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Global Health in Rural & Resource-limited India

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

Mysore and Saragur, India

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

At least sophomore standing at time of application, good academic and non-academic standing, permission of the instructor

Application Due:

1/31/14

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Inter-Professional Program on Capacity Building for Healthy Aging

This program is designed as a flexible elective for a small group of clinical or advanced health science students and, with special permission, liberal arts students with an interest in global health to gain experience with a comprehensive health care system in south India, the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM). Through partnering with south Indian and U.S. experts in culturally informed community health, participants will learn about south Indian health care issues and practice, including strategies to develop culturally informed health care. Students will also participate in activities appropriate to their specific disciplines and tailored learning objectives.

The program begins with 5-8 virtual class sessions to be offered during the spring semester. The group will leave for India in late May to arrive on June 1st (approximately). After arrival in India via Bangalore and traveling together to Mysore, the program continues with an orientation at the Swami Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS) on the history, culture, politics and languages of southern India.

After the first week, students will divide into two groups. One group will travel to Saragur, a small village located about 50 km. outside of Mysore, for the clinical component of the community program, while a second group will remain at VIIS to conduct fieldwork in the city of Mysore. Students will work with SVYM, the faculty director, and community partners for the clinical component of the program.

Group assignments will be determined prior to departure through one-on-one discussions between students and the faculty director. All students will be responsible for meeting the same course objectives, regardless of whether they are based in Mysore or Saragur. The faculty director, Dr. Lisa Skemp, will travel between Mysore and Saragur regularly to provide instruction for both groups.

Academic Program

Over the course of four weeks, students will participate in a variety of activities such as conducting a culturally informed community assessment, programming and/or evaluation, attending seminars and clinical discussions, and participating in specialty areas of health represented in the community. Students will learn about community outreach that serves different populations and offers programs such as amputation prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, eye care, water sanitation and hygiene services, dental health, and prevention and management of diabetes. At the completion of the program, students will work together to synergize their projects into a capacity building program for healthy aging.

All students will receive 4 s.h. of University of Iowa academic credit. Application of this credit and any additional credit toward specific degree requirements will be determined in concert with the student’s academic department.

The academic program is conducted in English, which is spoken throughout India.

Program Dates

The 2014 program runs May 28 - June 30. Additional days may be needed to travel from the U.S. to India.

For More Information

Prospective applicants should contact the faculty director, Lisa Skemp (lisa.skemp@ololcollege.edu), for program details. Students should also discuss their study abroad plans with their academic advisor and other appropriate faculty.

For more general information regarding the application process, financial aid, etc., please call 319-335-0353 and ask the receptionist to schedule an appointment with study abroad advisor Fran Boyken (frances-boyken@uiowa.edu). Students who do not live in Iowa City may also schedule phone appointments.

Vivekananda Memorial Hospital

One of the two program sites is the non-profit Vivekananda Memorial Hospital in Saragur. This hospital is one of the many undertakings of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), an NGO set up in 1984 by a group of dedicated young Indian doctors. This 40 bed facility serves a group of more than 10,000 tribal (Adivasi) peoples of India who were displaced in the 1960s from their original homeland by the construction of hydro-electric dams.

Mysore

Mysore and Bangalore are the two major cities in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Mysore, home to the VIIS campus (one of the two program sites), is one of the loveliest mid-sized cities in India (pop. 900,000).

This important cultural center is nestled against a hillside on top of which is one of the largest and best known temples to the Hindu goddess Chamundi. The city has an extraordinary palace complex built by the Wodeyars, the local rulers from 1875 to 1950. Mysore is also famous as an educational center, housing the University of Mysore, several institutions specializing in traditional knowledge, and other private research institutions.

India

The world’s largest democracy and second most populous country, India is a land of diversity with great variety in food, language, and religion represented even within a single province. It has major cultural influence around the world, a rich and varied history, and a fast-growing and powerful economy.

Living Arrangements

During orientation (the first week of the program), all students will stay on the VIIS campus in Mysore in dormitory-style housing. For the remainder of the program, students will split into two groups and either remain on the VIIS campus in Mysore or move to stay in accommodations within the Vivekananda Memorial Hospital compound in Saragur. Both locations offer laundry facilities, internet access, and catered vegetarian meals.

The faculty director, Dr. Lisa Skemp, will travel regularly back and forth between Mysore and Saragur to oversee all program activities. SVYM staff will support this effort and be available 24/7 in each location in case of emergency.

Students are encouraged to bring a personal laptop computer to India, if they have one, so that they can complete written assignments in areas with limited facilities.

