Apply now to be a Global Impact Fellow!

Special Section For Students: Academic Credit Option

Unite For Sight's Global Impact Corps program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals. For students, Unite For Sight programs are a unique opportunity to connect their academic studies with an intellectually stimulating and high-impact volunteer experience abroad. Participating as a Global Impact Fellow provides a service-learning opportunity about global health and international development through hands-on service and cultural exchange. We encourage students to arrange with their university to receive academic credit for their participation in the Unite For Sight program.

Who can pursue the Unite For Sight program for academic credit?

Many undergraduate, public health, medical, optometry, and business students pursue the Unite For Sight program for academic credit and/or medical electives at their home institution. 

What are examples of universities that offer credit for the Unite For Sight program?

Most recently, volunteers from the following institutions have coordinated academic credit for their Unite For Sight program.

Undergraduate Schools That Have Recently Granted Academic Credit For The Unite For Sight Program:

Medical Schools That Have Recently Granted Academic Credit For The Unite For Sight Program:

Public Health Schools That Have Recently Granted Academic Credit For The Unite For Sight Program:

Business Schools That Have Recently Granted Academic Credit For The Unite For Sight Program:

How can I arrange academic credit?

You should consult your academic institution regarding how you can arrange course credit. After you are accepted to the Unite For Sight program, we can provide a letter for your university that confirms your planned participation in the Unite For Sight program, as well as details regarding your pre-departure online global health coursework and global health field participation. While many universities offer academic credit for volunteering with Unite For Sight, some universities do not offer this option. You should therefore consult your university to determine whether academic credit can be arranged.

The ophthalmic staff at each Unite For Sight program site will complete any on-site evaluation forms required by a student's university.

Additionally, receiving academic credit for volunteering often makes a volunteer eligible for university funding to cover travel and lodging expenses abroad.

Does Unite For Sight provide letters of recommendation?

Unite For Sight is delighted to provide letters of recommendations for its Global Impact Fellows. The letter may be provided after a Global Impact Fellow completes their program, and the letter is written based on the evaluation of each volunteer submitted by the eye clinic to Unite For Sight. Using the details provided in the eye clinic's evaluation, Unite For Sight prepares a comprehensive letter that also discusses the role and involvement of the volunteer in the Unite For Sight programs. The letter may also include details about any special entrepreneurial projects a fellow develops while participating in the Unite For Sight program.

Can I pursue research as a Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellow?

Unite For Sight Global Impact Fellows who are undergraduate or graduate students oftentimes develop their own research studies that they pursue while volunteering. They participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for fellows interested in global health research. The idea, plan, and methods for the study are developed by the student in collaboration with Unite For Sight as well as with a faculty mentor at their home university institution, and they also are required to receive Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from their university prior to implementing their study. Many students have presented and published the results of their research studies, thereby contributing to ideas and knowledge about eye care in the developing world.