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  • Locations: London, England
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
06/25/2017 07/29/2017

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Type:
Emory approved, Emory Faculty-Led
Program Advisor:
Kate Dawson
Program Description:
To learn more and ask questions about Summer Study abroad opportunities please attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair, in Cox Hall Ballroom, on November 14, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please be advised that the application process for Summer 2018 will open on December 15, 2017.

Hosted by: Department of Sociology

Academic Focus: Comparative Health Care Systems

Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 2.5 GPA; good academic standing; at least 18 years of age; completion of a full year of college; and currently enrolled in a college/university.

Selection of participants depends on background in social sciences, demonstrated interest in health care, year in school, and GPA.

Program Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2017 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted starting December 15. This program has a First Priority Deadline of February 17.  The final deadline for receipt of applications is March 1.  Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January.

Acceptance Process: This program will review applications on a rolling basis, periodically beginning around the second week in January, until the March 1 deadline.

Program Information: The Department of Sociology and the School of Public Health at Emory University jointly offer a five-week program focusing on issues and problems in health care delivery in Great Britain and the United States, with some attention to the models in other countries.  Emphasis is on the comparative social organization of healthcare systems, contrasting the evolution and current state of the U.S. and U.K  health care systems.

London Classroom lectures and discussion
Classroom work includes seminars at University College in London.  Emory University sociologists and British professors conduct these sessions.  Daily seminars during the first week concentrate on the origins and description of the British National Health Service and the U.S. health care system.  Subsequent meetings pertain to various components of health services in Britain and comparisons with other models.  Daily seminars during the last week integrate previous lectures and the research projects.

Survey Research Project
Throughout the course we will work on a survey research project exploring British citizens' views of the National Health Service and the care they receive.  Students (in small groups) will conduct survey data at different locations in London. Then, working with faculty, students will analyze the data, empirically examining specific research questions of their choice. During the last week of the program, student groups will make presentations integrating survey research results with other course materials and experiences on the program.  Students will individually write research papers, using the scholarly literature underlying their research question and reporting survey results.

Practical Experience & Analysis
Visits to health-related sites occur during the middle three weeks of the program.  News media coverage of current healthcare issues will also be explored. Students will reflect on and analyze the site visits and media representations in light of the socio-historical and cultural context of healthcare in the U.K.

Social and Cultural Activities
Special events include some cultural events (theatre, museums), walking tours, and day excursions to two nearby cities of historical interest such as Cambridge, Oxford, Brighton, or Canterbury.  Students have most weekends free for travel and sightseeing.

Program participants take one Sociology course for a total of 8 Emory credit hours; SOC390 for 8 credit hours fulfills 2 electives for the Sociology major or minor. It also fulfills 1 elective for the Global Health, Culture, & Society minor, 1 elective for the Predictive Health minor and 1 elective for Human Health major.

SOC 390: Health Care and Society Seminar Abroad

Description: 8 credit hours

Living Arrangements: Accommodations are at a residence hall with University College London. The dorm rooms are singles with their own small bathroom/shower.

Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet.

Financial Aid/Scholarships: Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see  Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.

Application Process: This program is open to both Emory students and to visiting students from other institutions. For questions or assistance please contact Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor to schedule a meeting or to inquire about the application process. Student must apply online to the program via the on-line application system. Click on the Apply Now link on this page. Emory students will need their Emory login ID and password. Visiting students from other institutions will create a username (current email address) and password through the online system.

Program Resources: Orientation: Each summer study abroad program will have a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details.  Emory College Study Abroad will also offer a general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.

Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy

Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students


Karen Hegtvedt, Co-Director, Department of Sociology,

Ellen Idler, Co-Director, Department of Sociology,

Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, Emory College Study Abroad, 404-727-2240,

This program is currently not accepting applications.