Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad in Health Services Management

Along with the Learning Abroad Center, CCAPS encourages HSM students to seek rich life experiences. Studying abroad provides new perspectives and opportunities to observe different ways communities approach challenges. Students also gain a unique opportunity to serve and collaborate with our neighboring nations and their communities. The experience to work with each other across programs builds teamwork, strength, knowledge and compassion for the benefit of all. This experience truly shapes our future "servant leaders!".

Frances Fernandez - Health Services Management Faculty Director

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from Health Services Management Major before beginning your study abroad research. Learning abroad can provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and an understanding of health issues in the broader global community. A variety of learning abroad options are available to further support the analytical and problem-solving skills relevant to the business and the healthcare industry focus of this major.

Fulfill Requirements

HSM Major Requirements

HSM students can often find learning abroad programs and courses that are healthcare or business related that can fit into your major electives. Students in HSM get to take 22 credits of major supporting electives. Historically these have been business, public health or healthcare-focused and at a 3xxx or higher. You will need to work with your HSM adviser to discuss courses options and get them pre-approved before you commit to your study abroad program and courses. Occasionally an internship abroad could count towards your HSM internship requirement. More typically it can count towards your HSM electives. You will need to consult with your HSM adviser for more information on either of these options.

Liberal Education Requirements

You can fulfill liberal education requirements while abroad. Consult the U Credit Abroad Search for more information.

Academic Planning by Year

Timing your study abroad opportunity so it works for your schedule and your major can be a challenge. Students and their advisers must carefully evaluate and plan course sequencing into any study abroad experience.

It is best to begin with the end in mind. Identify when you are planning on doing your required HSM internship and discuss with your adviser how the search will affect your timing. It may seem convenient to go abroad before your internship, but keep in mind you will need to prepare your materials and interview before your internship.

Freshman Year

Start thinking about incorporating a study abroad experience into your academic program.

Sophomore Year

Meet with your HSM academic adviser to determine appropriate course equivalencies for Liberal Education requirements and major elective options.

Junior and Senior Years

  • During these years, students are most likely focusing on taking courses that apply to the major.
  • Instructor-led, short-term winter break, May or summer sessions or complete semesters are options.
  • Meet with the HSM academic adviser to determine the appropriateness of courses.

CCAPS Short-Term Program

Formerly known as the Construction and Facility Management Pura Vida tour since 2013, the program incorporated Integrated Behavioral Health students in 2017 and 2018, Health Services Management students in 2018, and now is a college-wide program of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, integrating the varied disciplines into a unique cultural immersion.

For more information, please contact:

Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS)

If you plan to participate in a program where you may have interaction with patients, please complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) online module. This interactive online workshop developed by the Pre-Health Student Resource Center will help you:

  • prepare for your experience abroad
  • use your experience abroad to make a positive impact on your health program application
  • consider the legal and ethical boundaries that should guide your activities while abroad
  • understand your own limitations as an unlicensed student

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

CCAPS students can apply for CCAPS Collegiate scholarships in addition to other Learning Abroad Center scholarships.

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Senegal

MSID—International Development in Senegal

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion.
  • Past MSID health internship foci include: public health/nutrition, women’s maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • Instruction is in French

South Africa

IES South Africa — Summer Health Studies

  • Study in Cape Town — an ideal location to experience the complex socio-economic health care challenges of a multicultural developing country with great disparities.
  • Take classes in a wide range of health-related topics, including the intersections of environment, health and development, the impact of globalization on health and development, and endemic diseases and their socio-economic context. Students can also take classes in history, political science, child studies, and more.
  • The program also offers opportunities to complete observational rotations at a selection of local organizations such as hospitals, clinics, old-age homes, and health-related NGOs.
  • All courses are taught in English. Summer term only.

