Science students interested in health professions are involved in international experiences for good reason. An international experience can develop professional skills and the ability to work with an increasingly diverse U.S. population. Graduate schools, professional programs and employers in health care, academia, non-profits, industry and government agencies value the skills and experiences gained by students who go abroad.

Considerations
  • IE3 Global Internships: IE3 Global Internships provides opportunities for junior and seniorstudents to gain credit and professional experience in in a wide variety of contexts and professional areas. Students earn 12 internship credits per term.
  • Study Abroad: Students can study abroad in a variety of settings focusing on majorrequirements, mostly in English. Students can also choose to focus on a foreign language or do an intensive, field-based program which includes a research project and field experiences.

Yes! If going abroad is a priority, there is generally a way to make it affordable. When comparing program costs, be sure to look at the total cost of attending OSU including living and tuition (see http://financialaid.oregonstate.edu/) as the costs can be comparable and differences can be made up. Students can also apply their current financial aid and scholarships to approved international programs while applying for additional scholarships and aid as needed. Early planning for international experiences also allows cost-effective program decisions.

All OSU programs are eligible for scholarships support. Students doing OSU research abroad can apply for URISC funding http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm.

Students must complete 180 credits and all degree requirements to graduate. The Biology and Zoology major and Baccalaureate Core requirements total less than 180 credits. This means that students generally have electives they must complete to graduate, though situations will vary. For this reason, students can usually finish the Biology or Zoology major in four years with a term or more abroad.

International experiences count in the following ways:

  • Approved IE3 Global Internship credits can be used to satisfy the Experiential Learning Credits in the Biology and Zoology majors. These internship credits can also count for the 180 total credits required for graduation.
  • Approved study abroad courses can be used for major, Baccalaureate Core, minor, elective credits or the 180 total credits for graduation. Students should consider saving the following areas of their degree requirements for coursework abroad:
    • Baccalaureate Core Synthesis categories– Contemporary Global Issues and Science and Society
    • Elective categories of the major that have a list of courses instead of a specific course. Other major courses are possible, but these areas are easier to match with a variety of offerings abroad.
    • Baccalaureate Core Cultural Diversity or Western Culture categories can be filled by courses abroad in some situations.
  • Early planning will allow students to integrate international experiences with degrees. Students who go abroad in summer will have to add that to their terms of aid and year costs, while going during the year can often be more cost effective as it avoids adding an additional term.
  • IE3 Global international internships are offered at many times of year and in some cases in summer. These can be integrated as a break in coursework for the major during the year or as an additional term in summer. Students must have junior standing to do an internship.
  • Most study abroad programs are not offered in summer. Students planning to study abroad can go for up to a year if they can find appropriate series courses. That being said, health professions students should avoid professional school prerequisites while abroad and many majors do not work for a year. It is most common to focus on a single term, and fall term programs match the OSU quarter well, while going at other times will often result in missing two OSU quarters.

Consider your academic interests and goals and work with your academic advisors and the staff in the Office of (Global Opportunities) to determine the right program. The following steps should help:

1. PLANNING

Students must complete 180 credits and all degree requirements to graduate. The Biology and Zoology major and Baccalaureate Core requirements total less than 180 credits. This means that students generally have electives they must complete to graduate, though situations will vary. For this reason, students can usually finish the Biology or Zoology major in four years with a term or more abroad.

International experiences count in the following ways:

  • Approved IE3 Global Internship credits can be used to satisfy the Experiential Learning Credits in the Biology and Zoology majors. These internship credits can also count for the 180 total credits required for graduation.
  • Approved study abroad courses can be used for major, Baccalaureate Core, minor, elective credits or the 180 total credits for graduation. Students should consider saving the following areas of their degree requirements for coursework abroad:
    • Baccalaureate Core Synthesis categories– Contemporary Global Issues and Science and Society
    • Elective categories of the major that have a list of courses instead of a specific course. Other major courses are possible, but these areas are easier to match with a variety of offerings abroad.
    • Baccalaureate Core Cultural Diversity or Western Culture categories can be filled by courses abroad in some situations.

