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Global Health Study Abroad Requirements

Global Health students may study abroad while earning academic credit, however it is not required for the major or minor. Students can also participate in Pre-approved Study Abroad Programs to fulfill the Global Health Field Experience Requirement.

All courses applied towards Global Health requirements must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better and be at least 4.0 units. 

  • A maximum of six courses may be petitioned for credit toward the major.
  • A maximum of two courses may be petitioned for credit toward the minor.

Study Abroad Options





*Note: Study Abroad programs used to fulfill the Field Experience requirement must have a fieldwork component. Not all study abroad opportunities will fulfill the field experience requirement.

Students should request pre-approval for courses not listed below. Upon return and once the grades appear on your academic transcript, please submit a petition request to have the courses fulfill Global Health requirements. 

We recommend viewing our joint webinar with the UC San Diego Study Abroad Office and Public Health from October 13th, 2021 for more info about going abroad as a Global Health Student:

Getting Started


Step 1: Attend a First Steps Info Session (in-person or online).

Step 2: Research Programs - Here are some resources for finding opportunities:

Step 3: Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor.

Step 4: Search for Study Abroad courses that can fulfill Global Health Requirements.

Step 5: Meet with a Global Health advisor.

Step 6: Meet with your college advisor.

Step 7: Upon return from study abroad and once courses post on your UCSD academic history, submit a petition to have your pre-approved courses count towards Global Health requirements.

When should I begin planning for going abroad?

If you’re planning to Study Abroad, begin planning far in advance. 

Global Health students should not plan to study abroad during the Winter and Spring quarters of their senior year, as they will need to enroll in the senior capstone courses.

Here is the recommended timeline:

 study abroad

Attend the UC San Diego Study Abroad Expo in the Fall and the Global Health Field Experience Expo in the Spring!

Here are some very general deadline dates depending on when you would like to go abroad:

  • Summer, Fall, Year: deadlines in January - February
  • Spring: deadlines in May - June

Again, these are very general and may not accurately describe every program. 

Study Abroad Coursework Pre-Approval

Once you have selected a Study Abroad Program you will want to get pre-approval for coursework you plan to count towards your Global Health requirements.


*Please note, if a course is listed below as pre-approved a pre-approval form is not required. 

If your courses are pre-approved, a note will be stored in your student file. When you return from Study Abroad you will want to wait until the coursework appears on your transcript. Once it does, you can submit a petition to have the coursework officially count towards your degree requirement. See instructions below on submitting a petition.

You will be notified via the Virtual Advising Center once your request has been reviewed (please allow 2 weeks before contacting advisor).

Petition Study Abroad Courses Upon Return

Wait until the course and grade have been posted to your academic history. 

Upon completion of the course submit one of the following petitions:

Submit an Online Petition Request or

Submit an Undergraduate Student Petition (paper form)

Include the course # (as it appears on TritonLink), the course title, # of units, the grade received, the quarter/semester the course was taken, the University in which you were enrolled, and specify the requirement you want to apply the course toward (e.g. Fulfill Global Health Major Elective Requirement). Please also sign and date the petition.

Submit completed petition(s) & syllabus to the Global Health Advisor (The paper form can be scanned and sent via email ( or dropped off in the GHP Office). 

You will be notified via the Virtual Advising Center once your request has been reviewed (please allow 2 weeks before contacting the advisor). 

Scholarship Information

Study Abroad Office Scholarship Finding Tool

The Study Abroad Office has many great resources, including a database on MyPAO that will help you find relevant scholarships for study abroad, including many that are unique to our campus. You can search the database using several filters to find those awards that best fit your plans. 

Don't forget to also check out other funding options through the Study Abroad Office.

UCEAP Promise Awards Scholarship: Education abroad is an investment in your academic, professional, and personal future, and UCEAP wants to help you afford this tremendous opportunity. They offer dozens of scholarships—over $1.5 million for 2015-16—for students of all backgrounds and majors, and all kinds of study abroad programs.

