Study Abroad Opportunities for Pre-Health Students

School for International Training

A wide range of programs for students interested in: medical school, physician’s assistant, public health, nursing, dental school, and working in healthcare in diverse communities.

Argentina: Public Health in Urban Environments

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 16
  • Program Base: Buenos Aires
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Homestay: Buenos Aires, 12 weeks
  • Other Accommodations: Small hotels or hostels
  • Prerequisites: Previous college level courses in the health and social sciences, 3 recent semesters of Spanish and the ability to follow assignments in Spanish.

Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 16
  • Program Base: Arica
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Homestay: Arica, 12 weeks
  • Other Accommodations: Small hotels or hostels
  • Prerequisites: Previous college level courses in the health and social sciences, 4 recent semesters of Spanish and the ability to follow lectures, coursework, and readings in Spanish.

China: Health, Environment, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Summer Option)

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Credits: 8
  • Program Base: Kunming
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Housing: Hotels and guest houses
  • Prerequisites: College Level courses in health sciences preferred

China: Health, Environment, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 16
  • Program Base: Kunming
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: Kunming, 2 weeks
  • Rural Homestay: Shaxi, 4-5 days
  • Other Accommodations: Hotels
  • Prerequisites: College Level courses in health sciences preferred

International Honors Program (Various Locations):

  • Duration: 16 weeks
  • Credits: 16
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Track 1 (Fall and Spring): Washington D.C, Delhi, India, Cape Town, South Africa, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Track 2 (Fall and Spring): Washington D.C., Hanoi, Vietnam, Cape Town South Africa, and Buenos Aries, Brazil.
  • Accommodations: 2 to 4 weeks homestays in all locations except U.S. other accommodations include small hotels, retreat centers, and/or hostels
  • Prerequisites: None, preparation in public health and/or anthropology or related field strongly recommended

India: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Practices

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Credits: 8
  • Program Base: New Delhi, rural Nainital, Rishikesh, and Palampur-Dharamsala
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: New Delhi, 7 weeks
  • Rural Homestay: Nainital, 10 days
  • Other Accommodations: guest houses, and small hotels
  • Prerequisites: None

India: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 16
  • Program Base: New Delhi
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: New Delhi, 7 weeks
  • Rural Homestay: Remote Himalayan village in the Nainital District in Uttarakhand, 1 week (optional)
  • Other Accommodations: NGO guest houses, hostels, educational institutions, or small hotels
  • Prerequisites: None

Jordan: Counseling and Humanitarian Action Internship

  • Duration: 7 weeks
  • Credits: 7
  • Program Base: Amman
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: Amman, 2-7 weeks
  • Other Accommodations: Housing for internships outside of Amman
  • Prerequisites: None

Jordan: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 16
  • Program Base: Amman
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: Amman, 12 weeks
  • Other Accommodations: Hostels, research institutions, or small hotels
  • Prerequisites: None

Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 16
  • Program Base: Kisumu
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: Kisumu, 6 weeks
  • Other Accommodations: Guest houses or small hotels
  • Prerequisites: None

Kenya: Public Health in the Tropics Internship

  • Duration: 7 weeks
  • Credits: 7
  • Program Base: Kisumu
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: Kisumu, 5 weeks
  • Rural Homestay: Semenya, Siaya County, 1 week
  • Other Accommodations: Guest houses, tented camps or small hotels
  • Prerequisites: None

Madagascar: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Credits: 9
  • Program Base: Antananarivo
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: Antananarivo, 3 ½ weeks
  • Rural Homestay: Andasibe, 10 days
  • Other Accommodations: Hostels and small hotels
  • Prerequisites: None

South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 16
  • Program Base: Durban
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: Township of Cato Manor (Durban Area), 5 weeks
  • Other Accommodations: Hostels, private homes, or small hotels
  • Prerequisites: None

Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 16
  • Program Base: Nyon/ Genova
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: Communities around Nyon, 14 weeks
  • Rural Homestay: Northern Morocco, 3 days
  • Other Accommodations: hotels
  • Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in development studies: public health: or the social, economic, and political sciences, as assessed by SIT. Prior French Language study not required.

