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Service Programs Abroad

Consider spending your spring break Sacred Heart University sends students on international service and immersion trips through the Office of Volunteer Programs Service Learning. Students travel to Central America during spring break, with delegations to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Each trip has a different origin and purpose; however, the overall purpose is to develop students’ understanding of poverty. These trips offer a unique experience that blends community service with a study abroad experience.

Clinical Interprofessional International Service Learning

The Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing supports global learning for all degree levels.  Mission trips are offered several times a year, to Jamaica and Guatemala. The Jamaica service learning program runs in the fall with a focus on pediatrics and medical-surgical practice.  The program focuses on interprofessional learning while providing free medical and major surgical care to the impoverished people of the urban Kingston area.  On average, each program provides primary care to over 1,000 people.  The Guatemala program emphasizes OB nursing.  Faculty and students work with local doctors in the village of Pastores near La Antigua, Guatemala to meet the needs of 1,157 patients.  Visits run twice a year in the Greater Panchoy Valley surrounding Antigua focusing on medical-surgical type practice, public health, obstetrics and pediatrics. 

Global SHUs Friendship Program

Information coming soon!

Immigration and Support Services

Sacred Heart University is committed to the academic, personal, spiritual, and social well-being of our international students. Located in Hawley Lounge in the Academic Building, the Immigration and Support Services office assists international students with any questions or concerns they may have about visa and immigration matters, adjusting to studying in the United States, or life at Sacred Heart.

Student Clubs

Sacred Heart University offers several student-run clubs and organizations with global or multicultural foci.  Returned study abroad students can also apply to the Global Ambassadors program.

Studying Abroad

Sacred Heart offers a variety of opportunities around the world for SHU and visiting students — with programming that supports a broad range of educational, professional, and personal objectives.  With more than 100 programs in over 30 countries, you can spend a semester, a year, a month, or two weeks abroad earning academic credit and gaining the kind of knowledge that only a study abroad experience can provide. Courses completed on a SHU study abroad program may fulfill general education, elective, or major/minor credits, enabling you, regardless of your academic plan, to study abroad and graduate according to your schedule. There is no better way to learn about yourself, expand your worldview, acquire marketable skills, and develop the habits of mind, heart, and spirit that will prepare you to engage purposefully in a global world.