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Study Abroad

NOTE: For more details on how the pandemic is impacting study abroad programs, consult the Global Learning Office's COVID-19 FAQs.

While throughout its history the Program in Global Health Studies (GHS) has required study abroad for all students with rare exceptions, the COVID-19 pandemic makes it difficult to predict when and to what extent study abroad opportunities will become available again. Therefore, all current GHS majors and minors and those declaring the major or minor at this time will not be required to study abroad. This policy will continue for as long as the pandemic continues to limit options for safe travel and compel the suspension or postponement of programs

During this period, we encourage all of our GHS students to take advantage of what health-related experiential learning opportunities will be safely available (including, e.g., Chicago Field Studies and the Global Engagement Studies Institute). Students who have not been impacted by program cancellations or postponements will be expected to earn their required elective credits for the GHS adjunct major and minor through standard Northwestern-based coursework.


Study abroad

For more than 10 years, Northwestern University and the Program in Global Health Studies has worked with the Global Learning Office and other international partners to develop academically rigorous study abroad programs. These programs have been vetted and are high-caliber experiences that complement our major and minor curricula, provide regional context, are regularly evaluated, and qualify for financial aid. Because of this, we strongly encourage GHS students to participate in Northwestern-run or Northwestern-affiliated public health programs.

Northwestern's International Public Health Programs

Program Type
Comparative Public Health: Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina Serbia & Bosnia-Herzegovina English Summer Northwestern
DIS Scandinavia: Copenhagen Denmark Danish, English Fall, Full Year, Winter-Spring Affiliated
DIS Scandinavia: Stockholm Sweden English, Swedish Fall, Full Year, Winter-Spring Affiliated
Geneva Internship Switzerland English Fall, Winter-Spring Affiliated
Global Healthcare Technologies South Africa English Winter Northwestern
King's College London, Health & Society Program England English Fall, Winter-Spring Affiliated
Public Health & Development in South Africa South Africa English Spring Northwestern
Public Health in China China Chinese, English Summer Northwestern
Public Health in Europe France English, French Fall Northwestern
Public Health in Mexico Mexico English, Spanish Summer Northwestern

 Read more about direct enrollment programs and unaffiliated programs here.

Choosing a program

Feedback from current and past Global Health students may help you select the right program. Click on the program links above and view the Student Voices section for blogs, videos, and more.

Applying to a program

Review the public health programs on the GLO website, meet with one of the GLO study abroad advisers listed on the individual program pages, and start your online application. You will meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to get approval for your program.

Funding opportunities

Northwestern students who participate in GLO public health programs may be able to take advantage of various fellowship opportunities through GLO. Both need-based and merit-based fellowships are available.

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