Study Away Opportunities
A Bastyr education prepares students to use their healing skills out in the world. To that end, we offer many opportunities to study off-campus. External health clinics let students train with diverse populations around the Seattle area. Student Council Venture Grants fund educational trips designed by students. Student clubs organize their own trips, like the Naturopaths Without Borders service trip to Guatemala.
Our study abroad and study away programs offer some of the most powerful, formative experiences of our students' education.
For more information on joining trips (some are open to the public), contact Bastyr Admissions at admissions[at]bastyr[dot]edu or (425) 602-3090.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine China Externship
Annual trip to China (master's students in September, doctoral trip in May-June)
This four-week intensive enables students to study in the hospitals of two of the top traditional medicine universities in China, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Students spend their mornings shadowing senior doctors and seeing patients. In the afternoon, they attend lectures by senior doctors in their area of specialty. Students also explore the rich culture of China on weekend trips to Mount Emei, a famous Buddhist site; Mount Qingcheng, a famous Taoist mountain; the Chengdu panda park; and Hangzhou, a city renowned for its natural beauty. (See more information on the trip.)
Spa Medicine in Germany
Students on this two- to three-week trip study spa (or "sanitas per aqua") medicine, physical medicine, hydrotherapy and nature cure, and learn about the roots of naturopathic medicine in the country of its birth. There is a physical medicine prerequisite for this course.
Coordinator: Dr. Aimee Huyck
Herbal Medicine in Italy
Early September (every other year)
This two-week intensive explores the history, folklore and culture of herbal medicine. Students learn about plant identification, medicinal preparations and clinical applications, talking to herbalists, botanists, teachers and others who love plants and plant medicine. Students travel to three regions – Sansepolcro in the region of Tuscany, Salerno in the region of Campania and Colipardo in the region of Lazio. The group visits herb companies, herb museums and gardens. Yoga classes are woven throughout the course to help maintain balance and centering.
Coordinator: Robin DiPasquale, ND, RH (AHG)
Botanical Studies in Costa Rica
Over 10 days, students explore botanical medicine in jungle canopies, rivers, mountains and ocean beaches. The group visits herbal farms, preservation gardens, jungle wilderness and sustainable communities. Students meet with long-time folk herbalists and world-renowned modern permaculturists, learning about herbal medicine, Latin American culture and holistic land stewardship.
Coordinator: Jenn Dazey, ND, RH (AHG)
Appalachia Field Course in Herbal Medicine
Late (June every other year)
This 10-day course explores traditional early-American uses of native plants and experiences the music, scenery and culture of the Appalachian hills in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia. Students visit the homes of families who have been herbal wildcrafters since the 1700s, along with the Great Smoky Mountains, the Land of the Waterfalls scenic area and many historical sites. Students learn plant identification, harvesting and traditional medicine-making.
Coordinator: Sheila Kingsbury, ND, RH (AHG)
Plant Identification & Medicinal Field Botany
Summer quarter every year (three weekends)
Students spend three weekends camping and hiking in Washington state's Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges learning botany, plant identification and medicinal uses of native plants.
Coordinator: Eric Yarnell, ND
Herbal Medicine Throughout Oregon
Late June (every year)
Students spend seven days camping, hiking and touring herb farms and herbal production companies. The focus is on developing a deeper understanding of herbal medicine through the Oregon herbal community. Students car pool to the cities of Williams, Eugene and Sandy and set up base camps, then head out to day trips to woods, fields, farms and production facilities.
Coordinator: Jenn Dazey, ND, RH (AHG)
Island Herb Experience
Summer quarter (every year)
Students spend a weekend on Shaw Island in Washington's Puget Sound learning how to identify seaweeds and make medicines and foods with them. Students see a variety of marine life during low tide and visit remote locations to get a sense of the sea's abundance.
Coordinator: Glen Nagel, ND; Ryan Drum, PhD; Jenn Dazey, ND, RH (AHG)
Cascade Herb Experience
One weekend in summer quarter (every year)
Students spend a weekend learning to identify native plants in the Cascade mountains near Twisp, Washington. They also learn from a local herbal wildcrafter how to harvest native medicinal plants sustainably and how to make medicine from them.
Coordinator: Michael Pilarski and Jenny Perez
Related Independently Run Programs
Natural Medicine and Global Health in Nicaragua
Ten-day trips multiple times per year
The non-profit Natural Doctors International offers service learning opportunities to experience the unique combination of Nicaragua, naturopathic medicine and teaching methods developed by educator and philosopher Paulo Freire. NDI trips include classes in global economics, naturopathic medicine and global health, combining popular education with medical service learning. Doctors receive clinical training in tropical medicine, medical students get to preceptor and other participants help in community projects and other clinic services. NDI is not formally affiliated with Bastyr University.
Coordinator: Tabatha Parker, ND
Venture Grant Travel
Each quarter the Bastyr Student Council awards venture grants to send students on learning trips that promote personal and professional growth. Students design and propose the trips themselves and give a campus presentation on their trip when they return.
Past students have studied herbs along the Pacific Crest Trail, innovative retirement-home kitchens on Vancouver Island and health systems in Ireland.
The Venture Grant Committee selects proposals that fit the mission and philosophy of the University. For more information, contact admissions[at]bastyr[dot]edu.