At International Health Sciences University (IHSU), we aim at providing a lifetime experiential learning opportunity to international students with a major focus on health from a developing country perspective. Our International Field Experience Program (IFEP) is a non-degree program open to all students and custom-designed to suit individual needs and objectives. The program provides an opportunity for students to work with local communities, volunteer on different projects, develop new skills and experience real life health dynamics in resource constrained settings.
Why choose IHSU for your IFE Program?
The IFE program at IHSU is conducted in a conducive and flexible learning environment with highly experienced mentors, a strong and supportive network of peers and supervisors to ensure that students’ objectives are met. The experiences from communities where students work are life-changing as they depict a true picture of global disparities in health.
IHSU does not only focus on students under its IFE program but also health professionals who may be willing to volunteer as teachers and share their expertise with University students and or members of the communities where we work. This is paramount in building local capacity and knowledge sharing as a mechanism of advancing scholarship.
Emma Robinson(left) an international volunteer conducting a life-skills class with adolescents from slum communities of Namuwongo, Ann Tezak(right)having a light moment with a baby to a teenage mother
Overall, our team of highly professional and experienced personnel strives to:
- Provide students with a practical experience of working in a resource constrained setting
- Encourage shared innovations to improve health of disadvantaged communities
- Promote inter-cultural medical education
- Promote institutional partnerships and collaborations in research and capacity building
Applying for an IFE program
Applying for an IFE program may be done in any of the following ways:
- Through the office in charge of the IFE program at your institution
- Individually but with a recommendation from your institution or organisation
All intending students are required to fill in an online application form SIX MONTHS before the desired date of commencement. The forms are available throughout the year to allow for proper planning and event scheduling. On receipt of the application, the Program Coordinator will acknowledge receipt by writing back to the student.
After thorough assessment of the application in terms of feasibility and availability of a mentor, a final decision on the application will be made within a period of ONE month and a status notification will be emailed to the student. The student will be expected to sign an acceptance letter and email it back to the Program Coordinator within a period of 2 WEEKS from the date of notification of offer. All the terms and conditions will be provided then. Students are encouraged to inquire about available opportunities much earlier before placing in an application
Cost involved in the International Field Experience Program
You are encouraged to seek clarification about the costs that will be involved in your undertaking the IFE program. Please note that these may differ from person to person based on the nature and design of the experiential activities you will be undertaking and duration