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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Tineka Lebrun
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Fields of Study:
Health Policy and Administration
Program Description:
View of London at night

Program Overview     

The IES: Health Practice & Policy program was created to meet the academic needs of students in pre-professional medical studies and public health majors and minors, as well as Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. The program allows students to immerse themselves in public health issues in various locations such as London, Oxford, and Kingston, Jamaica through theories and practice. Some of the courses offered for Penn State students include one health studies taught by IES Abroad in London, a lecture series and seminar taught at the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, one elective course from the Study London Program, and an intensive service learning and practicum in London and Kingston at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona. In the last two weeks of the semester, students participate in an extended field study trip to Kingston at the University Of West Indies School Of Nursing, Mona where they learn through lectures, discussions, and a practicum at community health clinics. Take a virtual tour of the IES: London study center to see what it's like to study on this program!

Students must take 16 credits per semester including required and optional program components. The list of these courses can be found on the IES Website.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.


Students on this program are required to take the following courses:
  • Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum (will transfer to Penn State as H P A 496, 6 credits)
  • Public Health in Europe: Issues and Social Policies (spring) (will transfer to Penn State as H P A 410, 3 credits) OR Comparative Health Care Systems and Policies in Britain, Europe and the U.S. (Fall) (Penn State course number to be determined, 3 credits)
  • One additional health course, which may be a course taught by the Institute of Human Sciences, a course taught at a partner institution in London, or a health course taught by IES Abroad. 
  • Study London Program Elective course (3 credits, see the IES London Course Equivalency List for an idea of what students have taken in the past.)
Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process if your elective does not appear on the equivalency list. Please submit your course equivalency request once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • 3.0 minimum grade point average
  • Sophomore class or higher at time of study
  • Students who elect to take classes at City University must have a background of health-related courses.  General science such as biology, chemistry and anatomy will not satisfy this requirement.

Housing and Meals

Housing for students will be arranged by IES. You will live in a residence hall located in central London for the duration of the program. Each floor within the resident hall has access to a common kitchen, in addition to a café. During the field study, students will reside in an apartment with three other students. Most of your food costs for this segment of the program is covered in the program fee.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

IES Public School Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. 

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/02/2018 04/28/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 09/04/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission 01/02/2019 04/13/2019
NOTE: Start date indicates arrival in host country. End date marks the departure from program housing.
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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