International Experience

OT International Experience Statement

For students entering the Master’s degree program in occupational therapy as of Fall 2015, the occupational therapy department is initiating an international experience requirement. The overall goal for the international experience is to gain cross-cultural and cross-national insight into the political, social, cultural and economic factors that influence the provision of occupational therapy services outside of the U.S. and define the role of occupational therapy within the system of care. Social and occupational justice issues are explored, and the role of the student as a global citizen is emphasized. Several types of international experiences are available, including faculty-led study abroad programs and service trips that can be completed during Winter or Summer sessions. Many of the experiences include opportunities to engage with local people in the provision of occupational therapy services. Most of the experiences are interdisciplinary, allowing students to work and study with students and providers from a variety of healthcare professions. Time abroad typically ranges from one to three weeks with assignments completed prior to the trip and after returning. Students register for 1-6 units of coursework for the international experience. These courses fulfill requirements for the degree. (Current schedule below was for Summer 2019.)

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May 26 - June 7

To be led by Dr. Lynne Andonian

June 19 - July 3

To be led by Dr. Megan Chang

June 9 - June 23

To be led by Dr. Gigi Smith


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