicultural population.

Courses available to IES Abroad students in the School of Health Sciences at City include:

Typically you will need 2-3 classes in a specific subject area in order to enroll in a 200-level class, and 4-5 in order to enroll in a 300-level class.

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

Located in the diverse East End, QMUL maintains its own identity and community, and yet you are never more than a convenient Tube ride to the center of London. As a large institution with over 16,000 students, QMUL offers an extensive range of challenging academic options. In addition, the college has a long history of internationalism: 20 percent of the student body comes from outside the United Kingdom, with more than 100 countries represented in the international student population. The following courses in QMUL’s School of Medicine and Dentistry are available to IES Abroad students:

*Enrollment in ICM5005 requires that students have previously taken an introductory course in epidemiology and statistics.

Level 6 modules are taken by final year degree students in the UK, who will have spent the preceding years specialising in the subject area.  Therefore, the expectation of seminar discussion, written work, and outside reading undertaken will be high, and there will be a significant time commitment required of students.  Level 5 modules are taken by 2nd year university students.  Level 4 modules are taken by 1st year students.

Service Learning

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.

Field Trips & Events

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. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad, though additional costs may apply. Past destinations are listed below. IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Stonehenge & Bath
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath.

Brighton
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces. 

Liverpool
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Spend one Saturday experiencing Liverpool. Enjoy a guided tour around the city including a visit to the Beatles Museum.

Oxford or Cambridge
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit one of these historic university towns, with their picturesque colleges and punting (like a gondola) on the river.

Stratford-Upon-Avon
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit Shakespeare’s house, which is the place of his birth, and Holy Trinity Church, where he is burried. 
 

This program also includes one course-related trip per semester that allows you to better understand first-hand the community health care challenges in a developing economy. Course-related trips are required, integral academic components of this program. The cost of the course-related trips is included in the IES Abroad program fee.

Jamaica
10 Days | Fall & Spring
Hosted by the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, the trip addresses 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 depart for home from Jamaica. Housing in apartments, some 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).

 

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad London organizes course-related trips that complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of British culture and society.

Many IES Abroad London field trip destinations double as course-related trips for students enrolled in specific courses. For course-related trips that are required for a course, the cost for the trip is included in the program fee. For field study trips that are recommended but not required, you are responsible for a portion of the trip cost. Past course-related trips include:

  • Performances at London’s West End Fringe and Royal Shakespeare theaters
  • Architectural walking tours
  • Exploration of London’s East End
  • A tour of the BBC

REQUIRED: A course-related trip 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.

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

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 the West Indies School of Nursing, City and QMUL. More information will be given to you upon arrival.

Get to Know Your New City

Explore Neighborhoods

The best way to get a feel for this culturally-vibrant metropolis is to visit some of its 48 distinct neighborhoods.

Walk Along the Thames

Snap an obligatory shot of Big Ben from the Westminster Bridge as you begin your stroll along the Southbank.

Tour the Tower of London

Set along the River Thames, this imposing castle has been a part of the London skyline since 1078.

Unwind in Parks & Gardens

From small garden squares to sprawling grounds with herds of deer, you are always close to a green space in London. Whenever you need a break from the craziness of the city, relax and recharge in one of the city’s many parks.

Take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter

Make the short trek to Leavesden to pay homage to J.K. Rowling and discover the magic of all things Harry Potter.

Housing

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.

Residence Hall (London) – You will live in an international student residence hall located in central London. You and another IES Abroad intern or student share a room with an attached bathroom and will either have access to a common kitchen with others on your floor or a kitchenette in your room. No meals are included, but there are many affordable eateries nearby. 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. Enjoy 24-hour security and a short walk to public transportation.

Student Apartments (Kingston) – 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. 

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in London through our cultural events, such as:

  • Touring Parliament, royal palaces, and gardens
  • Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $16,210 $4,885 $230 $21,325


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017 $15,890 $4,790 $230 $20,910


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.