IEE Passport Study Abroad Funding: This website features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students, and professionals.

Global Health Institute Field Experience Grant: Up to $2,000 for students who are studying abroad and completing their field experience. Up to $2,000. Application period announced in Winter Quarter.

UC San Diego College Scholarships

Pre-Approved Coursework Abroad

The following courses have been accepted for Global Health major and/or minor requirements. For courses not on the pre-approved list, please submit a Study Abroad Course pre-approval request.
  • Please note, course numberings may vary on students transcript. Please retain syllabus.

UCEAP coursework

View the Pre-Approved UCEAP Coursework below. To request pre-approval to use a course not shown here towards your Global Health major or minor, submit a course pre-approval request.

Lower division: 1-99 courses, Upper division: 100-199



Global Seminars

Global Seminars are offered in Summer. Each program is five weeks long, and upon completion, students will receive two course credits for a total of eight quarter units.
  • Applications accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis from November 1 through March 1.
  • Academic credits earned are UC units and will factor in to your UC GPA
  • Note: Not all Global Seminars fulfill the Global Health Field Experience Requirement.

Not all Global Seminars are offered every year. Please visit the Global Seminars website to see upcoming programs.

**For programs that fulfill the Global Health Field Experience Requirement: Upon completion and once your grade has been posted, please send a message in the VAC to request to have the Global Seminar fulfill your Field Experience Requirement. 

OAP coursework

Pre-Approved Global Health Field Experience through Study Abroad

UC/UCEAP Programs

  • UC system-wide programs
  • Students receive UC credit that factors into your UC GPA.
  • UC San Diego students can use all forms of financial aid and/or scholarships.
  • UCEAP Deadlines

UC Education Abroad Program

UC Education Abroad  

Global Health students who study abroad are encouraged to engage in volunteer, internship or research opportunities to fulfill the Global Health Field Experience. Study Abroad does not guarantee you have fulfilled your field experience requirement unless indicated. Some study abroad programs build these experiences into the program and curriculum. 

Programs in English that fulfill the 100-hour field experience requirement:



Language of Instruction




Univ. of Botswana



Choose the community public health track. Includes an internship in a local health clinic


Public Health and Society in Ghana



Specialized track in contemporary public health in Ghana


Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev


Fall, Spring, Year

Global Health Track offered in Spring


Public Health, Thammasat University (Bangkok)



Summer program provides in-class instruction and field-based learning about community studies, public health, and population mobility. 

Programs in a foreign language that fulfill the 100 hour field experience requirement:



Language of Instruction



Dominican Republic

Community Public Health



Includes health practicum and clinical rotation


Family & Community Health



Opportunity to work in local NGO’s in Oaxaca

Field Research Program



Opportunity to conduct field research in Mexico City, Yucatan, Chiapas, Oaxaca or Querétaro.

To see pre-approved courses, visit the Study Abroad page.

UC San Diego Global Seminars

Global Seminars are offered in Summer. Each program is five weeks long, and upon completion, students will receive two course credits for a total of eight quarter units.

  • The Application deadline for the upcoming summer for most Global Seminars is March.
  • Academic credits earned are UC units and will factor in to your UC GPA
  • Scholarships available.

See additional information on pre-approved Global Seminar courses here. 

UC Study Abroad Programs

UCLA Summer Travel - Global Health Programs in Peru

Spend your summer in Peru, an incredibly rich country in terms of history, archeology, as well as cultural and ecological diversity. This program helps students reach a better understanding of how diversities and disparities in people and places impact human health, using Peru as a case study.This unique opportunity provides first-hand experience in the global health field with various visits to local hospitals, health NGO's, as well as trips outside of Lima to Iquitos, Peru.  

This program is run through the UCLA International Institute and the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM), with support from the UCLA Latin American Institute and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. 

