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Study Abroad Programs with Health and Society

Health and Society majors study off-campus to learn about health and medical care in the U.S. and around the world, explore cultural differences in health care systems in new settings, experience internships and other projects related to their studies, and develop cross-cultural understanding by becoming immersed in another culture. 

I certainly received a fuller picture of physiotherapy in Ireland, but my learning only began here. I admired the way the Irish went about accomplishing everyday tasks. … What an inspiration it was to be around such happy, dedicated, goal-oriented individuals who were not at their wits end with unnecessary stress. I learned to accept what I am capable of, and to change what is within my control, but also learned to let go of things outside my reach.

Marina Bagnoli, University of Limerick, Spring 2016


Note: Majors are strongly encouraged to take ANTH 328 (Medical Anthropology) and/or BIOL 215 (Biological Issues: Emerging Diseases) before studying abroad. IDST 265 (Nicaragua in Transition: Health and Micro-Credit) taught in spring of odd numbered years, is also highly recommended.

Chile - ISEP: Universidad Catolica del Norte in Coquimbo (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA, 4 semesters of Spanish.
  • Housing: Host family with meals.
  • Description: The Pastoral Department and the Student Health Center provide many opportunities for volunteering in the community through campus organizations. Courses in Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Nutrition. Located in a northern mining region of Chile.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

Denmark – DIS: Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English, courses in Danish available.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, previous coursework in your chosen program, several programs have additional requirements. 
  • Housing: Host family, a kollegium (student residence hall), shared DIS housing downtown, Danish roommate in an apartment, or folkehøjskole (rural campus with Danish students).
  • Details: Students are mostly from American colleges; choose a program to study (one or two core courses with unique program integrated study tours), elect 1 or 2 other courses many of which have field studies in Copenhagen; Danish language optional but recommended; optional adventure trips at extra cost; sports and volunteering available. Course information for Public Health here.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher. Note: The high cost of this program limits the number of Beloit College students who can participate in it.

Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (Ex) 

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish or partly in English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA and 3.0 in Spanish, 2 years of college Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before; previous course work for studio art courses; courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended. 
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Orientation in Quito; Quito in Transition course; full range of science and social science courses, some with field study trips; study with local students; excursions; volunteer opportunities.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

Ghana - ISEP: University of Ghana, Legon (D or Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory, meal stipend.
  • Description: Courses in adult health, community health, maternal and child health, nursing. Full-time coordinator can assist with locating community engagement opportunities in the health fields.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses:  Lower.

India – Minnesota Studies in International Development, Bangalore (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English, Hindi.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA, junior or senior standing; experience in India and relevant course work or volunteer experience preferred; previous coursework relative to the understanding of India and development.
  • Housing: Home stay.
  • Details: 4.25 units of credit, set course list with choice of track in the Development course; pre-departure assigned readings; semester is divided into: orientation, 7 weeks of class, 6 weeks in a grassroots internship, 1 week seminar at end of program; field trips. 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

Ireland - University of Limerick, Limerick (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.9 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitories.
  • Details: Industrial biochemistry. Food science & health. Pharmaceutical and industrial chemistry. Environmental sciences. Health sciences, midwifery, nursing, physiotherapy, sports & exercise sciences. Ireland's sports university.  Non-tuition expenses: Same.

Mexico - ISEP: UPAEP (Universidad Publica Autonima del Estado de Puebla), Puebla (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall (for pre-med program, described below), Spring (for regular classes).
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA, 4 to 5 semesters of university Spanish, or equivalent.
  • Housing: UPAEP offers home stay or dormitory. Meals either provided primarily by the host family or a semester meal stipend.
  • Description: Courses in Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Nutrition. In the fall, a 3 credit (.75 Beloit Unit) pre-med course offers students a unique look inside Mexican health care, hospitals and public health issues, through shadowing a physician, lectures, and meetings with a supervising physician.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

South Africa – SIT: Community Health, Durban* (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English, Zulu.
  • Prereqs: Background courses in health care policy useful; previous independent research.
  • Housing: Homestays (4 weeks in Durban area, 1 week rural homestay), hostels, private homes or small hotels.
  • Details: Study with Americans on the program; limited curriculum designed for non-specialists; student plans 4-week research project selected with director; educational excursions to a variety of health institutions; 2 week internship with a non-clinical health initiative, often linked to the internship. 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

United Kingdom – University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland  (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA; previous study in your field, coursework relative to the understanding of Scotland.
  • Housing: University assists students find housing in dormitory or student flats.
  • Details: Study with local and international students, wide variety of first and second year courses available, third year courses possible in major with background; classes for study abroad students in: biomedical and life sciences (including a short course in clinical Human Anatomy for students planning to attend medical school), physical sciences; lectures and tutorials. Some year-long classes not open to spring semester students.  
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

United Kingdom - University of Sunderland, Sunderland, England  (D, Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA. Previous course work may be required for some courses.
  • Housing: Dormitory. Details here.
  • Details: Study with local and international students. Courses offered within their Health Module. Details here.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher. 



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider:  airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities.

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last updated 08/2016