The Sports Medical Athletic Therapist International Exchange (SMATHIE) program promotes a greater understanding of exercise and health issues worldwide. This unique study abroad program provides a vital exchange of kinesiology ideas and teachings in an increasingly interdependent world. The SMATHIE program is funded by a United States Department of Education Fund for Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) Grants. The program began in the fall of 2010 and will conclude in the summer of 2015. This program includes the fields of study of sports science, athletic training and sports medicine as they exist in the United States (US) and the European Union (EU). Students involved in the study will be upper level students (juniors from the United States and second year or higher students from the European Union).
Study in Germany or Spain
Three undergraduates per semester will be chosen to study at either Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Germany or at the University of Granada, Spain. Each institution will accept undergraduate students in the fields of athletic training, sports science, sports medicine and exercise therapy. To be eligible students must have completed the 202 language level course for Spanish or German. The typical fall semester is from October 1 through January 15. The typical spring semester is from April 1 through July 15.
Financing Your Trip
Expenses associated with study abroad that are over and above the cost for conducting the same study at the home institution (such as, flight, room and board) will be covered by the ATLANTIS grant up to $5,000 per student. Other expenses such as international and in-country transportation, medical insurance, books and other incidental and personal expenditures are the financial responsibility of the student.
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