The Global Health and Intercultural Communication study abroad program is a Maymester course that integrates the academic study of cultural diversity with international experiential learning. Topics related to culture and communication will be explored from a global perspective, with a focus on cultural competency in healthcare. The first week of class will be held at the GSU downtown campus, and will include core course content on intercultural communication barriers, nonverbal communication, narrative medicine, dimensions of culture, cultural stigma, immigration and acculturation, racial health disparities, and women and health. During the second week of class, students will travel to London. Students will learn about the social, cultural, and medical history of disease and healthcare, and will reflect on similarities and differences they experience as compared to their own culture. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Royal College of Physicians and Medicinal Garden, Welcome Collection, British Museum, Old Operating Theater, Florence Nightingale Museum, West End Theatre District, Camden Lock Market, discussing each within the context of past and current healthcare practices and culture. Students will learn about specific diseases within the social and historical context of their travel. Conditions and concepts to be studied will include: AIDS, cholera, alcoholism, miasma, smallpox, plant-based pharmaceuticals, tuberculosis, plague, obesity, and diabetes. Students will discuss food from a cultural and historical perspective, while touring London’s historical East End, discussing the impact of immigration on neighborhoods, cultures, food and health, while sampling 8 cuisines.
There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There may also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing. Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
May 18-22, 2020
: On-campus classes at GSU
May 22, 2020
: Depart Atlanta (overnight)
May 22 - May 30, 2020
: Florence Nightingale Museum, Royal College of Physicians and Medicinal Garden, Old Operating Theater, West End Theatre District, East End Food Tour, London Eye, Regent’s Park, Welcome Collection, British Museum, Camden Lock Market and more.
May 30, 2020
: Depart London and arrive back in Atlanta.
Participants will stay in single-sex dormitory rooms at the Palmer's Lodge Swiss Cottage. Palmer's Lodge Swiss Cottage has 24-hour reception and staff, full continental breakfast, free Internet, key card rooms access, free lockers in every room, 24-hour CCTV and security, linens included, and on-site snacks. Self-service laundry and kitchens are available. Winner of Best Customer Service from BETA for the youth travel industry for 2013 and 2012, runners up in 2015. Runner up for Best Accommodation in the UK youth travel in 2015, 2013 and 2012.Voted London’s Most Popular Hostel by Hostelworld in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State University. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 3
semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for CNHP 4001
and graduate students should register for CNHP 8001
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $2,276, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Dormitory accommodations, double occupancy
- Daily continental breakfast
- Round-trip airfare
- Private guided medical and cultural history tours
- 1 West End London Musical Theatre Show
- International insurance
- Public transportation in London
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Additional meals
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
January 15, 2020: $250 deposit due with application
March 1, 2020: $750 payment due
Early April 2020: Program fee posted to PAWs
May 1, 2020: $1276 remaining balance due along with tuition & fees for Maymester term
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303