Health & Recreation Fields

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These pages are currently under revision, and may not have a complete list of programs. Please contact Hannah Nevitt to explore all program options.

The following programs offer significant coursework and field immersion opportunities for Community Health, Human Services, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Education, Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, Tourism, Exercise Science, Sport Psychology, Speech, and more. This is meant to highlight a variety of programs by region. Please note there are many other options available beyond what is listed. This is not a guaranteed list for credit transfer. Students must obtain department advisor approval for fulfilling degree requirements. Students must apply to both the provider through the links below, and to WWU Education Abroad

University Catalogue Information: Kinesiology-Pre-Healthcare Professions Specialization, BS, Kinesiology- Sports Psychology Specialization, BS, Recreation Management and Leadership, BA

Note that these are not the only degree programs in their respective fields.

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Misti Williams

Advisor for Human Services

Office: MH 318

Carola Williams

Advisor for Nursing

Office: MH 425A

Jennifer Leita

Advising Coordinator, Dept. of Health & Human Development

Office: CV 201A

Advising Info

After you decide on a program and the courses you will take abroad, you must complete the Departmental Academic Advising Esign Form with your academic advisor. The form must be completed before your program commences.   

Review Your Degree Works  

Web4U > Student > Student Records > Degree Works. Follow steps to see what you have completed, and what you still need for your degree plan. At least 50% of the credit hours required for the major/minor must be earned at Western.   

An official transcript from your program must be sent to Education Abroad for processing upon completion of your program.  

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Program Options

Study Abroad Provider

  • Independent organizations that facilitate or administer study abroad programs for students
  • Quarter, semester, academic year, calendar year, and summer
  • Pay a program fee that includes tuition, housing, etc. (varies)
  • More services provided
  • Often includes excursions, onsite pickup, varied housing options
  • Part time internships can be available for credit

Faculty-led Global Learning Program

  • WWU faculty organize and lead academic programs abroad
  • Quarter, summer, and academic breaks
  • Earn WWU credits and learn from WWU faculty abroad while studying with other WWU students
  • Pay tuition and fees at WWU in addition to a program fee for onsite costs

Western Exchange

  • Bilateral agreements between WWU and universities abroad to exchange students
  • Chance of placement is high
  • Semester and year-long options
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid onsite
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • Eligibility requirements vary
  • More independent and less services

ISEP Exchange

  • ISEP stands for International Student Exchange Program
  • Students can choose from over 135 universities in 36 different countries
  • Students provide ISEP with a list of preferred sites. Chance of placement varies from site to site.
  • Semester & year-long options only
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid to WWU
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • More independent and less services provided

Research, Fellowships & Grants

Princeton in Asia Fellowship - Teaching and Service Field Placements in Asia Post Grad

While more than half of the Fellows are employed as English teachers at universities, colleges, and high schools, there are also specialized positions with organizations that contribute to the following global issues: education, environmental sustainability, public health, media, economic development, and peace, justice, and access to information.

Award amount: Local stipend paid directly by the host organization. The stipend is intended to cover the cost of safe housing, clean food and drinking water, basic telecommunications, and local travel.

UK Fulbright: University of Stirling Award

Covers first year of any master's or doctoral degree program in health, wellbeing, or sports science offered by the university.

The living stipend is intended as a contribution towards general maintenance costs towards the first year in the UK.

In the UK, master's degrees are typically one-year programmes (full-time) and PhDs are three-year programmes (full-time).

Award amount: Full tuition waiver, £13,700 living stipend

U.S. Dept. of State Critical Language Scholarship

Award amount: Summer $Full Tuition, Airfare, Accommodations

NSEP David L Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Award amount: Up to $8000 for a summer; $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) Grant

Award amount: up to $3,000 for Summer, $5,000 for Semester/Quarter, $7,000 for Academic Year

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

For Pell Grant eligible students

Award amount: Grants averaging up to $3,000 for Summer, $5,000 for Semester/Quarter, $8,000 for Critical Language Study




  • ISA Service Learning - Meknes, Morocco, Summer Quarter

    $3,100 4-week summer.  Placement site, housing, meals & airport pickup.

    Additional $275 for 3 quarter credits

    • Placements 
      • Community Support Center- Participants may assist in teaching English, designing specialty workshops and classes, and recreational activities for all ages.
      • Women's Development and Vocational Training Foundations - Many of the educational courses teach artisan skills (embroidery, calligraphy, literacy) to increase employment opportunities and/or assist the women in starting their own businesses. Participant opportunities may include organizing logistics, preparing lesson plans, and teaching English to the women. Additional help may be needed with fundraising, marketing, or creating a social media presence or website development to help the women sell their products.
      • Cultural Center - participants will have opportunities to help with teaching various classes, including English, computer science, dance classes, sports, music, video editing, theatre, photoshop, drawing and painting, coaching, cinema.

