Travel Opportunities


During this four-week interprofessional exchange program in Santarem, Brazil, students will have the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations, learn basic Portuguese and take in Brazilian culture through various recreational activities.

  • Full-time accompaniment by bilingual Amizade staff during supervised clinical rotation
  • Foreign language classes for students to gain a basic knowledge of Portuguese
  • Regular critical reflection focusing on Global Citizenship in the context of the health professions
  • Exposure to the local culture, healthcare and environment
  • Additional cultural and recreational activities

For more information about the program, please visit Amizade Global Service-Learning.


Students participating in the month-long summer study abroad program in Nicosia, Cyprus, will be visiting community hospitals and clinics in addition to covering comparative healthcare contexts in a classroom setting.

  • Two nursing elective hours and four hours of open elective course credit (total of six hours)
  • Curriculum covering comparative healthcare contexts
  • Engagement and interaction with students from around the globe
  • Visits to various community hospitals and clinics to supplement classwork
  • Introduction to the local culture, healthcare and environment of a country divided

For more information about the program or Global Semesters, please visit WVU Abroad


  • One month elective (GEF credit possible)
  • Multiple courses available
  • Spanish language course
  • Community service hours

For more information, contact Jennifer Hernandez at the Knowledge Exchange Institute.


A medical volunteer team, led by WVU School of Nursing faculty Emily Barnes, will provide primary healthcare April 6-April 11, 2018, to people in remote Honduras villages. MSN program students in their second semester of clinical rotations may apply to participate in this volunteer experience, which will meet the requirements for some of their clinical hours.

For more information, please visit Carolina Honduras Health Foundation or contact:

A photo of Emily Barnes.

Emily Rebekah Barnes, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

West Virginia University
Clinical Associate Professor, Adult Health Department
Clinical Associate Professor, Adult Health Department
Nurse Practitioner, Office of Faculty Practice and Community Engagement
Nurse Practitioner, Family Medicine


As students travel through rural Nicaragua during this nine-day service-learning program, they will be providing clinical services alongside licensed medical professionals while being exposed to healthcare in a rural and resource-reduced region of the world. To prepare for the trip led by sociology professor Daniel Brewster, students are asked to take a two credit hour course to obtain credit for their experience.

For more information about the next trip, visit Global Brigades .


Every spring, WVU School of Nursing faculty Dr. Susan Newfield leads a group of students on a study abroad excursion through Vietnam. During the trip, students examine issues of community health related to social work as well as social issues. The program can extend up to one month and provides an opportunity for students to earn six hours of open-elective course credit, all while experiencing Vietnamese culture and environment.

For more information about this program, contact:

A photo of Susan Newfield.

Susan A Newfield, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

West Virginia University
Associate Professor, Family / Community Health Department
Chair Family / Community Health, Family / Community Health Department

Culture, Business and Healthcare

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to learn about culture, business and healthcare?  The WVU School of Nursing and the WVU College of Business and Economics have collaborated to offer you this option! The opportunity is available between the end of the spring 2018 semester and the start of the summer semester.  To learn more, contact Dr. David Dawley, director, Robbins Center for Global Business and Strategy and associate professor, Management, WVU College of Business and Economics; or Dana Friend MPH, FNP-BC, coordinator of Global Programs, WVU School of Nursing.