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IES London and Jamaica Health Practice and Policy

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring

Location:

London, England, United Kingdom

Kingston, Jamaica

Credit:

Transfer

Eligibility:

• Clear Interest and Commitment

• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity

• Minimum 3.0 GPA

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time the program begins

• Approval by UI and IES Abroad

• Attendance at orientations

• 18 years of age

Application Due:

• September 24 for Spring

• February 24 for Fall

Program Cost:

Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.

Program

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.

You can learn more about the program on the IES London and Jamaica Health Practice and Policy program website.

Academic Program

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.

Courses

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, Queen Mary, 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 can find more information about the planned courses, including, course descriptions, syllabi, etc on the IES Abroad Academics website.

You will earn 16 semester hours for the courses offered through this program.

Transcripts and Grades

Your courses will be graded using the US letter grade system. IES Abroad will send your grade report to the University of Iowa several weeks after the end of your program. Your grades will then be applied to your cumulative GPA as transfer credit, the same way credit transferred from any US college or university would be.

Students can expect their grades to appear on their UI grade report around two or three months after they return from studying abroad.

Applying credit toward a UI degree

Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.

If you plan to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, contact your UI study abroad advisor for details on the process. 

Cultural Activities

Even though your adventure starts in London, IES’s 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.

You can find more information about excursions and activities on the IES Abroad Field Trips and Events website.

Program Dates

Program dates vary from year to year, but typically follow the University of Iowa’s academic calendar.

This program is not offered during the summer session.

You can find the specific dates for the upcoming programs on the IES program website.

For More Information

Cory Petersen
Senior Advisor & Program Coordinator, Study Abroad
International Programs
University of Iowa
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242
cory-petersen@uiowa.edu

IES Abroad- London Center

This program is hosted by IES Abroad, a study abroad program provider with more than 60 years of experience offering programs all over the word.

Features include

  • 18th century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
  • Library Resources
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Printing Facilities
  • Staff Offices
  • Student Lounge
  • Wireless Internet

City, University of London

City, University of London (http://www.city.ac.uk/) is located on a small, student-friendly campus in the Islington neighborhood of central London.

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). City’s academic roots in industry and technology reflect its contemporary commitment to such disciplines as 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.

Until 2016 its name was ‘City University’, but it has recently changed its name to reflect a new partnership with the University of London system. It is still widely known simply as ‘City’. Learn more information about its new relationship with the University of London system here (http://www.city.ac.uk/university-of-london).

City is well connected by Tube, bus, and by foot to all London’s major attractions.

Queen Mary University of London

East of central London, QM’s campus is located in Mile End, one of London’s most ethnically and socially diverse neighborhoods. The campus is self-contained, but students take full advantage of the many opportunities to experience the incredible variety of local cultural offerings.

Queen Mary offers you the best of two worlds: the bustling city of London and a self-contained, thriving campus. Located in the diverse East End, QM 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 (more than 16,000 students), QM 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.

QM is well connected by Tube, bus, and by foot to all London’s major attractions.

London

London is the capital of the United Kingdom, and the largest city in the UK London is a leading global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, research, tourism, and transportation. It is a tremendously diverse city of 8.6 million people, representing dozens of cultures and hundreds of languages.

London holds something for everyone- as the saying goes, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

England

England is a member of the United Kingdom, which also includes Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It features a diverse landscape, friendly people, and a rich history.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) refers to the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is in contrast to another common name, Great Britain, which excludes Northern Ireland. Life and culture in the UK is different from that in the US. Experiencing this rich tradition is what studying in the UK is all about!

Some general facts about the UK:

  • The UK uses the British Pound as its currency.
  • Communication from the UK is easy. Cell phones are relatively inexpensive, the internet is easily accessible, and post offices are plentiful.
  • British food is unique! Try fish and chips, bangers and mash, steak pie, Indian curry, neeps and tatties, haggis, and more!
  • The UK is a relatively safe environment. Police are helpful and visible. Emergency services are reliable. Pharmacies, called 'chemists', are common and carry a wide variety of medicine and other essentials.
  • The UK has a temperate climate, influenced by the ocean that surrounds it. It is never too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. Rain is common most of the year. Make sure to take plenty of warm clothes and waterproof shoes.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

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.

You can learn more about IES housing options on the IES Daily Life website.

Flights

Students will work with their program provider to make travel arrangements to their program sites in London and Jamaica. The cost of travel is not included in the course fee. UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to your study abroad destination.

Do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions on how to do so from your program provider.

Local Transportation

London has an excellent public transportation system comprised of the world-famous ‘Tube’ system, buses, and taxis. London's modern, international airport provides a hub to all major European capital cities, as well as other major cities around the world.

Eligibility

This program is open to University of Iowa students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program’s subject matter, and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Demonstrated preparedness and maturity- Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibly abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA- Students must have at minimum 3.0 GPA to participate in this program. Applications from students who have a GPA below 3.0 cannot be considered.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad on a University of Iowa program. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who are not in good standing at any point overlapping with the program dates will have their acceptance revoked, will be responsible for the associated late withdrawal fees.
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status- Participants must have Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status at the start of the session abroad.
  • Approval by IES and UI Study Abroad- Applications will be reviewed by UI Study Abroad, and by IES Abroad, and students will be accepted based on their review of their application materials.
  • Attendance at mandatory orientation programming- Students must attend all in-person and online pre-departure orientation programing presented by UI Study Abroad and IES Abroad.
  • 18 years of age- Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Additional notes on eligibility

  • Program eligibility requirements may change per IES Abroad policies. Before applying, it is important that you review the eligibility requirements listed on IES Abroad website for your program to ensure you meet all listed requirements.

