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Why should I consider having a cultural immersion experience?

We are different and yet –aren’t we the same?
We experience life differently and yet –don’t we share the same emotions?
We have individual levels of wellness and yet –don’t we have common health needs?
Nursing has the unique perspective of caring for people in every culture around the world. We offer opportunities to learn about nursing care and cultures through hands-on clinical experiences. You will learn how culture and lifestyle impacts health care practices, the importance of communication between and among people of all cultures, and expand your perspective of caring.

How does cultural nursing experience benefit me?

No matter where you are in the world, nurses are needed. Across the street or on another continent, as a nurse, you will encounter people with health needs. Cultural immersion nursing experiences will help you to assist people with those needs and understand your own culture better. You will be able to demonstrate that you are flexible and develop confidence and independence. You will gain a more global perspective to problem solving. This experience will expand the opportunities for the type of nursing that you want to pursue.

When should I have a cultural immersion experience?

Although nursing courses follow a sequential order, it is possible to schedule a cultural immersion experience between or during semesters. Refer to specific immersion experience for timing.

Are there extra fees for cultural immersion experiences?

There are often additional course fees to cover operational expenses. Financial aid can be applied to these fees. Depending on the program, the student may also be responsible for some or all of the transportation, food, and lodging costs. Grant and scholarship monies may be available to defray some of these expenses.


Anchorage Alaska immersion program

Anchorage, Alaska

Between the Chugach mountains and the Cook Inlet, Anchorage is a city with a frontier feel. Local culture can be seen and felt at the farmer’s market and walking along the streets. The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center are venues where Alaska Native culture is seen through its history to present day activities. Students have a week of clinical experience in pediatrics, day surgery, clinics, emergency, and other departments at Providence Hospital or Alaska Native Medical Center.

Costa Rica Immersion Program

Costa Rica

This study abroad program held each summer integrates NSYS 377:"International Dimensions of Health Care Systems" into your travels. This course explores health care delivery systems in selected foreign countries, as well as, the cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental factors that influence them. For more information on this study abroad program see our Costa Rica program page and contact the Center for International Education (CIE)

harlaxton, england immersion program

Harlaxton, England

Ever considered living in an English Manor House? Harlaxton is a 100-room Victorian manor house in the English midlands. You will take a 6-credit British studies class from British professors along with nursing courses taught by U.S. faculty from participating universities.


Rosebud, South Dakota

“Long before the white man came, there lived on the North American continent a people who called themselves the Dakotas”. M.O. Skarsten. Rosebud Reservation, home of the Lakota Sioux Nation, is the setting for this program which promotes healthcare for children and families within the context of the community. Students provide care at the Rosebud Comprehensive Health Care Facility and in the community with the Public Health Nursing Department.

Weslaco, Texas

Weslaco, Texas 

Plain yellow buildings bordered by gardens . Clotheslines swaying in the breeze. Dogs and cats lazing in the sun. This is the setting of Holy Family Birth Center in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley about 10 miles from the Texas- Mexico border.

Beginning as a clinic, the nurse-managed birth center is now a non-profit organization dedicated to maternal and infant care within the context of the family. Nursing students interested in the Hispanic culture and childbirth will benefit from working intimately with nurses, midwives, and families to provide simple, holistic, and compassionate care in a communal environment.