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Global Health Study Abroad

The 2025 GHSA Program Psychology application portal is now open!.

The Department of Psychology's Global Health Study Abroad Program brings undergraduate students to India during the first part  of Summer C (month of  June) alternating academic years . Students will use the knowledge they are gaining from their degree to understand real world health issues. This mentored experience is a great opportunity to enhance graduate or medical school applications as the assignments are designed to serve as submission materials. This will be the fourth cohort of a very select group of talented students. To ensure students have a personalized research mentorship and intensive practical experience, 10 students will be selected through a competitive process. The selected students will:

  • gain global health experience that will provide evidence of your cultural competency skills to graduate programs or employers
  • fulfill core requirements for undergraduate degrees, including the required capstone Senior Seminar.
  • complete a research project to include in graduate program application materials, and secure letters of recommendation.


Exploring Cultures of Health in India

Building a portfolio across the world!

FIU is partnering with the Public Health Research Institute of India (PHRII) to offer students a comprehensive study abroad experience focusing on global health. PHRII is a recognized National Institutes for Health (NIH) research training site. Students will examine either a physical or psychological health issue while participating in the program. Previous year topics have included intimate partner violence, prenatal care in rural communities, HIV/ AIDS and social support, medical tourism, culturally appropriate depression screening, human trafficking, learning disabilities among children, ADHD and autism, and wholistic health interventions. As part of this learning experience, students will interact with health providers, and patients in related health contexts.

Mysore- a city located in the southern state of Karnataka- is the ideal location for this program. Included visits to sites of cultural significance (like Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, KR Sagar, 12th century temple, and other notable sites) will facilitate our exploration of how cultural values and experiences applies to health understandings. Along with its world famous reputation as the home to Mysore and Ashtanga yoga, Mysore is also located in the state with the leading outsourcing centers in the world for software companies, and health education

GHSA Fellows' Experiences

Developing Meaningful Research & Relationships

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Rural HPV Camp

Preparing to do pap test for HPV detection.

Tiger Preserve Tour

Jeep ride through the tiger trails

Linking Spirituality & Health

A visit to the Bahai Lotus Temple

Cooking Class

PHRII staff teach us traditional methods.

Weekend Trip

Visit other parts of India and Asia... you are already over there!

Buddhist Temple Visit

Engaging community and building relationships

Overnight train ride

Saying good night as a group!

Annual GHSA Gala

A celebration of Mysore cultures

Daily Yoga

Early risers attending our private classes