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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Term-time study abroad isn't universal

Nursing educators appear to agree that studying abroad enhances undergraduate nursing education: It builds foreign language skills, introduces students to other traditions and cultures, and raises awareness of global health problems.

But only 89 (23 percent) of U.S. baccalaureate nursing schools offer semester-long study abroad programs, according to Associate Dean Catherine Read, who surveyed 382 schools in 2008 and published her findings last summer in the Journal of Professional Nursing. Additionally, most reported that only zero to 5 percent of students participate—compared to the 17 to 26 percent of Connell School juniors who typically do each year.

Although Read’s peers applaud the concept, many said their curricula are too packed to accommodate a term spent away, she notes. CSON builds the study abroad option into its curriculum.