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Why London?

Don’t just learn about health care in a classroom—immerse yourself through theory and practice. Study compelling public health issues in the United Kingdom and Kingston, Jamaica, that are affecting local communities, regions, and the global population.

What You'll Study

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.

Your course load includes:

  • One Health Studies course taught by IES Abroad in London
  • A Health course taught at the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London or at the School of Global Health at Queen Mary, University of London
  • Intensive 6-credit Social Welfare Policy course with required service learning placement in London and in Kingston at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona
  • One elective course from the Study London Program

During 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. Learn about the health care issues in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and observation at community health clinics and local NGOs.

Daily Life

London will also be your classroom. Meet with and learn from local health professionals. Learn how the British health care system operates. Learn about the Jamaican community in London so you can compare their healthcare with those in Jamaica when you spend time there. Everything you do will be a part of your learning experience.

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$5 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 $5 million 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 City, University of London, Queen Mary, University of London, and the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona.

This program offers unique courses that explore Health and Human Sciences through an in-depth and hands-on approach. World-class professors at IES Abroad and our partner universities in England and Jamaica will enhance your studies and provide you with new perspectives each day in class, combining the traditions of your home campus with the best of the British university system.

You enroll in 16 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Credits awarded for supplementary university courses vary. 

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • HL/SL395 Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective & Practicum Final portion taught at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona (required, 6 credits)
  • HL300 Comparative Health Care Systems & Policies in Britain, Europe, and the United States (required for fall students, 3 credits)
  • HL305 Public Health in Europe: Issues & Social Policies (required for spring students, 3 credits)
  • An additional Health course, taught at the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London or at the School of Global Health at Queen Mary, University of London (required, 4 credits)
  • Study London Program elective course (required, 3 credits) 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 English 3
LT 322 - Modern British Novel Fall, 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 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
Located in Kingston, Jamaica, the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona offers quality nursing education programs that demonstrate commitment to excellence in health care and nursing practices. As a leading institution of higher education in the Caribbean, the university engages in research and development designed to support the social and economic growth of the local region and to strengthen community health care services.

In the final 10 days of your study abroad term, you participate in a course-related trip to Kingston, Jamaica, hosted by the University of West Indies School of Nursing, Mona. While there, you learn about health care in a developing economy, attend lectures at the University, and finish the Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective & Practicum course. The 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.

School of Health Sciences - City, University of London
As a large, urban university with a strong international community, City University is a part of the University of London, which includes several other institutions with which IES Abroad is partnered. City’s academic roots in industry and technology reflect its contemporary commitment to such disciplines as Health Sciences, Business, and Engineering. City enrolls approximately 18,000 students, and its large international student body (more than 50%) 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 more than 25,000 students, QMUL offers an extensive range of challenging academic options. In addition, the college has a long history of internationalism: 30% of the student body comes from outside the United Kingdom, with more than 160 countries represented in the international student population.

The following courses in QMUL’s School of Global Health 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 is an essential component to the Health Practice & Policy Program. With the goal of contributing to the community being served, placements provide students with 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 are supervised.

Placement examples include:

London

  • Education
  • Mental Health Outreach
  • NGO Administration
  • Public Health Administration
  • Social Outreach

Kingston

  • Community Health Clinics
  • NGOs

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips and course-related trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

Edinburgh
3 Days | Fall & Spring
Take a trip to Scotland’s capital where you’ll learn about the city’s history on a guided walking tour. Visit Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the city from its hill-top location, and take a day trip to a wildlife reserve in the Highlands.

Stonehenge & Bath
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath. Marvel at the collection of world-class couture at the Fashion Museum, and explore the Jane Austen Centre.

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.

Cambridge
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit this historic university town, with its picturesque colleges and punting (in a gondola) on the river.

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

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

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
A 10-day trip to Kingston, Jamaica, complements your courses and helps you better understand the community health care challenges in a developing economy through lectures, discussions, and service learning at community health clinics. 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.

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and length of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

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 and Jamaica is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation 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.

Orientation

The IES Abroad orientation program takes place in and around London, and is designed to acquaint you with the program, your fellow students, and to London.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

Other highlights include a London bus and walking tour, a welcome event, and a visit to the Tower of London.

You also learn about the teaching methods of British professors and the educational format of the Health Practice & Policy Program, including academic policies and field trips. You receive academic advising and finalize your course registration during orientation.

You have additional orientation sessions on enrollment at City, University of London or Queen Mary, University of London, and at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona, in Kingston, Jamaica.

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 in Central London – You and another IES Abroad student share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen or en-suite kitchenette. No meals are included.

There are laundry facilities and WiFi access throughout the building, and you will have access to a fitness facility.

Student Apartments in Kingston– You will be housed in apartments during your 10-day, course-related trip that is part of this program. Each apartment houses four students, and the faculty on the trip are housed in adjacent apartments. Your housing, some 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

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.

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 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $16,810 $4,940 $230 $21,980


Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018 $16,380 $4,940 $230 $21,550


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 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 $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.

Features include:

  • 18th century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Library resources
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Outdoor patio
  • Staff offices
  • Student lounge
  • Gender neutral bathrooms

The IES Abroad London Center is recognized by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for meeting or exceeding UK expectations as a quality higher education provider. Learn more about our recent QAA reports

Our Staff

John Ockey

Center Director

John brings over 15 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

IES Abroad Staff
Kimberley Aparisio
Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Zosia Rutkowska
Assistant Director of Customised Programmes

Sally Harrild
Academic Programmes Manager

Alice Kerby
Direct Enrolment Programmes Coordinator

Dr. Diane Atkinson
Academic Support

Simon Causton
Senior Student Affairs and Housing Coordinator

Laura Scott
Student Affairs Coordinator

Beth Lehlbach
Internship Coordinator

Sachna Hanspal
Internship Coordinator

Elaine Staunton
Internship Coordinator

Emily Brown
Programme Assistant

Martin Hannan
Office Manager