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Medical London: Culture and Context

HONR 2010G: Medical London: Culture and Context
Lead Instructor: Associate Professor J. Matthew Hoch, Ph.D. |
Co-Instructor: Associate Dean Robin Sherman, Ph.D. | 

This is a three-credit, honors, humanities course with experiential learning. Class is held during the winter semester, with a one week trip to London during Spring Break. We will visit sites, museums and working labs in order to experience and observe first-hand the materials that were important to the development of the sciences of biology and medicine. The exact schedule will be discussed in class, but students will attend required trips with the instructors and arrange independent/small-group trips as part of their own research projects. Students will have free time to explore London and visit other sites of interest. This class will provide historical perspective on the development of medicine as a scientific discipline that will benefit all students, especially those interested in medical careers. The trip will be a great experience and fun too! 

Field trips include The National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, The Natural History Museum, The Linnean Society Archives and Library, The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Alexander Fleming Laboratory, Charles Darwin’s Down House, The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, The Olde Operating Theatre and many more.

Participation Information (How To Sign Up!)

  • Register for the class as early as possible; there is limited space
  • Submit payments using the Marketplace by the due dates
  • Complete all required pre-departure components of the course and as required by the Office of International Affairs
  • Ensure you have a passport valid for at least six months after the date of the trip

Required Documents


  • 3/2/19: Travel from Fort Lauderdale to London on overnight flight. We will arrive on the morning of Sunday, March 3, 2019.
  • 3/3/19: Sunday. Arrive in London, get settled. Orientation, class trip to National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.
  • 3/4/19: Natural History Museum and Science Museum. Optional excursion to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben/Parliament.
  • 3/5/19: Alexander Fleming Laboratory. Optional excursion to Wellcome Collection.
  • 3/6/19: Old Operating Theatre and Apothecary. Optional trip to British Library.
  • 3/7/19: Trip to visit Charles Darwin’s home (now a museum) outside of London.
  • 3/8/19: Archives and Library of the Linnean Society. Optional trip to Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London.
  • 3/9/19: Optional trip to Botanical Gardens at Kew. 
  • 3/10/19: Return to Florida!


Projected Cost — $2,500 

  • Deposit of $1,000 due by October 29, 2018
    • Application form MUST also be submitted to the Office of International Affairs by deadline.
  • Final payment of $1,500 due by December 1, 2018
  • All payments are nonrefundable. However, if the class is canceled, all payments made to the university will be refunded.
  • Make payments by credit card using the online Marketplace  


  • Student housing in London (currently planned to be with Acorn London)
  • Roundtrip airfare from Fort Lauderdale to London
  • Travel and admission at Darwin's Down House and several other museums
  • Travel insurance

Not Included

  • Tuition and fees for HONR 2010G course
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Local travel in London (taxi, Tube, bus)

We suggest that a budget of about $100 per day for expenses in London (meals, admission to extra sites etc.; a thrifty student could spend far less).

Note on Participation

Travel study trips often require strenuous activity that may be difficult for some students. London is a modern, metropolitan city, so accommodations are available to meet disability and health needs. If you may require special accommodations to participate in a travel study trip, please contact us and we will discuss how to make this course happen for you.

Students requesting accommodations for travel study should contact
Student Disability Services at or (954) 262-7185. 

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