Study Nursing Abroad

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Studying Nursing Abroad


224 Nursing Study Abroad Programs


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Shadow doctors 20+ hours a week in Spain through the Atlantis Fellowship. 1-8 week Fellowships during winter, spring, or summer breaks.


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Study Nursing while taking part in an internship program through CISabroad. Students benefit from the comprehensive package that includes social and cultural activities, airport pickup, and support before, during, and after the program. Students can join the program for a summer, semester, or academic year.


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Experience the fascinating Queensland lifestyle while studying Nursing at Griffith University in Australia. Students can enroll for one or two semesters. Participants will also join the highly rewarding Griffith Community Internship.


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Study Nursing abroad with API. The organization provides programs at distinguished universities in Ireland and Scotland. Students benefit from the outstanding on-site support API staff provide.


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Complete a Nursing degree abroad through programs from ISA. The organization offers affordable and high-quality programs to students worldwide. Participants can join programs for a summer, semester, trimester, or full year.


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Spend a semester, a summer, or a year exploring the amazing biodiversity, rich history, and diverse cultures of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. When you study abroad with CEA in this stunning port city, you can choose from the full curriculum of coursework at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, our partner institution in South Africa. Program options also include Environmental Studies, and ...


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Study international development in India, and experience the cradle of one of the most influential and oldest civilizations on earth. Program participants also get the chance to contribute through a research project or internship with a nonprofit organization. They get opportunities to examine the complexities created by issues related to social justice, environment, public health, and globaliz...


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The Gold Coast and Brisbane program is ideal if you want to live and study near some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches and rain forest and are looking for a wide range of courses in diverse disciplines. The program is located along the east coast of Australia which places you in the perfect location to head north, south, or west to explore the best of what Australia has to offer. At Griffit...


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The Semester Spanish Studies Program in San Juan, Puerto Rico is specially designed for students interested in Spanish language, culture and history. All courses are taught in English at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. The program integrates thoughtful synthesis of study visits, language exchanges, volunteer and other cultural opportunities into the curriculum, so that you may more fully i...


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Do your international internship with Maximo Nivel - get international work experience in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. - Education (K-12) - Special Education - Micro-Business - Hospitality & Tourism - Human Rights - Medical Since 2003, Maximo Nivel has been a leader in educational travel and study abroad. Our work-study-travel programs host more than 4,000 people per ye...


The University of New England’s program in Seville is located at our partner institution the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO). UPO is located just outside the center of the city. Seville—the capital of the Andalusia region of Spain—is located in the south of the country. Decorative Moorish architecture, grand Gothic cathedrals and modern urban center come together to create an eclectic lookin...


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Curriculum Highlights: Multi-country summer program in Europe: Earn up to 8 credits in the summer while studying in 9 amazing European cities. Students from the U.S. and other countries travel together (with the professors) taking classes, visiting universities, companies and international organizations. Open to all majors. U.S.-accredited university. Acquire a solid understanding of European...


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The Nurses Adaptation Program with PGDHCM at Czech College is primarily designed to adapt a foreign educated nurse to practice in the Czech healthcare system. The integrated Post Graduate Diploma in Health Care Management equips the students with thorough knowledge of healthcare management in organizations like hospitals, care centers, and clinics. A major portion of the program is dedicated...


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In a little more than 50 years, the University has grown to become Australia's largest and among its most successful and progressive. Youthful and ambitious, Monash is a member of the Group of Eight with strengths in life sciences, medicine, allied health, humanities and teaching , engineering and technology. Why Choose Monash? - Global recognition: Our degrees and semester studies are...

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Studying Nursing Abroad

Global health care issues are on the rise, and there is a greater need for health care workers from around the world to openly communicate about industry needs, ideas, and solutions. Many study abroad programs for nursing cater specifically to students pursuing nursing degrees, since international experience is so valuable for future nurses. Nursing study abroad programs provide insight into the field of international health care, while allowing nursing students to examine the cultural, political, and economic forces influencing health care systems around the world. Furthermore, studying nursing abroad will give students much needed confidence in working with diverse populations.

