The Global Health Program offers an eight-week summer program in Lusaka, Zambia. Students have the opportunity to work with the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR), to complete a research project on various topics related to Zambia. During their eight-week program, students will write a research paper and present their findings to SAIPAR, partner organizations, and relevant stakeholders during a final presentation. Through our collaboration with SAIPAR, students will be equipped with the resources to meaningfully confront both the good and bad that accompany development. Lusaka challenges the stereotypical Western understanding of poor, rural, underdeveloped Africa and students will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of global health through this lens. Past students have completed research on epilepsy and stigma in Zambia, the implementation of higher level nutrition education, the National Health Research Act, health accountability, and more.

Read more about what our Global Health and ILR students did this summer in Lusaka, Zambia in their blog, Libe to Lusaka!

In addition to their work with SAIPAR, students may choose to gain clinical experience at the University of Zambia School of Medicine Teaching Hospital, or participate in service projects with local non-governmental organizations in Lusaka.

Students looking to gain clinical experience will be shadowing healthcare professionals at University of Zambia's School of Medicine. In the past, students have enjoyed working with physicians, medical technicians, and nurses in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery, Microbiology, Maternity, and Paediatrics. During their time at the University Teaching Hospital, students will also participate in various service projects such as media room reagent audits, media prep, compilation of survey data, and more.

Students who choose to participate in service projects with local NGOs will be able to choose from a variety of organizations, ranging from antiretroviral distribution centers to orphanages. With the organizations, students will identify a service project they can participate in during their eight-week stay in Lusaka. Past service projects have been completed with Zambia Community Education Initiative and Mother Teresa's Orphanage. A list of possible organizations is available.

Zambia Global Health Summer Program

Applications for Summer 2018 are now open.

Note: You may only apply to ONE Global Health Minor Summer Program (India, Tanzania or Zambia).

How do I apply? 
Application information for the 2018 Zambia Summer Program will be posted in the "How to Apply" section when made available.

How much does the trip cost? 
The total cost of the Zambia Program will be approximately $5000-6000. This includes visa, airfare, room and board for 8 weeks, and a Peace Corps excursion. We do not want the cost of the program to prevent any interested and qualified students from applying. Students who qualify for financial aid may be eligible for a scholarship through the Global Health Program. Students can also refer to the Funding Sources for Field Experience for more ways to fund your summer in Zambia.

Where would I be living? 
Students will be living with home stay families during their 8 weeks in Lusaka. Family homes are comfortable, with showers, western toilets, and sinks.

What would I do during my free time? 
Lusaka is a thriving city with great cultural activities and places to visit. Students going to the markets, cultural villages, restaurants, sports events, festivals, and more. Students can also take their weekends to visit a nearby elephant orphanage, game parks, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls.

What are the 2015 program dates? 
This year's Global Health Program in Zambia dates have yet to be determined.

Who do I contact if I have questions? 
Please email Jennifer DiPietro (, Zambia Program Coordinator.