Study Abroad

Several of the CSB and SJU study abroad programs offer exceptional opportunities for global health learning and community engagement. Check out the options listed here, and contact the Center for Global Education at the Experience Hub for more information!

Short-term Programs

Chiapas, Mexico – Chiapas:  Social Movements, Spanish Language, Solidarity
Program highlights:
  • Study in San Cristóbal de las, Chiapas, a vibrant mountain city in the Mexican southeast.
  • Understand the practice of accompaniment as a tool for addressing injustices and expanding perspectives in relation to health and wellbeing (ex. indigenous education, traditional Mayan medicine, sustainable living, and community cooperatives)
  • Explore historical and contemporary indigenous health, rights, and autonomy through community-led conversations and ethical partnership
  • Propel your Spanish language skills through small-group Spanish language classes and 1:1 tutoring while in Chiapas.
  • Experience daily life in San Cristóbal de las Casas living with a host family.
  • This program is set to become a semester-long program starting in Spring 2025.
Livingstone, Zambia – Global Health Community Engaged Learning in Zambia
Program highlights:
  • Participate in Global Health community engaged learning in the charming city of Livingstone, Zambia, located right next to beautiful Victoria Falls.
  • Gain a well-rounded view of the health system in Zambia, participate in home visits with healthcare workers and help contribute to initiatives designed to improve community health outcomes.
  • Gain experience facilitating workshops with community members on a range of themes including health and nutrition, gender-specific health issues, HIV/AIDS and sports and well-being.
  • Course open to all students regardless of your major.
  • Fulfills electives for Sociology and Global Health as well as the following Integrations Curriculum Designations: GLO, EXP, Justice Encounter, Social World (SW) Way of Thinking.

Semester Programs

Stellenbosch, South Africa – Spring
Program highlights:
  • South Africa has been on the world's main stage for several years. A country of great diversity in its people, geography, wildlife and economy, South Africa is not easily explainable or forgotten.
  • Volunteer and Community Engaged Learning are major components of this program – a great opportunity to engage with global health projects while abroad. All students enroll in a Community Engaged Learning course and participate in one of three projects sponsored by CSB and SJU. Each week students spend 6 to 8 hours on-site with schools, social services, and community development grassroots organizations in some of Stellenbosch's townships.
Cork, Ireland – Spring
Program highlights:
  • As the Republic of Ireland's second largest city with a population around 200,000, Cork – nicknamed the "Rebel County" – is a place where everything is easily accessible. The city, built on the river Lee, is full of galleries, theatres, restaurants, and shops.
  • This program is one of 3 CSB and SJU non-faculty-led semester programs. CSB and SJU students on this program direct enroll at University College Cork (UCC).With over 100 student sports, clubs, or societies at UCC, many of our students choose to get involved. This is a great way for students to immerse themselves in Irish culture. UCC offers all the services of a full comprehensive University including a great library, many computer labs, plenty of classrooms, and state of the art athletic facilities.
  • Cork is one of CSB and SJU's most independent programs where students can choose from a large selection of classes, several of which are health-related such as “Public Health Issues” and “Health Services.” The program schedule also includes a break during the semester for independent travel.
  • Note: Courses offered at UCC are announced each year. Check with CGE Program Coordinator Jessica Dickau for info on specific course offerings, and check with any of the Global Health advisors to see if a particular course offered in Cork may count towards the Global Health minor.
Seville, Spain – Spring
Program highlights:
  • Charming cobblestone alleyways, plazas lined with small shops and cafes, stunning architecture, sunny & warm weather, a royal palace, and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world – welcome to Seville! Seville is not just a city to be admired from afar, but an incredible place to live for a semester.
  • Study in Spain with 1 year of college-level Spanish (language pre-req HISP 112). The CSB and SJU Spain-Seville program offers a variety of coursework taught in both English and Spanish!
  • Optional International Internship in English or Spanish with placement in a sector related to your professional ambitions, guidance from career coaches, and a National Association of College and Employers (NACE) career readiness competency evaluation.
    • For global health students, the international internship program allows you to develop practical skills in fields such as anthropology, data management, health and social services, international relations, NGO & development, non-profit administration, and the social sciences. Reach out to CGE Program Advisor Tracy Skluzacek for more info!
London, England, United Kingdom – Fall AND Spring
Program highlights:
  • Spend your fall semester in one of the world’s great cultural and economic centers, London, United Kingdom. From the top of Big Ben to the bottom of the ever-flowing Thames River, London has a hustle of innovation that is hard to ignore.
  • In addition to classes during the first portion of the semester, All students on this program will complete a 7 week, 165 hour internship or service internship during the second half of the program. This is a pre-professional, field-based internship combined with an academic course.
  • Two courses offered in London can count towards electives for the CSB and SJU Global Health minor.
    • COLG 370 Health Care Ethics What is the practitioner-patient relationship and how is it affected by concepts such as ‘duty-to-assist,’ Good Samaritan, and conscientious objection? What happens when there's conflict between what's best for the individual versus what's best for the community? How do culture and religion affect healthcare? What happens when patients (and/or their families) and practitioners disagree? The provision of healthcare is constantly changing. These changes sometimes require us to reconsider even basic assumptions in health care ethics. This course addresses some of the ethical issues raised by changes in the healthcare delivery system, rapidly advancing technology, an aging population, economic and resource limitations, and social and cultural changes, and their impact on health care and promotion.
    • COLG 370 Health Care Policy Is free healthcare a human right? What happens if there isn't funding to provide access to every opportunity? Who misses out? Are we responsible for our own positive health? Is there a correct answer to the provision of healthcare? This introductory course compares health care policy in the UK and USA and tracks the evolution of health policy in the UK prior to and since the implementation of the National Health Service. It also identifies contingencies and issues that remain problematic in health care delivery across differing systems despite the ongoing changes made to this service, and the ideological shifts that underpin these changes. Using a spiral curriculum approach, the course seeks to synthesize the concepts through returning to previous learning and providing space for reflection and comparison with the student’s own experiences of health care in the USA.
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Ellen Block, Ph.D.
Sociology Department
SJU Simons Hall 118