Introduction to Cross Cultural Medicine in Nepal

This program is not offered this academic year. See this year's interims.

Basic information

  • Location: Nepal
  • Dates: May 4-May 25, 2022
  • Cost: $4,228 (exact)

[Program is full] In this course, premedical/dental and nursing students get exposed to medicine in a cross-cultural context in Nepal.

Note: this program is full and no longer accepting applications. Thank you for your interest!

In Nepal, students will learn to appreciate the influence of history, culture, poverty, lack of infrastructure and religious concepts on health and sickness. This course will also examine how culture intersects with healthcare through problems such as sex trafficking, orphanages, nutrition, and mental health. Students will visit several hospitals to observe how healthcare is distributed in Nepal. This will include a 4-day rotation at the United Mission Hospital in Tansen where students will have exposure to internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, orthopedics, maternity (Ob-Gyn), dentistry, and community medicine and meet with expat and Nepali healthcare workers; a 1-2 day rotation at Green Pasture Hospital in Pokhara to observe rehabilitation work for disabled persons and see the challenges experienced by Nepalis with disabilities; a one-day observation at a psychiatric rehabilitation center to observe challenges in mental health care in Nepal. A key feature of this course is for students to learn the joys and challenges of living in a different culture and deepen their faith and compassion for others as they interact with Nepali people. Students will find that medicine and Christianity are natural allies and Christian missions provide a unique opportunity to practice their faith in caring for others in their daily lives in a cross-cultural context. Evaluation is based on daily reflective journal writing, a reflective blog presentation, and active participation. Fulfills the CCE requirement and carries the Global Regions and Cultures tag.

How to apply

This program is full and not accepting applications at this time.


$4,228 (exact)

As a demonstration of its strong commitment to global connections and off-campus studies, Calvin has recently made the welcome decision to recalculate the fees for summer 2022 off-campus programs. The cost of tuition can now be applied to the direct costs of the program. As a result, the Cross-Cultural Medicine in Nepal program, which was priced at a $4870 (including tuition price), will now cost $4228 (including tuition price), resulting in a savings to each student of $642. 

We are pleased to be able to make our program more affordable to more students and hope that each participant will be able to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agent of renewal in this new place in the world!

Questions / contact

Kumar Sinniah

Kumar Sinniah

Professor, co-Chair Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Advisor
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