International Scholars Program

The International Scholars Program (ISP) at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides unique learning and teaching opportunities for faculty, staff and trainees from all over the world, with an emphasis on developing countries.

Since its inception in 1986 more than 300 physicians, nurses and allied health scholars from over 60 countries have received specialized pediatric training, shared clinical protocols and collaborated on scientific projects.

The mission of the ISP is to improve children’s access to quality healthcare through international collaboration in research, education and clinical care by:

  • Building a global community of pediatric healthcare professionals to share expertise and disseminate best practices
  • Enhancing recruitment and retention of top talent to pediatrics
  • Increasing International visibility of pediatric programs of excellence
  • Reducing cultural, ethnic, and other barriers to quality care

The ISP consists of several programs:

Affiliated Institutions:

  • Fu Wai Hospital, Beijing, P.R. China
  • Emma Kinderziekenhuis Children’s Hospital, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, Pudong District, Shanghai, P.R. China
  • Instituto do Oncologia Pediatrica-GRAACC/Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo Program for Promotion of Pediatric Health Services in Brazil
  • Wuhan Children's Hospital, Wuhan, P.R. China (English version not available at this time)
  • Liaocheng People’s Hospital, Liaocheng City, P. R. China (English version not available at this time)

You can reach the Education Department’s International Scholars Program at

We welcome scholars from all over the world. We especially encourage applications from developing countries. Below is a list of countries that have participated in our programs to date. We add new countries to this list every year.

International Scholars Program Map

Region 1

1    Argentina
2    Bolivia
3    Brazil
4    Canada
5    Chile
6    Columbia
7    Costa Rica
8    Dominican Republic
9    Ecuador
10  El Salvador
11  Guatemala
12  Guyana
13  Haiti
14  Honduras
15  Mexico
16  Panama
17  Peru
18  St. Lucia

Region 2

19  Armenia
20  Austria
21  Belarus
22  Bulgaria
23  Croatia
24  England
25  Estonia
26  France
27  Germany
28  Greece
29  Hungary
30  Iraq
31  Israel
32  Italy
33  Jordan
34  Lithuania
35  Netherlands
36  Poland
37  Romania
38  Russia
39  Saudi Arabia
40  Spain
41  Syria
42  Tobago
43  Turkey
44  UAE
45  Ukraine

Region 3

46  Cameroon
47  Egypt
48  Ethiopia
49  Ghana
50  Kenya
51  Mozambique
52  Nigeria
53  South Africa
54  Tanzania
55  Zambia
56  Zimbabwe

Region 4

57  Australia
58  Bangladesh
59  Bhutan
60  China
61  India
62  Japan
63  Korea
64  Malaysia
65  Mongolia
66  Nepal
67  New Zealand
68  Pakistan
69  Philippines
70  Singapore
71  Taiwan
72  Thailand
73  Vietnam

ISP Programs

International exchange programs provide unique learning and teaching opportunities for faculty, staff and trainees. 

Campus Housing

For more than 10 years, the International Scholars Program has made visitors welcome in their home away from home by providing a comfortable, private space to relax in after a hard day’s work.

Policies and Resources

View International Scholars Program policies and resources.

Selection Criteria and Application

Learn more about ISP selection criteria and how to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Access ISP frequently asked questions.