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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Interim
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: Wofford applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Minimum GPA Required: 2.75 Housing Option(s): Residence Halls
Areas of Study: Cultural Studies, Public Health Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
CIEE - London: Britain's NHS: The Cost of Free Health Care

Program Overview
Don’t just watch “Downton Abbey” reruns this winter. Join CIEE’s January British Culture program and soak up the essence of the United Kingdom in person. Explore its influential culture while gaining insight into the country’s social policies, value system, and influence on Europe and the world. You’ll take a class in public health; meet with guest speakers, experts, and practitioners; visit another location in the United Kingdom; and more.

Study abroad in London and you will:
  • Explore and examine the UK’s renowned public health policy and practice
  • Have access to guest speakers, experts, and practitioners from the field of health care
  • Enjoy day trips to neighboring cities as well as a weekend excursion to another part of England or the UK
Students will enroll in JAN 421 A for Interim. This course is is intended as a lively and informative introduction to the British National Health Service. Established in 1948, Britain’s NHS owns the vast majority of the country’s hospitals, blood banks, and ambulance operations, employs most specialist physicians, and has made medical care available to every resident for free. Beloved by the British, the NHS remains controversial in the U.S., where it has been used as a lightning rod to inflame the health care debate, raising the specter of “socialized medicine.” This course will focus on building a nuanced understanding of the National Health Service. Students will study how the NHS emerged from the gradual nationalization of health services during World War II, and how it has grown to become Europe’s largest employer. They will gain an understanding of the governing structure of the NHS, and how policies are determined and carried out within it. Through screenings, class exercises, debates, and field trips, students will research the major challenges facing the NHS, including managing limited resources, the demands of a growing and aging population, providing community care, as well as the current reform efforts spearheaded by the Coalition. They will pay particular attention to the ethical dilemmas raised by a nationalized health system, e.g. setting guidelines for the provision of life extending medicines and the setting of targets for emergency admissions. Guest speakers will include NHS practitioners; field trips will include an outing to a general practitioners service and local hospital and the opportunity to talk to frontline health workers and NHS patients.

This project is graded A-F.

Students will reside in central London, near the King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground stations. Accommodation is ideally located within walking distance of the the CIEE Global Institute, the British Museum, and the British Library. Students make their own meals in kitchens, which are well equipped with utensils such as cookware, silverware and dishes. Common living areas in the residence allow students to interact frequently with each other and other international students.

Program Costs
Program fee: $2,017
This cost includes pre-departure advising by CIEE staff, housing, health insurance, onsite orientation, 24 hour emergency support, field trips and cultural activities, and the risk management fee.

Additional expenses:
International airfare (varies with point of departure and carrier): $900 - $1,300 
Meals: $950 
Local transportation: $220
Books and supplies: $100
Personal expenses: $625 
Passport: $150 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)  

Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Please note that an application for a Wofford Travel Grant does not substitute for the Travel/Study project application for Interim. 

To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (except first-year students applying in the fall) and be in good social and academic standing with the College. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application.

For More Information
Visit the CIEE-London: Britain's NHS: The Cost of Free Health Care website