SPHS Study Abroad

Orebro, Sweden

The globe has become a very diverse and integrated place, and having international experience is a vital component of a well-rounded education in the 21st century.

Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a university student. By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land. In addition, study abroad programs are often conducted at a specialist institute, which allows students to strengthen a particular academic aspect during this time.

Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers following two types of study abroad opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Study Health and Disability in Sweden: May 23 - June 6, 2015

The beautiful town of Örebro, with its castle, museum and nearby lake Hjälmaren, will be the site of a new program offered in association with the Swedish Institute for Disability Research.

Offered during the May mini-term (May 23 - June 6), the 3-credit course is titled "Research in Health and Disability – Interdisciplinary perspective" (SPHS 4350/5350/6350). It will provide students with an opportunity to learn about interprofessional collaboration and interdisciplinary research in health and disability, provide an understanding about different models of disability and theory of science. Students will explore similarities and differences in health services and disability support in Sweden versus the United States through site visits, research projects and guest lectures from Örebro University faculty.

This course is open to students from any background as long as they have an interest in health and disability. This course is also open to students from other universities.

The fee for the study abroad program is $1,500 USD, which includes accommodation in Örebro, ground transportation, excursion to Stockholm, and international health insurance. However, airfare, meals, LU tuition/fee are not included in this price. Scholarships are available.

International Placement Opportunities

We encourage students to take short-term (1-2 month) placement opportunities in a different country during the course of the program. These placement visits are made during university off-term time (e.g., Christmas break, summer, etc). During this placement, students can engage in a variety of activities, including engaging in clinical work, conducting a pilot research study abroad, and/or learning about community-based rehabilitation in rural settings. Some placements may provide a combination of these.

Generally there are no credits awarded to these placements. However, if students engage in research activity, they may be able to do this as a part of a 3-credit "problems and project" course. Moreover, students who are involved in clinical work may be able to use their clinical work time towards their clinical placement hours.

We have identified placements in more than 10 countries across the globe including Cambodia, Finland, Guatemala, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom. These placement cites vary and they could be in a verity of settings, such as hospital, community-based charity, university, and so forth.

Students have to cover their own expenses. However, there are some general scholarships available through the university which may be used towards these placements.