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Summer: Rutgers- Global Health Practicum - Exploring Chinese Healthcare Practices (China)

Xiamen, China

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Rising Junior
Rising Sophomore

Global Health (705:652) and Epidemiology (705:698) recommended



Program Advisor

The Program

For the students looking to have hands on experience.

Students will actively participate in the health care system within the confines of host country regulatory requirements, to clients living in the host community, demonstrating clinical competence, professional accountability, caring behaviors, and cultural sensitivity. Engage in discussion and field-based learning with faculty and students from the Rutgers Nursing Department and College of Medicine at Xiamen University. Identify the main health issues of the host community utilizing existing information. For example the World Health Organization information and country data.


Picture of Xiamen

Program Location

Picture of Xiamen Cityscape



Xiamen is a sub-provincial city in southeastern Fujian province beside the Taiwan Strait. Located in a subtropical climate Xiamen has a long history of invasion and trade dating back to 1387. Xiamen was ranked as China's 2nd most suitable city for living as well as China's most romantic leisure city. This popular weekend getaway location is known for tree-lined beaches in the countryside, Victorian-style buildings, and Xiamen's Botanical Gardens, it's truly a nature lover's paradise. 



This course is designed as an elective for Nursing students, but is open to students from other health professions. However, qualified applicants must be approved by the program director based on demonstrated interest in global health issues. Global Health (705:652) elective course and Epidemiology (705:698 or a similar course) are recommended. 

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.


Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the program dates have been confirmed.

Students are expected to attend two in-person meetings prior to travel and one meeting after returning. 





Housing and Meals



Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $3,030 $3,300
Graduate $3,200 $3,470
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Some Meals
•    Intra-country Flight
•    Lectures
•    Excursions
•    Transportation
•    Translators/Guides
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,500
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $140
Meals $200
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $450
Total $2,390.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Ying-Yu Chao

Dr. Ying-Yu Chao is Clinical Assistant professor at Rutgers School of Nursing. She is a Taiwanese-born English-Chinese bilingual faculty. She has experience in Medical-surgical nursing and rehabilitation nursing in Taiwan. She is a geriatric nurse practitioner and has worked with Chinese immigrants in Clinical Settings in the US.


Dr. Suzanne Willard

Dr. Willard is associate dean of global health and directs the HIV Care Specialization Division of Advanced Nursing Practice at the Rutgers School of Nursing. She has over 20 years experience in HIV care and prevention, and has worked extensively both nationally and internationally and has served on panels for both the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Human Health Services.


Dr. Karen Lin

Dr. Karen Lin from RWJMS for her expertise in the China health care system as well as traditional Chinese medicine techniques.