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Program Description


SHESC London

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Quick Facts

         May 25 - June 15, 2019
  • Study how people lived and died in the past through global health and bioarchaeology
  • Behind the scenes tours of the British Museum and the Museum of London mummy and skeletal collections
  • Academic visits to the Tower of London and Highgate Cemetery, while walking in the footsteps of deadly diseases (bubonic plague, cholera) and Jack the Ripper
  • Day trips to Stonehenge, Chichester and Greenwich
  • Space is limited. Apply early!
  • Earn 6 credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



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Location Details

London's many celebrated historical sites include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and Trafalgar Square. Its museums and galleries contain collections of unparalleled scope, and its theater companies are the finest in the world. London is also an ideal place to study the complexities of health and disease in the past and present, as well as the development of modern medicine.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

Courses are all designed to be suitable for non-majors and students from a wide range of backgrounds or with no prior health or environment experience, and usually have prerequisites waived. Students must have a 2.5 GPA to participate. Non-ASU students should view the following application instructions.


London was arguabley the greatest of the early modern cities, both a fabulous and deadly place. With growing numbers of people over time, often fed and housed poorly, plague epidemics swelled and ebbed regularly, and violence, squalor, and social inequities were common. Here, we focus on the complexities of health and disease in London from the Medieval to Victorian periods, using approaches from both global health and bioarcheology to understand how people lived and died in London and the surrounding areas. These time periods saw major changes in how people understood disease processes as well as the development of modern medicine. Because London was where, for the first time in human history, a nation became predominantly urban, it has faced and met many of the challenges that other cities now are starting to struggle with, such as how to deal with rapid growth, new diseases, straining infrastructure, and rapid and often unforeseen technological and social change. London has already experienced most major modern challenges, such as disease, flood, famine, sanitation crisis, climate change, globalization, and fire, and has much to teach us about people, the problems they face, and the cities they live in.

Courses fulfill SB, G, H, and L general studies requirements

Students select two of the following courses for a total of 6 credits:
ASB 443/SSH 403: Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (3)
ASB 301: Global History of Health
ASB 414/ESS 514: Urban and Environmental Health
ASB 353/SOC 353: Death and Dying in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

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Faculty Directors


Kelly Knudson, Ph.D
Professor of Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Director, Center for Bioarcheological Research
Director, Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Archaeology and Society
Arizona State University

Alexandra Brewis Slade, Ph.D.
President's Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Founding Director, Center for Global Health
Arizona State University

Kelly Knudson (faculty picture)
Kelly Knudson, Ph.D

Alexandra Brewis Slade
Alexandra Brewis Slade, Ph.D.


London Falts SHESC 2015

Program Housing


Students will share double or triple occupancy rooms in student apartments with kitchen, bathroom, and a general living area.  Flats will be in central London with easy access to the West End, including Oxford Street and Soho. While we make every effort to accommodate student needs, many flats require walking up one or more flights of stairs and do not have elevators.



Accessibility Information

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: This walking-intensive program involves many guided tours over centuries-old cobblestones; our fast-paced guided walks are up to two miles in length. We also regularly use public transportation, including the London subway system, and many locations we visit have many stairs.  Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in London very different from what you find in the United States. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

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Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $6,880.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuiton for 6 credits, all accommodations, excursions, cultural events, program-related transportation, some group meals, ASU faculty support and international health insurance. 

Not included: ASU student fees, international airfare, passport, books, additional meals, independent travel, and other personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/14/2019
Rolling Admission 05/25/2019 06/15/2019

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

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This program is currently not accepting applications.