Colombia Study Abroad

Examine the Colombian health systems and vast health inequalities

This one-week immersion into Colombia's Caribbean Hispanic culture and public health is designed to help you grow both personally and professionally. If you are interested in gaining not just a better understanding of Latin America and its people, but also the sociological, cultural, political, and economic stressors that negatively affect the natural environment and public health, we invite you to apply for this study abroad program.

This program offers you the opportunity to learn about the environmental and socioeconomic determinants of public health by firsthand contact with real-world scenarios while providing an opportunity for cultural and language immersion. A strong emphasis is placed on examining the Colombian health systems, vast health inequalities, as well as socioeconomic differences and how these areas lead to vast differences in health outcomes.

You will have the opportunity to partake in many of the local attractions and cultural spots Colombia has to offer such as visiting historically relevant museums including: Spanish Inquisition, Gold Museum, San Felipe Fortress, and La Popa Monastery. Additionally, students are encouraged to visit the Botanical Gardens, take part in a Colombian cooking class or attend a local Caribbean music or dance class. 

Program information

You will enroll in PBHL-A 424/670 and receive three credit hours toward your undergraduate or graduate degree for Environmental Health Sciences.

The available coursework is particularly suited for, but not necessarily limited to, the following academic interests: Biomedical Sciences/Engineering/Technology, Biology/Botany/Plant Sciences, Dentistry, Environmental Studies/Science, Health Sciences, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Health Communication, Medical Humanities, Medical Sociology, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, History, Spanish, Sociology, Social Work, Public Health/Public Health Administration, Pre-medicine, and Political Science.


Open to Indiana University students in good academic standing who meet these criteria:

  • Must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Although designed for students with a special interest in health, students of all majors and IU campuses are welcome to apply
  • No Spanish language proficiency or other pre-requisite courses are required for participation
  • Graduate students from the Fairbanks School of Public Health may be permitted to attend with permission of the instructor (supplemental coursework will be assigned)
  • Attend all pre-trip meetings on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis (students from other IU campuses will have the option to join the pre-trip sessions in person or via distance technology)


  • Program fee: $3,300
    (airfare, most meals, lodging, local transportation, excursions/activities)
  • Spending money: $245
  • Passport: $145
  • Insurance: $33
  • International Study Fee: $87

Total estimated cost: $3,810 + standard tuition and fees

Pre-trip planning sessions

There will be a series of pre-travel meetings on campus at IUPUI. More information on the meeting details will be sent to students accepted into the program.

How to apply

Applications are not currently being accepted for this program. For future reference, preference will be given to public health undergraduate students; however, public health graduate students and undergraduate students of other majors are welcome to apply. Secure your spot today!

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Please note: All information is subject to change. This site is neither a contract nor an offer to make a contract. The Fairbanks School of Public Health reserves the right to change a program as new opportunities arise.