Study Abroad Opportunities in Health Studies

HEST certificate students are able to study abroad in a variety of programs, including both Dickinson College programs and those run by colleges, universities, and other institutions world-wide. Because many programs offer health-related courses, student must provide syllabi and other course information if they wish their course to be counted as a HEST elective. Two study abroad programs offering HEST courses are highlighted below: DIS: Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and Ben-Guirion University in Israel.


Psychology Study Abroad in DenmarkDanish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) offers English-language study abroad programs for American university students in their third or fourth year of study. Students take four classes, one of which is a core class that includes faculty-led, course-integrated study tours in Western Denmark (3 day trip) and a European city (5 day trip). Some DIS programs also offer internships, and all students have the opportunity to volunteer with various organizations in Copenhagen. DIS offers many unique housing options including living with a Danish host family, a Danish roommate, or with other students in apartment-like or dorm settings in greater Copenhagen.

DIS courses approved as HEST electives

DIS courses which may be approved as a health-related field experience, internship or research project (if topic Is health related)

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Photograph of Ben Gurion University in IsraelLocated in the Negev desert, Ben-Gurion University (BGU) gives students a chance to study Hebrew Language, global health, Middle East studies, and environmental studies among other disciplines while living on campus with Israelis from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.  The city of Be’er Sheva also offers students numerous ways to engage the local community both on and off campus. Dickinson students begin their studies at BGU with an intensive, six week Hebrew language ulpan held prior to the semester. During the semester, students have the opportunity to enroll in a wide-range of liberal arts coursework taught in English in a diverse residential campus environment. Students may also pursue independent study with a professor at BGU.

Courses approved as HEST electives:

University of Queensland

Psychology Study Abroad in AustraliaThe Dickinson in Australia program, located at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, was founded as the Dickinson College University of Queensland Science Program. Students are either housed in apartments near the University or live like an Ozzie in one of several residential colleges on campus (kind of like Harry Potter for adults). The proximity to Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast beaches, a multi-day excursion to Sydney mid-way through the semester, and visits to historic and cultural sites around Brisbane during orientation make Dickinson in Australia a favorite.

Here is a list of some examples of health-related courses at the University of Queensland. However, note that the courses might not be offered the semester you attend, the courses might have prerequisites you do not have, and some courses require the permission of the instructor.