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Study Abroad


Chile & Argentina

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 and Argentina 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 and Argentina while also exposing them to cultural and linguistic differences among those two countries and the United States. 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. Spanish-speaking students are exposed to varied Spanish dialects in Chile and Argentina.

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 local area. 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.

While in Buenos Aires, you’ll be able to fill health professions educational requirements specific to nursing, speech-language pathology, social work, and other disciplines. Groups visit the Universidad de Buenos Aires and affiliated health care sites and learn about practice and policy standards from Argentinian health care professionals. You’ll also be exposed to the major cultural and historical sites that represent Buenos Aires and Argentinian life and history, including guided tours of Buenos Aires, visits to an estancia to learn about the history and culture of the Argentinian gaucho, and tango demonstrations.



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.