Join us for the CSD in London, England trip abroad during the spring/summer intercession of 2018! Students participating in this 8 day study abroad program to London, England will learn about the delivery of communication sciences and disorder services to individuals with a wide variety of communication disorders such as stuttering, hearing loss, autism spectrum disorder, and language difficulties. Students will observe evaluation and intervention services delivered throughout the London area. Graduate level students from the speech-language therapy (SLT) and audiology programs at University College of London will provide insight into their own programs while USF students participate in lectures provided by the university. In addition students may participate in a 1/2 day tour and lecture at the Michael Palin Center for Stammering Children where their evidence based programs will be discussed and live therapy sessions may be observed. This opportunity will provide them with skills to conduct treatment with children who have stuttering (called “stammering” in the UK) disorders in a family centered model. The students can also visit and observe at a public day school focused on students with moderate special needs, including autism spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. The school houses preschool aged children through 24 years of age. Students will also have the opportunity to tour and join lectures related to voice, dysphagia, cochlear implants and aural rehabilitation at the Royal National Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. A visit to a local charitable organization and private practice center focused on helping those with hearing loss will also be on the itinerary.
In addition to academic centered observations and trainings, many cultural activities will be included in this trip including tours of famous landmarks in London (e.g. Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, The British Museum, etc.) as well as excursions to Stonehenge, the town of Bath and Windsor Castle. Additional options for this trip may also include afternoon tea and a night at the theater.
Major benefits of this trip include the opportunity for students to collaborate with fellow undergraduate and graduate level students studying communication sciences and disorders as well as experience the cultural diversity of London and all that its city has to offer.
IDS 3947 Global Issues in CSD: London Perspective Cooperative Internship (1 Credit)
London, England- the capital of the United Kingdom. It is among the oldest of the world’s great cities and its history spans nearly two millennia. London's history stretches back over thousands of years, and the city boasts four World Heritage Sites: the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. About one third of London is devoted to parks and open spaces. In addition it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. By far Britain’s largest metropolis, it is also the country’s economic, transportation, and cultural center. London is situated in southeastern England, lying astride the River Thames some 50 miles (80 km) upstream from its estuary on the North Sea. Around 230 languages are spoken there and you'll find a wealth of different cultures and communities throughout the capital.
(retrieved from www.Britannica.com on 10/15/15)
Who Can Participate
This program is open to students in Communication Science and Disorders. Other students interested in the program should contact the faculty member to discuss their interest.
How to Apply
Apply for the program at the bottom or top of this page by clicking “Apply Now”. (This does not commit you financially to the program, but rather provides a way for you to receive updated information regarding budget release and further information.)
Submit 2-3 names of professors/instructors that can provide an academic/character reference for you as well as a short paragraph explaining why you want to go on this trip and what your interest is in Communication Sciences and Disorders or a related field.
Submit this paragraph and the names for references to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We will only read paragraphs from those who have applied on the website.
Once the paragraphs have been reviewed we will contact you to schedule an informal interview with one or both of us. (We anticipate this process starting in October)
Detailed information on How to Apply can be found here.
IDS 3947 Global Issues in CSD: London Perspective Cooperative Internship (1 Credit)
The healthcare system of England and cultural differences that influence the provision of communication disorder services.
*Students will be enrolled in the internship by Education Abroad after the agree to be registered in the course via the Course Authorization material in their application.
2018 Program Cost:$2,273
Program Fee Includes:
Hotel accommodations (shared occupancy)
All program related lectures, site visits, and excursions
Oyster Pass (Subway and Bus Pass)
USF-provided sickness/accident, emergency medical insurance
Program Fee Does Not Include:
Passport/Visa fees (if applicable)
Meals which are not including in program
Personal Spending / Additional Travel
Tuition for 1 credit hour
* Oyster Cards come with 50GBP. This is the amount budgeted for the required visits on the program. Students may need to add additional funds to their transit cards for any individual travel that they do using the transit card and should budget accordingly. https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/tube/?
Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit USF Financial Aid for further information.
The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis. Please visit our Funding Page for application information and deadlines.
Health and Safety
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
For detailed information on travel documents you may need for your trip please visit our Passport and Visa page.
Student airfare is not included in the program price.
While in London, students will stay at a London bed and breakfast hotel located a short walk from the beautiful Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and other prominent historic sites. Paddington rail and tube stations are just steps away. Included are free broadband internet in each room, air conditioning, and many other amenities.
Faculty and Contacts
Amy Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP began working at the University of South Florida as a clinical instructor in June 2013. She received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology in 2000 from Gallaudet University and received the Seltzer League Award upon graduation. While attending Gallaudet she received in depth instruction in aural rehabilitation, cued speech and American Sign Language. As a result Amy’s original career focus was working with children who were deaf and hard of hearing. She started working in the public school system in Fairfax County, Virginia where she provided services in a school where cued speech was used with all deaf and hard of hearing students. She also gained experience working with children who have autism spectrum disorder at that time. Amy was formally trained to use augmentative communication strategies including Picture Exchange Communication System. Amy continued her career as a clinic based speech-language pathologist at All Children’s Hospital where she worked with a variety of clients with various disorders, including behavioral feeding, autism, aural rehabilitation for children who use cochlear implants and apraxia. Most recently Amy worked for Pasco County Schools where she specialized in literacy based language disorder treatment. She is passionate about literacy based disorders and treatment with school age children and its direct impact on their academic success. She is a clinical instructor in the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program in the communication sciences and disorders program within the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.
She has traveled in Europe to both London, England and Paris, France, while also taking some side trips in the regions surrounding these metropolitan areas. Her areas of interest in the field of speech-language pathology include working with a pediatric population focused on language and literacy disorders, phonological difficulties, autism spectrum disorder and apraxia. She believes that students should have a global perspective when considering communication disorders in order to become competent global professionals and citizens.
Dr. Devon Weist received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before joining our Department in the fall of 2013, Dr. Weist worked five years as a clinical assistant professor of Audiology at the University of Florida. She has also worked in ENT offices in both Florida and Pennsylvania. Dr. Weist is actively involved in the field of Audiology as she holds memberships in the American Academy of Audiology and Florida Academy of Audiology. She is also a member of the IDA Institute which serves to foster a better understanding of the human dynamics associated with hearing loss. Dr. Weist has been on the Board of Directors for the Florida Academy of Audiology since 2009. She taught AuD students at the University of Florida in both practicum and the classroom regarding hearing and balance disorders.
Dr. Weist is the Audiology Clinic Director and is also responsible for coordinating student’s clinical practicum both here in the USF Hearing Clinic and when students are placed on externships. In the clinic, she works with students for adult diagnostic practicums, amplification and assistive listening devices, and vestibular evaluations.