Study Abroad

International Opportunities

‌The School of Nursing supports global learning for all degree levels. We aim to expose our students to global health issues, cultural awareness and competence, social justice and healthcare development for disadvantaged communities in the United States and abroad. Our service learning approach envelopes our academic programs with community service in combination with critical, reflective thinking.

This service learning mission runs in the fall with a focus on pediatrics and medical-surgical practice. The mission focuses on interprofessional learning while providing free medical and major surgical care to the impoverished people of the urban Kingston area. On average, each mission provides primary care to over 1,000 people.

Our next mission to Jamaica: October 2017
Our first service learning mission took place in March 2010 with an emphasis on OB nursing. Faculty and students worked with local doctors in the village of Pastores near La Antigua, Guatemala to meet the needs of 1,157 patients. Trips run twice a year in the Greater Panchoy Valley surrounding Antigua focusing on medical-surgical type practice, public health, obstetrics and pediatrics. 

Our next mission to Guatemala: October 2017
This study abroad experience affords nursing students the opportunity to learn about professional leadership issues including quality improvement, healthcare policies, and nursing education through a comparative global perspective. Field experiences include a collaborative classroom with Irish nursing students with topics on leadership styles; Irish nurse and physician guest speakers; and visits to three different types of hospitals. This rich cultural experience allows for immersion into the local Irish life.