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Biomedical Modeling for Global Health in Scandinavia

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Sweden, Multiple Countries (Sweden)
Course # SA 10517
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2022 05/11/22 to 05/25/22

Program Leader

Name Elsje Pienaar
Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

This program will introduce you to a variety of cultures, traditions, and biomedical engineering efforts that are actively occurring in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Estonia.  The specific theme of this program is Biomedical Modeling and Global Health, a major focus for researchers throughout Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.

You will observe cultural and societal similarities and differences between Nordic countries and the USA by interacting with students at host universities as well as renowned researchers. Students will develop a broad understanding of advanced modeling techniques in biomedical sciences and how they can be integrated and translated into patient benefits, as well as insight into how Scandinavian research facilitates this translation by engaging global health partners in the developing world. 

Watch this video from Dr. Pienaar and Dr. Rispoli!

Tentative itinerary: 

May 11 - Depart USA
May 12- Arrive Copenhagen, Denmark
May 13- Visit to Danish Technical University / sites in Copenhagen
May 14- Day for exploring Copenhagen /Canal Tour /cultural activities
May 15-Train to Linköping, check into hotel, evening free
May 16-Class time, lectures, and group work at the University of Linköping
May 17-Train to Stockholm -Evening on your own
May 18-Visit to Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and city tours, time to explore Stockholm
May 19-Trainto Uppsala for course activities, return to Stockholm in the evening 
May 20-Stockholm company visits, free evening 
May 21-Morning class activities, overnight ferry to Helsinki (buffet dinner included) 
May 22-Class activities in Helsinki, free evening to explore the city 
May 23-Full day of industry visits in Helsinki, free evening

May 24-Day trip to Tallinn, Estonia, visit E-Estonia, Old Town Tour, Farewell Dinner 

May 25-Students are free to leave anytime 

All non-academic questions (travel, costs, itinerary, registration, etc.) should be directed to Jill Churchill  All questions regarding academic matters should be directed to the program leaders. 

Academic Credit

Earn 3 Credits for BME 495. Talk to your academic advisor about how this can be used in your plan of study.


Open to all Engineering students who have reached at least the sophomore level to seniors. Students in related majors may also apply. All acceptance decisions will be made by Program Leaders.  Students on academic probation are not eligible.  

**Please note that our travel provider, Worldstrides, requires all participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19**

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated cost is $3850.00 which includes:   All housing, all trains, ground transportation, public transportation passes in each city, overnight ferry to Helsinki, breakfast daily, all excursions on the itinerary, 3 academic credits, and international health insurance.  

Additional costs are:  Airfare, lunches and dinners, passport, visa (not required for US citizens), and personal spending money.  

**There is no finanical obligation to apply.  Students will not be financially committed until February 2022 when the COVID situation is evaluated at that time**

**Please see the Financial Resources tab for information on the Purdue Moves Scholarship**

Application Deadline

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis unil the program is full.  20 spots available.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

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