Study Abroad

Around the world, ethical issues in medicine and the life sciences are addressed in different ways, reflecting different cultural traditions and social systems. Gaining an appreciation for this international diversity is critical to students of bioethics around the world, and can be an illuminating intellectual experience.

These 3-credit courses are open to all undergraduate and graduate students from Case Western Reserve University and other universities that will allow the CWRU credits to transfer. No prerequisite courses are required. Most courses are approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit in the College of Arts and Sciences and Humanities Credit in the School of Engineering.

Each course has a unique Bioethics and Medical Humanities focus, length of stay, and cost. Students are required to interview with the Bioethics Study Abroad Program Director as part of the application.

Applications are now open for Spring Break 2022 and May Abroad 2022 courses. Links are available under each specific program.

To set up a program interview email:

The beach in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica

BETH 315C/415C: Health and Health Care: A Comparative Perspective: Costa Rica and the United States

Winter Break 2022-2023 (tentative)

Granada, Spain
Granada, Spain

BETH 315F/415F: Bioethics: Comparison in Bioethics, Spanish and American Perspectives on Health, Wellness, Medicine, and Culture 

May Abroad 2022

Course dates: May 21- June 1, 2022

Lodging dates: May 20- June 3, 2022

Yellowstone National Park
US National Parks

BETH 315Y/4315Y: Environmental Ethics, Human Health, and The US National Parks

May Abroad 2023 (tentative)

Eiffel Tower in the background overlooking Paris, France
Paris, France

BETH 315D/415D: Culture and Bioethics in France

Spring Break 2022

Course Dates: March 6-11, 2022

Lodging Dates: March 5-13, 2022

A river with boats in Amsterdam
The Netherlands

BETH 315G/415G: The Netherlands: Death and Dying

Spring Break 2022

Course Dates: March 6-11, 2022

Lodging Dates: March 5-13, 2022

A bridge in Amsterdam with lights on it.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

BETH 315A/415A: Women's Health and Public Health Ethics in The Netherlands

May Abroad 2022

Course dates: May 8-13, 2022

Lodging dates: May 7-15, 2022