Nutrition (Dietetics), 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

“Study abroad is an excellent opportunity for students to experience unique cultures, systems (including health care), and perspectives. Studying abroad is one of the best college experiences a student can have, because it challenges them to grow personally, professionally, and academically. It is also a fantastic way for students to get to know their professors. If a student has the opportunity to embark on a meaningful study abroad experience, I highly recommend them to seize the chance.”

- Nate Wade, Senior Director of Pre-Health Advising     

Planning Your Program

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 Nutrition Dietetics 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 participate in a Global Education program? 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. Students should be advised to not take NTR classes abroad unless the foreign university has reciprocity agreements with the United States for the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. ASU students must complete a minimum of 15 credits of upper division NTR courses at ASU including (9) credits from the following: NTR 440, 441, 444, 446. Typically, Global Education courses are best applied directly toward your upper division (300 or 400-level) major electives.

Advice from the Global Education 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

Global Education programs are an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, they require 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 experience abroad.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top 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 abroad. 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 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 Global Education programs 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 funding 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 Global Education programs? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I participate in a Global Education 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 Educatoin 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 bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Global Education Program Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (register here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your Global Education program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

“This program provided me the ability to further my knowledge on sports medicine in another country. Everything they do in Australia is completely different from how we handle athletics in the states. I will always be able to carry what I have learned with me on this trip throughout my career.”
- Participant on the 2017 Sports Nutrition and Exercise Immunology in Australia program


Recommended Programs

Although Nutrition/Dietetics 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: Australia
Unique Features: Round out your CHS internship experience by completing it abroad in Australia! Spend 18 days engaging with health and wellness professionals Down Under to compare and contrast U.S. health programs and care with Australia’s services, which are universal and private healthcare system based. This professional adventure will allow you to learn about healthcare programs, shadow a variety of health professionals in yours and related fields, tour facilities and decipher public health impact of a variety of programs. In addition, experience the incredible culture, geography and cuisine that Australia has to offer with organized excursions and site visits!
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Countries: Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway
Unique Features: Food, culture and healthcare related academic lectures and visits.Comparison of health care and food availability in Scandinavia, specifically with the Sami culture to their hometown environment, will allow students to understand the impact of health care and food in various cultural aspects (religion, ethnicity, availability). This allows students to develop empathetic and practical guidance to patients or clients in their chosen careers.
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: Pre-Fall
Country: Peru
Unique Features: In this program we examine Peru's rich history and modern food scene to understand the various ways in which food and culture intersect and shape health and social experiences. Join us as we tour museums and famous archaeological sites, including Machu Picchu; visit with local producers at beach, desert and Andes mountain locations; cook traditional dishes; eat world-class meals at a variety of restaurants; and explore some of the most diverse food markets on the planet. Includes stays in Lima, the culinary capital of Latin America, and Cusco, the capital city of the Inka Empire.
Program Type: Global Intensive Experience
Available Terms: Spring Break
Country: Dominican Republic
Unique Features: Explore the dichotomy between health systems in the Dominican Republic and Haiti and the sociopolitical forces that have led to the evolution of more effective agricultural, sanitation, and health care systems in the DR. Learn specific skills needed by community health educators to develop a practice of advocacy and discover how to make change happen to improve health for individuals and communities through the practice of digital storytelling and policy advocacy.
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.

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