International partnerships, study, and trips
At the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in Ecuador, students now take semester-long courses in Spanish and English. Starting in 2012, nursing students can take a community health nursing clinical course in rural Ecuador under the supervision of faculty from Boston College and a local university. Boston College students can also take a summer course in Quito on global health policy that includes opportunities to visit health care settings throughout Ecuador.
Seventeen students and faculty traveled to Haiti in spring 2011; the group cared for 300–400 patients a day in Leogane.
Three Connell School professors and 11 students spent spring break in Ciudad Sandino, an impoverished area of Managua, Nicaragua, where students provided nursing services at a local clinic, taught health education, helped train community health workers, and met with key local officials.
Dean Susan Gennaro and three seniors traveled to Lourdes, France, to assist ill and ailing pilgrims visiting the shrine with hopes that bathing in the Lourdes holy water would cure them.
Boston College and the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland signed a memorandum of understanding in late October that established terms and principles of a collaborative exchange between the Connell School and the Swiss university. The two institutions will exchange teaching and research faculty; develop international academic programs and scientific research projects; collaborate on academic publications; and engage in other academic, scientific, or technological research.