Field Experience Team
Somer Burke, MPH, CHES, CPH
International Field Experience Administrator
Students considering an International Field Experience should have strong communication skills to cut across language, cultural, and educational barriers; be flexible with different cultural norms and hospitality practices, have tolerance for a reduced standard of living, less personal privacy, and be able to live without many of the modern conveniences that we take for granted in the United States.
Before embarking in their International Field Experience (IFE), students must complete the College Foundational Courses, or other course(s) as determined by their Faculty Mentor.
Students contemplating and International Field Experience are expected to learn about the host country in matters concerning: safety, health, legal, political, cultural, religious, gender, etiquette and environmental considerations.
With any international work or travel there are risks and challenges not encountered in the United States. The landscape of international settings can change quickly. Therefore, students are expected to be flexible and communicative throughout their International Field Experience. Students are ultimately responsible for educating themselves about the risks in traveling and preparing for possible adverse events.
Students anticipating an International Field Experience should begin planning one (1) year prior to departure, and should have their IFE plans finalized 1 month prior to departure.