Travel Arrangements

Students will receive instructions on making travel arrangements during a program-specific orientation session. There will be a suggested group flight itinerary, however, students will arrange their own flights to Bangalore. Upon arrival, local ground transportation will take students to the program site.

Eligibility

This program is intended for University of Iowa and Our Lady of the Lake College students in health related-fields. Students in non-health related fields are also encouraged to apply.

Students must have at least sophomore standing at the time of submitting their application materials. Students must also be in good academic and non-academic (disciplinary) standing. The faculty director will review applications prior to the final determination of acceptance, permission of the instructor is required before students may be admitted to the program.

No previous study of Indian language is required; the academic program is conducted in English which is spoken throughout India.

Costs

The course fee for Summer 2014 is $2,800 for University of Iowa resident and non-resident students. The base program fee includes tuition, housing, orientation, most meals, and program excursions and activities. Additionally, students pay the UI study abroad administrative fees described here (this is a 4 s.h. short-term program) and the required Iowa Regents CISI Insurance fees described here. There is also a $50 non-refundable application fee.

The course fee for Summer 2014 for all non-UI students is $3,000.

Students should also be prepared to pay for round trip airfare (approximately $1,900), some meals, a pre-departure medical examination, travel-related immunizations and/or prescription medications, passport and visa fees, and any personal expenses. Non-UI students must provide original transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and should therefore be prepared to pay the appropriate transcript request fees.

Financial aid and scholarships received to attend the University of Iowa can often be applied toward the program cost. Eligible program participants are also encouraged to apply for merit, need-based, and/or Diversity Ambassador scholarships awarded by Study Abroad. Application deadlines for these scholarships to be used for a Summer program are typically in February or March.

Program cost sheet

The Summer 2014 cost sheet can be found below. This document captures the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will need to be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses, although actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual.

PDFCost Sheet: Section 0001 (2014)

Withdrawal policy

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to UI Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Between the date the confirmation form is received by Study Abroad and the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Portion of Administrative Fee: $400
Portion of Course Fee: $100
Non‐UI students: The $200 non-UI student supplemental fee is also retained from this point on, in addition to administrative and program fees indicated below.
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Administrative Fee: $400
Portion of Course Fee: 50% ($1,400)
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Portion of Administrative Fee: $400
Portion of Course Fee: 75% ($2,100)
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative Fee: 100% ($592)
Course Fee: 100% ($2,800)

How to Apply

Prospective applicants should contact the faculty director, Lisa Skemp (lisa.skemp@ololcollege.edu), for program details. Students should also discuss their study abroad plans with their academic advisor and other appropriate faculty and staff.

For more general information regarding the application process, financial aid, etc., please call 319-335-0353 and ask the receptionist to schedule an appointment with study abroad advisor Fran Boyken (frances-boyken@uiowa.edu). Students who do not live in Iowa City may also schedule phone appointments.

UI students, click here to apply.

Students that are not regular degree-seeking students at the University of Iowa cannot submit an online application and should complete the PDFpaper application.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, January 31st.

After you submit your application, Study Abroad will provide information regarding confirmation materials and other preparations. Please contact program advisor Fran Boyken if you have questions.

Confirmation Materials

Once you have been accepted to the program (after the application deadline) you will find the forms you should complete and return to Study Abroad in order to confirm your place on the program here. An additional document is required for non-UI or non-degree students.

Please SUBMIT the following items to Study Abroad by the confirmation deadline:

PDFConfirmation of Participation Form

PDFMedical Self-Assessment Form

• Transcript Request Form (Non-UI and Non-Degree Applicants ONLY)

Please READ the following and keep for your records:

PDFWithdrawal Schedule and Fees

International Medical Insurance

UI Financial Aid procedures (UI students only)


Non-UI and Non-Degree Participants

In order to receive a transcript for your participation in the University of Iowa's Global Health in India program, you must submit a Transcript Request Form. One transcript will be issued to you at no additional charge after completion of the course. Be sure to include your name, signature, birth date, university ID, residing address, and the address your transcript should be sent to (check with your home institution's Study Abroad office to confirm this). Please submit the Transcript Request Form with your confirmation documents.

Pre-departure Materials

• UI Student Health Service Travel Clinic: http://studenthealth.uiowa.edu/services/international-travel

Orientation Information

All UI students will attend a general TIPS orientation for students studying abroad. Additional individualized meetings will address India-specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures.

Students are encouraged to bring a personal laptop computer to India, if they have one, so that they can complete written assignments in areas with limited facilities.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802
USA

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343
E-mail: study-abroad@uiowa.edu