Service Abroad

Service Abroad - Immersion Programs

In accordance with its mission to provide compassionate and competent health care across all communities, the School of Nursing and Health Professions offers various international service programs that focus on nursing and healthcare practice abroad. Our immersion programs allow students to learn about a diverse array of healthcare systems, access and  outcomes while also gaining a global perspective that will enhance their professional practice.

Please contact Dr. Wanda Borges at wborges@usfca.edu if you have any questions about our immersion programs. 

CURRENT IMMERSION PROGRAM(S)

PROJECT PUEBLA — EXPLORING SPANISH LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND MEXICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

  • Who can go? 
    This opportunity is available to all students in good academic standing.
  • What is this program? 
    A two week language, cultural, service learning immersion program at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, a fellow Jesuit University. Students will experience the language, culture, and health care system of Mexico. Students will work with urban dwelling and rural indigenous populations as they explore both modern and traditional health care practices.
  • Why should I go?
    Students will attend intensive Spanish language or culture classes, provide service in communities, and spend time exploring the culture to gain a broader understanding of the Mexican people.
  • Where will we stay? 
    Students will live in pairs with Mexican host families affiliated with the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla as well as spend some nights in a hotel in Cuetzalan.
  • When do we go? 
    During intersession over the second two weeks of January. How many credits do I get and how much does it cost? Participants will pay USF tuition for two credits. In addition, the estimated cost for room, board, travel, food, flight and Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla academic program is $1200.
  • Please contact Dr. Erica Hooper-Arana at edarana@usfca.edu if you have any questions about this program.

PAST IMMERSION PROJECTS

PROJECT LEARN BELIZE

Undergraduate and Graduate students joined School of Nursing and Health Professions faculty in a two week service program. Participants in the program served students of Sacred Heart Primary School in Dangriga, Belize, by teaching concepts of healthy nutrition, first aid care, and hygiene in the classroom. Dangriga is located on the Caribbean coast where it is the largest town (9,096 residents) in Southern Belize. Dangriga is also known as the cultural capital of Belize, as it is bustling with local artisans, museums and monuments, and traditions that intersect Central American, Amerindian, and West African cultures.

COLOMBIA IMMERSION PROGRAM

SONHP students participated in a two week long immersion trip to Columbia to participate in a medical and cultural immersion program at Pontifica Universidad Javeriana Cali, a fellow Jesuit University in Spain. The university has one of the most admired architectural designs in the region and is location in the rural area in south of the city, surrounded by a rich diversity of flora and fauna, typical of the Andean mountain range of Western Colombia.

CUBA IMMERSION PROGRAM

Despite economic disparities, Cuba's health care system has achieved an impressively high ranking on major health indicators. Health care in Cuba is viewed as a human right, which is reflected in a health policy that emphasizes prevention, primary care, community services, and active participation of citizens. This immersion trip will included general and medical spanish, visits to providers, and cultural activities.

VIETNAM NURSE PROJECT

This project focused on improving the health and well-being of the people of Vietnam by improving the education, training, and practice of the nurses who serve them. The project’s goals included working closely with nurse leaders and the Vietnam Nurses’ Association to develop leaders who will partner with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam to develop more effective nursing education and practice.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VIETNAM NURSE PROJECT

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