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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


Tower Bridge



Quick Facts

  • May 23 - June 13, 2020
  • 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, Avebury, and Chichester
  • 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.



London group

London Parliament

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
  • Students must have a 2.5 GPA to participate.
  • Students must be in Sophomore standing (24 credit hours) by the time the program starts. 
  • Non-ASU students should view the following application instructions.


London was arguably 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 bioarchaeology 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 crises, 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*
ASB 301: Global History of Health*
ASB 414: Urban and Environmental Health*
ASB 353/SOC 353: Death and Dying in Cross-Cultural Perspective 

* Course has prerequisites but these can usually be waived. Please email to learn more. 

SHESC London Classroom

Group at science museum



Faculty Directors


Kelly Knudson, Ph.D.
Professor, 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

Christopher Stojanowski, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University

Kelly Knudson (faculty picture)

Christopher Stojanowski


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. Many flats require walking up one or more flights of stairs and do not have elevators.


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. The London: Plague Pits and Body Snatchers: History of Health and Disease in a Global City program involves much exploration in the city, including walking tours where we walk for two hours or more through London. Walking tours can cover at least two miles. We also rely heavily on walking at museums and historic sites, and on using public transportation.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in the UK, getting around in cities may be difficult at times because sidewalks can be narrow and uneven. Most London Underground and UK National Rail System stations are not readily accessible for people with disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.  

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $6,990

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 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/23/2020 06/13/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.