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Study Abroad Experiences for Students

There are a number of possibilities for student experiences abroad, depending on your interests, focus, and required courses. In some programs, students have the option of completing part of their coursework abroad. In the past few years, students have gone to such countries and regions as Thailand, Chile, St. Lucia, Scotland, and Uganda, among others.

In addition, there are international programs not related to coursework where students participate to assist local communities in meeting their needs. These programs include Intercambio Cultural Maya and the Minority International Research Training program (funded by Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health to the University of Illinois, Chicago).

Except for the Guatemala program, these trips are available for BSN seniors only. Please contact Dr. Marilyn Lotas, BSN Program Director, and Samira Hussney, Director of International Health Programs, for more information.


  • Program Focus: Aboriginal Health
  • Location: University of Sydney (Sydney)
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Dates: September 12 - November 18
  • Cost per Student: Approx. $7,000 (includes tuition and housing)


  • Program Focus: Community Course
  • Location: Catholic University (Santiago)
  • Duration: 6-10 weeks
  • Dates: July 18 - October 3
  • Cost per Student: Approx. $2,230 (includes housing and tuition)

There is a need for the development of a global perspective in community health. This experience can provide such a perspective through shared experiences by students in both countries concerning strengths in each system of care and examining how each can be most effective. The goal is to enhance student engagement in learning about others in the same profession who have different "global orientations."

Wuhan University LibraryChina

  • Program Focus: Courses and clinical experiences
  • Location: HOPE School of Nursing, Wuhan University (City of Wuhan, Hubei Province)
  • Duration: 10 weeks (September - November)
  • Dates: To be determined
  • Cost per Student: $2800-3000 (includes roundtrip airfare, dorm accomodations, and food; costs are approximate and subject to change)
Wuhan brochure
Download the Senior Capstone Wuhan Brochure (PDF)

FPB is proud to announce a new collaboration with Wuhan University HOPE School of Nursing for the BSN Senior Capstone. The city of Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province in the People's Republic of China. As central China's most populous city (nearly 10 million people), geographically it is found towards the east, near the intersection of the Yangtze and Han Rivers.

The Senior Capstone experience at Wuhan University HOPE School of Nursing lasts for ten weeks from September to November. Senior Capstone experiences occur at the HOPE School of Nursing and the Community Health Center, both on the campus of Wuhan University, as well as at affiliated hospitals. BSN seniors will participate in courses and clinicals with English-speaking preceptors at the Community Health Center, which includes a department of Chinese Traditional Medicine. They will also shadow Wuhan students on clinical rotations. English instruction includes traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture, massage, cupping, and herbal medicine.


  • Program Focus: Courses and Clinical Experiences: "Nursing in Scandinavia"
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Dates: July 12 - August 19
  • Cost per Student: Approx. $6,395 (includes housing and tuition)
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The Virgin Islands

  • Location: St. Thomas
  • Duration: 10-11 weeks
  • Dates: Fall (TBA)
  • Cost per Student: Approx. $3,500 (includes housing and tuition)

Erin and childGuatemala (MSN only)

Due to preceptor responsibilities, each trip is limited to four MSN students (first come, first served). The current preceptor is FPB alum and Survivor: Guatemala contestant Margaret Bobonich, MSN. More preceptors will be added for future trips.

Mike and childSelection Process:

Students must submit their "Refuge International Medical Mission Volunteer" applications to Samira Hussney by the deadline (TBA). Selectees will then be notified via email.

Students must complete evaluations and give brief presentations about their experiences after returning from their trip.

The Guatemala trip is coordinated with Refuge International. For full details (including housing, food, air transport, guidelines, forms, etc.), visit their website.