Study Abroad

NYU Around the World

The School of Global Public Health (GPH) is located in one of the greatest cities in the world—New York City—placing you in proximity to some of the city’s most challenging public health concerns.

However, ever-growing and complex global health concerns mean that diverse public health difficulties affect the entire world. Our graduate programs ensure that you gain a truly global perspective on public health issues through study abroad opportunities, faculty research and applied learning experiences that span six continents, giving you a unique advantage in becoming the next generation of public health innovators and pioneers.

Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities

GPH offers courses abroad throughout the year in several of our Global Network sites and beyond. You’ll get a chance to immerse yourself in another location and culture while also enriching your educational experience. We encourage you to check out our study abroad: past semesters section below to learn where our students have traveled and what they studied.

Please note that the application for these course is now closed.

January 2023 Study Abroad

GPH-GU 9130 Global Health Diplomacy (3 credits)
Location: Washington, DC
Dates: January 9th-20th 
Instructor: Prof. Peter Navario
Program Fee: $1450 (includes hotel accommodations; does not include transportation or tuition)

Application criteria: Priority goes to PHPM students who will be graduating in Spring 2023. Additional details to come.

Many of the geopolitical forces that shape global health (global disease burden and our collective response to it) lie outside of the health sphere. This course will explore the ways in which global health is influenced by, and can influence, other global forces including foreign policy, trade/economic policy, environmental policy, and security policy in a globalizing world. Effective responses to current and future global health challenges require that public health professionals (particularly those working in policy or at a policy-level) understand these dynamics and how best to leverage them in order to achieve better health outcomes globally.

GPH-GU 9345 Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: A Global Perspective (3 credits)
Location: London, England
Dates: January 3rd-6th in NYC; January 10th-18th in London

Instructor: David Abramson
Program fee: $1725 (includes housing accommodations; does not include airfare or tuition)
Application criteria: Priority goes to SBS students who will be graduating in Spring 2023. Additional details to come.
This course will contrast US and international approaches to public health emergency preparedness and response, as well as global approaches to disaster science. It will focus on the aspects of global public health emergency response systems germane to England. The course will also review principles of surveillance, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from natural and man-made emergency events, and cover both US and international emergency management and public health frameworks.

Spring Break 2023 Study Abroad

GPH-GU 9325 Behavioral Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics (3 credits)
Location: Online and Nairobi, Kenya
Dates: January 23-March 9 (online); March 12-19 (Nairobi, Kenya)
Instructor: Prof. Chris Dickey
Program fee: $1200 (includes hotel accommodations; students will be housed in shared doubles in a UN-approved hotel; does not include airfare or tuition)
Application criteria: Priority will go to GH students who will be graduating in Spring 2023. Additional details to come.
This course focuses on the integration of three public health disciplines for emergency action: epidemiology, behavioral health/intervention research and public health communication to design and implement strategies in prevention and response during disease outbreaks and for humanitarian health. UNICEF and government staff from more than 10 countries in the region – many of whom have 15-20 years of experience in the field – will participate alongside NYU GPH students, mixed together on teams and working to develop strategies for some of the pressing challenges in the region. The course is a hybrid, which means that half the material will be completed online before the in-person component. Almost all of the foundation material, readings, and slides are in the online portion, which allows the in-person time to be spent working on strategies to prevent and manage epidemics. This year, this course is being offered in partnership with the UNICEF East and Southern Africa Regional Office and Strathmore University.
To learn more about the course, you can read about past iterations here and here. This class develops implementable strategies against outbreaks in real time. It is a lot of work - often more than a typical study abroad course.

GPH-GU 9342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition (3 credits)
Location: Costa Rica

Dates: March 11th-18th 
Instructor: Prof. Niyati Parekh
Program fee: $1400 (includes housing accommodations; does not include airfare or tuition)
Application criteria: Priority will go to PHN students who will be graduating in Spring 2023. Additional details to come.
This unique course will explore some of the pressing challenges in the field of global health and nutrition; the epidemiological transition, with a specific focus on chronic disease, nutrition, and their relation to the social determinants of health. Major themes include the burden of disease and demographic transition; social determinants of health and nutrition; food systems and ecosystem transformation; and climate change. The course includes engagement with communities and policy makers, guided site visits, workshop activities, and an interactive learning environment.

NYU Global Network

Beyond NYU’s eight interdisciplinary schools here in New York City, we are part of a global network of degree-granting institutions and campus centers around the world. You’ll have academic opportunities for travel throughout your degree program, such as taking a Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Control class in London, or studying health emergency preparedness in Cuba.

  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • Accra, Ghana

  • Berlin, Germany

  • Buenos Aires,

  • Argentina

  • Florence, Italy

  • London, United Kingdom

  • Madrid, Spain

  • New York City, USA

  • Paris, France

  • Prague, Czech Republic

  • Shanghai, China

  • Sydney, Australia

  • Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Washington, DC, USA

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility:

Q: Are study abroad courses open to all GPH students?
Study abroad courses are open only to master's GPH students. Undergraduate students may find study abroad opportunities on this website.

Q: Can I select more than one study abroad course?
No - you can only select one course to enroll in. If you have questions about the course, you should attend the Information Session (TBA) or contact the faculty member.

Q: Are all students eligible for all study abroad courses?
No. Students should refer to our schedule to see which courses they are eligible for.

