Study Abroad

The College of Nursing offers multiple study abroad opportunities that enable you to study health care with a global perspective. Each summer, nursing students travel to Londonderry, Northern Ireland and Geneva, Switzerland to study. While there, you will learn with international experts and earn academic credits toward your degree.

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

University of Ulster, McGee Campus, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

This course is a two week intensive study abroad that is conducted in N. Ireland and includes seminars at the University of Ulster, Magee Campus and in select clinical settings.

Students will examine the cultural, political, and economic forces influencing health care, nursing needs and health disparities in N. Ireland. The students will also compare and contrast nursing education, practice, regulation along with healthcare disparities between N. Ireland/United Kingdom and in the United States. 

The class allows students to become integrated with the local culture and in the professional setting as they participate in the academic and clinical areas of nursing practice in Northern Ireland.

Course:  NURS 40003/50003, Comparative Health Care: Nursing in Northern Ireland
Dates: Summer Intercession, May 23rd-June 3rd, 2016
Credits: NURS 40003/50003, 2-3 credits
Faculty Contact: Mary Kutchin (

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2016. The application deadline was December 11, 2015. Please check back in the Fall.

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland
Students from the 2015 Geneva study abroad course
Geneva, Switzerland

Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for a three (3) credit study abroad course to visit Geneva, Switzerland for two weeks in late May. While you are there, you will explore a number of health concerns, policies, and challenges with global importance and implications.  You will also experience firsthand what working in a global health organization is like. Class participants will observe health officials from around the globe debate and decide health policies at the office of the United Nations in Geneva – the European headquarters of the UN.

Tours of the World Health Organization headquarters, European UN Palais, and the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Museum will be an integral part of the course. Students will experience the diversity of Geneva, one of the world’s greatest multicultural cities.

Course: NURS 41095/61095, Global Health Immersion: Geneva, Switzerland.
Dates: Summer Intersession, May 14th-28th, 2016
Credits: 3 credits
Faculty Contacts: Dr. Yvonne Smith ( and Dr. Ratchneewan Ross (

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2016. The application deadline was December 1, 2015. Please check back in the Fall.

Student Testimonials

“I was able to meet dozens of highly educated individuals, including Dr. Pat Thompson, who greatly impacted my outlook on world health care as well as the art and science of nursing.”
Oriana Suglia, Senior

“While in Geneva, my eyes were opened to so many opportunities, new views on health care, and a desire to work at an international level.”
Elan Caruso, Senior

“Seeing health from a global perspective drives you to work in a way that will improve your community and, hopefully, your world.”
Rachael McClain, Senior

Read More About The 2015 Trip