Study Comparative Health Care & Intern in London
Live and study in London. Participate in an internship with an observational component in the health care field, sample cuisine from around the world, ride on the London Eye, and master the London Underground.
Excursion included in the program fee.
Excursion included in the program fee.
Excursion included in the program fee.
Excursion included in the program fee.
Students will have their courses at the CAPA Center
Closest tube station to CAPA
London's iconic timepiece
Once the seat of an empire, today’s London has reinvented itself as an artistic, financial, and intellectual power. An extraordinarily multicultural city, London is home to royalty and immigrants, the working class and the avant-garde. It is Medieval, Victorian, and modern, interspersed with expansive parks and charming gardens. London is Europe’s largest city—in area and population—yet easily explored by the extensive underground network of the legendary “Tube.” As the capital city, it is the center of political issues, such as Britain’s relationship with the European community, increasingly assertive nationalities of Scotland and Wales, and the political complexities of Northern Ireland.
The Comparative Health Care and Intern program in London offers students who intend to work in the health care professions an opportunity to study and compare US and UK health care systems and participate in a uniquely focused internship in the health care field with an observational component.
Housing & Meals
Housing is provided in comfortable, well-equipped apartments or homestays. All students find out their housing placements about 2 weeks prior to departure
Between 5 and 7 students usually share apartments, which include single or double bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry. Meals are not included for students who choose this option, but each apartment has a full kitchen. There are also numerous pubs and cafes within a short walk or "tube" (subway) ride from the residence.
Students who choose the homestay option have a room to themselves. Breakfast and dinner are included during the week; students are responsible for lunch and meals on weekends.
Cultural field trips in London, a theatre production, a full-day excursion to Bath and Stonehenge, and you choice of an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon, Brighton, or Oxford are included in the program fee.
Students can also take advantage of My Global City events, a calendar of events centered around key themes that provides students a tool to help personalize their experience in London.
All students receive an Oyster Card (tube pass) for the term included in the program fee.
The Learning Abroad Center works with Village Travel, a local travel agency, to arrange a coordinated flight for program participants. The flight is optional, and is arranged for those who want to fly with other program participants. Group flight information is typically available by the program application deadline, if not before.
For those taking the the group flight, specific arrival instructions will be sent out prior to your departure.
For immigration purposes, you should purchase a round-trip ticket, since you must be able to show your entry and exit dates from the United Kingdom.
Students who participate in the Comparative Healthcare & Intern program in London will:
- Gain an understanding of the British National Health Service (NHS) comparing concepts and themes such as epidemiology, funding and delivery of health care and social determinates of health with the U.S. health care system
- Deepen cross-cultural understanding through a unique internship that will include an opportunity to learn about and observe the UK health care system
- Increase independence and self-reliance through learning to successfully navigate British society
- Gain British and international perspectives on health care
- Develop awareness of and challenge assumptions about British culture, their own culture, and how their own culture is viewed by others
- Gain knowledge and insight into a professional career in health care.
Faculty & Staff
The Centres for Academic Programmes Abroad (CAPA) provides housing, program classrooms and study areas. CAPA also arranges on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. Classes are taught by British faculty who are specialists in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.
6 credits for summer session
Comparative Healthcare Systems (3 credits)
Global Internship Course (3 credits)
Check the course list for more information and syllabi.
All students participating in an internship will enroll in the 3-credit Global Internship Course and work 20 hours per week.
Full Course List
- You should select the 2 courses below: LNDN 3245 Comparative Health Care Systems for 3 credits, and LNDN 3375 Global Internship Course for 3 credits.
- Total registration should equal 6 credits.
Course Planning Links
- Academic Planning Form (PDF)
Comparative Healthcare Systems
Healthcare systems are having to respond to the number of competing challenges. The pressures of globalisation, aging populations, increasing patient demands, and the rising costs of research and medical treatments are forcing us to look more critically at how healthcare is delivered to devise changes for the future. Changes made to health systems are often based on economic and political rationale and with many countries currently experiencing significant changes to the way in which healthcare systems have historically been funded and delivered. This course will introduce students to the healthcare system in the UK and the context within which it operates. It will start by looking at the introduction of the National Health System (NHS) in 1948 and take students through the key changes that have taken place right up to the present day. Drawing on a series of cases studies, students will be able to compare the UK model of healthcare with the healthcare system in the USA.
Global Internship Course
The Global Internship Course (GIC) is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The GIC fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning (GNL), whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other GIC themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Master classes given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.
A variety of teaching and learning activities will be used, for example: lecture, workshop, discussion, informal and formal presentations, and mock (recorded) interviews. The assessment mechanisms are all designed to support learning, using the internship and living abroad experience as a vehicle. Above all, the on-site CAPA sessions give students the opportunity to listen to individual experiences, compare and contrast activities with others, and consider the experience in terms of their personal and professional development - at the beginning we focus on self-reflection and at the end of this process we challenge each student to focus on self-projection. The 6-credit internship class has a specialized focus on the latter by engaging students in an internship/industry related research project to develop each student's connection between their internship and time abroad with possible postgraduate study and career opportunities. It is, therefore, our intention that students will treat these on-site sessions with the same dedication and professionalism that we expect the students to display at their internships. Students will undertake an intensive orientation session to help them prepare for and integrate into their placements. Additional resources and readings to aid students' personal and professional development will be provided.
You will earn 3 summer credits through the Health Care Internship combined with the Global Internship Course. All students find out their internship placement about 2 weeks prior to departure. Students are required to submit additional application materials for the internship. These materials can be found under the Apply tab. Please note that internships are not open to Freshmen.
As part of the program, all students will enroll in the Global Internship Course and work 20 hours per week.
Applying for an Internship
Within the CAPA application, students will provide CAPA with the required application materials and give them their top 3 areas of interest in the health care field for potential placements. Students are encouraged to speak to CAPA or work with the academic advisers to determine their 3 choices. CAPA uses this information to find a placement. Students are informed of their placement 2 weeks prior to departure.
Sample internship placements can be found here.
Review the CAPA Internship Handbook for additional information about the internship process and expectations.
Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
Orientation Dates & Locations
Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
Application Open Date: Aug 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 1 2021
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University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.
If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.
Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.
Billing & Payments
Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.
Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.
Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
Summer 2022 Fees forthcoming.
Complete pre-application advising.
You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
- Application Essay
- CAPA Online Application
- Transcript (Non-UofM students only)
- Home Institution Nomination (Non-UofM students only)
If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program, submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified once the items are added.
If you are interested in participating in an internship, contact Ashley Metz before submitting your Low GPA materials.
Applicants participating in the Internship must also submit the following items through CAPA's online application:
- Academic Recommendation
- Professional Recommendation
- Cover Letter and Resume
- Unofficial Transcript
- Digital Passport Style Photo (photo of your face against a white background)
- Police Background Check
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Application Review Process
After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
You must have a passport that is valid for the duration of the program, as well as up to 6 months after the end of the program, in order to enter the United Kingdom. If you do not have a passport, apply as soon as possible.
Students who are not participating in the internship or service learning option will receive an entry letter from CAPA that should be carried along with their passports.
A visa is required if you are participating in an internship or service-learning. Those participating in the internship will be issued a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number to apply for a Tier-4 visa after confirmation on the program. Students who withdraw from the internship portion of the program after being issued a CAS will incur and be assessed a penalty of $500. Detailed visa application instructions will be emailed to you from CAPA about 60 days from the program start date. You should begin the visa application process as soon as you receive the instructions. Students who have completed their CAPA application and have confirmed their participation with the Learning Abroad Center by 90 days before the program start date will be eligible to receive their CAS and visa instructions approximately 80 days before the program start date. If you are unsure of your eligibility to receive a CAS at 80 days instead of 60 days, contact CAPA.
Photos that meet the required UKBA photos regulations can be obtained at the UCard office on campus.
Note that the visa you will be applying for will allow you to be in the UK on the specific Tier 4 status during the official program dates only. Students with this visa are required to leave the UK within 7 days of the official program end date. Students who would like to stay in the UK longer are required to leave the British Isles and reenter the UK as a tourist. This can be done within the same day, and staff in London will advise various ways for you to do this. Student wishing to enter the country earlier than the dates for which there visa is valid must enter as a tourist, leave the British Isles, and then reenter on their Tier 4 visa. If you wish to arrive in the UK early or stay beyond the program dates, you will need to double-check the validity dates for your visa when you receive it, and should contact your CAPA program adviser for further instructions at that point.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email to Ashley Metz
Contact Program Alumn
Below is a list of students who participated in the Study & Intern in London program. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective on studying and living in London.