Why Study Nursing Abroad

Future nurses can and should study nursing abroad during their undergraduate or graduate studies. Learning about health care issues in the countries that are affected by those issues most greatly will offer a more comprehensive understanding than any classroom can. Being culturally sensitive helps nurses connect with a wide range of patients, since nurses are typically the first point of contact for patients at almost any healthcare facility.

In addition to gaining a greater understanding of the health care challenges faced worldwide, studying nursing abroad may even give students the edge they need to secure a job after graduation; in the increasingly competitive field of nursing, international nursing experience will most definitely help you stand out.


Students have the option to study nursing abroad in many locations. Serving as a volunteer in tandem with study abroad courses is also an option, especially in developing countries where healthcare is affected by limited education, poverty, and the spread of AIDS and other diseases. For those interested in working in hospitals, some popular locations for nursing study abroad programs are in Australia, Singapore, Germany, Scotland, and Asia.

Australia has a fantastic healthcare system, and Australian hospitals offer nurses plenty of opportunities to work in world class facilities with state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology. Due to Australia’s laidback and friendly lifestyle, jobs are low stress and satisfaction is ranked highly. The Prince of Wales is a top hospital located in Sydney.

Singapore has a stable economy and thriving health care system. The Parkway Hospital Group is the dominant health care provider, known for its state-of-the-art facilities, quality care, expertise, and modern technology. Students deciding to study nursing in Singapore will leave with solid expertise in medical technology.

Germany is home to The Asklepios Group. Located in Hamburg, it is the biggest private operator of hospitals in all of Europe. With over 100 facilities, the company is known for its excellent service in medicine, nursing, and rehabilitation, as well as their state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge medical equipment. The opportunity to study nursing abroad and work in one of the Asklepios Group hospital is nearly incomparable.

Scotland is home to two of the best nursing programs in the UK. The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as the United Kingdom’s number one Nursing Studies degree and has over 50 years of experience. The University of Glasgow is a research intensive institution and is also ranked highly. Both schools offer clinicals and research programs for a variety of interests.

Asia’s advancing health care systems have made nursing an increasingly popular area of study, and nursing schools can be found all over. Bangkok, Thailand offers courses in English and Pune, India is one of the fastest growing cities making it a wise place to study nursing in Asia, especially if you plan on working in international communities with large populations of individuals of Asian descent or within Asia itself.

Courses & Programs

Students will need to work with their home university to see what nursing courses abroad will count for credit at home. Often colleges allow core classes outside of the nursing major, such as English, philosophy, and art history, to be taken abroad. These are nice classes to take abroad as they offer more flexibility. Foreign language classes are also a wise choice during study abroad for nursing students, because the knowledge may help with job placement after graduation.

For those interested in taking nursing-specific classes, most degrees will require classes involving clinicals and healthcare systems. Nursing schools abroad offer a variety of classes, and if those classes are similar enough, students can oftentimes opt-out of mandatory nursing classes at their home campuses in exchange for taking equivalent classes abroad. Examples of courses that may be taken abroad include: Communication for Nursing, Primary Health Care, Law and Ethics for Nursing, Grief and Crisis Management, Health Practice and Policy, Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care, and more. It is important that students check with their academic advisers before applying for any study abroad program for nursing.

When researching nursing study abroad programs, students should consider whether or not the program will allow them to complete their major requirements and be beneficial in their progress toward degree completion. Summer nursing study abroad programs may be a good option for students who cannot commit to a full semester abroad. Locations and type of program may sometimes be determined by home university program requirements, host university requirements, and personal preference. Some nursing schools abroad offer courses that can be taken in conjunction with medical Spanish or language specific classes focused on medical and health terminology to mutually benefit nursing students.


Although nursing students typically have demanding schedules and course loads, students can (and should) find time in their school career to study nursing abroad. With ever-increasing global health issues, it is an essential time to study nursing abroad. International courses offer a fresh perspective on the international health care industry.

Whether it is aid work in developing countries or working in world-class hospitals around the globe, nursing study abroad programs develop better, more understanding nurses of the future. Interacting with different types of people on a day-to-day basis is part of being a nurse, and studying abroad will give nursing students the advantage in the job market after graduation.

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