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College/School Eligibility:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Architecture, Art and Planning
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Human Ecology
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • SC Johnson Business - Dyson

Class Year Eligibility:

  • Second Year (undergrad)
  • Third Year (undergrad)

Open to:

  • Cornell Undergraduate Students

GPA Requirements:

Minimum GPA: 3.00

Where do students live in Lusaka?

During the 8-week program, the first 4-weeks students will live in-pairs with a local homestay family.  The homestay families are selected by SAIPAR and most have hosted Cornellians in the past. Students will share living quarters with one other student, share meals with their homestay family, and learn about Zambian culture and life in Lusaka. For the second 4-weeks, students will together in a hostel near the SAIPAR campus.  Living near to the campus will facilitate the process of completing the research projects. 


3.0 GPA and successful completion of NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health by the end of Spring 2021. Key qualities and skills: service-mindedness, flexibility, cultural sensitivity, adaptability, maturity, excellent research and writing skills, ability to work in teams.

Students must enroll in a mandatory pre-engagement course during the Spring semester prior to their engagement.