South Africa



  • USAC - Bengaluru, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter



South Korea


British Columbia

Central America


Costa Rica

  • CEA - Veritas University, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter
  • ISA Service Learning - San Jose, Costa Rica, Summer Quarter

    $2,750 4-week summer. Placement site, housing, meals, airport pickup. Additional $275 for 3 quarter credits

    • Placements 
      • After School Program - engage children by facilitation recreational activities, art, and music projects
      • Education Center for People with Disabilities - visual and hearing impairments, speech & occupational therapy, music, art, physical education, dietary guidance, recreational activities
      • Bilingual School - PK-12 school's mission on civic commitment, personal growth and environmental conservation. Teacher's Aide, TESOL, Physical Education
      • Youth Development Center - youth education and recreation programming - TESOL, Technology, Human Resources, activities
      • Cancer Support Center - Observe supportive therapies developed by the center's psychologists or assist with educational workshops
      • Children's Hospital - best for students majoring in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Public Health, and Health Science or for students interested in learning about foreign health care systems
      • Senior Citizen's Home - health & recreation- plan and lead recreational activities, dance, aerobics etc.
      • Health Clinics - best for students majoring in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Public Health, and Health Science or for students interested in learning about foreign health care systems
      • HIV Non-Profit Organization - Participants in this role may help give workshops and educational talks to the public, conduct research, provide emotional support for patients living with HIV, AIDS, and/or STIs, and help with daily tasks around the center.
      • Environmental, Cultural & Recreational Park - gardening, planting, weeding, reforestation initiatives, and nursery restoration and creation of artificial lakes, environmental education workshops, playground creation, and work with schools in the local community
      • Butterfly Garden - planting shrubs and weeding in the greenhouses or garden trails, feeding larvae and butterflies in the laboratory, or assisting with content creation and social media marketing.
  • ISA - Heredia, Summer Quarter

Puerto Rico; USA


Czech Republic







  • ISA - Athens, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter



  • USAC - Cork, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter
  • ISA Service Learning - Galway, Ireland, Winter Quarter

    $3,650 4-week summer. $4,650 6-week. Placement site, housing, airport pickup.

    Additional $275 for 3 quarter credits

    • Placements 
      • Center for People with Autism - Participants may support and supervise children of various ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a range of clubs and activities.
      • Family Support Center - The center also runs an activity group that aims to promote social inclusion through arts and crafts, sports, drama, and cooking projects, youth exchanges, day trips, mid-term and summer camps, yoga and meditation, cooking classes, grinds (tutoring), as well as workshops on building healthy relationships and improving I.T skills.
      • Support Center for Individuals with Disabilities - The aim is to enhance the well-being of the family unit through fun and recreational activities including music, art, and play therapy as well as guardian(s) support mechanisms. 
      • Equine Therapy Center - therapeutic horsemanship, equine-facilitated coaching, and EAGALA model equine-assisted personal development and psychotherapy.


  • USAC - Reggio Emilia, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter

    English courses in:

    • Foundations of Personal Health & Wellness, Comparative Global Health Issues and Systems, Nutrition Across the Lifespan, Aging: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Health & Wellness Communication
  • SAI - Florence University of the Arts, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter

    English coursework in:

    • Art Therapy, Health & Wellness, Happiness Studies, Grow, Cook, Heal - Therapy for Wellbeing, Physical and Emotional Art of Walking, Art of Yoga and Meditation, Community Garden Management, Human Resources Management, Special Event Management, Hospitality Industry, Spa Management, Art & Community, Health Communication, Travel Writing, Reading, Healing & Wellness, Biomedical Ethics, Endemics, Epidemics, and Pandemics, Clinical Practice in Emergency Healthcare, Geriatric Healthcare, Health Assessment, Health Communities and Virtual Care, Internship in Dependence and Abuse, Public Health: Policy and Community, Social Work, Experiential Learning in Sports Management, Research, Internships, Special Event Management, Sports Venue and Training Center Assistant, Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, Italian Soccer Experience
  • ISA - Rome, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter
  • CIEE - Open Campus Rome, Spring Semester, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter


Northern Ireland





Middle East

United Arab Emirates

North America





South America



  • CIEE - Summer Global Internship Santiago, Summer Quarter
  • ISA Service Learning - Valparaiso, Chile, Summer Quarter

    $2,995 4-week summer. Placement site, housing, meals, airport pickup. Additional $275 for 3 quarter credits

    • Placements 
      • Center for Infantile Nutrition - health
      • Community Center- community development, family & youth development - sustainability, education, dance, art, cooking, TESOL, yoga, art therapy, human resources, marketing
      • Educational Center for Children with Disabilities - primary education, art workshops, speech therapy, occupational therapy
      • Health Clinics - health

Costa Rica



West Indies

Dominican Republic