Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Study Abroad

Opportunities for international studies and experiences are available beginning in the sophomore year. During the fall semester as a sophomore, nursing students have the option of studying one entire semester abroad. These studies may be taken at one of Loyola University Chicago Global campuses: John Felice Rome Center, Beijing Campus or the Vietnam Center. Summer study abroad programs, J-Term sessions and short term opportunities are available as well. Please contact MNSON or Office of International Programs to learn more.

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing offers short term international experiences as follows:

Belize

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing provides students the opportunity to travel to Belize as part of their educational experience. To date, more than 70 B.S.N., M.S.N. and Ph.D. students and faculty have shared in this truly international nursing experience.

The course consists of a didactic component prior to the clinical component which is a two-week field experience in the Corozal District of Belize. This course offers the best of collaborative efforts from both the students and faculty of the School of Nursing and the Corozal Health District. Educational experiences include in-services and workshops for health care personnel as well as health education classes conducted for adults/parents/students/children in the villages and schools of the district. 

The service and care provided is distributed amongst the village schools, clinics and district hospital and includes numerous activities including vision testing and screening for the presence of; lice, hypertension, diabetes and cancer. In addition, donated medications, equipment, journals and textbooks are also provided. Our students have the opportunity to experience first hand another culture, a different model of health care/delivery system and the difference they can make in serving others. Many students have gone on to further their education as nurse practitioners and midwives as a result of this experience while others value the people they met, cared for and learned from. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Judi Jennrich at jjenrri@luc.edu

 England

A two-week long segment of the required Community Health Nursing course (CMAN 380) is offered in England during the Spring Semester of the students' junior year, for two weeks during the month of February. The program is held in the town of Guildford, a 45-minute train trip from London. The theory portion of the course is taught by a Loyola faculty member. Clinical experiences are provided by Virgin Care, a community-based organization that delivers care for the British National Health Service. Community-based clinical experiences consist of work with British community health nurses providing services for the British National Health Service. During the time in Guildford, students are housed in double rooms in a modern hotel, the Guildford Travelodge. The fee for the hotel includes breakfast each day of the week.

Prior to their departure for the England, students will have class and clinical experiences in Chicago. The portion of the course that is taught in the Chicago is offered over a five-week period, with class one day and clinical experiences one day each week.

Because the experience in England ends at the start of Loyola’s Spring Break Week, students have the choice to remain in Europe and travel for one week before returning to Chicago. Students can also choose to spend an additional week in England, enjoying further exploration of Guildford, the surrounding countryside, and, of course, London. The experience provides students with the opportunity to become better acquainted with the people, culture, and health system of the England.

Students who participate in this course are able to experience the British health care delivery system, to gain an understanding of international health-care issues, and to develop international friendships that often endure long beyond their coursework at Loyola. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Karen Egenes at kegenes@luc.edu.

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