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Supporting learning locally and globally

Undergraduate Global Opportunities

If you're unsure of what type of program to look for, be sure to visit the Getting Started page for Going Global for Students.     
 

BSN Curriculum

The undergraduate nursing curriculum includes two interdisciplinary elective courses on global health: 
 
N420: Introduction to Global Health: Issues and Challenges: This 2-3 credit course, taught on campus, introduces global health concepts and the network of organizations working to advance health care internationally. 
 
N421: Perspectives in Global Health: This 2-credit elective seminar, taught on campus in the winter term, has two options for a 2-3 week faculty-led field extension for an additional 2 credits:
  • Quito, Ecuador (2 ½ weeks) Travel to Ecuador takes place in June. Intermediate Spanish proficiency required.
  • New Delhi, India. Travel (3 weeks) Travel to India takes place in August. No foreign language proficiency required.

The N421 seminar is part of the Global Course Connections program. It is open to all undergraduates with at least sophomore standing. For more information, contact Prof. Megan Eagle. 

There is an additional option for students to incorporate global health concepts into the required curriculum.

N456: Community Health Nursing: This required core class, normally taken during fall or winter of senior year, offers opportunities for global and intercultural engagement in a subset of its clinical sections. 

Videoconferencing: Each semester, at least one section will use technology to engage in a joint project with students at one of U-M's international partner schools. These have included partners in Haiti (fall term) and India (winter term); additional partnerships are being developed in Africa for the 2015-16 academic year.

Clinical immersion in a global setting: N456 offers a special option for rising seniors to enroll in N456 during the spring term, before their senior year, and fulfill some of the clinical requirement with one of the faculty-led field extensions in Quito, Ecuador and New Delhi, India (see 421, above.) This requires full-time enrollment in the spring term. For more information on the N456 spring term section and the global immersion options, contact Prof. Norma Sarkar.

 

Global immersion Opportunities

In addition to the N421/N456 global field immersions, UMSN offers the following undergraduate program:
 

Health Science 300: Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals (Oaxaca, Mexico) 

Eligibility: Undergraduates in good academic standing who will be returning to campus for the fall term. Students graduating in April or August are not eligible.

This program requires full-time enrollment in the spring term.  

Spanish proficiency requirement: 1 year of college level Spanish or the equivalent.

 

Other Credit-bearing U-M Opportunities

The U-M Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) provides centralized support for a variety of global engagement and learning opportunities for the University of Michigan community. Listed below are just a few of their many offerings that may be of specific interest to nursing students:
 
Additional U-M sponsored study abroad opportunities can be found by searching the M-Compass website.
 

Study Abroad Programs - Sponsored Outside U-M

Some students opt to pursue summer study abroad programs on their own that are not sponsored by U-M but by another university or, in some cases, a third-party provider or a non-governmental agency. Courses taken through non-U-M programs may or may not count for credit or towards degree requirements. Please consult with an academic advisor in the Office of Student and Multicultural Services (OSAMS) for advice on transfer credit before enrolling in a non-U-M program.  
 
For guidance on selecting a non-UM program, please visit U-M's International Center.
 

Research Opportunities

Not all global experiences need to be connected with earning academic credit. Some UMSN professors routinely take students abroad with them to assist in research projects, an option that may be more flexible in terms of time commitment than study abroad programs.
 
Another research opportunity open to undergraduates is:
U-M Center for Human Growth and Development: Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) - Three-month research positions with U-M faculty to international placements. Accepted students are awarded a monthly stipend, living expenses, round trip airfare to the placement site, and foreign and domestic expenses incurred while on the program. Undergraduate and graduate placements are available. Applicants must be African-American, Hispanic American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or Rural Appalachian.
 

Internships, Work and Service Opportunities

Like research opportunities, internship and service (e.g. volunteer) engagements may be more flexible than study abroad. These opportunities are available through U-M affiliated units as well as through a number of other accredited colleges, universities and external organizations.
 

U-M Internship Programs

Michigan International Internship & Service Program (MIISP) provides a year-long series of workshops that prepare undergraduates for summer internships or service projects abroad.

Residential College Spanish Language Internship Program - an engaged learning course that is open to all undergraduate students and links Spanish-speaking students with community-based organizations to provide unique service learning opportunities in the Latino community.

LS&A International Internship Program - offers summer internship placements for returning undergraduates in a wide variety of locations and fields. 

U-M Student Organizations

U-M has a wealth of student organizations devoted to global health, many of which offer opportunities for volunteering and service learning abroad.  For information, see Maize Pages.
 

International Career Guidance

The U-M International Career Pathways network hosts events for undergraduates, graduating seniors and graduate students interested in working, interning or volunteering abroad or working in an international career.

The International Opportunities Fair provides students the opportunity to meet with and obtain information from organizations and recruiters from around the world

 

See and Hear More Via You Tube

You Tube link for MGoAbroad
For those who would like to learn more about global opportunities from the voices of faculty and students, you are encouraged to visit the YouTube channel, MGoAbroad, sponsored by the U-M International Center. Whether you're thinking about an eventual international career or simply interested hearing student panels discuss their experience during a term abroad, these YouTube videos provide some insights from the voice of the global traveler: MGoAbroad

More resources

The University Library system has a wealth of online global health resources and a dedicated professional staff to assist faculty and students. For a guided introduction to online databases, please download: Global Health Information Resources.