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  • Locations: Sidvokodvo, Swaziland
  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 05/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/01/2020 08/31/2020
Summer 2021 06/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 11/02/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Joy Wanderi Program: Third Party
Eligibility Restrictions: Yes
Program Description:



Program Description:

The student will be exposed to the complex realities of health care provision in the developing world.  The student will directly observe health care services delivered in various settings in Swaziland, gaining insight into the management of a wide variety of patient presentations, from critically ill or injured to those with less acute problems.
Daily activities will vary based on location, and will require flexibility on the part of the student.  While participating with The Luke Commission comprehensive healthcare, mobile hospital outreaches, the student will observe and assist with patient triage, diagnosis and treatment, minor surgical procedures, mobile laboratory procedures, mobile x-ray, pharmaceutical distribution and additional clinic needs, as determined by the course director. When working at the campus of The Luke Commission, students may assist with other operational activities.  When working with the community, students may be involved in recreational activities with children or educational activities with community members.

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Academic Course Information:

Student will directly observe and participate in mobile comprehensive outreach activities with course director and TLC personnel, gaining experience in procedural skills and interpersonal clinic skills.
Student will gain experience working as a part of several different kinds of teams while assisting The Luke Commission and Swazi community members with completion of various projects.
While in Swaziland, student will engage in oral/group reflection in a grand rounds style several times during the experience.
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About the Faculty Program Advisor:

Founders  of The Luke Comission:
Harry (M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Associate Professor, Boonshoft School of Medicine), and Echo (Physician Assistant school at Kettering College of Medical Arts) are founders and executive directors of The Luke Commission, registered as a non-government organization in the Kingdom of Swaziland and a non-profit charity in the United States.
The couple founded The Luke Commission [TLC], named after Dr. Luke in the Bible, in 2005 after visiting Swaziland in 2004 where the VanderWals saw the devastation of HIV/AIDS throughout rural Swaziland.
In 2002, Harry graduated from Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio. That year he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. In 2006, Harry completed the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program at Wright State University.
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Harry was honored by Wright State University in 2008 as the Young Alumnus of the Year. He currently serves as an Associate Professor for the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Harry grew up in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.
Echo attended Physician Assistant school at Kettering College of Medical Arts, graduating in 2000 with distinction. She practiced in surgery until the birth of the couple’s triplet sons and then practiced in pediatrics while Harry finished his residency.
Echo spent her childhood in Bonner County, Idaho, and the couple’s stateside headquarters is in Sagle. Today, however, Swaziland is now their home, living in Sidvokodvo with their triplets Jacob, Luke and Zebadiah who are 16 years old and completing the 10th grade. Zion is 13 years, finishing 7th grade; Hosanna is 5, and Gilead is 3 years old.
Both Harry and Echo graduated with highest honors from Cedarville in 1996, each with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. In 2011, Harry and Echo were honored by Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, as Alumni of the Year.
Harry VanderWal, Jr., M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Associate Professor, Boonshoft School of Medicine; Executive Director, The Luke Commission (TLC),
Operating since 2005 under the direction of Dr. Harry and Echo (PAC) VanderWal, The Luke Commission (TLC) takes free health care and hope to the most isolated and underserved populations, in partnership with the Swazi people and the Ministry of Health.
The Luke Commission team of nearly 100 treated more than 61,000 patients in 2015. Rural communities, with little or no health care services, willingly embrace TLC’s compassionate approach. The former deputy prime minister of Swaziland and members of the US embassy in Swaziland and the US government have publicly declared the effectiveness and dedication of The Luke Commission and given overwhelming support to the comprehensive, compassionate platform.
In February, 2013, supporters in the US and Canada donated funds to purchase 30 acres of prime land in Swaziland, aptly named the Miracle Campus. TLC’s headquarters are now in Sidvokodvo.

Founders of the Luke Comission

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Meals and Accommodations:Swaziland

Way back at the beginning, The Luke Commission rented facilities in Manzini for nine years. It was a beginning, but soon TLC team out grew the location.  The Luke Commission’s headquarters in now in Sidvokodvo, about 25 miles kilometers south of Manzini.

Two years after the initial acquisition of 30 acres in 2013, in 2015, the adjoining 170-acre farm was added to “Miracle Campus.”    The farm now grows crops that sustain the cost of producing the crops and also supplies tons of food to be given to 200-staff members, HIV patients, campus patients, and other non-profit organizations in Swaziland.

The campus includes four warehouses, a multi-purpose building with offices and a kitchen, three staff housing units with three more being built, a remodeled structure for patients, and several smaller buildings.   Soon, a Staff Development Centre and a Specialized Care and Surgery Centre will be constructed. 


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Students must be enrolled in the Boonshoft School of Medicine. 
Student must participate in faculty-led post-trip reflection and didactics.
Student must complete and submit on-line an IPE self-reflection, responding to questions designed to assess fulfillment of phase objectives addressed in the module.  

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Before You Leave:Swaziland

Students will be required to do some readings that will be available to them online. Students will also be required to meet 2-3 times before departure to prepare for travel.
Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete mandatory pre-departure information online a few weeks before departure.

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Getting There:

Students will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets to and from Swaziland and should travel together, if possible.  To book your group flight, contact the group booking agent at the airline of your choice or the travel agent of your choice. For individuals, please book your flight with your own preferred airline or travel agent.

UCIE suggests the following travel agencies that work with university students.  They may be able to provide payment plan options: STA Travel and Student Universe.
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Program Costs:

Serving short-term with The Luke Commission requires a significant financial investment.  Participants are responsible for the entire cost of the trip including, but not limited to, plane tickets, daily per diem cost, and a project investment.
The average cost for a 2 week trip is approximately $3,200-$3,700 (estimates based on airline costs of $2000).  If your trip is longer than 2 weeks this total will be higher.  While flight costs and project investment remain relatively the same for any length of trip, daily per diem is charged based on number of days in country.

All students will be required to pay the $100 application fee to UCIE upon registration. This fee covers the International SOS Medical & Travel Security Services.
ACE requires that all participants have short term travel insurance, also offered through Travel Team brokers at the best rates we can find! The cost is only $30 for an adult and $25 for a student for the entire week. The cost of insurance will be reflected on your invoice; however this also can be removed upon proof of other coverage.
The Luke Commission web site:


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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact to make an appointment with the financial aid advisor.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.

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Passports and Visas:Swaziland

You are required to obtain a visa for Swaziland.  Information will be provided about securing the visa.  Applying for the necessary visa is the responsibility of the individual student.

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

Students participating in this experience will receive additional instruction and training in universal precautions while abroad.

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with a UHP Health Insurance Packet  through University Health Plans.  

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Contacts and More Information:Swaziland

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Joy Wanderi
Education Abroad Coordinator

Department Contact:

Dr. Thomas Herchline
Professor of Internal Medicine
(937) 208-2873

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