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HHS 350 Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs for Instructor-Led HHS 350 programs


What is HHS 350?

HHS 350: Applied International Health & Human Services is a 3-unit upper division general education course which satisfies the Explorations Area B (Social & Behavioral Sciences) requirement, cultural diversity requirement, and CHHS International Experience requirement. It is a full semester, online course that has an international component during winter or summer break. The lecture component of this course is just like any other course, with weekly readings and discussions, writing assignments and exams.

Students MUST travel abroad before or during the same semester they are enrolled in the course.

Students enrolled in HHS 350 during the Fall semester travel during the Summer Break prior to the beginning of the semester.

Students enrolled in HHS 350 during the Spring semester travel during Winter Break prior to the beginning of the semester.


How can I participate in HHS 350?

HHS 350 programs with travel during the Winter of Summer require an application be completed through Aztecs Abroad. Information about application deadlines is included on the location-specific program pages.


I couldn't get a space in HHS 350 this semester, now what?

Students are encouraged to look at all HHS 350 sections prior to the application date to determine which sections are of interest and within their budget. It can be very competitive to receive a space in HHS 350, so students who are more flexible may have a better chance of securing a space in the course.

If you are scheduled to graduate that semester, and did not receive a space in the course, the CHHS International Coordinator can assist in looking for other possible programs.

It is encouraged to start planning as early as possible to allow enough time to secure a space in the course or to allow time to find a program other than HHS 350 to satisfy your international experience.


When does the HHS 350 course meet?

HHS 350 is an online course. However, each section will have required in-person, pre-departure meetings. Check the CHHS website for the most up-to-date information.


What is the program fee associated with HHS 350?

The program fee for HHS 350 differs from section to section or country to country. This program fee can be seen as a “lab fee” or “activity fee.” This fee includes things like accommodations, meals, in country transportation, mandatory international health insurance, activities, museum entry, speaker fees, and other program components.

The program fee does not include airfare or any personal expenses (such as travel visas, passports, souvenirs, etc.)

Note: Registration fees for the 3-unit course are not included in this fee. Registration fees are an additional cost, which are a part of your semester tuition costs.


Do I need to speak a foreign language?

Foreign language ability is not required to participate in HHS 350. If you are traveling to Costa Rica, Spanish can be extremely helpful and often times contributes to a more positive experience for students. However, translators are provided for all program activities.


Where do we stay while we're there?

Each program is set up differently for accommodations. Typically students stay in a hotel, student hostel, or university dorm accommodation. These are typically in double or quad rooms.

Students traveling to Costa Rica will be staying with a host family with one to two other SDSU students from the program.


Can we pick our roommate?

Many programs allow students the option to choose their own roommate, if they know someone else participating in the program.


Is there free time during the time abroad to explore on our own?

Due to the short amount of time students are abroad, the itineraries are packed pretty tightly. We hope to provide students with a comprehensive time abroad. Some sections do allow for free afternoons or evenings as a part of the itinerary to allow students to choose their own activities. Further information and tips will be provided to students for this time.


Can my family/friends come with me?

Unless a student is registered in the course, additional guests/family are not permitted to travel with the group.


Do we fly together as a group or do we arrange our own airfare?

Group flights are seldom organized as an optional part of the course. Typically, students are free to make their own arrangements regarding their flights after they have been accepted into the program. Students are not allowed to purchase their flights before they are accepted into the program and guidelines regarding arrival/departure times and airports will be given at the beginning of the course. Many students will end up flying on the same flights or speak with one another to plan flights.


I have a health concern or dietary restriction, can that be accommodated?

We are able to accommodate many dietary restrictions and health concerns on many of our programs. If you have a specific concern, please contact the CHHS International Coordinator prior to registering in the course to determine which country would be best for you.


I received the AS Study Abroad Scholarship/Dean's Travel Scholarship. How will I receive that?

AS Study Abroad Scholarship/Dean’s Travel Scholarship: once a student has registered for the course, they will be confirmed with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS). The funds would then be disbursed to their student account. If they have any outstanding charges on their account, the money would go towards that first. For any questions about scholarships, contact the OFAS.


FAQs for the Fall 2020 (Summer Break 2020 travel) Instructor-Led HHS 350 programs


What information will I need to apply to the Fall 2020 programs that travel during Summer break (HHS 350 Ireland, HHS 350 Japan, and HHS 350 Greece)? 

What information will I need to apply to the fall 2020 programs that travel during summer break (HHS 350 Ireland, HHS 350 Japan, HHS 350 Greece, HHS 350 Italy)?”
Once the application opens, students will complete an application on Aztecs Abroad with their personal information. You will be able to pick 3 destinations for the Fall programs: 1st choice, 2nd choice, and 3rd choice (travel for all will occur during summer break 2020). It should take no longer than a couple of minutes to fill out the application. Apply early for the best shot at getting into the program. No essay is required for the application.


