A view across London with Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Study Comparative Health Care & Intern in London

  1. Program Details

    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.

    Location London, United Kingdom
    Term Summer Session
    Housing Apartment, Homestay
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  3. About Study Comparative Health Care & Intern in London

    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 Healthcare 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.

    Learning Outcomes

    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.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  4. Program Structure

    Program Type Study Abroad Center
    Program Level Upper-division coursework focused on the UK Healthcare system and the context it operates in

    6 credits for summer session

    Comparative Healthcare Systems (3 credits)

    Global Internship Course (3 credits)


    Courses are with other American college students and are held at the CAPA London Center located in the Kensington district of West London. 

    Students gain professional work experience by participating in an unpaid internship placement in the health care field while taking a course comparing the US and UK Health care systems.  Courses will include case studies, local visits and special lectures related to your study abroad experience: all designed to engage you in critical thinking and challenge you. 

    This program appeals to students who intend to pursue a career in health care and are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the British health care system and want to participate in an internship related to their studies.


    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.

  5. Course Enrollment Instructions


    • You should select the 2 courses below: LNDN 3245 Comparative Healthcare Systems for 3 credits, and LNDN 3375 Global Internship Program for 3 credits.
    • Total registration should equal 6 credits.

    Course Planning Links


    Comparative Healthcare Systems
    LNDN 3245
    Summer I
    3 Credits

    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.

    Syllabus for Comparative Healthcare Systems (PDF)

    Global Internship Program
    LNDN 3375
    Summer I
    3 Credits

    The Global Internship Program (GIP) 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 GIP 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 GIP 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.

    Syllabus for Global Internship Program (PDF)

    Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

  6. You will earn 3 summer credits through the Healthcare 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.  

    Academic Credit

    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 initerest in the health care field for potential placements. Students are encouraged to speak to CAPA or work with thie 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.

    Internship Placements

    Sample internship placements can be found here. You will need to scroll to the Health section. Information about the internship process can be found here.

    Review the CAPA Internship Handbook for additional information about the internship process and expectations.

  7. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Summer I 2020 (canceled) Aug 1 Mar 1
    Travel to London May 19
    Program begins May 20
    Orientation May 21 – 22
    Classes and internships begin May 25
    Add/drop period May 25 – 28
    Program ends/Travel home Jul 4
    Summer 1 2021 Aug 1 Mar 1
    Program begins Mid May
    Program ends Early July

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    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.

  8. Fees for Study Comparative Health Care & Intern in London

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    Summer 2020

    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

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    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.
  9. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name Study Comparative Healthcare & Intern in London
    Track Name Study Comparative Healthcare & Intern in London
    Country United Kingdom


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.


    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:

    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.

  10. Passport

    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.

  11. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to Ashley Metz

    Ashley Metz or call at 612.626.6380.

  12. Contact Program Alum

    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.

    • Dan M. - Individualized Studies major, Spring 2019, internship with Adzuna, apartment
    • Becca S. - Graphic Design major, Fall 2018, internship with Dennis Publishing, apartment
    • Katrina R. - Finance & International Business major, Fall 2018, apartment
    • Maggie C. - Nutrition major, Spring 2019, internship with St. Hilda's East Community Centre, apartment
    • Olivia G. - Human Resources Development major, Spring 2019, internship with Fusion Lifestyle, apartment
    • Savannah W. - Political Science major, Spring 2019, internship with Baytree Centre, apartment