Opportunities For Students

Study Abroad - Costa Rica

The School of Nursing encourages students at all degree levels to develop an understanding of global health issues and of cultural, economic, and social factors that affect health and healthcare in the United States as well as abroad.

The school provides opportunities to help students learn about health in cultures that are different than their own, including:

  • support from the Hegyvary Citizens of the World Fund
  • faculty-led short (three to four weeks) study abroad programs
  • one-term faculty-led undergraduate study abroad programs, and
  • options for independent international study or research at partner schools of nursing

The University of Washington Office of International Programs & Exchanges also offers many opportunities for students to travel and study abroad:

Exploration Seminars

These short programs take advantage of the interim between summer and autumn quarters.

For 2016, several faculty from the School of Nursing are leading Exploration Seminars in India and Thailand. For more details, see:

  • India: Ardith Doorenbos (Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems); Heather Coats (Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems); Dan Downing (Pharmacy)
    Health in the Context of Culture (Deadline 2/29/2016)
  • Thailand: Gail Johnson & Sangjan Rungruangkonkit (Psychosocial & Community Health)
    Health in a Developing Nation (Deadline 2/29/2016)

Additional Exploration Seminars can be found on the UW's Study Abroad website.

Funding Opportunities

Hegyvary Citizens of the World Fund

The Hegyvary Citizens of the World Fund encourages and assists students currently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Washington School of Nursing to seek experiences of immersion in health care and society in a culture very different from their own, either internationally or in this country. Applications are due by 5:00pm on March 4, 2016.  For complete guidelines and application information, click here.

UW Office of International Programs & Exchanges

The UW Office of International Programs & Exchanges (IP&E) site provides information about numerous study abroad programs, particularly for undergraduates. Some are organized and led by UW faculty; some are organized by other universities and colleges in the US and abroad, with the UW accepting credits from these schools. Many of these are not compatible with nursing curriculum, but there are some summer opportunities with health components. IP&E also offers some scholarships for students participating in UW study abroad programs. Students can apply for scholarships through IPE.

Global Health Resource Center

The Global Health Resource Center (GHRC) connects individuals interested in global health, coordinates activities, events and information, and catalyzes opportunities for international exchange. See, in particular, the calendar of events, newsletter, and listserv.

Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS)

The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) provides opportunities for friendship and increased international understanding. Come to meet people from around the world or around the corner and establish links of friendship and communication.

State Department Students Abroad Web Site

The US State Department’s web site tailored for students going abroad. Inform yourself about travel documents, how to find embassies, travel insurance, and other preparations.