Study Abroad as an Exercise and Health Science Major

As an Exercise and Health Science major, studying off-campus may fit into your academic program and may help you to achieve your career goals.

Willamette student in New Zealand

My experience abroad was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. True growth happens outside your comfort zone!                                                         Emily Sewall, '17, New Zealand.

Together with your academic adviser and the Office of International Education (OIE) we can find opportunities to expand your academic and world view that makes your portfolio more diverse and expansive.

Why study abroad?

Any major at Willamette University can benefit from a study abroad program.  However, here are a few ways in which study abroad can benefit an Exercise and Health Science major:

  • Experience healthcare outside of the United States
  • Gain a more global perspective on current healthcare issues
  • Enhance your abilities to communicate through language skills development with immersive experiences
  • Build your resume for a career that demands a more culturally diverse, aware, and engaged applicant
  • Challenge yourself by leaving your comfort zone and examine different approaches to life, work and happiness.

How will study abroad count toward my major? Will it take me longer to graduate?

Many students may consider the study abroad program to be “extra work” and thus may take students longer to graduate.  However, with diligent planning with your academic adviser, you can make a plan that fits your graduation goals.  Note that in most circumstances; no more than one credit may be applied towards the major requirements.  Many students take the general education and general interest classes in addition to the one credit from within the major.

An OIE advisor can help you to find a program that matches your academic needs and helps you to meet your personal goals and interests as well.

When should I study abroad?

Programs are offered during the summer, fall or spring semester or for a full academic year.

Exercise and Health Science majors who study abroad for a semester or longer typically do so in their junior year.  Note that semester and year-long programs are not available for seniors as the major’s required senior capstone course is offered in the fall semester and students must be on campus during their last semester of enrollment.

Summer programs are open to students at all levels, unless otherwise noted.

Can I afford to study abroad?

Yes! Willamette-sponsored semester programs are comparable in cost to being on campus for a semester and most forms of financial aid can be applied. See the OIE website for more details about program costs and additional expenses to consider.

Scholarships for study abroad are available and can be found on the OIE website. It is critical to begin to research scholarships early, even before you apply for study abroad.

How should I choose a program?

Explore! Just as you spent time researching colleges before deciding on Willamette, you will want to spend time investigating programs abroad to ensure a good fit.

  • Research class offerings to know whether there are classes that meet your academic needs.
  • Consider your personal goals for the experience and seek out programs that will help you to meet them.
  • Investigate which programs offer support services you may need during your time there.
  • Meet with an OIE advisor!

Programs for Exercise and Health Science majors to consider

These are some programs that offer Exercise and Health Science for you to consider as you begin your research, but consult the Office of International Education for many more options as well.  Most programs are open to all majors.

Resources for study abroad:

Willamette University Exercise and Health Science students studying abroad

Office of International Education

Visit the Office of International Education’s website to learn more about program options, scholarships how to apply and more.

Credit considerations

Many students take general education and general interest classes in addition to the one credit from within the major. In most cases, no more than one credit may be applied towards the major requirements.  

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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
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