International Health Studies

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For whom

Are you a Faculty of Health Care student looking to broaden your horizons? Do you want to become an internationally trained health care professional? And are you keen to acquire intercultural skills? Then our International Health Services (IHS) minor programme is for you!

Entry requirements

To enter the IHS minor programme, you have to:

  1. Have the propaedeutic diploma.
  2. Have to be an undergraduate student of:
    • Nursing
    • BMH
    • MiZ
    • Physiotherapy*
    • Cesar Therapy
    • Skin Therapy
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Optometry
    • Orthoptics
    • Speech Therapy
    • Applied Pharmacology
      * The numbers are fixed and connected to availability of internship places
  3. Support your application with a motivation letter to the programme coordinator.

Additionally, you are expected to have attained English CEFR level B2.


This intensive programme gives you a solid theoretical basis on the latest insights into intercultural health care provision, which you will apply in a ten-week internship/project of your choice. You will have lectures, tutorials and assignments, and work on a portfolio, a personal development plan and a final report. You also give presentations to your fellow students, anchoring your learning experience.

Learning objectives

Learning outcomes of part 1:

  1. You demonstrate cultural self-awareness including culturally-specific information and sociolinguistic awareness.
  2. You have an in-depth deep understanding of overall knowledge of healthcare culture including culture-specific information and sociolinguistic awareness.
  3. You evaluate your own competence and create a developmental plan for personal progress over time.

Learning outcomes of part 2:

  1. You behave and communicate effectively and appropriately (based on your intercultural knowledge, skills and attitudes) to achieve your goals during the internship.
  2. You show in actual context, adaptability in communication and behaviour to a new cultural environment.
  3. You are flexible in selecting and using appropriate communication styles and behaviours and show cognitive flexibility in actual context.
  4. You are able to use an ethno-relative view in an intercultural situation.


The programme takes place during one semester (two blocks) and consists of the following courses:

Course Title Subject ECTS
Aware and Prepare Healthcare Systems and Culture 5
Theory and Plan of Approach 5
Personal Elements and Reflection 5
Home Sweet Home Services and Products 5
Theoretical and Professional Comparison 5
Logbook and Reflections 5

The IHS programme is offered in both the autumn and spring semester.

The programme starts with a theoretical part, lasting six weeks. Afterwards, you will leave for your project or traineeship/work experience, for ten weeks or a minimum of 40 days. The programme finishes with a four-week theoretical part during which you reflect on your experiences.


You will get several written assignments, make a portfolio and give presentations about different topics.


The following literature will be discussed during the minor. You will receive a definite reading list before the start of the minor.

  • Helman, C (2007). Culture, Health and Illness. Fifth Edition. London; Hodder Education.


This programme starts twice a year, in September and February. The class schedule is variable. It will be announced around August (Block AB) or January (Block C/D). All classes are on weekdays.

Additional costs