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Zambia: Knowledge Mobilization: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice

Graduate Study Abroad

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Knowledge Mobilization is an interactive process involving exchanges between researchers who create new knowledge and those who use it. The focus of this course will be on the theory and application of knowledge mobilization with the goal of promoting evidence-based policy, practice, and research utilization. Students will spend eight days in Zambia to disseminate and implement knowledge to improve research uptake. Using research evidence, students will develop culturally and contextually appropriate knowledge mobilization products such as policy briefs, social media strategies, workshops, radio programs, and arts-based strategies, based on the needs of multiple stakeholders, including policymakers, local researchers, service providers, non-governmental organizations, and community members.

Janet Njelesani

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy


Lusaka, Zambia

Program Dates:

Travel component: March 11-18, 2023

Required class meetings: Feb. 13 & 27, March 6, and April 17, all 5:00 - 6:30 pm EST

Who Can Participate:

  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate students who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are both:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Currently hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Related Areas of Study:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • International Education
  • Teaching and Learning

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for a total of 3 credits and take the following course:

  • OT-GE 2708, section 095 (Class #23126) - Knowledge Mobilization: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice (3 credits)

Offered through the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.


Janet Elizabeth Njelesani, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Department of Occupational Therapy.


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.


  • Steinhardt Overseas Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) - $6,060
  • Graduate Overseas Registration and Services Fees - $687
  • Housing & Activity Fee -  $1,100
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $7,847

View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Spring 2023 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: KayakGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online budgeting tools such as NumbeoExpatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.

Learn about graduate study abroad scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Flight, Travel, Visa Information:

Global Affairs will inform participants about pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. COVID-19 vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Please keep in mind that flights arriving into Florence typically depart New York a day in advance. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: A valid visa is required for US citizens to enter Zambia. Participants can apply online for a Zambian visa here. More information about the visa application process will be provided to admitted students.

All other passport holders should check their visa requirements on the embassy/consulate website respective of their nationality. For further guidance on visas and other non-immigration matters, contact OGS Outbound Student Services at

Vaccinations: The CDC recommends vaccinations specifically for: Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and Malaria.

In order to best protect yourself from contracting Malaria, it is most important to take anti-malaria medications and to use a strong insect DEET-based repellent. Malarone is a popular anti-malaria medication and must be taken for 2 days before traveling to Zambia. Some individuals have difficulty with Malarone, so be sure to discuss this medication with your doctor prior to usage. We also recommend that you travel with nets and anti-mosquito sprays and wear clothing that covers your entire body at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most abundant. For more information about any and all of the above details, please visit the NYU Student Health Center to get more information.

Helpful linksUS Department of StateCenter for Disease ControlLonely Planet Guide.

Weather: In June, temperatures in Lusaka typically range from 47°F to 75°F. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Zambia.

Pre-Departure Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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