Study Abroad

NU student on an overlook

Study abroad requirement

Global Health Studies majors and minors are required to study abroad in a program that offers a substantial public health experience.

Two credits taken while abroad can count towards the elective requirement for the Global Health Studies Major or Minor.

Majors and minors may also fulfill this requirement by participating in other organized public health study abroad programs. These programs must be pre-approved by the Global Health Studies Director.

Northwestern offers six international public health programs:

Public Health in China

Beijing, China

Public Health in Europe

Paris, France

Public Health in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

Comparative Public Health in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Belgrade, Serbia and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Global Healthcare Technologies

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Public Health and Development in South Africa

Stellenbosch, South Africa


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 ULA website, meet with one of the ULA study abroad advisers listed on the individual program pages, and start your online application at: You will meet with Greg Buchanan to get approval for your program. You can sign up to meet with Greg Buchanan here.

Funding opportunities

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