Global Experiences for Nursing Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and international travel has been disrupted. At the same time, the pandemic brought a spot light on the significance of global health and global collaboration. We are excited to continue to enrich nursing education at the UMSN by providing students with high-quality global health courses, and transformative experiences to advance their intercultural competencies.  

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International travel restrictions apply to all U-M community. As a student pursuing the global health minor, you are not required to travel abroad. You can explore alternative intercultural immersion experiences to fulfill the global health minor. Some of these options are listed below, but if you have other ideas, please feel free reach out to us. All students and levels are welcome to explore these options:

“Local” can be Washtenaw County, Detroit, West/North Michigan, or another local community in your state depending on where you will be. Some ways you can explore Michigan based community engagement opportunities can be viewed on Ginsberg Center website. If you live outside of Michigan and would like us to review a volunteer/internship opportunity for you, please contact the Office of Global Affairs with details of your community engagement project/internship as identified below in the “set up an alternative experience” section.

Immerse yourself in various global health perspectives in innovative practice, research and advocacy initiatives. This program will kick off with U-M School of Nursing Global Summer Institute on May 11, 12, 13 where you will hear from keynote speakers, as well as join skills sessions to gain practical tips designed to advance your academic, professional and personal engagement with global health.

Through May and June, join the weekly Global Health Coffee and Conversation Series that bring lived perspectives from different cultures and health systems in various fields in health from maternal health, to mental health, community care, access and changing systems. These are designed to be interactive conversations where students will participate in the conversations to deepen their understanding in various fields of global health. Students are required to complete a reflection paper, which can be showcased and/or presented at the U-M School of Nursing Global Fair in Fall.

Additionally, there are individual global heath projects available for graduate students. Please contact the U-M School of Nursing Office of Global Affairs if you are interested in setting up a custom virtual global health project.

Learn more about the Summer Virtual Immersion Program.

If you would like to set up an alternative immersion experience that will allow you to gain intercultural skills through local community engagement, volunteering or internship type activities, please email us your proposal. While we do not require you to work a certain number of weeks or hours, the project needs to be of a scope that requires at least 3 weeks to complete, that will be of value to the community you are engaging with; and help you accomplish your learning objectives(s) in the global health minor. If you have an alternative immersion experience that you would like us to review for global health minor, please contact with the following information:
  • Community organization and contact person you will work with
  • Brief description of the project, including the objectives, community need, methods, and timeline (as it applies.) 
  • Description of your learning objectives to take on this community engagement experience.
  • Once completed, please obtain a letter or an email from the organization confirming completion of your experience/internship.

Previous U-M Schoool of Nursing Led Study Abroad Programs for Undergrad Students:

New Delhi

Nursing, Health, and Society in New Delhi, India

Estimated dates: May 2 – May 23, 2020

Khon Kaen

Nursing Health and Society in Khon Kaen, Thailand

Estimated dates: May 9 – June 1, 2020

Costa Rica

Spanish for Health Professionals and Health and Culture in Costa Rica

Session 1: May 23 - June 27 OR Session 2: July 4 - August 8, 2020

Previous U-M School of Nursing Led Study Abroad Programs for Grad Student:


Nursing: Midwifery in the Netherlands

Estimated Dates: April 2020


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Beste Erel Windes


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