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Travel Study Programs

Travel Study

For more than 10 years the College of Pharmacy has been offering an annual Travel Study Program. The program provides students with an overview, understanding, and appreciation for pharmaceutical and medical practices practiced outside of the United States. It also provides an opportunity for students to participate in experiences with public health and health care professionals, promotes inter-professional collaboration, and allows students to advocate for the pharmacy profession. Programs include visits to local pharmacies, hospitals, industries, governmental agencies, and much more. 

Travel Study programs are led by NSU College of Pharmacy faculty members and take place during the summer semester, with the travel portion lasting an average of three weeks. Students earn three elective credits that are part of the Pharm.D. curriculum and the program is open to students from other accredited colleges and universities. The popular cultural component of each travel study program encompasses many aspects of cultural immersion including local food, art, history, museums, theatre, and the health care system of the country/region visited. 

2019 China and Japan Travel Study

The College of Pharmacy offered a program in May through the beginning of June in China and Japan. Accepted students learned about the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. As part of the program, a three credit hour elective course was offered. Each year, the Travel Study Program is open to all students from U.S. accredited colleges of pharmacy. 

 Program topics included:

  • The history, culture, and use of Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • The healthcare system of China

  • Development and manufacture of Chinese medicines

  • The practices of acupuncture, moxibustion, and tuina

  • Pharmacy and Hospital Practice in China 

Program visits included:

  • Hospital and pharmacy visits in China
  • Chinese Medicine Museum, Herbs Planting Center, Tablet Factory
  • Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • The Acupuncture and Tuina Center of Chengdu University
  • Cultural activities in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Leshan, Shanghai and Tokyo, Japan

"Being able to have the opportunity to travel and study, as part of my pharmacy school experience at Nova Southeastern University, has been the highlight of my year. I was able to see different parts of the world, while also learning about medicine and having the chance to be culturally shocked by the differences when comparing Chinese medicine to Western medicine." - Reniel Nodarse ('22)

For more information on future programs, contact Brian Stonebraker, International Program Coordinator, at

Pictured above:  Elizabeth Shepherd, Pharm.D. (front left) with students visiting China in 2019.

Previous Travel Study Programs

2007 China

2008 China, including Japan

2009 United Kingdom, including France

2010 China, including Japan

2012 Puerto Rico

2013 Slovakia, including the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary

2014 Spain

2015 Slovakia, including Italy

2016 Spain

2017 Slovakia, including Italy

2017 Argentina

2018 Spain

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