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Human Rights, Women's Rights

Dates: 28 June–8 August 2023
Application Deadline: 15 December 2022

Attention: BYU students who want a better world!

Join us in a European exploration into how nations, institutions and individuals work to supplant mankind’s inhumanity to man and woman with peace, compassion, development, and freedom.

In the context of a Latter-day Saint worldview, students will explore the history and current status of human and women’s rights. As a human rights hub, London is an ideal base from which to engage with groups and persons who promote liberty and equality through the protection and advancement of women, anti-slavery measures, religious freedom and more. We will explore the Pankhurst Centre for suffragette history, and Bletchley Park (where women codebreakers advanced the end of World War II). Students will also engage with the UK Parliament, the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace and Security; Anti-Slavery, Girls Not Brides, Rights of Women, and other organizations that seek to protect human and women’s rights around the world.

On the European continent we’ll visit the International Criminal Court and Anne Frank House (the Netherlands), and spend time in the capital of the European Union (Brussels, Belgium). Of course, we will also enjoy museums and theater in London, the English countryside, medieval castles, the enchantment of Edinburgh, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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Spencer James
2095 JFSB
(801) 422-6682


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Students will receive 6 credits, which can fulfill various GE and major/minor requirements or count as general hours toward graduation. All students will take:

SFL 395R, GWS 390R, or SOC 395R—Human Rights (3 credits). History and causes of human rights violations and societal and state responses; nature, history, and impacts of international human rights norms, including in the context of families; ways to define and promote rights. Course may also fulfill other departmental electives.

WS 395R—Mentored Study Experience: Global Women’s Rights (3 credits). Fulfills an elective requirement for the Global Women’s Studies minor. Course may also fulfill other departmental electives.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes full-time Latter-day Saint undergraduate tuition (costs higher for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), housing, admission to program-related activities and historical sites, transportation to program locations, group field trips, and international health insurance coverage. Part-time BYU and non-BYU students must pay an additional $300 for the winter preparation course.

Does not include international airfare (program begins in Amsterdam and ends in London—both major international travel hubs), preparation course tuition, most meals, passport fees, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

BYU students are strongly encouraged to request experiential education funding through their home department and/or college and the ORCA program. GWS minors are encouraged to apply and are eligible for additional funding through GWS, with special consideration for those who apply by the priority deadline.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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All accepted students are required to register for IAS 201R (1 credit), a pre-departure preparation course to be taught by Professors James and Pierce during the second block of winter semester.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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In London, students reside in flats in the Kensington area of London, just south of Hyde Park. The neighborhood is near the famous Hyde Park Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The area is also famous for its many free museums built during the Victorian period. On the European continent, students will stay in hotels or hostels with their faculty directors.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Priority Deadline: 18 November 2022
Application Deadline: 15 December 2022
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Dr. Spencer James is an associate professor in the School of Family Life and Global Women’s Studies faculty member at BYU. He is also a member of the African Studies executive committee and a fellow at both the Wheatley Institution and Ballard Center here on BYU’s campus. His research focuses on global family patterns with a particular focus on how family patterns shape the psychosocial, health, education, and economic outcomes for children around the world. His wife and three children will join the program.

2095 JFSB
(801) 422-6682

Dr. Hayley Pierce is an assistant professor of Sociology and an affiliate of the Global Women’s Studies program. Her research is at the intersection of family, health, and gender. Specifically, she focuses on the wellbeing of women and children, grounded in the idea that childbirth, unions, and family are universal experiences but drastically differ based on location, community characteristics, social norms, policy, and the status of women. Her spouse and two children will join the program.

2036 JFSB
(801) 422-2488
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International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

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