Switzerland: Food Security and Nutrition

  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Credits: 9
  • Program Base: Nyon/Geneva
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Homestay: Vaud, 5 weeks
  • Other Accommodations: Hostels
  • Prerequisites: Coursework or majors in: environmental sciences, political science, public health, or sociology

The School for Field Studies

While any student can participate in these programs, students hoping to enter veterinary medicine will find them the most beneficial.

Bhutan: Big Cats of the Himalayas – Tracking and Conservation

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Credits: 4
  • Description: Using camera traps and radio telemetry, study the conservation of and preservation of the country’s tigers, snow leopards, and other wild cats. Learn how adaptation and management strategies can ensure their survival in a changing world.

Cambodia: Elephants of the Cambodian Highlands

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Credits: 4
  • Description: Spend your summer in the lush Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, studying the behavior and ecology of the endangered Asian elephant. Examine human-wildlife conflict and conservation pressures and discuss elephant welfare and management practices. Visit the vibrant city of Phnom Penh and the ancient temples of Angkor to explore the history and culture of Cambodia.

Kenya: Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 18
  • Description: Spend your semester in the world-famous national parks and stunning landscapes of Kenya, studying the country’s diverse wildlife – from colossal elephants to the endangered black rhinoceros – and approaches to conservation. Here, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, climate change and land use changes are negatively affecting Kenya’s ecosystems and those living in them. Research the root causes of these changes and how different conservation strategies can benefit both humans and wildlife.

Kenya: Fundamentals of Wildlife Management

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Credits: 4
  • Description: In this two-country fundamentals course, the world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are your classrooms. Through safari drives and field excursions, study wildlife found nowhere else on the planet – in person. Discuss different approaches to wildlife management and conservation, and learn about traditional knowledge and culture from Maasai and other community groups.

Kenya: Primates of the African Savanna

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Credits: 4
  • Description: Venture into Kenya’s national parks to study these complex, social creatures. Through field observations and research, learn about the ecology and behavior of Syke’s, colobus, and vervet monkeys, bush babies, and yellow and olive baboons as well as human-wildlife conflict and conservation issues.

Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 18
  • Description: Explore the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and zebras – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Experience the rich culture and traditions of Tanzania’s Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester with an in-depth field research project.

Tanzania: Carnivores of the African Plains

  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Credits: 18
  • Description: Study the behavioral ecology and conservation challenges facing the African lion, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog – all of which are on the IUCN Red List, while observing some of Africa’s largest remaining carnivore guilds up close.

ISA Internships and Service Learning

Longer term trips with hands on experience, ideal for PA’s and other health care professions needing direct patient care experience.

Costa Rica: Health Care Courses in English and Medical Spanish

  • Duration: varied based on term and optional service weeks
  • Credits: 8-19 (based on participation term duration)
  • Requirements: minimum 2.5 GPA, there is no language requirement
  • Description: Open to students at all levels of Spanish, this program is an excellent opportunity for students who are pursuing a medical career-track and wish to increase their Spanish proficiency. The classroom setting will provide you with practical communication experience in Spanish, along with a focus in health care and medical terminology. Courses will be taught by the faculty at the Universidad Veritas, and you will be learning among fellow international students.

Spain: Health and Natural Sciences

  • Duration: varied based on term and optional service weeks
  • Credits: 12
  • Requirements: minimum 2.5 GPA, there is no language requirement but at least one semester is recommended
  • Description: Alongside a variety of courses strongly focused on health, sciences, business, and humanities that are taught in English, you could have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a field of choice by participating in the host university internship course or other service-learning courses.
    • Students with advanced level of Spanish conversation/comprehension can be placed in UCV Health Clinics, Oncology Hospitals, Education, Speech Therapy, Special Education and Psychology, Podiatry, and Physiotherapy. A lot of these placements also have internships available in English, those which are bolded.


Council on International Educational Exchange

While any student can participate in these programs, students hoping to enter veterinary medicine will find them the most beneficial.

Botswana: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

  • Duration: 18 weeks
  • Credits: 17
  • Program Base: Gaborone
  • Language of Instruction: English*
  • Homestay with host families in Gaborone
  • Other Accommodations: Dorms at the Okavango Research Station
  • Program Requirements
    • 2.5 Overall GPA
    • 2 semesters of college level Biology, Environmental Science or equivalent
*Setswana Language and culture courses are taught in Setswana

 

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