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Before You Go Abroad

    Studying abroad can be an extremely exciting and rewarding experience! The DPH Global Learning Program at the University of Utah provides a fantastic opportunity for students with or without a background or interest in health to work with community members, students, academicians to improve the health of global communities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in community engaged research, on-site work to learn about cultural, social and health issues facing local people and communities, interact and work alongside local students, faculty and community leaders and visit cultural and historical sites.

    • Attend a DPH Global Learning Information Session, the Learning Abroad Fair, or the Program Preview Week.
    • Talk to a DPH Faculty Director(s) about our programs.
    • Talk to the DPH Learning Abroad Coordinator/Advisor Kyra Solis, for more information on our programs.

    DPH Learning Abroad Coordinator/Advisor, Kyra Solis,

    Exploring South Korea: Society, Health and Development Learning Abroad Program
    Tejinder Pal Singh, MDS, MPH
    South Korea Information

    Ghana (+ Paris add-on) Learning Abroad Program
    Scott Benson, MD, PhD, MPH
    Ty Dickerson, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Ghana Information

    Himalayas (India) Learning Abroad Program
    Tejinder Pal Singh, MDS, MPH
    India Information

    Peru Learning Abroad Program
    Scott Benson, MD, PhD, MPH
    Lisa Gren, PhD
    Peru Information

    The Learning Abroad Programs range from three to four weeks during the Summer semester

    All UofU students and non-UofU students may apply for our Faculty-led learning abroad programs

    The DPH Global Learning Programs welcomes non-UofU student to apply for our Faculty-led Learning Abroad programs. For more information, please check out

    Yes, a Non-degree seeking student can apply for one of our learning abroad programs through the Division of Public Health. For more information, please contact the DPH Learning Abroad Coordinator/Advisor at (A non-degree seeking student is a participant who goes on the program without receiving credit for the course.)

    There are no prerequisites. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be in good Academic and Judicial Standing.

    To earn UofU credit, you must enroll in the ‘International Fieldwork in Public Health’ (PBHLT 6531 and 5531) course. The available number of credits is between 3-4.

    Click on the Program link below. Once the webpage is open, click on the ‘Finances & Scholarships’ tab and scroll down to the budget sheet.

    The Financial Aid & Scholarships on the Learning Abroad Office website has lots of tips and tricks to help you plan. Contact the Learning Abroad Office with any questions or concerns that you might have. Topics include:

      • U of U Scholarships
      • National and International Scholarships
      • Financial Aid
      • Budget Worksheets
      • Workshops
      • FAQs

    The DPH Global Learning Program and the Learning Abroad Office strongly encourages all students to check in with the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to see if their specific aid package can apply towards a Learning Abroad program.

    While many students have used financial aid towards learning abroad in the past, it is important for each student to review their own personal award to see if it will apply. Financial Aid Counselors are specifically trained on advising for learning abroad who would be happy to help! Information about Financial Aid

    Students trying to obtain resident status can participate in approved Learning Abroad Programs without penalty. To prove that you are participating in an approved Program, you must request a letter from the Learning Abroad Office. Contact us at to request the letter. As a reference, the University's official policy refers to Learning Abroad as “study abroad.”

    If you plan to travel independently, you are allowed a 1-week grace period before the official Program start date and an additional 1-week grace period after the Program officially ends. Any additional travel abroad or outside of Utah may jeopardize your residency petition. For further information, contact Admissions at

    A foreign language is not required to participate in one of our GPH Global Learning programs.

    Yes, a program syllabus is available. Please contact Kyra Solis (, DPH Learning Abroad Coordinator/Advisor for a copy of the syllabus.


    The Application Process

      Click on the Program link below. Once the webpage is open, click on the ‘Enroll Now’ icon.

      February 15

      The DPH Administrative Program Coordinator and the Faculty Director will Accept students within 3 business days of the application deadline. After students are Accepted, students will have 3 business days to log back into their application to Commit to their program. Students will then have access to the next set of requirements for the Committed stage of their application.

      Once the DPH Administrative Program Coordinator and the Faculty Director has accepted students to the program, an email will go out to the students telling them they have been accepted.

      Yes. All applications completed after the application deadline are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are subject to an additional, non-refundable $100.00 fee due at the time of application. Please note that the $100 late fee cannot be applied to the cost of your program.

      Once you are committed to your program, the Initial Payment of $500.00 is non-refundable, except in the case that Learning Abroad cancels your program. You may be responsible for up to 100% of the billable program cost as soon as you commit to your Program. For more information,


      Post Admission

        You will be required to complete the Application Post-Decision Steps and Pre-Departure preparations. You will also be required to attend an Online Orientation and Program-specific Meetings.

        For those who have a passport, your passport must be valid for at least six (6) months BEYOND your expected return date.

        Passport Application or Renewal Forms and Instructions.

        You must have a passport before you apply for a visa. If you need a visa, you should apply for or renew your passport immediately. Visa processing can take several weeks.

        A visa is official permission to enter and remain in another country. A visa is typically a stamp or sticker placed in your passport.

        Some countries and programs do require a visa.

        Countries that require a visa - Ghana, India, South Korea.

        The DPH Administrative Coordinator will assist you in obtaining a visa. The visa process will be done as a group. During the pre-departure orientation, we will discuss the visa application process and the requirements need to obtain a visa.

        Do not purchase a flight until the DPH Administrative Program Coordinator and Faculty Director sends you instructions and a flight itinerary.