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International Experience Opportunities

Education Abroad through the College of Nursing

B.S. students in the General Nursing option have the opportunity to study abroad. Because of the sequential nature of the Nursing curriculum, students who wish to stay “on time” with their program may study abroad only during the summer or semester breaks, or with an embedded program of shorter duration.

The embedded programs described below are examples of programs offered by the College of Nursing. Program availability varies from year to year. Students may earn credit for participation in some of the programs. In the rare event that programs are oversubscribed, students are selected by lottery. Costs range from $1,500-$8,000 depending upon destination, credits allotted and duration of program.

Other international experiences can be arranged through Global Penn State: Going Abroad.

NOTE: Students who pursue abroad experiences (outside of College of Nursing opportunities) during fall or spring semesters will find themselves a year behind in the curriculum.


This experience for Nursing students is preceptored by Penn State Nursing faculty in conjunction with the CURE International Pediatric Orthopedic Hospital. Six junior Nursing students spend approximately two weeks during the summer providing care for children with curable disabilities in a developing nation.


Nursing students learn about India’s health care system and provide care to underserved populations. This program occurs during Spring Break.


Eight juniors attend classes at Trinity College in Dublin along with students from other countries to learn about midwifery and community nursing. Students who participate in this two-week program earn three credits of NURS coursework which may be applied to supporting course requirements. This two-week program occurs during the last two weeks of May.

South Africa

Six senior Nursing students are selected to accompany a faculty member on a trip to South Africa to work in health care clinics in Cape Town and outlying areas. The trip is two weeks long and occurs in the spring. The program is coordinated with our partners at The University of the Western Cape to include classroom and clinical experiences in multiple health care settings.

Hong Kong

A limited number of seniors are selected to participate in this ten-day spring semester program. This experience enhances the student’s ability to experience a different culture and to learn about the health care system, Eastern medicine, and the nursing education system in Hong Kong. Students will participate in both classroom and clinical observations.


The College of Nursing participates in a student exchange program with the University of Jönköping, in Jönköping, Sweden. Up to eight junior Nursing students are selected to participate. The five-week program on children’s health issues begins the second week of May, so students must take spring semester final exams before departure.

For additional information on College of Nursing travel opportunities, contact Darlene Clark (, Global Studies coordinator for the College of Nursing.