Globalization requires an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. As nurses, we care for people from various cultures in many settings. International study is a valuable opportunity to enrich personal clinical experience and prepare nurses for future practice. The UNCW School of Nursing is dedicated to providing this opportunity to students.
The Cuban Experience
For six days, May 7-13, 2016, nine UNCW faculty, one school director and one
dean from the College of Health and Human Services participated in an exploratory trip to Cuba. From the water's edge in Old Havana to the tobacco fields of inland Cuba, participants endeavored to learn about renowned Cuban health care practices and delivery and explore opportunities for future learning and research excursions. Underlying themes throughout the experience were discovery and effective collaboration across boundaries of government, culture, language, economic status and health care practices.
San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize
On Sunday, March 8, 2015, 22 nursing students (16 prelicensure and 6 graduate) and 4 faculty departed for a week in Belize. They stayed in San Ignacio and provided clinical services in various villages in the Cayo District.
Iquitos, Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru
This clinical and cultural immersion experience occurs during the week of Spring Break and is incorporated into required courses as part of the nursing program. This one-week experience fosters nursing competence while learning and serving in a global health care system that provides a real world cultural immersion.
- UNCW Nursing Students in Peru (external link)
Cultural Immersion: People and Health Care in Central America
Students will provide health care to the rural and urban populations of El Salvador. Opportunities will be offered to learn about the health care systems in El Salvador and Guatemala (travel to Guatemala will depend on cost). Students will meet local university nursing and medical students.
For an application, financial aid resources and other materials please visit
UNCW International Programs
Past International Experiences