UC Program Fee $5,500


  • GLB HLT 110A. Global Health in Practice (Major: Medical Social Science Elective/ Minor: Elective)
  • GLB HLT 110B. Diversities and Disparities: The Case of Peru (Major: Medical Social Science Elective/ Minor: Elective)

UCLA Global Health and Medicine Summer Travel Study Program to Shanghai

Earn two Upper Division electives for your minor while exploring Shanghai this summer! Learn about and experience the Chinese healthcare delivery system through the process of creating an actionable self-care plan with integrative medical approaches. Activities include Tai Chi, herbal food and tea preparation, demonstration of Chinese medicine modalities and exchanging with local medicine and public health university students. Excursions will be to various museums, research labs, hospitals, clinics and community health centers.

UC Program Fee $5,300


  • GLB HLT 110A/MED 180A. Chinese Medicine – Its Cultural Origins and the Impact of Modernization (Major: Medical Social Science Elective/ Minor: Elective)
  • GLB HLT 110B/MED 180 B. Integrative Medicine Practices in the Chinese Healthcare System (Major: Medical Social Science Elective/ Minor: Elective)

UC Davis Quarter Abroad (Fall Quarter) - Latino/a Health Internship Program in Oaxaca

Offers students the opportunity to take UC Davis classes on transnational health issues and participate in internships in hospitals and clinics in Oaxaca, Mexico. Also designed to provide in-depth clinical experience that will lead to greater Spanish fluency.

UC Davis Summer Internships Abroad - Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in diverse fields at locations around the globe. 

Examples of Global Health opportunities: 

  • Bolivia—Pediatric Health in La Paz
  • Bolivia—Primary Care & Rural Medicine in Tarija
  • India—Public Health & Rural/Urban Medicine
  • South Africa—Healthcare Challenges in Cape Town
  • South Africa—Hospital Medicine & Infectious Disease In Durban
  • Philippines—Remote Island Medicine

OAP Study Abroad Opportunities 

  • Study abroad with UCSD affiliated program partners, other US Institutions or universities abroad.
  • Eligible for Federal or State Aid Only.
  • Academic credits earned will be posted to your UCSD academic history as transfer units and do not factor into your UCSD GPA.
  • Programs offered in Fall, Spring, Summer and year-long.

Academic Programs International (API)

Academic Programs International (API) is an educational organization dedicated to providing challenging and enriching study abroad programs for our students since 1997.  All of our academic and extracurricular offerings are selected with the goal of helping students grow more self-aware and culturally sensitive.  API is committed to providing the best comprehensive study abroad experience possible with personal attention available to our students throughout his or her program, and to working closely with home universities to offer support before, during, and after the education abroad experience.

Summer Program Application Deadlines: March

AIFS: American Institute for Foreign Study (Summer, Semester, Academic Year)

AIFS Abroad offers Global Health sites in: Barcelona, Spain (Spring Semester) or Costa Rica (Summer)  

  • No previous knowledge of Spanish language required

  • Minimum 2.6 GPA

**Program fee includes tuition, housing, meals, excursions and cultural activities, and day trips. See Scholarships.

Alliance for Global Education (India)

Global and Public Health at Manipal University in India

    • As part of their coursework, students have the opportunity to visit local health clinics to understand health promotion, infectious disease treatment and prevention, and traditional contemporary medical practice
    • Fieldwork: Opportunity to pursue directed research as an elective; students are paired with a faculty member appropriate to their academic area of interest, such as public health.  Students are expected to produce a formal research paper
    • Courses: 1 core course in Contemporary Indian Culture required; 4 Public Health and/or Indian Study electives
    • Fall/SpringSemesters OR Academic year
    • Price Range: ~$16,800/semester
    • UC San Diego students can use state and federal financial aid and scholarships (not UC aid)

The Alliance encourages students to enroll for more than one term and to consider studying with more than one Alliance program. Students who continue into a second or third term with the Alliance receive a $500 discount on the program fee for this subsequent term.

