Health Sciences, BS

Why YOU Should Participate in a Global Education Program

Global Education programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can give you an advantage in your professional career and personal enrichment by:

  • Exposing you to unique health environments and differences in the human condition worldwide;
  • Expanding your knowledge of culturally specific health approaches;
  • Challenging you to adapt and persevere under sometimes difficult and harsh social and cultural circumstances;
  • Improving your language and cross cultural skills for effective communication across populations;
  • Enhancing your portfolio of experience through the kinds of hands-on research and community-based opportunities you will need to compete and succeed in today’s challenging health professions admissions process.

A Message from the College of Health Solutions

“Whether you are looking to set yourself apart in a job interview, stand out from the crowd of applicants for professional or graduate school, or simply expand your cultural worldview by having a global experience, studying abroad can open doors to rich opportunities throughout your life. Also remember that there are a variety of study abroad options available, from semester- and year-long programs, summer programs, to shorter global intensive experiences that take place over breaks. This means that no matter what your schedule, you can enjoy the benefits of study abroad and gain a competitive advantage for your future.”

-  Carrie Robinson, Executive Director of Student Success

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

With advance planning, and working closely with your academic advisor, you should be able to fit a Global Education program within your four years at ASU. As a Health Sciences major, there are a number of terms available for you to participate in a Global Education program. Check out our recommended options below:


Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall - Spring Begin researching Global Education programs
Year 2

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
Fall - Spring Ready to study abroad? Apply to Global Education programs

Option 1: Complete a spring semester, spring break or post-spring Global Education program
Summer Option 2: Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 3

Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
Fall - Spring Option 3: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break, or post-spring Global Education program
Summer Option 4: Complete a summer Global Education program
Year 4 Fall - Spring Option 5: Complete a fall or winter break Global Education program

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the College of Health Solutions

The ASU College of Health Solutions has generated a list of required and recommended courses for entry into medical or professional schools. There is no certainty of earning direct credit for these courses at a foreign institution so it is generally advised that students take these requirements at ASU. Typically, Global Education courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives.

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your Global Education journey.
  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a GEO Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.
  • Attend a Financing Your Global Education Program workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to Global Education programs, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for Global Education scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

  • Call (602) 496-3300 to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.
  • Visit an advisor during walk-in hours in Health South 4th floor

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?
  • How many upper-division credits do I still need to complete for my degree?
  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
  • What remaining prerequisites must I fulfill, and how will a Global Education program impact my progress?
  • Which of my remaining degree requirements could I complete abroad?  Are there any that I cannot take abroad?
  • Can I receive academic credit for an internship abroad?
  • Are there any in-residence requirements I need to be aware of before I go abroad?

Meet With the Global Education Office

Meet With the Global Education Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have participated in various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Global Education Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Global Education Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Global Education Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for up front?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for Global Education programs?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Pursuing a global experience is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your global experience.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a Cost Sheet for your program on the Cost Info tab of the Global Education Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while participating. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Global Education Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses as needed since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your global education program. You can receive funding for your program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;
  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general global education scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;
  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funded their programs.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to your global education program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for my global education program? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I participate on a GEO program?
  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?
  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?
  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Major-Specific Scholarships

The College of Health Solutions offers Global Education scholarships for which you may apply.

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Global Education Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer Financing Your Global Education Program Workshops through fall and spring semesters. Join us to learn how to finance your global education program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

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CHS Student Testimonials

“The program made me look at the professional world of medicine in a different, more complex way, and the in-class discussions and site visits have added layers of political, social, and historical views that I have never considered.”
- Josilynn C., participant of Exploring Science & Medicine Through Art & Literature program

Recommended Programs

Although Health Sciences majors can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the College of Health Solutions recommends the following programs. You can also find a full listing of CHS Study Abroad programs on our website:

Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: France
Unique Features: France is not only known for its beautiful landscapes and historic places, but also for its unique culture of food which is unparalleled in any other region of the world. As such, this program focuses on the intersections of food, culture and health. Students on this program will be exposed to the origins of the French diet and cuisine, rural and urban food systems and dietary globalization. This program is centered in central Paris and includes excursions to Reims, Versailles and Normandy.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Study how people lived and died in the past through global health and bioarchaeology. Go on behind the scenes tours of the British Museum and the Museum of London mummy and skeletal collections. Academic visits to the Tower of London and Highgate Cemetery, while walking in the footsteps of deadly diseases (bubonic plague, cholera) and Jack the Ripper, included. Day trips to Stonehenge, Oxford, Hampton Court Palace, and Darwin's personal home.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Countries: Italy, Spain
Unique Features: Origins, development, and diversity of food preferences and dietary habits in Spain and Italy. Food patterns and attitudes of Spanish and Italian citizens as compared to U.S. citizens. Development of nutrition and health communication materials for selected target audiences. In-depth study of the Mediterranean Diet, its components and research evidence of its health consequences.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Greece
Unique Features: Study happiness and healthy lifestyles on a small, serene Greek Island. Learn why Ikaria has been designated a Blue Zone, one of the five areas where the greatest percentage of people live into their 100s. Learn directly from the Ikarian centenarians what they consider to be the secrets to happiness, healthy aging, and longevity.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Spring Session B
Country: Peru
Unique Features: Live in Trujillo, Peru for six weeks--known locally as the capital of eternal spring. In partnership with Vive Peru, visit families to implement community health programs at the household and community level, and visit the Peruvian Andes and Machu Picchu in your free time. Students will stay with host families who will provide all meals during the program, giving students the opportunity to have an immersive cultural experience.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Tanzania
Unique Features: Live and work on the side of Mt. Meru in rural northern Tanzania in the beautiful village of Tengeru. The program is focused on rural global health issues and students have a role in addressing gaps in humanitarian needs through service. Students have an incredible opportunity to work in collaboration with the community to facilitate needed discussions about health, as well as develop projects that support the health needs of the community.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Costa Rica
Unique Features: Spend a semester in the vibrant and historic city of San Jose while completing up to three courses of college-level Spanish as well as additional electives in areas such as environmental studies and sustainability! Participate in the Bridging Cultures Program to help ease the transition into your study abroad experience, and consider adding an optional Service Learning placement to work in the local community. Enjoy excursions to locations such as Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Playa Tamarindo!
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Costa Rica
Unique Features: Take a course in health care as well as Spanish for Health Professions courses at all levels. Spend one or two summer sessions in the vibrant and historic city of San Jose. Enjoy excursions to locations such as Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, Playa Tamarindo, etc.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Ireland
Unique Features: UCD is Ireland's largest university with over 1,300 faculty and 30,000 students. UCD is a member of Universitas 21, a global network of leading research institutions. Students can participate in a research project while taking coursework at UCD.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Mexico
Unique Features: Study at the leading private university in Latin America at Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, or Queretaro. Choose from a large menu of Spanish language acquisition courses, regular university courses in Spanish with local students (advanced Spanish proficiency required), and regular university courses in English with local students. The Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara campuses are the largest, see the highest numbers of international students enroll, and therefore offer the most variety of classes in English.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Fall, Spring
Country: Sweden
Unique Features: This university is the product of a desire to improve the quality, enhance the appeal, and boost the development potential of teaching and research, while at the same time playing a prominent role in the local community. Linnaeus University offers an attractive academic environment characterized by high quality and a competitive portfolio of skills. There are roughly 15,300 full-year students including roughly 900 incoming international students.

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