Occupational TherapyWestern Health Sciences

International Learning

The School of Occupational Therapy supports its students in pursuing international placement and coursework opportunities to enhance their academic program. The information outlined below serves a guide for students interested in seeking out one of these opportunities. More detailed information can be obtained by contacting the fieldwork coordinator.

International Coursework

Flag of NorwayOslo, Norway

Action Research: Enabling Communities through Enacting Change

Location: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)

This Intensive course may be taken in the summer term of first year and spans 2-3 weeks, with an additional pre- and post-residency learning program. Studying together with students from around the world, participants share perspectives and ideas and develop an international lens regarding health and well-being. Students engage in course content with peers and experts while in Norway and return with a rich perspective and the ability to translate this learning through a project which connects the learning to occupational therapy and/or occupational science.

International Fieldwork Placements

Australian FlagCanberra, Australia

Location: Canberra University

Through an exchange program with Canberra University, students are placed in various practice areas. The primary foci of previous placements have been in the areas of:

Flag of ScotlandDundee, Scotland

Location: Queen Margaret University

Through an exchange program with Queen Margaret University, students are placed at Ninewells Hospital, a large teaching hospital in Dundee, in the winter term of year 2. Previous placements have been available in:

Flag of South AfricaCapetown, South Africa

Location: Stellenbosch University (USeBenzA Assessment Centre)

Through an exchange program with Stellenbosch University's USeBenzA Assessment Centre in the summer term of second year, placement opportunities are available in:

In addition to gaining experience at the USeBenzA Assessment Centre, students also are provided with practice experience at the Tygerberg Hospital Work Assessment Unit in addition to community visits.

Flag of IndiaAyikudy, Tamil Nudu, India

Location: Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA)
Facilitated by: Handi-Care International (HCI)

Through a partnership with Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA), this placement opportunity is facilitated by Handi-Care International (HCI) and takes place in the summer term of year 2. It provides students with an opportunity to make a sustainable difference in the lives of people with disabilities in rural India. ASSA is located on a 30-acre campus and services provided include:

Students work alongside a graduate of Western Occupational Therapy program (or an affiliate program) who serves as a preceptor.