IFE > Getting Started

Contacts:

Jesse Casanova, MS
International Field Experience Administrator
(813) 974-4247
jcasanov@health.usf.edu

Michelle Hodge, MPH
Field Experience Administrator
(813) 974-6665
mhodge1@health.usf.edu

Questions to ask yourself

  • What do I want to learn?
  • Do I want research, community health, or administrative experience?
  • Which organizations or research institutions currently work in my desired geographic area?
  • Is there a specific type of population that I want to work with?
  • How will my selection of focused electives help me prepare for my field experience?
  • How will this experience meet my long-term professional goals?
  • Where do I want to go for my field experience?
  • How much do I know about the country where I want to go?
  • What are the gender roles and taboos in the culture where I will work?
  • What steps do I need to take to develop my language skills?
  • When do I want to go?
  • How much am I willing to spend, and what level of financial assistance might I need?

Finding an international field placement

Your Academic Advisor is the first resource to help you explore international field experience opportunities. You may wish to choose one of the College's approved sites, or, you may have an organization, particular project, or country in mind. Your Academic Advisor may identify colleagues who are in a position to arrange an experience tailored to your particular needs and skills. Language may play an important place in your choice.

It is also a good idea to talk to other students who have done international field work; attend the fall or spring mandatory international field experience orientation and the end of semester debriefing sessions; begin establishing your network; talk to anyone you think might have a connection, and be persistent! Use all of your resources. Then, once you have a clearer picture for an international field placement, communicate first with your Academic Advisor and then begin the placement process with the International Field Experience Coordinator.

Anticipating costs

Living expenses and the cost of all field placement activities are the responsibility of the student and should be considered in financial planning. The costs reflected in the table are approximate.

Tuition Cost 6 credit hours

http://isis.fastmail.usf.edu/finaid/

Passport, Passport Card, Visa Departure Tax

$140 + $25 processing fee for first time applicants; $110 for renewal cost varies.
Research Visa requirements at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html

Medical and Evacuation Insurance

Approximate cost: $50/month
(Please see required forms section)

Lodging and Meals (costs depend on country)

Lodging: varies from $7 - $20/day (anticipate more for larger cities)
Meals: $2.- $15/day

Immunization
Anti-malarial

$ 0 to $500/immunization
Approximately $50 (Consult with your doctor)

College of Public Health Funding Opportunity

IFE Placement Scholarship

Up to $2500 may be awarded by the College depending on availability of funds and the student meeting qualifications.

Examples of outside funding sources

USF Financial Aid

http://isis.fastmail.usf.edu/finaid/

USF Scholarships

http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/scholarships/

Financial Aid Resource Publications from the U.S. Department of Education

http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS)

http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpsflasf/index.html

Study Abroad Loans

http://www.studyabroadloans.com/loan-information/study-abroad-loans/

Study Abroad Scholarships

http://www.studyabroad.com/forum/financial_aid.html

UCI Center for Education and Loans

http://www.cie.uci.edu/prospective/finaid.shtml

STA Travel Loans

http://www.statravel.com/cps/rde/xchg/us_division_web_live/hs.xsl/Student-Travel-Loans.htm

Examples of approved international field experience sites

COUNTRY

SITE

Bahamas

  • Ministry of Health

Belize

  • Ministry of Health
  • University of Belize
(Please see Drs. Westhoff and Corvin)

Costa Rica

Instituto Monteverde
(For dual degree Anthropology students)

Ecuador
(Preferred Site)

  • Hispanics-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) (Please see Dr. Izurieta)

India

  • Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement
  • Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre (Preferred site: Supervisor is CoPH alumnus)

Malaysia
(Preferred Site)

University of Malaysia (UNIMAS)

Mexico
(Preferred Site)

Instituto Nacional De Salud Publica (Cuernavaca, Mexico)

PAHO
(Preferred Site)

Trinidad/Tobago

PANAMA
(Preferred Site)

  • The City of Knowledge Academic Unit
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Gorgas Memorial Institute
  • Health Research International (HRI)
  • PAHO/WHO
  • UNICEF
  • United Nations
  • World Food Programme
  • Senacyt

St. Lucia

  • Ministry of Health

Switzerland

  • WHO (case-by-case basis)

Uganda
(Preferred Site)

PLEASE SEE THE “FORMS” SECTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE WEBSITE TO DOWNLOAD THE “PRELIMINARY APPLICATION” AND OTHER FORMS YOU WILL NEED THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS FOR PLANNING AN IFE.