How are participants selected for the Summer break programs?

For Summer break 2020 programs: Space goes to those that apply to the program first and CHHS students graduating in December 2020 will be given priority for the Fall 2020 programs. PLEASE NOTE: HHS 350 programs fill FAST. Be sure to apply as soon as possible once the applications open!


When I apply for the Summer break programs, can I list my preferred destinations?

Yes, students that apply will have the option to list their first, second, and third preferred destinations. 


What happens after I'm accepted into a Summer break 2020 program?

Students that are accepted into the HHS 350 program will be added to a Blackboard course where they will find information about paying the program fee, Fall 2020 course registration (students will receive a hidden schedule number), and flight details. PLEASE NOTE: flight details will not be distributed until after students have paid their program fee. Students will be given detailed information about mandatory flight arrival and departure times and are not allowed to purchase flights beforehand.


Is there a waitlist if I do not get into any of my choices for the Summer break programs?

Yes, students that apply, and do not get accepted into the program, will automatically be added to a waitlist for both of their top 3 choices.


Current seats available and number of applicants for HHS 350 fall 2020 program destinations

HHS 350 Destinations Approximate number of available spots
HHS 350 – Ireland (Summer break 2020 travel) 80
HHS 350 – Italy (Summer break 2020 travel) 30
HHS 350 – Japan (Summer break 2020 travel) 40
HHS 350 – Greece (Summer break 2020 travel) 40


Who are my Group Leaders for HHS 350?

Check the website for details about HHS 350 Group Leaders for:

  • HHS 350 – Japan
  • HHS 350 – Greece
  • HHS 350 – Ireland
  • HHS 350 – Italy


FAQs for the Spring 2020 (Winter Break 2019-2020 travel) Instructor-Led HHS 350 programs


What information will I need to apply to the Spring 2020 programs that travel during Winter break 2019-2020 (HHS 350 Bali, HHS 350 Japan, and HHS 350 New Zealand)? 

Once the application opens, students will complete a Google Form with their personal information (name, RedID, email, major, phone, graduation date). You will be able to pick 3 destinations for the Spring programs: 1st choice, 2nd choice, and 3rd choice (travel for all will occur during Winter break 2019-2020). It should take no longer than a couple of minutes to fill out the application. STUDENTS SHOULD ONLY APPLY TO THE PROGRAM ONCE! If a student applies to the program twice, the second application will be considered at the time it was submitted. It’s better to apply once and apply early for the best shot at getting into the program. No essay is required for the application.


How do I know if my application was received for the Winter break programs?

Once you click the SUBMIT button, you will see a screen that states “HHS 350 Winter 2019-2020 APPLICATION. Your response has been recorded.” 


How are participants selected for the Winter break programs?

For Winter break 2019-2020 programs: Space goes to those that apply to the program first and CHHS students graduating in May 2020 will be given priority. May 2020 graduates must have applied for graduation in Webportal by 8am, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 to be given priority consideration. The application to graduate opens in Webportal on Monday, July 1, 2019.  PLEASE NOTE: HHS 350 programs fill FAST. Be sure to apply as soon as possible once the applications open! 


When I apply for the Winter break programs, can I list my preferred destinations?

Yes, students that apply will have the option to list their first, second, and third preferred destinations. 


What happens after I'm accepted into a Winter break 2019-2020 program?

Students that are accepted into the HHS 350 program will be added to a Blackboard course where they will find information about paying the program fee, Spring 2020 course registration (students will receive a hidden schedule number), and flight details. PLEASE NOTE: flight details will not be distributed until after students have paid their program fee. Students will be given detailed information about mandatory flight arrival and departure times and are not allowed to purchase flights beforehand.


Is there a waitlist if I don't get into either of my 3 choices for the Winter break programs?

Yes, students that apply, and do not get accepted into the program, will automatically be added to a waitlist for all of their top 3 choices.


Current seats available and number of applicants for HHS 350 Spring 2020 program destinations

HHS 350 Destinations Approximate number of available spots What % of students applied/enrolled as their first choice destination? (FINAL) Final number of students participating
HHS 350 – Ireland (Summer break 2019 travel) TBD    
HHS 350 – Japan      (Summer break 2019 travel) TBD    
HHS 350 – Greece       (Summer break 2019 travel) TBD    
Total number of applicants     FINAL: Total number of applicants:   


Who are my Group Leaders for HHS 350 Spring 2020 (Winter break 2019-2020 travel)?

Check the website for details about HHS 350 Group Leaders for: