Nursing students may incorporate international clinical experiences into their nursing education, including semester-long study abroad and/or programs during J-term and in the summer, or connect with UVA’s International Studies Office (ISO) for opportunities not directly related to nursing.

Semester-Long Exchanges

The semester-long study abroad program resumes in fall 2017 for BSN students in their fourth year and is arranged with a foreign nursing school and includes clinical activities during the exchange.

  • New Zealand - University of Auckland
  • Australia – University of Queensland
January Term Courses

A full list of J-Term courses for 2017 can be found here, on ISO's website. Please note, the application deadline is October 1, 2016. This year, nursing students may be particularly interested in the following programs:

UVA in St. Kitts and Nevis

West Indies Health Care: Disaster Preparedness

Sustainability in Nicaragua

Implications for Public Health and Prosperity

Maymester Programs

Guatemala - UVA Guatemala Initiative
June-August, specific dates vary
Six-week combination of language study and community health projects
Contact David Burt for more information.

Honduras - Clinica Esperanza
*Students interested in this program should contact the Global Initiatives Program Coordinator
Specific dates vary, but it is a four-week commitment for a $500 fee/donation
South Africa - Water & Health In Limpopo Province (WHIL)
*Students interested in this program need to contact the Global Initiatives Program Coordinator the September prior.
June-August, specific dates vary.
An interdisciplinary partnership focused on water and health in a rural community setting. Practicum credit may be available.
Contact Anita Thompson-Heisterman for more information.

The deadline to apply for the following summer 2017 opportunities is March 1, 2017.

Chile - IES: Chile Health Studies
Go to the ISO website for more information and to apply: IES: Chile Health Studies
Cyprus - Summer in Cyprus Health Sciences
Go to the ISO website for more information and to apply: Summer in Cyprus Health Sciences
Spain - UVA in Valencia
May-June and/or June-July
Language learning plus a Comparative Health Care Systems course (offered in Session I only)
Go to the ISO website for more information and to apply: UVA in Valencia
Semester at Sea
Summer voyage on the Mediterranean Sea
Go to the ISO website for more information and application instructions: Semester at Sea
Global Sustainability Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Global Sustainability benefits students of all majors who want to understand the many facets of sustainability and learn how to apply this knowledge to their daily lives. The Minor empowers students across the University in common efforts to accomplish real change through community engagement with sustainable projects in their communities and beyond. The Minor also establishes connections between different disciplines and prepares students to incorporate sustainable practices into their varied, future careers.

The minor is housed in the School of Architecture and guided by a governing board of representatives from the six partner academic units, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and a sustainability student group.

Please see the website for complete information and how to apply.

CNL Community Health Practica

The School of Nursing has relationships with organizations around the world that are able to provide clinical placements to students. Interested CNL students should contact the School of Nursing Global Opportunities office.

Location Host Organization
Limpopo, South Africa University of Venda, Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL)
Big Stone Gap, SW Virginia, USA Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc.
Quetzaltenango & Lake Atitlan, Guatemala UVA-Guatemala Initiative - partners with in-country NGOs
Bluefields, Nicaragua
  • Centre for Human, Civil and Autonomous Rights (CEDEHCA)
  • Bluefields Indian & Caribbean University (BICU)
Additional Opportunities

Independent study: students who are seeking to independently work on theses, capstones, or other research projects in global settings.

Mentored research: students who are working with faculty as research assistants in global settings.

UVA Center for Global Health (CGH) focuses on health as a transcendent and unambiguous human value that engages multiple disciplines across the University of Virginia and across cultural, economic, and geographic divides. Our CGH model emphasizes academics, service, and research.

Nursing Students Without Borders: a non-affiliated student organization.