Global Course Connections (GCC) programs allow students to participate in a field-based extension of selected U-M courses. Students enroll in specific courses, typically in the Winter semester, and then travel for 3-4 weeks with classmates to field sites where they will put into practice what they have learned in their course. Instructor permission is required to register, and courses are offered through individual academic departments.
GCC in Thailand
This faculty-led experience offers students the opportunity to gain clinical observation experience and community outreach with various forms of community based care. The program will focus on health promotion and risk reduction at the country specific level. By exploring public health practice in Khon Kaen, partnering with local health organizations like the Red Cross and a local nursing college. Participants will study existing and emerging public health priorities as defined by the respective communities and Thai health leaders in the community. Students will explore healthcare and concepts of global health through an examination of status, needs and assets of the communities, and culminating in a community health assessment.
Foreign Language Requirement: None
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Standing by program start date
Minimum 2.0 GPA
Additional prerequisites based on chosen course, see "Courses and Credits" section below
Faculty Leaders of GCC Thailand: Sue Ann Bell, Clinical Associate Professor, PhD, FNP-BC, email@example.com
This GCC program has two different course options, each with different eligibility requirements. Students may participate in this experience by enrolling in N421 (open to all UM majors) or N456 (a required course for students in the School of Nursing).
Perspectives in Global Health
NURS421-Perspectives in Global Health, 4 credits total
Eligibility requirement: Sophomore standing; open to all undergraduate U-M majors
Offered through the School of Nursing, this Winter term seminar is open to students from all undergraduate U-M programs. Topics include health and human rights, the effects of environmental changes on health, and the challenges of addressing infectious and chronic disease in low and middle-income countries. The seminar will incorporate lectures by faculty and invited experts, as well as group discussions and student presentations.
N421 has one 2-credit section for students who are only taking the on-campus seminar. Students who are participating in the seminar and the field experience will need to register for a separate 4-credit Thailand section.
Students who choose the Perspectives in Global Health course will register for all 4 credits during the Winter term and should plan in advance to incorporate the 4 credits into their schedule.
Instructor: Megan J. Eagle, MSN, FNP-BC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Health Nursing
NURS456 Community Health Nursing, 8 credits total (2 credits didactic, 6 credits clinic)
Eligibility requirement: Junior standing at the time of application; open to students in the School of Nursing only
This community health experience will include lecture and clinical experience. The focus is population health with an emphasis on global health. Nursing 456 will offer one specific section in the Spring semester for GCC participants who will complete a portion of clinical hours in Thailand. See the program flier for Nursing students here.
Instructor: Sue Anne Bell, PhD, FNP-BC, Clinical Associate Professor (email@example.com)
Nursing students will register for all 8 credits during the Spring semester.
Field Experience in Thailand
This 3-week experience will focus on health promotion and risk reduction, with an emphasis on health equity, at the country specific level by addressing existing and emerging public health priorities as defined by the respective communities in collaboration with Thai health leaders. Students will explore community based healthcare by visiting various healthcare provider facilities to observe service, conduct interviews, and gain clinical and outreach experience on site. Students will hear from Thai guest speakers in the health and public health fields to supplement their understanding of in-country healthcare.
Students will also have the opportunity to learn about Thai culture and history by exploring some of the country's unique cultural sites, including an overnight excursion to Loei Province, Buddhist temples and other historical sites, cooking classes and more.
Instructor: Sue Ann Bell, Clinical Associate Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.
The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).
Funding Note for Pell Grant Students: Any Pell Grant student who participates a GCC will automatically receive the GCC Pell Grant Scholarship which will cover the cost of the Program Fee of their GCC (applies only to LSA students). You can find the Program Fee listed in your GCC Budget Sheet, this scholarship cannot be used toward any other costs for your trip outside of the listed Program Fee. LSA and Nursing students who receive Financial Aid (who are not Pell-Grant eligible) may apply for financial assistance for the program fee and travel expenses through M-Compass. Questions about aid eligibility should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.
Scholarships and Funding
LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.
GO Student Scholarships: Scholarship for Nursing students administered by the College of Nursing's Office of Global Outreach. Typical awards average about $500.
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
If you wish to apply to two programs with non-concurrent traveling dates, please contact Intercultural Programs Advisor Cristina Zamarron at email@example.com.
Dates & Deadlines
Application Deadline: December 15, 2016
Tentative Program Dates: June 9 - June 30, 2018 * (subject to change)
*Program dates listed do not include travel time to/from site. Further flight/arrival instructions will be provided to program participants during pre-departure orientation.
Students stay in local off-campus rental units/dorms with Thai student roommates from the local university in Khon Kaen (KKU) and others in their UM GCC cohort. Rooms include a private bathroom.
Need to Know
Why choose a GCC program?
Unique U-M faculty-led programs are great way to maximize learning during a short-term study abroad experience.
Preparation in the classroom before you go abroad makes it easy to hit the ground running with good cultural context.
GCC programs allow for close-knit relationships between students and faculty. You get to know your team well throughout the semester leading up to the field component.
CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:
Note:The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.