Undergraduate Studies

Study Abroad - London

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Spend your summer exploring one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities! Between its rich history, vibrant city life, and world class entertainment, London remains one of the primary destinations for students from across the globe. Join USF students and faculty this summer for a four week experience in the heart of London all while taking two courses and earning 6 credit hours towards your USF degree program. 

Faculty Contact

Deidre Orriola, MPH, CPH, CLC

dorriola@health.usf.edu
813-974-1568

Ms. Orriola graduated from the University of South Florida with her master's degree in Public Health in 2006. Her faculty position at the College of Public Health began in 2010. Deidre teaches several study abroad courses in Panama, London, and Cuba. Her research interests include maternal & child health, and the use of social media as a learning tool in higher education. 

 

Troy Quast

Troy Quast, PhD

troyquast@health.usf.edu
813-974-6730
Dr. Quast is an economist who received his doctorate in Economics from the University of Florida and his Master’s degree in Economics from The University of Texas. His research interests include the impact of economic conditions on health status, Medicaid policy, and the impact of natural disasters on health status and the utilization of health services. He has been awarded research funding by the National Institutes of Health to examine the treatment of children displaced after Hurricane Katrina and has an interest in using large data sets for analysis of population health issues.
Two courses, PHC4942 Public Health in London AND PHC4030 Introduction to Epidemiology provide students with a broad overview of the history, development, infrastructure, management, and delivery of health, medicine, and public health in London and the United Kingdom.  During their classes, students will visit a variety of public health and medical organizations in London. Students will learn about health services and agencies whose mission includes health promotion and disease prevention.  Field trips will include those related to environmental health, infectious diseases, social services, LGBT health, disaster/humanitarian relief, safety, medical care, and more.

$4995 USD per student

Program cost includes: 

  • Tuition (in-state and out-of-state students pay the in-state tuition rate!)
  • Pre-departure orientations
  • Housing in residential dorms
  • Bus and subway transportation within London
  • Entry fees for all site visits, excursions and cultural events required for class
  • 3-day London Pass (gets you into castles, museums, gardens, and more!)
  • Program welcome and farewell events, including a full day group excursion (Stonhenge? Bath? Cliffs of Dover?)
  • USF international health insurance (medical and emergency included)
  • 24/7 international assistance
  • WiFi in dorms and classrooms 

Program cost does NOT include:

  • Airfare
  • Transport to and from airport on arrival/departure
  • Passport renewal
  • Meals
  • Personal spending  

Students will be housed in one of two University College London facilities, John Dodgson House (JDH) or  John Adams House (JAH). Rooms differ from one building to another and students may opt for one or the other on a first come first served basis. Both buildings are a close walking distance (about 5-10 minutes) from the classrooms.

Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit USF Financial Aid for further information.


The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis. Please visit our Funding Page for application information and deadlines.

Student safety and well-being are paramount to USF. It is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to; the more you are familiar with the host city’s geography and culture, the safer you will be. All participants will be required to attend program-specific orientation and sessions. In addition to these sessions, your faculty will provide other important safety information prior to and during the program via a mandatory pre-departure orientations.. 
The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking (5-7 miles per day on average). The London program is a largely resident-based program.  Nevertheless, students will be required to climb stairs, walk to bus and train stations, and walk a great deal, even if using transportation. If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor, and the faculty contacts at the top of this page.  Generally, the mid-summer climate in London is warm during the day and cool at night, but temperatures can vary wildly even on a single day.  Air-conditioning is rarely available and will require preparing for heat, sun, rain, cold.
Interested?  Download this course approval form, select the two public health courses, have your academic advisor sign it, then visit the USF in London program website for additional questions or guidance