International Experience

Students who are completing the Global Health Studies certificate must complete an International Experience during which they address an important Global Health issue in a systematic way. Typically this is done in an international setting and eight weeks is considered the optimal amount of time to meet this requirement.  The international experience may be completed as part of a study abroad program, a service learning course, an internship, a volunteer experience, or as an independent research project.

Click here for examples of International Experiences completed by UI Global Health certificate students.

Click here for a summary of Global Health Studies International Experience resources, or meet with the GHSP academic advisor to discuss.

The International Experience requires GHSP steering committee approval and supervision by a faculty member of the GHSP steering committee. Up to 3 semester hours of academic credit for the international experience, whether in the form of independent study, study abroad or internship credit, may be applied toward the required minimum 7 s.h. of Global Health electives. 

For more information about the Global Health Studies Certificate International Experience (i.e., preapproval form, and criteria for the project proposal), go to Forms/How-To on the certificate website.

PLEASE NOTE:  Any international experience which involves "human subjects" must be reviewed by the University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the initiation of the project.  Proof of the determination/ review process must also be submitted to the Global Health Studies Program before the international experience proposal can be approved. Read a summary of the IRB process on the International Programs website.  For all questions contact the IRB at 319/335-6465; or complete the IRB determination form to find out if your research meets the definition of human subjects research.


Funding the International Experience

Students admitted to the Global Health Studies Certificate program are eligible to apply for a Global Health Studies Travel Award. The award has the following criteria:

  •     Applicants must be admitted Global Health Studies certificate students
  •     Travel must be related to student's approved international experience
  •     At least 6 s.h. toward the certificate must be completed by dates of travel
  •     Students must submit their International Experience Proposal and Global Health Studies Travel Award application by March 15 for travel in summer and fall semesters, or November 1st for travel in the spring semester.
  •     Total financial aid or funding cannot exceed the cost of the international experience. Significant funding from other sources may result in the reduction or elimination of this scholarship

For information and an application refer to the International Programs funding website for undergraduate students, or graduate students.

Information on other possible funding can be found on the following websites:

    UI Resources
    International Programs "Find Funding"
    Funding Your Study Abroad Experience
    Center for International Rural and Environmental Health International Summer Internship Program
    Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program
    Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU)
    UI Honors Program Scholarships & Fellowships 
    College of LIberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Dewey Stuit Fund for Undergraduate Research
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Ferentz Undergraduate Fellowships for Research

    External Resources
    Cultural Vistas Fellowship Program
    Global Studies Foundation Student Grant
    Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
    National Geographic Young Explorers Grant

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