Costs

Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa U-Bill, while other costs will be out-of-pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Refer to the cost sheets below for details on the costs associated with this program.

The cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session. Final cost sheets for future sessions are typically available early in the semester before the session begins.

Cost Sheets

The following cost sheets apply to the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 sessions.

PDFCost Sheet- IES- London and Jamaica- Fall 2018

PDFCost Sheet- IES- London and Jamaica- Spring 2019

A cost sheet for the Fall 2019 session will be available by mid-spring 2019.

Calculating Fees

The cost sheets are based on the fees described below:

The cost sheet does not include the following optional additional costs:

Additional Optional Costs Paid to IES Abroad

  • Optional Tours with IES Abroad

Optional fees vary by session, and will be available shortly before the upcoming session.

Personal Travel Costs

Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel outside of your host city or country during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.

The cost of personal travel depends entirely on each student’s individual travel plans and spending habits. Estimates for personal travel costs provided by past students on this program vary significantly from $1,500 to as much as $9,000 or more per session.

More Information about Optional Additional Costs

Students should budget additional funds to cover the costs not described on the program cost sheet. Contact IES Abroad for more information about these optional additional costs.

Costs charged to the Ubill

  • Application Fee (charged at the time of application, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Course Fees- Includes program tuition, housing, some meals, IES health insurance (charged shortly before departure)
  • Study Abroad Fee (charged shortly before departure)
  • CISI Health Insurance (charged shortly before departure)

Out of Pocket costs (not charged to Ubill)

  • Round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids- (paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- approx. 6-8 weeks prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed)
  • Food- (paid by student at their discretion while abroad)
  • Visa/Immigration fees- (paid by student on arrival to the UK, or shortly before arrival/before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed. See the Immigration/Visa section under the Predeparture tab for more information.)
  • Local Transportation- (paid at student’s discretion while abroad.)
  • Cell phone- (paid as needed while abroad)
  • Passport- (paid by student prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed.)
  • Textbooks- (paid as needed while abroad)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations- (paid by student as needed prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Personal expenses- (paid by student at their discretion while abroad.)
  • Optional IES tours, and personal travel expenses- (paid as needed while abroad)

How to Apply

  • Meet with the appropriate study abroad advisor to discuss your study abroad plans well ahead of the application deadline. Your application will not be approved until you've completed this step. You can set up an appointment by calling UI Study Abroad at 319-335-0353 or through the Advising Appointment section of your MyUI account.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to review your program and ensure that it is a good match for your academic and personal goals.
  • If you and your academic advisor agree that the program is a good match for you, complete the UI Study Abroad application. Note that the non-refundable $50 application fee will be charged to your U-Bill as part of this online application.
  • Create an account in the IES Portal and complete the online application for your desired program.
  • Complete all of the online sections of the application. Note: The IES online application takes 1-2 business days to activate. Submit your application 1-2 days before the IES application deadline to ensure it is received in time to be considered.
  • Send an official University of Iowa transcript to enrollments@iesabroad.org. You can find information about requesting an official transcript here: Requesting a Transcript
  • Upload any additional documents required for your IES application.
  • Your Study Abroad advisor will complete the Home School Authorization once you have completed the UI application and the IES application.
  • IES Abroad will contact you by email to inform you of your acceptance decision within several weeks.

Post-Acceptance

Confirmation

If you are accepted to your IES program, you will be asked to commit to participating in your program by submitting 1) the University of Iowa Confirmation of Participation form, and 2) the IES Abroad Intent to Enroll document.

After you have formally confirmed your plans to participate, you will work both with UI Study Abroad and with IES Abroad. Follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI study abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Spring 2020 session are due on September 24, 2019.

Applications for the Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-2021 sessions are due on February 24, 2020.

Applications for Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-2021 will be available by early Spring 2020.

Acceptance and Confirmation Materials

After you have received an email from UI Study Abroad indicating that you have been formally accepted to the program, have reviewed the estimated costs, and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, you will need to complete the following steps:

All Students

Thoroughly review the following sections of text:

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Immigration/Visa
  • Orientation
  • Passport
  • Predeparture Resources

Financial Aid & Scholarships

You can find information about options for funding your study abroad experience, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc, on UI Study Abroad’s Funding Website.

In addition, take a look at IES Abroad’s Scholarship website for information about scholarships offered directly through your program provider.

Immigration/Visa

All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in your host country. UI Study Abroad and your program provider/host institution abroad will provide you with immigration instructions prior to departure.

Note that permission to enter and study in your host country is provided exclusively by the host country’s government based on that country's immigration requirements. Your host country’s immigration requirements may include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to receive permission to enter the country in some cases. Contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information.

It is essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration materials are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration materials contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact your UI study abroad advisor immediately to discuss your options.

Do not take steps to complete your host country’s immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.

Review the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website for further guidance on the immigration/visa process.

Orientation

In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Passport

All students need a valid passport to participate in this program. You can find details about applying for a passport on the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website.

Predeparture Resources

IES Abroad will provide you with a variety of predeparture resources to prepare you for your study abroad experience. These will include a packing list, cultural information, housing instructions, etc. Ensure that you thoroughly review any information provided to you by IES Abroad, share it with your loved ones, and refer back to it if you have any questions.

In addition, UI Study Abroad offers a variety of general predeparture resources. Review the following materials, and feel free to pass them along to your family or other loved ones to help them understand more about your upcoming program.

These materials may be periodically updated to reflect new program information prior to departure- contact your study abroad advisor for more information.

Please note that your program provider and host institution may provide you with additional predeparture materials specific to your study abroad program. Also review those materials, share them with your family, and refer back to them if you have any questions.