Across Southeastern Wisconsin, our competitive, collaborative nursing program is valued for its ability to prepare science-based, compassionate nurse leaders through innovative, quality educational programs.
Preparing entry-level nursing professionals is only the beginning of our commitment to meeting the needs of diverse, in-demand nursing professions. From pediatrics to geriatrics, community clinics to pharmaceutical labs, our faculty conduct research, and scholarship that advances science in nursing and health, and they don’t do this alone. The college recruits students from first-year to online PhD candidates, nursing administrators to nurse practitioners, for research and mentorship opportunities that prepare College of Nursing graduates at every practice level to transform health care delivery and health policy.
Looking for a rewarding and exciting way to study? Studying abroad gives students a unique opportunity to learn while getting to know another culture, living in a different environment, learning a new language and being immersed in foreign customs and traditions.
Opportunities for studying abroad are available to a wide range of destinations, and for lengths of time ranging from a couple of weeks to a full academic year. In short-term programs, to countries including Malawi, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea and China, students learn about the health care systems, practices and beliefs of their host countries.
For more information and specifics about nursing study abroad programs and Nursing specific global certificates please click here for the Nursing Study Abroad Page.
Why Nursing students should study abroad:
Cultural Development – Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Studying abroad presents the perfect chance to appreciate diversity first hand, helps students recognize and dismiss stereotypes they may unintentionally have and it gives students the opportunity to understand their own culture while appreciating other cultures.
Foreign Language Skills – Maintaining a proficient level of vocabulary and conversational skills in a foreign language requires one to be constantly exposed to it. If knowing a foreign language is an important part of a student’s major, or if there is just a desire to learn a foreign language, studying abroad is a great way to learn, practice and expand on your skills.
Personal Development – Being able to determine your strengths and weaknesses are important from a career standpoint, but also from a personal development standpoint. Studying abroad can bring out the independent side of a student to help them function and live in a different country. Studying abroad can help students develop critical thinking skills and become adaptable. Being abroad can present new and various situations that students have never encountered before, and force them to step out of their comfort zone.
New Skills & Better Adaptability – Students who study abroad learn new skills and are able to adapt easier to changes in and outside of the workplace. In addition to being able to adapt, students also have the chance to work, study, live and respond to people of diverse backgrounds which increases better workplace performance.
Scholarships – Scholarships are available to help finance your study abroad experience. Doing extra research can wield financial benefits and unique scholarship opportunities.
New Perspectives/Broadening Views of the World – Cultural diversity is nothing new to UWM students; studying abroad will give students first-hand experience. By going to their country of choice, students have the chance to interact with natives and learn about their way of life, broadening their view on the world.
Considerations While Abroad
If you choose a non-UWM program, you will receive transfer credit, and you are responsible for making sure your official transcript is sent to CIE.
Electives can be easily completed while abroad. Another option for students is to have some of the courses taken abroad be counted as degree or certificate requirements or upper level electives. Check out the Course Equivalency page.
There are some courses within each major that need to be completed on the UWM campus. It is recommended to meet with an academic advisor to determine the courses that need to be completed on campus before deciding to study abroad.
Asking the right questions is very important when deciding what program works best for your major, minor and/or certificate. The Study Abroad team recommends talking to your Academic Advisor, your Study Abroad Coordinator and a Financial Aid Specialist.