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UK Sponsored: Exploring Health & Elder Care in Great Britain (Health Sciences)
Cardiff, Wales; Multiple, England; Multiple, Scotland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
The UK Education Abroad deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Anthropology, Communication Disorders, Gerontology, Health, Medicine, Pre-Health, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology
Course Language:
Housing Options:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Sarah Whitaker
Program Director:
Gerry Gairola
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:

Exploring Health & Elder Care in Great Britain

Dates TBD - Applications will be accepted for the 2015 summer program once dates have been established!

Program OverviewGB

An international perspective can assist in identifying and meeting the healthcare needs of people in any country. Students interested in the health and social care of older people will want to take advantage of this opportunity to learn first-hand about service and policy developments for elder care in an international context.

Participants will travel as a group to the United Kingdom to visit England, Scotland and Wales. Through visits to clinics, government agencies and universities, students will identify how each of these countries attempts to meet the needs of an aging population.


  • Participate in a program at the University of Stirling in Scotland focusing on service development for individuals with dementia.
  • Visit a rural primary care clinic that is a leader in developing rural community-based services for older people in Staffordshire, England.
  • Visit the Welsh Assembly Government in Cardiff, Wales to learn about innovative programs and policies regarding community-based care of older people in Wales.
  • Visit St. Christopher's Hospice in London to learn how Dame Cicely Saunders developed the world's first modern hospice system.
  • Explore the culture and history of Edinburgh, Bath and London.


This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all academic disciplines.

Academic Credit

  • UK sponsored programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • Students will enroll in HSE 595: Directed Studies (3 credit hours).
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

Housing & Meals

  • Participants will stay in hotels.
  • Breakfast will be provided. Participants will be responsible for all other meals on their own. 

International Travel Arrangements

Participants are responsible for arranging for and purchasing their own international flight. All participants should be in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 21, 2014. The program will end in London, England on July 4, 2014. Students are responsible for making transportation arrangements, at their own expense, to and from the airport. Guidance will be provided closer to the time of departure.


Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
  • College of Health Sciences Students - Mini-grants for international travel for Health Sciences students may be available. Please contact Dr. Gerry Gairola or visit the Health Sciences Study Abroad website.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at the UK Border Agency.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information.

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Gerry Gairola, faculty member in the Health Sciences department at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Gairola will be directing the program.
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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
The UK Education Abroad deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad (