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Study Abroad in Swaziland this Summer


3-Credit Study Abroad Experience in Swaziland>br /> “Health Systems Around the World: Understanding Swaziland’s Healthcare System"
PBHL-H455 Section 13333 (Undergraduate) or PBHL-H670 Section 13334 (Graduate)


May 27 – June 16, 2017


This unique program provides IUPUI students with insight into the healthcare system in the Kingdom of Swaziland and the unique challenges and barriers to care experienced by its citizens. You will learn about and/or volunteer in a range of community-based organizations related to this theme and your specific discipline.

Students will have direct experiences and interactions with Swazi students, community members, and governmental and private organizations. There will be an opportunity to hear multiple perspectives on the challenges facing this rapidly developing country and for students to have a greater understanding of the business and culture of healthcare delivery in Swaziland. To help meet this goal, we have partnered with the University of Swaziland, Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach, the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial hospital, and other organizations.

Students will visit a variety of cities and places in Swaziland. Planned activities include a tour of an outdoor cultural heritage museum to help better understand the history of the country, and a local recycled glass factory and candle factory to provide insight on economic development. The group will also travel to the Hlane Royal National Park for a safari tour and have several shorter excursions, including to see local and handmade arts and crafts. Finally, the group will tour the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg to help understand the history and politics of neighboring South Africa.

This program explores healthcare in Swaziland in its many dimensions. Students will complete readings, attend lectures at the University of Swaziland, visit governmental and non-governmental organizations, and participate in critical reflections sessions. Students will also visit key cultural sites throughout the Kingdom and in South Africa.

Preceptors from the Fairbanks School of Public Health will include:

Dr. Duwve Dr. Joan Duwve
Associate Dean, Public Health Practice
Dr. Babich Dr. Sue Babich
Associate Dean, Global Health
Professor, Health Policy & Management


Open to Indiana University students in good academic standing who meet these criteria:

  • Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • The program is designed for junior/senior undergraduates who are interested in health and healthcare at an international level.
  • Although designed for students with a special interest in health, students of all majors and IU campuses are welcome to apply. The coursework is particularly well suited for students studying Public Health, Health Sciences, Nursing, Health Administration and Business.
  • Graduate students are welcome to apply (supplemental coursework will be assigned).

Minimum Number of Participants

We must have at least 15 participants. If we do not reach the minimum, the trip will be cancelled and all monies returned.


Students will stay at the George Hotel in Manzini, Swaziland during their time on the study abroad program. In Johannesburg, the students will stay at the Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport.


The program fee is $2,650, which covers:

  • Housing
  • Some meals (daily breakfast and dinner)
  • Transportation to scheduled learning activities
  • Airport pickups/drop-offs
  • Service related supplies
  • Cultural visits and some excursions

Additional expenses will include:

  • Airfare of approximately $2,000-$2,200 for roundtrip transportation to Swaziland (students will arrange their own flights).
  • Spending money for lunches and other incidentals (recommend $100-$200).
  • Vaccinations: $300
  • Study Abroad fees of $82 for the international study fee and $30 for insurance.
  • Background check: $20
  • Tuition and related fees to cover the required three-credit hour course (amount will vary based upon residency status and full/part-time status); visit the IUPUI cost estimator to determine how the three additional credits will impact your Bursar bill for Summer 2017.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted until February 27th, 2017. A maximum of 15 students will be accepted into the program. Preference will be given to Public Health undergraduate students, however, graduate students and undergraduate students of other majors are welcome to apply. Here’s what you need to do to secure your spot:

  • Login to iAbroad and search for Swaziland: Multidisciplinary Health Studies.
  • Complete the application. If you meet the criteria for the program and are accepted, you will receive notification within a few days that you have been accepted, along with a form you must sign to confirm your participation. You will have seven days from receipt of the notification to sign and submit the confirmation letter. If you do not sign the letter by the deadline, you will lose your spot.
  • One day after submitting the confirmation letter, you will receive a bill from the Bursar for the $2,650 program fee. You will need to pay the bill by the deadline indicated.
  • After submitting your confirmation you will need to register for the course:
    • PBHL-H455 Section 13333 (Undergraduate)
    • PBHL-H670 Section 13334 (Graduate)
  • Once we reach the minimum number of confirmed participants needed to travel, we will alert confirmed participants that they can begin to book their flights.


Have a question? We’re here to help! Email Sarah Johnson or call Sarah at (317) 278-8415.