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Learning Abroad in Nursing

    “We live in an interconnected, global world. Expanding the knowledge and lived experience of our students through study abroad is essential for addressing nursing and health care within Minnesota and beyond.”
    —Connie White Delaney, Professor and Dean, School of Nursing

    Learning Abroad Process

    This is the basic Learning Abroad Process you'll complete. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

    Academic Planning

    Review the following suggestions from the School of Nursing before beginning your study abroad research.

    How will studying abroad fulfill my requirements

    • Nursing students are strongly encouraged to study abroad during May session, summer or winter break. This will ensure that students maintain the correct semester course sequencing.
    • Many short-term programs fulfill liberal education requirements and some provide unique opportunities for intensive language study.
    • Consult the U Credit Abroad Search of study abroad courses that have been approved for Liberal Education. If a course is not listed, it may still meet a liberal education requirement. We encourage you to submit your course(s) for evaluation.
    • Students interested in gaining practical experience but not necessarily earning credit are encourages to consider a volunteer abroad experience.

    Courses in the major

    • While it may be possible to take some Nursing core courses abroad (physiology, anatomy, microbiology), it is generally not recommended due to the stringent course sequencing.
    • Students interested in fulfilling major requirements should meet with their academic adviser very early in the planning process to determine the impact on their degree program.

    School of Nursing (SoN) Sponsored Opportunities

    Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS)

    If you plan to participate in a program where you may have interaction with patients, complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) online module. This interactive online workshop developed by the Pre-Health Student Resource Center will help you:

    • prepare for your experience abroad
    • use your experience abroad to make a positive impact on your health program application
    • consider the legal and ethical boundaries that should guide your activities while abroad
    • understand your own limitations as an unlicensed student


    Asia and Oceania


    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • The 6-week summer program offers a 6-credit internship, which allows students to integrate with Australians, experience the culture firsthand, and gain professional skills.
    • Placements may be possible within the healthcare industry.



    Study Abroad in Denmark

    • Summer courses include Human Health & Disease: A Clinical Approach; and Health Delivery and Prioritization in Northern Europe.
    • No language prerequisite—all courses taught in English by Danish faculty


    University of Limerick

    • Live and study alongside Irish students, gaining an international perspective on nursing and healthcare.
    • Complete a supervised practicum at a healthcare facility in Limerick or the surrounding area, working alongside Irish nursing professionals.
    • Stay on course to complete the BSN degree, taking classes at Limerick matching the curriculum of the Fall semester, Senior year.


    Study & Intern in Toledo

    • Summer students can enroll in classes and also have the option to enroll in a 3-6-credit internship.
    • The internship includes an academic seminar and is ideal for becoming immersed in Spanish culture while gaining work experience in a health-related field.
    • 2 years college-level Spanish

    United Kingdom

    Study & Intern in London

    • The six-week summer program offers a 6-credit internship, which allows students to integrate with Brits, experience the culture first-hand, and gain professional skills.
    • Placements may be possible within the healthcare industry. 

    Additional Options to Consider

    Intensive Language Programs

    • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor
    • Complete a semester of language on a short-term program or explore options to complete two or more semesters of language on semester long programs.

    Global Seminars

    • Three-week programs led by University of Minnesota faculty, have no prerequisites, are open to freshmen, and fulfill one or often two Liberal Education requirements.
    • Ten or more locations and themes offered each year during winter break and May session
    • A Global Seminar early in your undergraduate experience can give you plenty of time to follow up with a longer study abroad experience later.

    Non-Credit Opportunities

    • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.  

    Child Family Health International

    • Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, South Africa
    • 2-,4–, or 8-week programs; some sites have a language requirement
    • Global Perspectives in Nursing program in Argentina helps participants understand the role played by nurses in South America and the special patient-provider relationship unique to Latin American medicine

    Student Experiences

    Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.