• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• In addition to being interested in global health, potential students must be enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduates at UW-Madison.
• 2.0 Cumulative GPA
• Teaching will be conducted in English. For the field work in the villages, there will be Sri Lankan partners who will aid with translations.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Interdisciplinary health subjects

Classroom Language



Hostels, Hotels, Local Hosts, Residence Hall

Program Duration

Winter intersession

Early January – Mid-January

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Winter Intersession 2018-19  4/13/2018
Extended Deadline: 4/27/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Sri Lanka, Multiple
UW Global Health Community Health & Asset-Based Community Development

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The UW Global Health, Community Health, & Asset-Based Community Development program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with IAP. 

This experiential learning course engages students in learning the basic elements of the holistic grassroots development strategy of the village-based Sarvodaya Movement, with special focus on the implications for individual, family and village health. In addition to visits and discussions at the movement's institute for higher learning, national and district headquarters, the program will include a three-day shramadana service project, and strategies for promoting intergenerational community self-knowledge. 

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Increase knowledge, understanding, and practical field skills related to Asset Based Community Development and its application to holistic health and wellness in village life, how health and well-being are affected by social, environmental, political, spiritual, cultural and economic conditions in rural Sri Lanka.
  • Increase cultural competency to engage in the international context, appreciating and honoring cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding, respect, and collaboration.
  • Increase knowledge of organizations involved in improving health and well-being, including governmental, international and local NGOs, faith-based programs, university-affiliated
    programs and social entrepreneurs.
  • Expose students to promising practices in sustainable, holistic development and the need for cross-disciplinary partnerships to address issues of health and well-being in impoverished areas.
  • Stimulate self-knowledge of the power of cultural norms and encourage students to apply what they learn when they return to the US.
  • Help students assess their own interests and capacities for international study and work, and to increase awareness of opportunities to engage in such ventures.
  • Engage in service with Sri Lankan community members in ways that contribute to the community’s own vision and efforts to improve health and well-being.