Q: Are F-1 students eligible to study abroad? 
Yes. International students with F-1 visas do not have any restrictions for studying abroad. Students are encouraged to meet with the Office of Global Services for information about travel requirements.

Q: Can study abroad courses be used to fulfill degree requirements? 
Yes. In general, study abroad courses may be used to fulfill elective requirements, though we sometimes offer core courses abroad. 

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid:

Q:  What is the average cost of a study abroad course?
Tuition for study abroad courses are the same as regular course offerings and are priced per credit (see the Bursar's website for specific costs). In addition to the tuition cost, students must pay a program fee covering the cost of excursions, food, and/or housing if applicable. The average activity fee for a 3-credit study abroad course is $1400-1800. Specific fees are noted on the "Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities" section of this page. Students are also responsible for the cost of airfare.

Q: Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes, a deposit pf $300 is required to reserve you place in the course. Information on how to pay the deposit will be sent once you have been accepted into a course. The deposit will be deducted from the course's program fee.

Q: Does GPH offer scholarships for study abroad?
GPH does not provide scholarships for students to study abroad.

Q: Can I use my financial aid award towards study abroad?
Students can use financial aid toward study abroad expenses for courses offered during the fall or spring semesters. For J-term courses, students need to enroll in at least 4.5 credits between January and Spring terms to be eligible for financial aid. Email gph.admissions@nyu.edu with further questions.

Q: What does the program fee cover?
A: In general, a program fee covers housing and activities (including local transportation), but it depends on the course. In some locations, housing and the activity fee are separate since housing at the NYU site is optional and students are billed directly from the site.

Q: Does financial aid cover the program fee?
A: Yes, though you must contact the Office of Financial Aid (212-998-4444 or financial.aid@nyu.edu) to discuss this with them; it is not automatically covered.

Flights, Passports, and Visas:

Q: Is airfare included?
A: No, airfare is not included in the tuition or activity fee.

Q: When can I book my flight?
A: Students should not book their flights until they are told to do so from GPH administrators. Each course must meet minimum enrollment in order to run.

Q: How do I send in my passport?
A: NYU collects this information on a central site. Further instructions will be provided soon, but you can find additional information here.

Q: Will I need a visa?
A: Depending on your nationality and the site you are visiting, you may need a visa. Information about visas may be found here.

Things to know once you have been accepted:

Q: When can I register?
A: Once you have been accepted to a course, paid your deposit, and have been given a permission code by GPH Registration, you may register. 

Q: How will I find housing while studying abroad?
NYU global sites offer limited dorm housing for students studying away. In non-GNU locations, hotel accommodations are often provided.

Q: I have family in the location of the course I want to apply for. Can I stay with them instead of at the accommodations that GPH provides?
No. Due to safety issues, all students who are in a study abroad course must stay with the rest of the cohort in the accommodations provided by GPH.

Q: Do J-Term courses count towards my Spring course load?
Yes.

Q: Can I arrive early?
Yes, but you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. Students must check in and check out on the listed dates per program. If you require a visa, you will need to check with the Office of Global Services as to whether you can arrive early or depart after the program dates.

Q: Can I travel on the weekend?
Yes, if your coursework allows you the time to travel outside of your host city, but you must notify the site administrators and gph.global@nyu.edu in advance of confirming your plans, and enter your information here.

Important Information to Know Before You Go!

* Late applications and confirmation fee payments will not be accepted. Students that do not deposit on time risk losing their spot in the course.  

* Program day-to-day schedules and syllabus content are subject to change and will be distributed in advance of departure. Some courses may require online modules or advanced readings to be completed prior to travel.

* Students should make sure they are up to date with their immunizations and contact NYU Travel Medicine to see if any vaccinations are required before travel.

* If you need a housing or academic accommodation, please contact the Moses Center as soon as you are admitted.

* Students are responsible for obtaining their visas, if needed, but will be provided guidance from GPH and the Office of Global Services (OGS).

* All international students should contact OGS regarding their status and to obtain a travel signature.

* NYU Traveler/Egencia is the preferred methods for students to book their flights since your information will automatically be uploaded to NYU Public Safety. The following student travel websites are also popular, though not endorsed or necessarily recommended by NYU:

- Student Universe
- STA Travel
- CheapOAir
- GenerationFly
- SecretFlying

Study Abroad: Past Semesters

NOTE: please note that study abroad programs were suspended from Spring 2020-Spring 2022, due to the pandemic.

Culminating Experiences

The applied practice culminating experience of our MPH program give you on-the-ground exposure to real-world public health challenges, often overseas. Here are a few of the places our former students put their problem-solving and practical skills to work.

  • Greece

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Madagascar

  • Uganda

  • Ukraine

  • USA

Faculty Research

We are invested in producing research of the highest caliber through large scale, multi-school, multi-disciplinary and multi-site research projects. You can work side-by-side with our prestigious faculty around the world on systems-changing research around the world, from how neighborhood characteristics influence population health and health disparities to how and why infectious and non-communicable diseases spread in populations.

  • Australia

  • China

  • Ghana

  • Greece

  • Grenada

  • India

  • Kenya

  • Moldova

  • Nepal

  • Sri Lanka

  • South America

  • Sweden

  • Thailand

  • Uganda

  • Ukraine

  • USA

  • Vietnam

  • West Africa
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