Our Vision is to become the leading urban health sciences college where a diversity of students, scientists, and professionals combine learning, discovery, and technology to improve the health and well-being of our communities. – College of Health Sciences
Reasons why Health Sciences Students Should Study Abroad:
Research & Networking opportunities: Studying abroad is a fun and exciting experience especially when you are able to study and research an important endemic that is integral to the host country. In addition to research, creating relationships with your professors abroad can give way to future career opportunities in the field or help pave the way to graduate school.
Resume Booster- Careers and jobs within the public health sector and health sciences sector have been on a steady rise since 2014 and is expected to continue to rise well through the year 2024 (Source) Studying abroad can show future employers or graduate schools that you are committed, adaptable and able to work with others in unfamiliar settings.
Cultural Development – Studying abroad presents the perfect chance to appreciate diversity first hand, helps students recognize and dismiss stereotypes they may unintentionally have and it gives students the opportunity to understand their own culture while appreciating other cultures.
Foreign Language Skills – Maintaining a proficient level of vocabulary and conversational skills in a foreign language require one to be constantly exposed to it. If knowing a foreign language is an important part of a student’s education major or just a desire to learn a foreign language, studying abroad is a great way to learn, practice, and expand on your language skills.
Personal Development – Being able to determine your strengths and weaknesses are important from a career standpoint but also from a personal development standpoint, Studying abroad can bring out the independent side of a student to help them function and live in a different country. Studying abroad can help students develop the ability to be adaptable and critical thinking skills. Being abroad can present new and various situations that students have never encountered before and forcing them to step out of their comfort zone.
New Skills & Better adaptability – Students who study abroad learn new skills and are able to adapt easier to changes in and outside of the workplace. In addition to being able to adapt students also have the chance to work, study, live and respond to people of diverse backgrounds which increases better workplace performance.
Scholarships – Scholarships are available to help finance your study abroad experience. Doing extra research can wield financial benefits and unique scholarship opportunities.
New Perspectives/Broaden views of the world – Cultural and diversity is nothing new to UWM students, studying abroad will give students first-hand experience. By going to the country of choice students have the chance to interact with natives and learn about their way of life, broadening their view on the world.
Considerations While Abroad
If you choose a Non-UWM program, you are responsible for making sure your official transcript is sent to the Study Abroad Office. All students are responsible for making sure their grades are transferred to the Study Abroad Office from their respective university.
Electives can be easily completed while abroad, another option for students is to have some of the courses taken abroad be counted towards their degree or certificate. Check out the Course Equivalency Page.
There are some courses within each major that need to be completed on UWM campus. It is recommended to meet with an academic advisor to determine the courses that need to be completed before deciding to study abroad.
Asking the right questions are very important when deciding what program works best for your Art major/minor. The Study Abroad office recommends talking to your Academic Advisor, your Study Abroad Coordinator and a Financial Aid Specialist. Below are questions the Study Abroad Office recommends asking your Academic Advisor, a Study Abroad Coordinator, and a Financial Aid Specialist.