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Human Rights, Women's Rights

Dates: 5 May–17 June 2024 (approximately)
Application Deadline: 1 December 2023

Attention: BYU students who want a better world!

Join us in exploring the efforts of nations, institutions, and individuals to foster greater peace, freedom, and general well-being. As a human-rights hub, London is an ideal base from which to engage with groups and persons advocating for social change, whether through the advancement of women, anti-slavery measures, religious freedom, or literary and artistic output. We will visit vital social institutions such as Parliament, the Black Cultural Archives, and the Centre for Women, Peace, and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as several other sites, museums, plays, and performances that seek to promote human happiness and celebrate the artistic and literary accomplishments of women. We will also travel throughout England to historic and cultural sites such as the International Slavery Museum, the Pankhurst Museum, The Jane Austen Centre, Monk’s House, the National Holocaust Centre, and Bletchley Park, and we will visit important sites of research and reconciliation in Scotland and Ireland, including the Glasgow Women’s Library, the Belfast Peace Wall, and Kilmainham Goal. On the European continent, we will visit indispensable cultural and political institutions such as the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, the International Criminal Court, and the Parlimentarium. Lastly, we hope to indulge in a number of scenic and scrumptious detours!

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Contact Us

Dr. Melissa Jones
272 TLRB
(801) 422-6480

Dr. Marlene Hansen Esplin
3050 JFSB
(801) 422-6246


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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

GWS 422/IHUM 390R—Contemporary Theories in Global Women’s Studies (3 credits). This course engages with theories (philosophical, literary, and socio-political) that underpin the transnational and interdisciplinary field of Global Women’s Studies. It fulfills an elective requirement for the Global Women’s Studies minor or an IHUM major/minor requirement.

GWS 395R/PSYCH 306—Mentored Study Experience: Global Women’s Rights/Psychology of Gender (3 credits). This course explores the nature and role of gender in a global and political context as it relates to human rights. It fulfills an elective requirement for the Global Women’s Studies minor or a psychology major/minor requirement.

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 prep-course tuition, meals on excursions, passport fees, personal expenses, or international airfare (our program begins in Amsterdam and ends in Dublin, both major international travel hubs).
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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 Jones and Esplin 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. 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: 1 November 2023
Application Deadline: 1 December 2023
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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. Melissa Jones is an associate professor in the Psychology Department at BYU. She is a member of the Global Women's Studies Executive Committee and teaches courses in the Global Women’s Studies program. Her teaching and scholarly work focuses on gender and psychotherapy research. Her husband and three of her sons will join the program.

272 TLRB
(801) 422-6480

Dr. Marlene Hansen Esplin is an Associate Professor of of Interdisciplinary Humanities and an affiliate of the Global Women’s Studies program at BYU. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary U.S. and Latin American literatures, translation studies, and migration studies. Her spouse and four of her children will join us for a portion of the program.

3050 JFSB
(801) 422-6246
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Contact Us

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

To see the payment schedule, click here.