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International experiences

two students pictured in front of a mountain in Guatemala

At the KU School of Health Professions, health care and education cross borders and span oceans. Students have the opportunity to grow on a personal level with study abroad and international experiences while expanding their knowledge of people, ideas, and customs of people from other nations. Faculty frequently volunteer on medical mission trips, participate in exchange programs, and also have the opportunity to conduct research across the globe.

These activities form lasting connections and promote international perspectives and cooperation benefiting the university, the community, and the state of Kansas.

Special Events and Activities
International Education Week

All are invited to special events held on campus Nov. 16-22. Monday, Students from the School of Health Professions share their recent international education experiences with poster presentations. Tuesday is the first annual Dr. Mani Modale Mani International Educational Exchange and Partnerships PresentationView all events.


Culture Hour

Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Calkins conference room, G004 Orr Major.

This informal discussion group meets Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters. It's an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to share stories, ask questions, and gain insights about various cultures of the world. Learn more

Funding and Support Available to Faculty and Students

Lou Loescher-Junge International Travel Award
Awarded to students in the physical therapy program for an international educational experience in the country of the student's choice. Learn more

Office of International Programs Award
Open to any current student in the school. The amount awarded varies. Contact the Office of International Programs for details.

Kovac International Observership Award
Available to students in the nurse anesthesia education and respiratory care education degree programs to participate in an international experience in Peru or Ghana.

Explore International Experience Opportunities

Ghana International Educational Experience
A group of faculty and students from KU Medical Center travel to the West African country for about three weeks in early summer. There they work with rural health care providers to provide clinical care and health education. They will shadow providers in a variety of settings, from large hospitals to small clinics. The faculty leader has traveled to Ghana many times. This allows for better support in the planning and logistics in addition to utilizing contacts to ensure a successful trip abroad.

Robinson International Studies Award
Established to assist students who want to complete an international education experience at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. Learn more

Global Scholars Distinction Program
This program recognizes students engaging in educational experiences that involve working with a variety of cultures and/or with underserved communities at local, national, and global levels. This certificate program was designed combine classroom learning with experiential learning and provide students with a permanent recognition for their efforts. Learn more

Follow the Travels Past and Present

two women students sitting with a mountain in the background in Guatemala

Trip to Africa for KU Physical Therapy Student
Kevin Williams spent six weeks in the rural town of Manguzi, South Africa. While there Dec. 30 to Feb. 16, he worked at the local hospital to provide physical therapy services to its patients. He used the entries from his trip notebook to create a blog to share his experiences. Read his blog.

KU Faculty Member Visits Kyrgyz Republic
Lisa Mische Lawson, Ph.D., CTRS was in the Central Asia country this fall participating in the Fulbright Specialist Program. Her project is titled "Promotion of Research at Ala-Too International University." Read her blog.

Summer 2018 Medical Mission Trip to Guatemala
A team from KU completed a Medical Missions Foundation trip to Antigua, Guatemala, in June. Nurse anesthesia students joined faculty and program alumni in providing anesthesia care during 75 surgeries at Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro Hospital. Read about their work in the nurse anesthesia alumni newsletter. In addition, audiology students saw 179 patients for hearing tests/hearing aid repairs and fit 148 new hearing aids. Photos


Above: KU nurse anesthesia student Taylor Robertson talks about her summer 2018 medical mission trip to Guatemala.

KU Respiratory Care Helps in Ghana
Every year, faculty member Karen Schell, DHSc, RRT-NPS of the Department of Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science, takes much-needed supplies to Ghana. She also works to support respiratory care education in the West African nation. Read her blog


Preparing for your trip?

Sharing international experiences is essential to generating interest in these programs and securing funding for future opportunities. All students should complete the authorization for the use/disclosure of identifying images and sharing online.

Last modified: Nov 15, 2019
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