University of Cape Town (available through IES South Africa)

  • Program term: academic year, calendar year, fall or spring semester
  • This program is a university study program, which allows you to directly enroll in a foreign university and take classes with host country students. Instruction is in English by African faculty
  • Business courses available
  • No language prerequisite

Americas

Argentina

Study & Intern in Buenos Aires

  • Program term: fall semester, spring semester, winter break, summer session, academic year
  • Study in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of the Americas”
  • Latin American Economy and the Global Economy are offered in English
  • Fulfill your on-site community engagement (fall and spring only) through nongovernmental organizations and other community service organizations devoted to helping children and adults who do not have access to basic rights such as education, health, or a home.
  • No language prerequisite

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships or research projects. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID public health and entrepreneurship and alternative economies internship foci have included: public health/nutrition, disease mapping, maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS awareness, micro-finance and micro-lending
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • Prerequisite: 4 semesters college-level Spanish

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Study & Intern in Sydney

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer
  • Summer internship program available
  • Past health-related internship opportunities include work in public health and medical research projects

James Cook University (available through IFSA Australia)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Courses feature fieldwork and internships
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
  • Business courses available

University of Melbourne (available through IFSA Australia)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Fieldwork and lab research are available
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
  • Business and public health courses available

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Otago

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Courses available in business and healthcare
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

Victoria University of Wellington (available through IFSA New Zealand)

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • A wide variety of subject choices available
  • Health-related course titles include: The Biology of Disease, Physiology, and Pharmacology, Abnormal Psychology and Popular Psychology
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
  • Business courses available

Thailand

MSID—International Development in Thailand

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships. Homestays and research further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID health internship foci include: health promotion and prevention programs and HIV/AIDS awareness projects with youth
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries
  • No language prerequisite

Europe

Denmark

Study Abroad in Denmark

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer 3-, 6-, or 10-week
  • Semester Programs include Medical Practice & Policy (classes taught at hospitals by physicians), and Public Health (focus on comparative policy models). All students go on course-integrated, faculty-led study tours across Europe
  • Summer courses may include Health Delivery and Prioritization, Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach, Public Health in the Arctic, and Sports Medicine: Performance and Fatigue
  • No language prerequisite—all courses taught in English by Danish faculty

Ireland

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Program term: fall semester, spring semester, summer session, academic year
  • Developing Self as a Healthcare Practitioner course interweaves a spiritual dimension to healthcare, exploring the psychosocial, cultural and spiritual elements in transforming personal and professional practice
  • Designed for students from all healthcare fields
  • Offered by the University of Limerick's renowned Department of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Includes classroom dialogues, visits to clinical sites, and excursions exploring cultural heritage
  • Business courses available

Spain

Cross-Cultural Health in Spain

  • Program term: fall semester, spring semester
  • Courses offered include: Global Bioethics, Diversity and Global Health, Medical Spanish, Healthcare and Communications, and Comparative Public Health. Internships in the health field are also available.
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish
  • All courses taught in Spanish

Study & Intern in Toledo

  • Program term: academic year, fall semester, spring semester, May session and summer session
  • This program is offered in collaboration with the prestigious José Ortega-Marañón Foundation and the University of Minnesota
  • Health-related internships are available
  • Business course available
  • Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

Study & Intern in Madrid

  • Program term: fall semester, spring semester, summer session
  • This program is geared toward students who would like to improve their beginning or intermediate Spanish language skills and take English-taught courses.
  • Areas of study include business, finance, marketing, communication and media, religion, and more. English-speaking internships are also available.
  • Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level Spanish

United Kingdom

Study Comparative Healthcare and Intern in London

  • Program Term: Summer 1
  • Courses offered include: Comparative Healthcare Systems and Global Internship course
  • Students participate in a uniquely focused internship in the healthcare field with an observational component

Study & Intern in London

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer session
  • Semester and summer internships available
  • Internship placements may be possible within the healthcare industry
  • Past internship experiences include clinic, hospital and research settings

University Study in the UK: Queen Mary University, University of London

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • The only option in London with a campus environment, Queen Mary offers students the opportunity to live and study with British students
  • Business courses available

University Study in the UK: Glasgow University

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, summer, academic year
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses
  • Business courses available

Additional Options to Consider

LAC Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over winter break or May session.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic, Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.

LAC Freshman Seminars

  • Combine on-campus instruction during the spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break, on a 3 credits, 1xxx level Seminar.
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad are designed specifically for first-year students as an introduction to study abroad, an opportunity to explore an exciting location and topic, and likely fulfill a liberal education requirement.

Additional LAC Seminars

  • Check out additional LAC Instructor-led Seminars that might run over winter break, spring break, May, and summer sessions. They vary in length, dates, and content so students can find one that best fits their academic and professional goals.

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor.
  • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester-long program.