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Comparative Healthcare

England, Italy, Spain | AIFS Global Education Center | Summer 2023
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Learn about the origins of global healthcare, compare how countries are managing current challenges and gain insight into how healthcare might look in the future, all while experiencing firsthand the sights, sounds and splendors of London, Barcelona, and Florence. 

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    3 semester credits

  • Courses

    Course available in health studies, international studies, social sciences

  • Housing

    Shared rooms in student residences or tourist-class hotels

  • Meals

    Breakfast throughout (students need to budget for daily lunch and dinner)

  • Cultural & Academic Activities

    Field trips to museums, hospitals, senior centers, innovation hubs and a cooking class

  • AIFS Travel Manager

    who will be with the group throughout the program and available to provide local information, answer questions, take care of logistics and deal with emergencies

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Transfers between the airport and accommodations overseas

Program Details: Study + Travel Comparative Healthcare

Program is closed


May 14, 2023June 3, 2023




AIFS Global Education Center

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees



Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest


AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Academic credit for the Comparative Healthcare program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. 

Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University. 

Students will participate in assignments and activities that require them to consider and reflect upon how national approaches to healthcare are shaped, as well as using firsthand experience and contact with local experts to take a variety of perspectives on the efficacy of systems. Tours of historical medical sites and visits to hospitals and medical facilities will complement the classroom teaching.

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Living Abroad

Departure from the U.S.Optional overnight flight from the U.S. to London.* 
Day 1Arrive in London. Transfers for group flights.* Rest of day free. 
Day 2Morning orientation followed by a sightseeing tour with a professional guide. See London’s famous sights including Piccadilly Circus in the heart of the West End, the Houses of Parliament on the banks of the Thames and Buckingham Palace, plus an inside visit to Westminster Abbey.  
Days 3-6Morning classes will introduce the course and cover topics such as the key differences between U.S. and European healthcare, medical education in Europe, the difference between private and public healthcare, and provision of specialist health services such as Sexual Health Clinics.  

Afternoon visits will include walking tours, a visit to a London Medical School, the Wellcome Collection, and specialist clinics.
Day 7 Free day.
Day 8Morning flight to Barcelona. Afternoon guided sightseeing tour 
Days 9-12Classes will cover topics such as Mental Health, Innovation in Healthcare, and Youth Support Services. Visits will include research centers, community organizations, and historic medical monuments such as the Modernist Hospital of Sant Pau.
Days 13Free day.
Day 14 Morning flight to Florence. Afternoon guided walking tour. 
Days 15-18Classes will cover topics such as approaches to pandemics, senior care, and the Mediterranean diet/the obesity crisis. Visits may include historic medical locations, public hospitals and senior centers, and a group cooking class.
Day 19Study day. 
Day 20Morning: Final class and exam. Free afternoon and farewell dinner. 
Day 21Optional return flight from Italy to the U.S.* 

Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 20, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 13, 2023
  • Program Begins
    May 14, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 3, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 3, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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