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Dates: May 10 2021 - June 17 2021
Based: Herstmonceux, UK, Geneva and Switzerland
Apply by: April 2021

On the cutting edge of global health and disability, this study abroad program offers the opportunity for you as an upper-year student to ground your study of health and disability within the expanding context of global norms. Although this program is anchored in health studies, the program is interdisciplinary in nature and you will explore different perspectives in order to broaden your scope and understanding of global health and disability studies.

Each course includes lectures, visiting scholars, and experiential learning opportunities focusing on a combination of studies in disability and policy in global health, global sport, healthcare innovation, health communication and/or mental health. The faculty is drawn from a field of experts and experienced educators passionate about their area of expertise. And unlike many courses that look individually at global health or disability studies, this program provides a direct link between the two and is a unique program in Canadian universities.

In addition to the expert faculty you will have the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from world-renowned agencies, including governmental and non-governmental organizations specializing in health and disability, and discuss advancements in health, disability and policy with leading researchers, all providing exposure for internship possibilities. An experienced Health Science Librarian will provide research seminars and one-on-one support during the program.

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This was a once in a lifetime academic experience to meet world leaders in disability studies.
Student, 2013

Choosing to attend this program was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only was the program applicable to our area of study, it opened our perspective to many different professions. The ELOs have been exceptional and eye-opening.
Student, 2016

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ISGHD students with Steve BrownStudents with Steve Brown, TV presenter and former captain of the Great Britain wheelchair rugby squad

  • Earn 9.0 units (3 courses) in 6 weeks.
  • A unique set of field trips to places such as Cambridge, London, and Geneva
  • Small class sizes means graduate-style contact with your instructor
  • Enhance your transcript for application to Graduate School
  • Make global connections for future career opportunities
  • Non-repayable bursaries valued up to $3710 available for eligible students
Dates and fees based on 2018 and subject to change.

* Note regarding prerequisites: Students who do not hold the prerequisites for the courses in this program may still be eligible for entry and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please enquire via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Permission to enrol in this program will normally be given if you are at third year standing and have a minimum GPA of 2.7.

Courses in this program can be used to satisfy HLTH Major and HLTH Medial plan requirements, as well as the Certificate in Disability and Physical Activity offered by SKHS.

HLTH 332/3.0 Foundations for Understanding Disability: A Health Perspective

This course is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of disability and disability-related issues as they pertain to health, well-being, and quality of life. It will include an examination of the historical treatment of persons with disabilities through present day.

Prerequisite: Level 3 or permission of department (see above*).

HLTH 332 is a pre-requiste for HLTH 402. Students who do not have HLTH 332 prior to coming to the BISC should take it as their first course in this program in place of HLTH 402.

HLTH 402/3.0 Disability Studies: Issues, Research and Policy

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of disability studies – definitions and conceptualizations of disability, language for talking about disability, methods of studying disability issues, policy and systems affecting people with disabilities, controversial issues in disability studies. The course will include lectures, seminars, debates, field trips, student presentations.

Prerequisite: Level 4 and a minimum GPA of 1.9 and HLTH 332/3.0 and registration at the BISC, or permission of the School.

HLTH 403/3.0 Global Perspectives of Community Based Rehabilitation

This course explores global perspectives of Community Based Rehabilitation as a strategy for equalization of health, education and social inclusion of persons with disabilities. Design, implement and evaluate CBR programs and examine basic CBR frameworks, health and disability policy, global partnerships, education and training strategies.

Prerequisite: Level 4 and a minimum GPA of 1.9, or permission of the Department (see above*).

HLTH 404/3.0 Global Studies of Social Inclusion, Community Participation and Mental Illness

While people with disabilities continue to experience challenges to their full and equal community participation, people with disabilities in the context of mental illnesses are subject to particularly profound levels of social exclusion at a global level. This course will examine current disability discourse as it relates to mental illnesses and examine processes by which exclusion of this population occurs globally.  Issues of exclusion will be evaluated using an international focus. Theoretical perspectives will be grounded in real life examples.

Prerequisite: Level 4 and a minimum GPA of 1.9, or permission of the Department (see above*).


  • Course offerings are subject to change for reasons including, but not limited to, enrolment numbers. Students will have access to academic advising services if changes impact their course selections. 
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities and mid-term trip are indicative and may change subject to operational and/or academic requirements.
  • Queen's students: Grades will show on your Queen's University transcript and count towards your CUM GPA.
  • Non-Queen's students: Following the grade release date you can request a transcript from the University Registrar. Transcripts will be sent automatically to students from partner universities.

Kings College, University of CambridgeKings College, Cambridge

Experiential Learning Opportunities

In Summer 2020 you will visit London, Cambridge, and Geneva


  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health.
  • Florence Nightingale Museum - examines her legacy, her influence on nursing, and the continuing relevance of her work.
  • Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability - take a guided tour with the museum's archivist
  • Bethlem Museum of the Mind - explores the evolution of mental health


  • Academic Research Panel - University of Cambridge

In addition to your academic visits you'll also visit cultural sites such as the Globe Theatre, have the opportunity to visit downtown London and go punting on the Cam in Cambridge.

