Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad in Health & Wellbeing Sciences

“The Health and Wellbeing Sciences major provides an interdisciplinary view of health, health care, and wellbeing. Because these areas are defined and achieved differently across the globe, expanding our exposure to health in global contexts can increase our knowledge, enrich our perspective, and make us better future health professionals. Beyond professional benefits, learning abroad can be an absolute blast and lead to profound personal transformation through increased independence and awareness of our own cultural lenses. In some cases, such as my own, the impact of an abroad experience is so great that it shapes our personal and professional trajectories for a lifetime. In all my years as an advisor, I have yet to meet a student who regrets having gone abroad, though I’ve heard from many who regret not having done it. I encourage you to talk with your advisor early and often about your interest in incorporating learning abroad into your undergraduate experience.”

Amy Burger Sanchez, Program Director, CCAPS Individualized Degrees

Academic Planning

Review the suggestions below from the Health and Wellbeing Sciences 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 critical thinking, communication, intercultural and problem-solving skills relevant to health and health care.

Fulfill Requirements

HWS Major Requirements

  • HWS students can often find learning abroad programs and courses to fit into three particular areas within the major. The most typical section to apply courses taken abroad is within the customized focus area. There is also room for upper-division (3000+) electives in supporting credits. Depending on the program, students may also find acceptable alternatives to requirements within the HWS core, such as in communication, public health, and management/economics.
  • Speak with your HWS advisor about specific course alternatives to obtain pre-approval toward use in the major. We do not recommend taking prerequisite courses abroad toward health professional school without consulting with your particular programs of interest.

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. This is particularly relevant for any student sequencing science prerequisites for future application to graduate or professional school.
  • Please speak with your HWS advisor about this issue. In some cases, shorter abroad experiences, such as those over May Term and Summer Term are a better fit to accommodate science prerequisites.

Freshman Year

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

Sophomore Year

  • Meet with your HWS academic advisor 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 & summer sessions, or complete semesters are options.
  • Meet with the HWS academic advisor 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 or research projects. Homestays further enrich cultural immersion.
  • Past MSID health internship or research foci include: child health/nutrition, traditional medicine, women’s maternal health, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS education and awareness
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries. Research students focus on one issue and complete an extensive research project with the organization
  • Instruction is in French. Prerequisite: 4 semesters college-level French, or equivalent

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

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. Three semesters of Spanish required for Internship and Service Learning.
  • Internships available areas such as business, international relations, creative and visual arts, art history, bilingual education, inclusion and diversity issues, and psychology

Ecuador

MSID—International Development in Ecuador

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships or research projects. Homestays further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID public health and entrepreneurship internship and research foci have included: public health/nutrition, health technology development, maternal health, pediatrics, traditional Andean medicine
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries. Research students focus on one issue and complete an extensive research project with the organization.
  • Instruction is in Spanish. Prerequisite: 4 semesters college-level Spanish, or equivalent

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

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Program term: fall or spring semester, academic year
  • Biology course titles include: Biology for Biomedical Sciences: Cellular Processes and Development, Genetics, Food and Beverage Microbiology, and Developmental Biology and Cancer, and Nutritional Science
  • Health-related course titles include: Social Science for Health, Current Debates in Health and Health Policy, and Science
  • There may be prerequisites for specific courses

Thailand

MSID—International Development in Thailand

  • Program term: fall or spring semester
  • Academic program built around grassroots development internships or research projects. Homestays further enrich cultural immersion
  • Past MSID health internship or research foci include: health promotion and prevention programs, HIV/AIDS awareness projects with youth, health access, traditional and indigenous health & medicine, health for refugees
  • Interns observe daily activities, assist with indirect patient care, and engage in discussions involving health care in developing countries. Research students focus on one issue and complete an extensive research project with the organization.
  • 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). Sample elective courses include Public Mental Health, Health Beyond Borders, and Healthcare Strategies for At-Risk Populations,
  • 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

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 and business internships are available
  • Business course available
  • Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

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 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 or Spanish language classes.
  • 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

Psychology and Research in Madrid

  • Program term: fall semester, spring semester, summer session
  • Class available in the fields of psychology and neuroscience such as Health Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Human Neuroanatomy, Sensation and Perception, Psychology in the Workplace and Global Diversity
  • Research and Internship sites available in Health and Psychology
  • 3rd and 4th Spanish language courses
  • Prerequisite of 2 semesters of college-level Spanish

United Kingdom

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

Study Comparative Health Care and Intern in London

  • Program term: summer session I
  • Take a course comparing U.S. And UK healthcare systems in the context of epidemiology, funding and delivery of healthcare and social determinants of health.
  • Participate in an internship in the healthcare field that allows an opportunity to learn about and observe the UK health care system
  • Past internship experiences include clinic, hospital and research settings

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.