Ben-Gurion University (Israel)

The Global Health Semester is an innovative study abroad opportunity that combines classes with onsite learning - including 100 hours of for-credit fieldwork - in a variety of medical settings, including potential options such as a clinic in a Bedouin town, a large Israeli hospital, an STD prevention program, and an open clinic for migrant workers and refugees in Tel Aviv. This course would require students to study abroad during Winter and Spring. Special UCSD discounts apply.

Semester Track (Only Spring) in Global Health

    • Required Course: Health in the Age of Globalization
    • Courses offered in previous years: Altruism and Trade: The Globalization of Transplant Medicine, Eco-Health, The Disease that Changed the World: Infectious Diseases from a Global Health Perspective, etc.
    • Students are required to enroll in four courses, in addition to a mandatory Hebrew language course at the beginning of the semester  All courses taught in English
    • The Global Health track at BGU provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that combines classes with guided tours to places that practice or demonstrate aspects of Global Health. Among the planned tours are visits to a variety of medical settings: from a clinic in a Bedouin town to a large Israeli hospital, to an STD prevention program, to an open clinic for migrant workers and refugees in Tel Aviv.
    • Price Range: $10,600
    • UC San Diego students may take federal and state financial aid and scholarships; scholarships are available through the Ginsberg Ingerman Oversees Student Program
    • Deadline to apply: Apply by Fall (~October) for the Spring semester

Global Health International Summer Program at Ben-Gurion University in Israel

  • 4-week summer program
  • The Program Entails 6 credit courses
  • Self-study, professional field trips, exercises, and small-group mentoring in the following key areas: public health, globalization, and development
  • Students will participate in a one-week on-site Practicum. Students will be divided between a variety of clinics and organizations dealing with Migrant Health, Mental and Psychosocial Health, and Eco-Health
  • Price Range: ~$1,585
  • Deadline to apply:  February for Summer Programs
  • For more information, visit Ben-Gurion Study Abroad.

Boston University Abroad

Dublin Internship Program - Health Sciences Track: During the fall semester, students enroll in two required Health Science courses, the elective course Contemporary Irish Society and a 4 credit Internship/Practicum in the Health Sciences. 

Geneva Internship Program - Public Health Track: During fall and spring semesters, students take 2 required 4 credit Public Health courses, an elective, and participate in a 4 credit internship course in Health and Human Services.

Ghana Summer Program - Human Infectious Disease: An 8-credit, two-course summer program that begins in late June and runs to mid-August.

  • Human Infectious Disease in Ghana
  • Health Sciences Practicum

CAPA International Education

Internships in Global Health are available through CAPA International Education every fall, spring, and summer in London and Sydney. These programs run for fourteen weeks in the fall and spring and six weeks in the summer.

Because CAPA works on a semester schedule, UC San Diego students can generally only enroll in the fall session (early September to mid-December) or the second summer session (early July to mid-August).

Students enrolling in the fall can receive up to six credits from the University of Minnesota for their placement; summer students will receive three credits. In both scenarios, students intern for about twenty hours per week. To receive credits the students will need to take the “London through Internships” or “Sydney through Internships” course. The syllabi for these courses can be found on their website.

The CAPA Programs in London and Sydney include accommodation, meals or meal stipends, public transportation passes, arrival and departure events, in-country orientation, and medical and travel insurance. There is an on-site Resident Director who oversees health and safety, and the RD and his or her team are on-call 24 hours a day.

CIEE Programs

CIEE's mission is one shared by many in international education: "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world." 

Service Learning Programs (fulfill FE requirement and offer course credit): 
Cape Town, South Africa, Dominican Republic, and Dublin, Ireland
Students should contact CIEE to ensure the program can provide field work in health for the semester they are applying. 
Public Health Programs:  Botswana- Community Public Health Program & Thailand- Public Health Program
See scholarship information.

Most CIEE programs have some form of volunteer opportunities available to participants.  If a student is interested in a specific program, they can email CIEE to determine whether or not volunteer opportunities in the health sector exist at that site and if 100 hours could be obtained.  Students would have to self-report and be committed as CIEE would not be able to monitor volunteer projects.

