Students will be selected based on academic progress (order of preference will be seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen), the merits of their application, interview, and GPA.
Shortly after the November 1 deadline
, students will be required to attend an interview with program leaders. Information about the interview time will be emailed to you by faculty leaders after the application deadline.
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now
" button at the top
of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However
, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application
Health Teams Abroad-Sweden provides comparative information and learning activities from the perspectives of health professions involved in higher education, clinical service delivery, and/or research in the US and Sweden. It emphases critical thinking about the ways in which societal values, policies and the practices of each country impacts the provision of health related services. Students are
exposed to the need for research evidence across health careers as a basis for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of common and chronic diseases. The program will began with weekly meetings in the second 8 weeks of the spring semester and end in Stockholm, Sweden. The pre-departure segment of the course will include lectures by the HTA faculty and study visits in the community that will parallel the Swedish experiences provided by Jonkoping University. These include lectures on the US and Swedish health care systems; forms of payment and insurance in the in each country; basic and applied research; an overview of Swedish culture and history; Swedish reading vocabulary for common items including food, transportation, and clothing; and practical tips for travel. Study visits in the US and Sweden will include community clinics, hospitals, research labs, senior living accommodations, and cultural points of interest.
Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours by the beginning of the program abroad
Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application
Display an academic record demonstrating maturity in their interview with the faculty
Experience in the field is helpful, but not required
Students begin pre-trip lectures in March
Dates of Travel:
May 14 - June 2, 2018
Credit Issued By
: University of Arkansas
Six (6) credit hours
Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level (students choose two 3-credit courses)
The program will began with weekly meetings in the second 8 weeks of the spring semester and end in Stockholm, Sweden. The pre-departure segment of the course will include lectures by the HTA faculty and study visits in the community that will parallel the Swedish experiences provided by Jonkoping University. These include lectures on the US and Swedish health care systems; forms of payment and insurance in each country; basic and applied research; an overview of Swedish culture and history; Swedish reading vocabulary for common items including food, transportation, and clothing; and practical tips for travel. Study visits in the US and Sweden will include community clinics, hospitals, research labs, senior living accommodations, and cultural points of interest.
Upon completion of this course, the student will have the skills to:
1. Identify the work of various health professionals, e.g., MD, PT, OT, SLP, nurses;
2. Describe best practices for health team service delivery to promote wellness and treat illness;
3. Evaluate factual knowledge about health promotion and service delivery in the US and Sweden;
4. Use conceptual knowledge to compare/contrast differences that may be introduced to health promotion and health care by cultural beliefs, values and the organization of health care delivery;
5. Understand how resources and health policy impact care decisions in the US and Sweden
During the first two weeks of the trip, students will be housed in an international housing complex used by Jonkoping University (JU). This is a large housing complex 80% of which is occupied by families from the community, both Swedish and international. As such, UA students see children at play, families in everyday activities, and the ordinary life of people residing in Sweden. Laundry facilities as well as sports fields, hiking trails, and a major grocery store are located in and adjacent to the complex. Public transportation is readily accessible. It takes approximately 20 minutes to reach the School of Health in central Jonkoping. UA students will share apartment units with JU students, many of whom are international and have been studying at the university for one or more semesters. The faculty are housed in two apartments close to the JU School of Health. that are shared with other visiting faculty. Students and faculty stay together in a hostel located in downtown Stockholm for the last week of the trip. This is conveniently located just across the waterway from Stockholm's City Hall and a five minute walk from the subway and the historic 'Old Town'. Swedes and international travelers of all ages use this hostel so students experience a 'local' way of traveling that differs from that in the US.
An important goal of this trip is that students become aware of cultural values and how these influence decisions about health care provision and use. Visits to museums and participating in social and cultural activities are planned to provide the opportunity to see and experience living like a Swede. The program includes study visits to hospitals, clinics, and research laboratories in Arkansas and Jonkoping, Sweden. Day trips include a visit to Sweden's second largest city, Goteborg, on the west coast and to Uppsala just north of Stockholm where numerous contributions to medical history are housed. Students also spend a day biking and hiking on an island outside of Jonkoping to experience the country side and take a boat tour to the archipelago while in Stockholm which again takes them out of the city environment. Understanding the importance of leisure enjoyment provides a window for understanding the lifestyle and values of Swedish people.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website
This list is not comprehensive.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
Fran Hagstrom, Health Teams Abroad program coordinator
Assistant Dean of Health Professions
Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders
Neil Allison, faculty co-leader
Associate Professor & Liebot Chair of Premedical Sciences
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mack Ivey, faculty co-leader
Department of Biological Sciences
Health, Human Performance, & Recreation
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.?
"The Health Teams Abroad in Sweden program perfectly matched my academic requirements and future career goals. The whole experience was great for enhancing my education."
"Anyone going into the medical field, in any discipline, should think about HTA Sweden. It opens your eyes to things that would otherwise be blind to you. It sets you apart from a lot of people in the field of health care, and gives us a better understanding on how we have to fix our system."
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad
Health Teams Abroad Sweden_info sheet.pdf
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