Nursing

All Nursing majors eligible to enroll in NUR 416/417 can fulfill the community health portion of the 6-credit clinical nursing IV course (NUR 417) in the winter semester experience in an international setting in community health centers in and around Cape Coast, Ghana.

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Nursing

Ghana

Programs will explore the role of nursing in the health care system of countries abroad; major health issues and health care systems in modern day and traditional culture; organization of the health care system; access to the payment for care; role, image and status of nurses and health care providers. Programs will offers an intercultural nursing experience and a unique way to compare and contrast different community-based health care systems.

Students interested in combining their study abroad experience with an internship, or those looking to focus solely on an internship, have many options. Customized internships are available in a few locations through programs such as ELAP and World Endeavors. Check out Internships HERE

Program Suggestions

The programs highlighted on this page are a good fit for students in Nursing

FACULTY-LED PROGRAMS

Location 

Program

Courses Available 

Ghana

Public Health Nursing (Summer)

UNDERGRADUATE:

NUR 467: Professional Nursing V

Other NUR 400 level or higher courses per permission of faculty

*One credit will be completed in Ghana and the remainder at GVSU. This program will replace the required 42 community health nursing hours.

 *Fulfills the clinical requirement for RN to BSN 400 level courses. This program does not fulfill the General Education Global Perspectives or General Education Issues requirements.

GRADUATE:

NUR 500, NUR 610, NUR 677, NUR 723, NUR 733, NUR 738, AND/OR NUR 740

Graduate NUR courses per permission of faculty 

Ghana

Public Health Nursing (Winter)

UNDERGRADUATE:

NUR 417: Professional Nursing IV

NUR 467: Professional Nursing V

Other NUR 400 level or higher courses per permission of faculty

*This program does not fulfill the General Education Global Perspectives or General Education Issues requirements

One credit will be completed in Ghana and the remainder at GVSU. This program will replace the required 42 community health nursing hours. It will also fulfill the clinical requirement for RN to BSN 400 level courses.

GRADUATE:

NUR 500, NUR 610, NUR 677, NUR 723, NUR 733, NUR 738, AND/OR NUR 740

Graduate NUR courses per permission of faculty

SEMESTER AND ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAMS

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Program Type

Courses

Kenya

SIT: Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights

External

Available Courses

Multiple Destinations

Medical Internship in Benin

External

Available Courses

Honduras

Medical and Nursing Brigade

External

Available Courses

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Location

Program

Program Type

Courses

Cyprus

Cyprus: Nursing

External

Courses Available

Spain

Explore Healthcare in the Atlantic Islands!

External

Courses Available 

INTERNSHIPS

Gain real-world experience globally and build your international network by participating in an internship abroad. 

Internships Abroad

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There are other program options available. Schedule a study abroad advising appointment to learn more or browse our other program options:

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Academic Advice

  • Students should NOT expect to get required NUR credit for international course work.  However, you’re encouraged to take prerequisites for the nursing program abroad.
  • Students who aren’t accepted into a nursing program can take the opportunity to studying abroad. The ideal time to study abroad is during the Fall semester of your sophomore year.
  • Nursing students may NOT take NUR Courses abroad (with the exception of NUR 417).
  • Students do not need to speak a foreign language in order to study in a country where English is not the official language. We also recommend exploring several study abroad programs in English-speaking countries such as Ghana, Australia, and Ireland.
  • Students who have a Spanish minor may complete course requirements abroad. We recommend the check out the Medical Spanish Opportunities Abroad
  • The earliest you can go abroad is the summer of your first year.
  • Students may fulfill General Education Foundation and Issues requirements abroad
  • Students taking at least 3 credits abroad will fulfill their Global Perspectives requirement
  • Students should be working with their faculty mentor to plan and make appropriate course selections for study abroad.

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please visit our Course Approval page. 

Once you have selected a program, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to discuss your plans.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Explore more scholarship opportunities through our scholarship page 

Department Contact

Patti Townsend

300 Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences

townsenp@gvsu.edu