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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Interlaken, Switzerland; Munich, Germany
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2021 11/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/17/2021 06/02/2021

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

UGA – Public Health – Comparative Healthcare Systems in Europe

This Maymester study abroad experience will provide students with the opportunity to explore healthcare through a comparative lens, by comparing and contrasting European healthcare systems with the U.S. healthcare system. Students will visit three countries in Europe to explore the history of the development of healthcare, how the healthcare system has evolved over time, the role of government in healthcare, the relationship between culture and health, and the current trends and state of healthcare in each country. Students will be immersed in the different challenges and solutions to healthcare in Europe, including healthcare delivery, organization models, funding models, workforce issues, and outcomes. The in-depth view of European healthcare will be provided through classroom discussion, guest lectures from healthcare professionals, and site visits to healthcare facilities in each country.

Program Location: Germany, Switzerland, Italy


The goal of this program is to provide students with an immersive experience in comparative healthcare. Europe was chosen due to the high quality of its healthcare systems. Studying in European countries will provide students with a first-hand view of different methods of delivering and financing healthcare. Guest lectures from healthcare professionals, site visits to healthcare facilities, and cultural experiences will all contribute to student learning.


Academic Program

Students are required to register for a 3 credit-hour course in Comparative Healthcare Systems, HPAM 7650 for graduate students or HPAM 3650 for undergraduate students. There are no pre-requisite requirements. The course will be taught by UGA faculty, Dr. Clack. The course will also include guest lectures from local public health experts and guided tours to healthcare facilities in each country.

Program Itinerary

*This is a working itinerary and is subject to change.

February 27, 2021 Orientation Session 1
March 27, 2021 Orientation Session 2
May 16, 2021 (Sun) Depart USA
May 17, 2021 (Mon) Arrive in Munich, Germany; Biking tour; Welcome dinner
May 18, 2021 (Tues) Class; Free afternoon
May 19, 2021 (Wed) Class; Visit to Max Planck Society
May 20, 2021 (Thur) Class; Visit to healthcare facility with guest lecture
May 21, 2021 (Fri)  Bus travel to Switzerland; Welcome dinner
May 22, 2021 (Sat) Class; Visit to the mountains with emergency medicine guest lecture
May 23, 2021 (Sun) Free day in Interlaken
May 24, 2021 (Mon) Class; Visit to local hospital with guest lecture
May 25, 2021 (Tues) Day trip to Geneva; Visit to World Health Organization and Old Town of Geneva
May 26, 2021 (Wed) Class; Bus travel to Florence, Italy
May 27, 2021 (Thur) Class; Walking tour of Florence 
May 28, 2021 (Fri) Class; Visit to local healthcare facility
May 29, 2021 (Sat) Class; Free afternoon
May 30, 2021 (Sun) Day trip to Tuscany; Bus travel to Rome, Italy
May 31, 2021 (Mon) Walking tour of Rome; Free afternoon
June 1, 2021 (Tues) Visit to United Nations facility; Free afternoon; Farewell dinner
June 2, 2021 (Wed) Farewell breakfast; Return to US



Accommodations will be provided in the city center in each location in 3-star hotels or top-rated hostels. Student accommodations are shared rooms. All accommodations will provide continental breakfast and access to Wi-Fi. 

Program Costs

See "Cost of Attendance" sheet at the top of this page for dollar estimates. Basic cost breakdown for study abroad includes:

  • Program fee for student travel (including accommodations, group excursions, etc.);
  • Tuition and fees for academic courses;
  • International airfare estimate; and
  • Personal spending money estimate.  
Speak with a UGA Financial Aid Advisor about how to apply the HOPE scholarship and other financial aid to study abroad expenses


  • Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records, and strong references.
  • Enrollment is limited to 40 students. A minimum enrollment count of 15 must be met to confirm program.

Admission Process

Admissions are rolling after the Nov. 1 decision date, and only applications marked "complete" by that time will receive a decision. Admission decisions will be sent via the application portal. Students will have 1 week to accept or decline an admission offer before the spot passes to another candidate. Students who accept the offer of admission must pay a non-refundable $300 deposit within 2 weeks to confirm their place in the program and register for courses. If a deposit is not made within 2 weeks of committing to the program, a student from the wait list will be added and the originally accepted student will be placed on the wait list. 

Contact Information

Dr. Lesley Clack, Program Director
Phone: 706.542.9268

311D Wright Hall
Health Sciences Campus
100 Foster Road
Athens, GA 30602


Accessibility Information

UGA education abroad programs strive to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Areas of disability include, but are not limited to visual, hearing, learning, psychological, medical, and mobility impairments. If you receive disability-related accommodations at UGA or at your home university, or if you anticipate needing accommodations at your overseas site, you will arrange for them with your study abroad program director and the staff in the Disability Resource Center. Examples of accommodations include note taking assistance, extended test time, a quiet testing location, alternative text/media, and accessible housing. Please provide information about your accommodation needs at least 4 weeks prior to departure in order to allow time to arrange for accommodations. Students are asked to disclose disability-related needs prior to the start of the program to help ensure that there are no delays in accommodations and that the student can enjoy the full study abroad experience.

Immunization Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an International Traveler's Hotline (404-332-4559) where, by punching in the country code of your host country, you can get recorded information on vaccinations, food and water, and current health problems. Their website can also be a valuable resource:

There are no required immunizations for most of Western Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada. However, there are recommended vaccinations for almost all locations. The Hepatitis B vaccination is now recommended for all destinations. They may include Hepatitis A and/or B if you anticipate contact with blood or other bodily fluids or sexual contact with people from the host country. If you are going to South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Russia or remote areas of your host country, consult the CDC Traveler's Hotline several months in advance of your departure as they may suggest vaccinations as early as six months in advance.

The Travel Medicine Clinic at UGA provides personalized international travel consultations for students, faculty, staff and the general public. Information is provided on general health risks of travel, risks of contracting diseases related to international travel and methods of prevention, including vaccinations. The clinic also provides vaccinations against common diseases such as MMR (measles/mumps/rubella), influenza and Hepatitis B. This is a fee-per-visit service. Total charges will vary based on the number of vaccines needed. Appointments are necessary, and students are asked to schedule at least 6 weeks prior to departure. Call 706- 542-5575 for appointments and fee information or visit

Visit Travel Health Online, a free on-line service, to review Destination Information including the health risks in your host country.