CIS Abroad

CISabroad offers more than 120 study and intern opportunities in over 20 different countries. As an organization, we strive to provide students with an experience that best suits their needs. Let us help you find your next adventure! 

Programs include semester, quarter, January, and summer terms with various application deadlines for each one. 

The College of Global Studies

The College of Global Studies of Arcadia University is one of the largest and most respected campus study-abroad programs in the nation. The College serves students from Arcadia University and more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities and offers semester, year, and summer programs and more.

IES Abroad

IES Abroad  Our study abroad programs allow you to choose courses based on your area of study and where you want to travel. Other details, like your housing, field trips, and on-site support are all built into the program. Complement your study abroad courses with a for-credit internship and academic seminar as one of your elective courses. With a part-time study abroad internship, you gain hands-on experience and deeper insight into the local professional culture. 

IES Abroad, Santiago

  • Traditional study abroad program with the option to participate in an add-on field experience (internship or service-learning opportunity)

    • Offers supervised internships in the Public Health field that earn IES Abroad credit.

    • Service-learning placement may include organizations focusing on Community Health

  • Offers a Health Studies Seminar with two tracks: Clinical Observation or Community Health and Spanish for Healthcare Professionals.

  • Location: Santiago, Chile

  • Courses: 5-6 per semester (15-19 credits)

  • Language of Instruction: Spanish

  • Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

  • Fall Semester (July-December) Spring Semester (February-July)

  • Price Range ~$15,000/Semester

IFSA Butler

IFSA- Butler offers Global Health themed Study Abroad Programs in multiple countries. Check out scholarship opportunities. 

Sample Programs:

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

International Studies Abroad (ISA) + Internships and Service-Learning (credit-bearing and non credit-bearing)

  • Traditional study abroad program with the option to participate in an add-on field experience (internship or service-learning opportunity)

* Note: Must apply for Service-Learning placement and Global Career Building Internships (cover letters, resumes, personal statements, etc. may be taken into consideration)

  • The internship or service-learning component can also be done as a stand-alone program without being attached to the traditional study abroad program

  • Global Health students must look for study abroad programs that offer service-learning placements and internships relating to health professions on ISA website or Internships & Service Learning brochure from the Study Abroad Office.

  • Programs in English and other languages.

SIT Study Abroad

SIT Study Abroad offers programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and comparative programs in multiple locations.

  • Rigorous academic programs through a field-based, experiential approach
  • Undergraduate research through an Independent Study Project (40-50 pg. research paper)
  • Offers fieldwork, language classes, and urban and rural homestays with local families
  • Every program is framed around a critical global issue
  • Semester programs last 15–16 weeks and summer programs last 4–9 weeks
  • Programs have 20–25 students led by one academic director plus a number of local staff
  • Most programs taught in English; some taught in Spanish; students learn local language to conduct research
  • Price Range: ~$18,000 (varies on location and duration)
  • Can use state and federal financial aid and scholarships (no UC aid); UC San Diego Students can receive up to $5000 in scholarships

See what GHP Students who participated with SIT had to share on the Global Health Blog:

Studies Abroad (Stockholm, Sweden)

  • Opportunity to gain unique pre-medical experience by learning from Swedish medical doctors and getting an insider’s view of the workings of hospitals, clinics, and medical research, as well as insight into clinical practices and healthcare in Europe.

  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden

  • Language of Instruction: English

  • Courses: 1 core course in Translational Medicine: From Bench to Bedside (3 credits)

  • Prerequisites: 1 year of Biology and 1 year of Chemistry at university level

  • Fall/Spring Semesters

  • For more information, visit Studies Abroad-Stockholm, Sweden 

World Endeavors

World Endeavors provides international internship, study abroad, volunteer abroad, and customized group programs in over 20 countries around the world, with a focus on building meaningful connections between our participants and their host communities.

See what GHP Students who participated with World Endeavors had to share on the Global Health Blog:

Desiree Lee Completes Field Experience at Veterans Hospital in Bangkok