Illinois Wesleyan's unique study abroad opportunities for nursing majors help them prepare for life in an increasingly global society.


Barcelona Program Allows Nurses to Venture Abroad

Since Spring 2012, students have been able to stay in the nursing sequence while studying abroad for the semester through Illinois Wesleyan's Barcelona Program. 

Students at the School of Nursing also have the opportunity to take special travel courses during the University’s May Term to study Transcultural Nursing in Hawaii or liberal arts courses throughout the world.


Nursing students on Mount Tibidabo, which overlooks Barcelona

Transcultural Nursing in Hawaii

students snorkeling

Hawaii May Term students taking a break from their Transcultural Healthcare course!

▷ See the blog for May Term 2016 in Hawaii.

student group with faculty

This very popular course is taught by Illinois Wesleyan University School of Nursing Faculty who travel with students to Hawaii for three weeks. The focus is on the influence of historical, geographical, and cultural characteristics of care delivery on the island. Students develop a foundation of resources for meeting the basic needs of clients with varied cultural backgrounds. Three islands are visited.

Additional study abroad opportunities promote enhanced language skills and cultural immersion in countries such as Mexico or Denmark.

Cuerna Vaca,  Mexico

Above:  IWU nursing majors ride a banana boat in Acapulco, Mexico during their independent  travel course to Cuernavaca, Mexico.

 Below: A view of the campus at Universidad Internacional located in Cuernavaca, Mexico where students attend classes.

Universidad Internacional
The Center for Bilingual Multicultural Studies

Students with a Spanish Minor, or those wishing to learn and/or improve their Spanish speaking skills may travel to this fully accredited University and Spanish Language school in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Students may stay for one week, or a number of weeks, and are immersed in the Spanish language and culture while staying with Mexican host families. A variety of course offerings are available.

Alum Alissa Sherman-Miller writes about her travel experience: (Alissa is now practicing at the University of Chicago)

"I studied at la Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico in a language immersion program.  Not only did I gain confidence, fluency, and friends, but I also gained a lifetime of cultural experiences.  Cuernavaca is called the city of eternal springtime because of its yearlong mild climate and its gorgeous scenery.  Its European charm and Mexican warmth make it a safe and inviting town where international students interact freely with Mexican students and locals.  At la Universidad Internacional, classes are made of no more than five students, and students can choose to take classes such as Hispanic short stories, art, history, and grammar.  By going through Illinois Wesleyan University's Study Abroad Program, I pre-approved my credits to transfer Spanish credits for my Hispanic Studies minor and a literature general education flag.  Traveling to Cuernavaca allowed me to meet people from Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada, and Japan!  After school activities run by the university gave me an opportunity to learn salsa dancing, play soccer with the locals, cook Mexican food, and even learn capoeira, the Brazilian martial art.  Each weekend, the school sponsors guided trips to various places in Mexico:  Mexico City, Acapulco, Taxco, Teotihuacan, Mayan temples, the hacienda de Cortes, and more!  Thanks to my experience at Illinois Wesleyan University, I know I will succeed as a nurse with cultural experience, fluency in Spanish, and a highly regarded degree from the School of Nursing."

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Denmark's International Study Program

Denmark's International Study Program is a specialized Danish institution offering university-level study abroad programs for primarily American university students. Courses are taught in English by Danish faculty.  Students may take courses in Medical Practice/Policy and Public Health, among others.

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