Students visit key institutions such as the UNHCR in GenevaInside the UNHCR in Geneva

Mid-Term Trip: Geneva

Built into your tuition fees, the multi-day trip to Geneva, Switzerland is an outstanding, extended opportunity for you to see important institutions firsthand, and explore cultural and historical sites of interest. ELOs on the trip to Geneva include:

  • World Health Organization - the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - a United Nations programme with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross - responds quickly and efficiently to help people affected by armed conflict.
  • Lecture on Mont Salève followed by cheese fondue!

Past Speakers

Past speakers have included:

  • Steve Brown (Captain of the Team GB Wheelchair Rugby in Paralympics 2012)
  • Valerie Taylor O.B.E. (Founder and co-ordinator of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed Bangladesh)
  • Eva James (Dance and Disability Specialist)
  • Evan O’Dell (Project Officer at Disability Rights UK)
  • Nora Groce (Global Health Expert at University College London)

Beth Richan

Program Director and HLTH 403 - Global Perspectives of Community Based Rehabilitation
Beth has held a variety of senior positions in international development programs that focus on people with disabilities within the health, education and employment sectors primarily in South East Asia and the Balkans. Her research interest is in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) with a focus on social inclusion of vulnerable populations with particular interest in developing countries and post-conflict regions.
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Evan Odell

HLTH 402 - Disability Studies: Issues, Research and Policy
Evan is a researcher at disability-led organisation Disability Rights UK, where he undertakes research and writes policy briefings and positions. Evan completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Laurentian University and the University of British Columbia, and a MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, where he wrote a thesis on inclusive education practices in Canada. His research covers an array of issues, including social attitudes to disability and disabled people, welfare state reform, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, theoretical approaches to health and disability, open source research software, and text-as-data.

Eric Wychopen

HLTH 404 - Global Studies of Social Inclusion, Community Participation and Mental Illness
Eric has an MSc in Health Inequalities and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh. He graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Physical Education (Honours), and was part of the inaugural cohort in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability (ISGHD) program at the BISC. Eric instructed the HLTH 497 Health Communication course in 2017 and was the ISGHD Teaching Assistant in 2016. His areas of academic interest are related to health inequalities experienced by Canadian Indigenous populations, and understanding mental health in the Global South context. Eric is a popular guest lecturer for many health studies courses. Eric currently resides in the Netherlands.

Anita Z Goldschmied

HLTH 332 - Foundations for Understanding Disability: A Health Perspective
Anita is a dually qualified learning disability nurse and social worker. She has a Master of Research in Human Sciences focusing on advanced interdisciplinary research and practice. Her PhD research in Humanities and Disability Studies actively involves developing novel methodological and theoretical approaches. In addition, her current work focuses on the tricky issues of “seeing” by exploring the everyday experiences of hidden disabilities as fixed states, compositions and possibilities. Her current academic interests are continental philosophy and contemporary approaches primarily the application of complexity and actor-network-theory to disability studies including awareness raising, social inclusion and aesthetics.

May 3 Students arrive
May 3 - 5 Orientation
May 6 - 8 HLTH 402/HLTH 332 coursework
May 9 - 10 London overnight ELO for HLTH 332/402
May 13 - 17 HLTH 402/HLTH 332 coursework
May 20 - May 22 HLTH 404 coursework
May 23 - May 24 Cambridge overnight ELO for HLTH 404
May 26 - 31 HLTH 404 coursework
June 3 - 4 HLTH 403 coursework
June 6 - 11 Geneva ELO for HLTH 403
June 12 - 13 HLTH 403 coursework
June 15 Students depart
Schedule is subject to change without notice based on availability

Queen's Students

  • Make sure you meet the basic prerequisites:
    • Minimum 1.9 GPA
    • Good academic standing
    • Level 4 standing (by time program starts)
    • HLTH 332/3.0

    Students who do not hold the prerequisites for the courses in this program may still be eligible for entry and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please enquire via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Permission to enrol in this program will normally be given if you are at a third year standing and have a minimum GPA of 2.7.

  • Request to change campus
  • Receive campus confirmation from Undergraduate Admission
  • Register in class on SOLUS after Feb 1 (pre-reqs may apply to some courses)
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Non-Queen's Students

  • Make sure you meet the basic prerequisites for studying abroad at your home institution.
  • Apply online
  • Register online for your chosen program
  • Submit Letter of Permission
  • Accept your offer
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What is a Letter of Permission?


A Letter of Permission (LOP) is an official document issued by your home institution. The LOP allows you to take courses for credit at the BISC for a specified semester/program, transferring the credits back to your home institution for the purpose of completing your university degree.

Your academic advisor or the person issuing the LOP will typically look at the course content and your current transcript to assess whether you will be academically prepared for the course/program. Pre-requisite courses listed on the BISC website are therefore not necessarily mandatory for non-Queen's students, but may be used as part of the assessment process by your home institution when granting an LOP.

We will also make admission decisions based on current transcripts, but please note that without an LOP you may not be able to transfer credits back to your home institution.

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