Global Health, BA

Why YOU Should Participate in a Global Education Program

Students often cite participating in a Global Education program as the highlight of their academic career and a crucial moment in helping them gain a clearer view of the world, its peoples and the complex challenges facing us all. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers a suite of faculty-directed Global Education programs designed to connect students with real-life issues that impact local communities yet transect borders. Whether studying environmental and health issues in Australia or investigating the intertwined nature of food and culture in France, you will see the world as you never have before and come away with memories to last a lifetime.

Global Education programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can enhance your overall college experience and prepare you for career and advanced study opportunities by:

  • Improving cross-cultural skills for effective communication across populations;
  • Exposing you to unique health environments and differences in the human condition worldwide;
  • Developing critical teamwork and problem-solving skills as you interact with others in an international setting;
  • Expanding your knowledge of the liberal arts through the lens of different cultures, traditions and histories;
  • Networking with students, faculty, and community members internationally with similar interests and goals;
  • 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 School of Human Evolution and Social Change

“Experiencing different cultures and immersing yourself in a new language can be one of the most rewarding experiences not only in your educational journey but in your life as well. Studying abroad is a great marriage between learning the concepts and theories of your degree major in the classroom with the incredible opportunity to experience the customs, museums, landmarks and traditions of your host nation. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity, don’t miss it!”

- Andy Drotos, Manager of Student and Academic Services


Planning Your Program

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

When to Participate in a Global Education Program

With advance planning, you should be able to fit a Global Education program within your four years at ASU. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change encourages students to participate in a Global Education program during the summer of your junior year. However, you may consult our advising team to determine if you will need to complete your excursion in another academic year.

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Spring Identify a summer Global Education program with a focus on social science or archaeological field methods
Year 2 Fall Meet with a GEO Peer Advisor to discuss programs of interest and gain a first-hand student perspective
Spring Meet with your academic advisor to discuss programs of interest, review program requirements and potential funding options.
Year 3
Optimal year to participate in a Global Education program
  • Apply for desired Global Education program
  • Apply for passport, if necessary
  • Receive program acceptance and enroll in appropriate coursework
  • Attend Global Education info and orientation sessions
  • Research graduate/professional programs to pursue after graduation
Summer Complete Global Education experience
Year 4 Fall
  • Complete GRE/GMAT or other graduate entrance examinations
  • Apply for graduate/professional education program
  • Participate in internship or research apprenticeship opportunity
Spring Apply for graduation

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the School of Human Evolution & Social Change

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change assists students in preparing for their future career or graduate school experience by offering opportunities abroad. This might include internships, field school or completing electives abroad. We have many opportunities for our ASU Online students as well. We recommend each student speak with advising about their needs and goals for a Global Education program in their first year to begin setting up the process for choosing the right program to meet personal interests and fulfill degree requirements.

Advice from the Global Education Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad 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 study abroad, 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

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 studied abroad on 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.

  • Stop by the Global Education Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email  or Live Chat with them on the Global Education Office website.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

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 upfront?
  • 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 Liberal Arts & Sciences 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.

Helpful Links

"Interning abroad in Tanzania gave me the essential experience needed going into the Global Health field. Not only did my experience in East Africa develop me into a professional and allow personal growth, it required me to look at Global Health problems with a deeper understanding of culture, race and ethnicity. These are all skills that I will be able to implement in my future work and research. I feel confident graduating and knowing my experience abroad has set me upon a path for success." 

-Tyler Suran, Global Health Major


Recommended Programs

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change recommends the following programs.

Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Countries: Portugal, Spain
Unique Features: For 1000 years, people have walked the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James, in religious pilgrimage, spiritual journey, or cultural exploration. Spend two weeks walking 180 kilometers through Portugal and Spain on the ancient pathways of the Iberian Peninsula, exploring urban centers and seaside villages, and meeting travelers from around the world, while exploring the topics of religion, sustainability, health, and human evolution.
Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Spring Session B
Country: South Africa
Unique Features: South Africa has much to offer about how humans from the present and the past are linked through their relationship to the environment. In this program, students will do research for the Hominins and Habitats Project, visit ancient fossil localities, and see the actual fossils. Students will also explore how migrations and colonization created strife, marginalization and apartheid, and examine freedom fighters’ struggle against the apartheid government through an understanding of the life of Nelson Mandela.
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: 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
Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa
Unique Features: The Open Campus programs offer Global Health courses taught in English, along with coursework in multiple other disciplines to supplement your study. Each semester is divided into three 6-week blocks; so you have the flexibility to study abroad for 1 block/6 weeks (ASU session A/B), 2 blocks/12 weeks or 3 blocks/18 weeks. Students interested in satisfying the global health study abroad requirement through this program should discuss with their advisor.