Begin to plan at least six months in advance. You may need to complete major prerequisites or language placements or coursework http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-language-culture-and-society/w.... Give yourself time to research programs and talk to your advisor about site(s) of interested. The best program for you depends on academic and professional goals, as well as degree requirements. Some important considerations are:

  • Talk to OSU Global Opportunities if you want to focus on language courses abroad.
  • Studying abroad will provide an international campus experience with students.
  • IE3 Global Internship or field-based study abroad will focus on professional experience.
  • Studying abroad on exchanges will keep program costs lower.

2. GETTING STARTED

3. APPLYING
Study Abroad

  • Talk to your advisor and use MyDegrees to determine remaining courses. Look over the offerings abroad to see what is offered the time you plan to go. In some cases, OSU GO advisors have lists of classes taken previously by students.
  • Follow up on Terra Dotta and OSU GO items to apply. Note deadlines (typically 6 months ahead). Applications include recommendations, essays, and transcripts - start early!

IE3 Global Internships

  • Talk to your advisor to finalize the timing and questions about how your internship will count.
  • Follow up on Terra Dotta and OSU GO items to apply. Note deadlines (typically two terms ahead). Applications include recommendations, essays, resume and transcripts - start early!

4. PREPARING (AFTER ACCEPTANCE)

  • Complete remaining steps outlined in Terra Dotta.
  • For internship credit, work with OSU GO to sign up INTL 410 credit. Check in with OSU GO regarding questions you have related to credit, internship supervision and other issues.
  • For study abroad course approvals:

The Office of Global Opportunities can help you identify additional program options beyond the ones listed below.  If you are considering an experience that focuses on language or another academic focus, create an OSUGO "Getting Started" account through the following link to discuss your options with an OSUGO team member.  Create Getting Started Account

Study Abroad and Internship Programs for Health Science 

MEDICAL

ARGENTINA

CFHI: Primary Care & Social Medicine  |  IE3 Internship

BOLIVIA

​CFHI: Pediatric Health  |  IE3 Internship

BOTSWANA

CIEE Community Public Health (Summer)  |  Study Abroad

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CIEE ​Community Public Health (Summer)  |  Study Abroad

ECUADOR

CFHI: Intensive Beginner Spanish & Healthcare   |  IE3 Internship

CFHI: Sexual and Reproductive Health   |  IE3 Internship

​CFHI: Community Medicine from Rainforest to Coast   |  IE3 Internship

GHANA

​CFHI: Pre-Med Rotations and Child Health   |  IE3 Internship

INDIA

Center for Social Medicine   |  IE3 Internship

​CFHI: Healthcare Rotations   |  IE3 Internship

SOUTH AFRICA

​CFHI: Pre-Med Rotations   |  IE3 Internship

SPAIN

Medicine, Research, and Biotechnology   |  IE3 Internship

VIETNAM

Student Exchange Vietnam   |  IE3 Internship

DENTAL

ECUADOR

CFHI: Dental Program |  IE3 Internship

INDIA

Center for Social Medicine |  IE3 Internship

PHARMACY

GERMANY

Pharmacy Internships |  IE3 Internship

INDIA

Center for Social Medicine   |  IE3 Internship

SOUTH AFRICA​

CFHI: Pre-Med Rotations   |  IE3 Internship

ADDITIONAL STUDY ABROAD UNIVERSITIES

 AUSTRALIA

James Cook University  |  Study Abroad

ECUADOR

Universidad San Francisco de Quito  |  Study Abroad

FRANCE

Lyon Universities Study Abroad

University of Poitiers  |  Study Abroad

GERMANY

Baden-Württemberg Universities  |  Study Abroad

IRELAND

University College Cork | Study Abroad

UNITED KINGDOM

Bangor University, Wales Study Abroad

Lancaster University, England  |  Study Abroad

Sheffield University, England  |  Study Abroad

University of Nottingham | Study Abroad

University of Sussex | Study Abroad

HEALTH PROFESSIONS SHORT PROGRAMS

OSU Faculty-Led Programs (some health related)

Four week Healthcare Rotations in Ecuador | IE3 Internships

Four week Clinical Health Rotations in Ghana | IE3 Internships

Four week Public Health Rotations in India IE3 Internships

OTHER HEALTH RELATED PROGRAMS

JAPAN

Run for the Cure Foundation | IE3 Internships

OTHER BIOLOGY & ZOOLOGY ABROAD SITES

Click here for program list.