All nursing, healthcare leadership and health science students who value cultural diversity and have an interest in global health will benefit from this cultural immersion experience in Thailand. Global health is a complex and important issue.
Health professionals have the responsibility to be aware of international public health issues. Increased cultural awareness and sensitivity has the potential to reduce health disparities and enhance the well-being of global populations.
Additional excursions may include an elephant ride, a visit to artisan shops and street markets and a Thai cooking class.
This 3-credit hour College of Nursing and Health Professions course will fulfill an elective while providing a cultural immersion experience in Thailand. The course includes lectures on various public health topics including a look at the healthcare profession in Thailand. Students will analyze the healthcare system in Thailand and its impact on the Thai population. Students will visit public and private hospitals, public health centers, and urgent care facilities. Students will also participate in a health-related service project in a rural tribal community.
The program is open to all undergraduate BSN, Healthcare Leadership, Health Science, Public Health, DNP and MSN students. All students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course planning.
Program Dates for Spring Break 2017 have not yet officially been determined. Dates listed will serve as an estimate until official dates are released. Please note dates will fall within the Valpo Spring Break period.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
The deadline to apply for the Spring Break 2017 program will be October 5, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by the College of Nursing and Health Professions after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above. The Program Cost is an estimate that includes all transportation in-country, housing and some meals.
Airfare will be arranged by the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Students are expected to travel as a group because of the shortness of the program, and the need to be together in case of any delay. Every effort is made to obtain the lowest possible airfares while working with the university travel agents. Please note that agents get fare quotes directly from the airline and group flight fares may differ significantly from individual live fares found online due to the fact that we are reserving many seats together in a group block. The lowest group fare should not be compared to an individual live fare.
Students will also be responsible for purchasing immunizations, and passport and visa fees not included in the program cost.
The estimate for personal spending money will vary greatly depending on individual spending habits. This would include personal items, additional personal travel, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities such as going to movies, concerts, etc. This estimate found in the budget sheet is based on average spending and students should estimate for themselves based on their spending habits.
Enrollment and Travel Fellowships
Enrollment and Travel Fellowships are available, but are limited and based on the Dean's Fund and various travel restrictions that limit capacity. Fellowships are funded by gifts from alumni and friends of the CON and are not included in the approximate costs.
Program Contact Information
Contact for all program-related questions including course questions, registration, and cost.
Professor Terry Kessler
Phone: (219) 464-5298
Professor Gail Kost
Phone: (219) 464-6086
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert, Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.