DTU-EWH Summer Institute Nepal

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DTU - EWH Summer Institute Nepal

Training and service trip in partnership with the Technical University of Denmark. 

This program is only open to students of Nordic Five Tech schools and alumni of previous EWH programs.

Through the DTU-EWH Summer Institute Nepal, students will help repair much-needed medical equipment in Nepal as the country continues to recover from devastating earthquakes. 

This program is only open to previous EWH program participants (EWH Alumni) and new students from Nordic Five Tech alliance schools (Aalto University in Finland, Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Technical University of Denmark, Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

New students will complete a 3-week preparatory course in June 2017 at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby, near Copenhagen. Read more about this course here.



The Summer Institute in Nepal places up to 15 program participants for 6 weeks to assist hospitals with critical medical device repairs and other services. New students will complete a 3-week preparatory course in June 2016 at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen. Read more about this medical equipment repair course here. After the training course at DTU, students will travel to Kathmandu, Nepal, where they will be joined by alumni from previous EWH programs. Our partner, Volunteer Society Nepal (VSN), arranges homestays and provides Nepali courses. After 10 days of language and cultural training in Dhulikhel (just outside of Kathmandu), students begin working in small groups (2-4) at an EWH partner hospital in Kathmandu, Dhulikhel, Bharatpur, Hetauda or Gorkha. Participants will install and repair hospital equipment, train and work with local staff, and perform a multitude of other tasks utilizing their engineering skills and knowledge.

To experience the culture and way of life in Nepal, participants will stay with homestay families. EWH and in-country partners will handle all local transportation, most meals, and accommodation. Participants will be supported in Nepal by an experienced on-the-ground- coordinator from EWH and a local partner volunteer service in Nepal. Participants will also be provided with cell phones and emergency insurance.

Kathmandu mountains flying in  View of Kathmandu from plane


The price of EWH Nepal tuition is $4,000, to cover in-country costs.

Tuition for the preparatory course at DTU is free for members of the Nordic5Tech Alliance.

Non-DTU students taking the preparatory course can be accommodated in student housing for DKK 3500 (‎€470 in 12/2015).

There is a $20 application fee. See the "Apply Now!" section at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions regarding this program or the application, please email us at nepal@ewh.org


Course and Trip Schedule:

Apply by February 1, 2017. 

Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby: June 12-30, 2017

Course 31598: Preparatory course for Engineering World Health, Summer Institute

DTU Course 31598 OR previous participation in an EWH program is a prerequisite for participation in the DTU-EWH Summer Institute in Nepal. The DTU Course is only open to students from Nordic Five Tech schools (see above).

Students who have already participated in a previous EWH Summer or Winter Institute are considered EWH Alumni and are not required to complete DTU Course 31598. EWH Alumni will join the students in Nepal on July 3.

Equipment pile at BP Koriala Cancer Center

General Course Objectives:

The course aims to prepare students for participation in Engineering World Health Summer Institute.

Learning objectives:

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • Categorize medical devices according to their clinical use
  • Design manuals explaining the principles of operation of medical devices
  • Design manuals explaining correct use of medical devices
  • Plan and conduct interviews with users of medical devices
  • Design strategies for diagnosing medical devices
  • Conduct tests and repairs on medical devices
  • Solve problems in step with complex descriptions of inconsistent and inaccurate information in unknown problem spheres and with unfamiliar and unconventional tools
  • Prioritize and adapt procedures and use of tools to new and unfamiliar situations
  • Take leadership while observing professional and cultural norms
  • Create harmony between the affective dimensions of tasks and one's own goals, needs, attitudes and values
  • Work in teams with responsibility for planning, management and development of collaborative processes
  • Communicate in English orally and in writing on medical devices while observing professional and cultural etiquette


Theory: Mechanical ventilators, oxygen concentrators, infusion pumps, ECG monitors, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximetry, external defibrillators, neonatal incubators, phototherapy equipment, respiratory monitors, electrosurgery units, suction pumps, lamps, anesthesia devices, bottled gas, batteries, scales, centrifuges, microtomes, microscopes, autoclaves, water purifiers, electric safety. 
Lab: Soldering, cable repair, electronic measurement instruments, troubleshooting power supplies and fuses. 
Field work: Staff training across cultural barriers, troubleshooting medical equipment, task scheduling, preparation of equipment inventories, needs investigation.


For more information, see the DTU course page here.

 Wheelchair fixed by technician at Dhulikhel

Nepal: July 3 - August 14, 2017

This schedule is tentative. Please check back for updates.

Monday, July 3

Students from DTU and EWH Alumni arrive in Kathmandu, shuttle to Dhulikhel, meet homestay families.

Weekdays, July 3 - July 14

Nepali language and cultural training by Volunteer Society Nepal.

Hospital visits in Kathmandu.

Saturday, July 8: Group EWH excursion

Visit Swoyambunath Temple in Kathmandu and Pathan Square.

Sunday, July 9 & Saturday, July 15: free days

Sunday, July 16: Transportation to partner hospitals; introduction to host families, and hospital placements begin. 

Sunday through Friday, July 17 - August 11: Work in hospitals.

Weekend, July 29-30*: Group EWH excursion (*exact dates TBD, this weekend is proposed)

Visit Gorkha, site where the Gurkha warriors defended Nepal against occupation from the British.

Saturday, August 12: Travel back to Kathmandu. 

Sunday, August 13: Final conference in Kathmandu

Monday, August 14: End of program, transportation provided to airport.


Meeting with director of the BP Koreala Cancer Center in Bharatpur

Lego donation to MSS Seva Center in Bharatpur


Apply now! Complete Nepal Summer Institute applications here.

This program is only open to students at Nordic Five Tech schools and alumni of previous EWH programs. 

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017. Contact nepal@ewh.org for late applications.

To be eligible for the EWH Summer Institute, you are required to submit a $20 application fee to Engineering World Health. After you submit the fee online, you will be taken to the EWH Dashboard, where you can create an account and start your application.

To pay the fee online via Paypal (no Paypal account required), please follow these directions:

1) Use the box and button at the bottom of this page to pay the fee via Paypal. Please indicate the name of the Summer Institute applicant in the box, which will make it clear which applicant the fee should be credited to. It is possible for the fee to be paid on behalf of the applicant by another party.

2) Follow the instructions on Paypal to make the $20 payment, either by credit card or Paypal account.

3) After successfully completing the payment, click on either the yellow box that reads "Return to Engineering World Health", or the blue box that reads "Return to Merchant" to access the EWH Dashboard.

If you experience any difficulties, please contact EWH at nepal@ewh.org

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