International Experiences

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Exploring dietetics in another country

As a student in the dietetics internship program, you will have the opportunity to travel to another country to improve upon your skills and learn about the dietetic needs of individuals in other areas around the world. International experiences are voluntary and this experience is contingent upon you having met certain conditions throughout the internship, please see program handbook. Having met these conditions, you will have the opportunity to earn up to 260 practice hours that can be counted towards your certificate program. 


Currently the certificate program offers experiences in El Salvador, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. Experiences can range in length anywhere from one to 12 weeks. All students participating in an international academic component must work with Study Away to complete all required processes per Board of Governor’s policy.  Students will work with Study Away to develop a course plan that will include:

  • Name of country/countries and agency with which you will work
  • Contact person who will verify appropriate placement is available
  • Schedule of activities and their relationship to dietetics
  • Goals of the placement and assessment plan

Your course plan must be approved by the program director and the study away office.

El Salvador

Our El Salvador experience is held each spring break. The one week El Salvador option costs approximately $3,030 which includes airfare, accommodations, in-country transportation and meals. This experience is provided in cooperation with the Dietetics Program and Convoy of Hope, an international relief agency with feeding programs in El Salvador.  This opportunity is a one week experience with fellow MSU students where you will visit rural elementary schools and other components of the local feeding program to assist nutritionists in obtaining anthropometric measurements of the children.  Other opportunities include their extension department, nursing home, AIDS orphanage, their version of WIC and others.

Depending on Convoy of Hope’s operations, you may be able to arrange a longer experience in El Salvador or another country. While Spanish language skills are not required for the one-week rotation, they are needed for a longer placement. Also, depending on Convoy of Hope’s operations, you may be able to have an experience similar to the El Salvador trip in another country. Please refer to the program handbook for list of requirements needed to work with Convoy of Hope in another country.

ISA Internships

International Studies Abroad (ISA) is an affiliate partner of Missouri State University Study Away Programs.  ISA works closely with Missouri State students to align a student’s professional and academic goals with an internship.  ISA has strong internship placements for Dietetics in Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.  Students who participate in ISA internships have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience while receiving well-rounded international professional development opportunities.  Standard internships are 8 or 12 weeks in length (6 or 9 US credits respectively); however students may customize their internship to be as short as 6 weeks in length up to one semester.  All internships are organized on a full time basis, as defined by the host country—generally 35 hours/week.

International experience fees and liabilities

Students choosing to participate in an international internship will work closely with Study Away Programs to determine the overall program costs.  After program costs have been determined, students may meet with Financial Aid to develop a financial plan for their internship abroad.

Scholarship opportunities may be available for students participating in an international internship.  Study Away’s website has a robust list of scholarships available, both Missouri State specific and outside scholarships.