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. The Summer 2022 schedule includes international experience in Finland only. (The program is no longer accepting applications.)
Start: May 29, 2022
End: June 10, 2022