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; Geneva, Switzerland, and; Florence, Italy to study. While there, you will learn with international experts and earn academic credits toward your degree.

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

May 14th-26th, 2017

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

This 3 credit hour course is offered to both undergraduate and graduate students. The course includes a 2-week intensive study abroad that is conducted in N. Ireland (NI) and includes seminars at the University of Ulster and in select clinical settings.

Students will examine the cultural, political, and economic forces influencing health care and nursing needs; status of nursing education, licensure, and practice; and health disparities in NI compared to those in the USA. 


Course:  NURS 40003/50003, Comparative Health Care: Nursing in Northern Ireland
Dates: Summer Intercession, May 14th-26th, 2017
Credits: 3 credits
Faculty Contact: Mary Kutchin (

Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: Jan. 30, 2017

Geneva, Switzerland

May 20th to Jun. 3rd, 2017

Outside of the WHOIn this Global Health Immersion course, participants will explore a number of health concerns, policies, and challenges with global importance and implications.  Students will investigate current global health policies and themes, and become familiar with the major players in global health including governmental and nongovernmental organizations and multinational agencies.  Presentations will be given by experts currently working in various regions of the world to solve such pressing global problems as HIV/AIDS, post-war trauma, tuberculosis, refugee health, and environmental contamination.

Students will experience firsthand what working in a global health organization is like. Students will observe health officials from across the globe debate and decide health policies at the United Nations. Learn from global health experts from Doctors Without Borders, International AIDS Society, U.S. State Department, and others. Students will experience the diverse dimensions of one of the world’s most multicultural cities – Geneva, Switzerland, and travel to other European destinations including the French Alps.


Course: NURS 44002/64002, Global Health Immersion: Geneva, Switzerland.
Dates: Summer Intersession, May 20th to Jun. 3rd, 2017
Credits: 3 credits
Faculty Contact: Dr. Yvonne Smith (

Application Deadline: Mar. 1, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: TBA

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

Florence, Italy

Jun. 17 to Jul. 15, 2017

Photo of Florence, ItalyCo-sponsored by Kent State University and the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the Florence Health Institute (FHI) is an opportunity for students who are pursuing a career in Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy or any related field to study the impacts of their field through an international lens.

In this creative and interprofessional study abroad experience, students from Kent State University and NEOMED will study together in a total of seven (7) credits in Florence for one month during the summer. All courses will be offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level in order to satisfy a variety of students’ academic needs.


Dates: Jun. 17 to Jul. 15, 2017​
Credits: 7 credits
Faculty Contact: Dr. Pamela Stephenson (

Application Deadline: Mar. 1, 2017