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Study Abroad



Student and faculty in Chile nursing simulation lab

This three-week study abroad course provides a multidisciplinary and professionally relevant international experience centered on health care, culture and communication for students from Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Social Work, Kinesiology, Education, and other related health or education professions.

Graduate and undergraduate students experience the language and culture of Chile while developing familiarity with the role of health professionals in medical and educational settings and serving individuals across the lifespan. An emphasis of the course is to expose TCU health professions students to healthcare education, practice and policies in Chile while also exposing them to cultural and linguistic differences among between two countries. Students who are monolingual English speakers are exposed to countries with Spanish as their native language, although many lectures are in English and translators are utilized when needed.

While in Chile, you’ll live in Santiago and engage in a learning activities with the Universidad Mayor and its affiliated sites located throughout the city and surrounding communities. Observe professionals at work in local hospitals, family health clinics, and schools. Cultural activities include a cooking class, a Chilean dance class and visits to cultural sites.



Nursing students in a cooking class


Located in northern Italy, this study abroad course provides an ideal setting for a three-week immersion into the health benefits of the Mediterranean culture, diet, food preparation, lifestyle, historic foundations, and health care systems.

This course is held in Reggio Emilia and Florence, Italy with educational excursions throughout Tuscany and surrounding regions. As you explore these areas, compare and contrast the American and Italian health care systems, education, nutrition, and wellness behaviors.

In addition, you’ll investigate the successful early childhood techniques developed in Reggio and learn valuable teaching skills to help convey the healthy lifestyle message to our youngest citizens. Finally, you will have the opportunity to provide a valued service experience in our host country.


Geneva & United Kingdom

The three week summer study aboard for Undergraduate Nursing includes time in Geneva and London. Join us as we visit beautiful Geneva, home to the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the International Red Cross, to learn from experts about health conditions and the global response to health and illness. From there we travel to London where students will begin their exploration with a city tour of many important cultural and historical sites. Interactions with healthcare professionals at the Royal College of Nursing, the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and a private hospital will allow students to compare and contrast the US healthcare system with the National Health Services.

In graduate nursing, an intensive one-week summer course is also offered in Geneva. The course focuses on healthcare delivery and health policy and includes time with leaders at the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations and International Council of Nursing (ICN). Students will work closely with faculty as they are exposed to major cultural and historical sites in and around Geneva.