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 is for BSN students in their fourth year.  It is arranged with a foreign nursing school and includes clinical activities during the exchange.

  • New Zealand - University of Auckland
  • Australia – University of Queensland

For information, contact Anita Thompson-Heisterman, associate professor

January Term Courses

A full list of J-Term courses for 2019 can be found on the January Term website. Nursing students may be particularly interested in the following programs:

UVA in St. Kitts and Nevis

West Indies Health Care: Disaster Preparedness
Wendy Cohen, program director

Public Health and Cancer Prevention on Roatan Island

Roatan, Honduras
Emma Mitchell, program director

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
    Specific dates vary, but it is a four-week commitment for a $750 fee/donation
    Contact Mary Herndon, program coordinator, for information

  • South Africa - Water & Health In Limpopo Province (WHIL)
    June-August, specific dates vary. Students interested in this program need to contact the Global Initiatives Program Coordinator the September prior. 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
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, and 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.

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)
Roatan Island, Honduras Clinica Esperanza
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.