About the International Course

The objectives of this course are three fold:

·         Students participating in this course develop a better understanding of the health care systems in the US and Scotland, and explore how these health care systems impact occupational therapy service delivery.

·         Second, the students explore similarities and differences in practice and considered how these differences may be used in their own country to expand the role of occupational therapy.

·         Lastly, the students had the opportunity to consider cultural similarities and differences.

A unique aspect of this course is the opportunity to participate in a student exchange. 2nd year UWL students may choose to travel to Aberdeen, Scotland or Brighton, England over their spring break to see first hand similarities and differences in occupational therapy practice and experience life in the United Kingdom (UK). Students participate in various learning activities while in the UK including attending classes with the occupational therapy students, completing job shadowing in the community and participating in cultural events such as visiting castles, museums and socializing with the UK students. While in UK the UWL students are hosted by UK students which provide an insight into the daily life of a university student in the UK. The 1st year occupational therapy students can choose to host a UK occupational therapy student from either the Robert Gordon University in Scotland or the University of Brighton in England.  These students travel to La Crosse during their spring break and join us in classes, as well as complete job shadowing and participate in cultural activities.

As part of this course, students participate in joint classes via videoconference. During the videoconference sessions, students discuss their cultural experiences and also discuss similarities and differences in occupational therapy practice. Students find it interesting to see how health care systems impact service delivery between the three countries and feel there are areas of occupational therapy that can be expanded in both countries.

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