For Students: Becoming a Global Citizen

We believe it is imperative that our students are equipped with the knowledge and experience to be global citizens, whether at home or abroad. Our Office of Global Innovations prepares students by teaching cultural competency and wellness. Students are transformed through an innovative education combined with practical, evidence and research-based clinical experience.


Global Experiences

Education Abroad

During spring break, graduate students can receive 60 clinical credit hours at a site in Choluteca, Honduras. Students will work under faculty supervision, providing healthcare and health education in rural villages, public health departments, hospitals and schools. The team also provides education to community healthcare workers and high school students, as well as screenings and medical treatment to patients. 

Read more about this opportunity on the OIA website: Nursing Experience in Honduras


Students travel to Gondar, Ethiopia over spring break for a 10-day cultural learning experience. This faculty-led education abroad program focuses on assessing the health status and healthcare needs in Ethiopia and understanding concepts of intercultural healthcare. Students will experience the town of Gondar, the largest of the three-former capitals of Ethiopia, which is the setting for the impressive castle of Emperor Fasilidas. The University of Gondar is one of the largest universities and teaching hospitals in Ethiopia. Students will have the opportunity to converse with and learn from Gondar nurses, faculty and students throughout the program. Students will also experience the extraordinary Simien Mountains National Park in Northern Ethiopia. This UNESCO World Heritage site has jaw-dropping peaks and plateaus, and amazing wildlife that will leave all visitors in awe. There are no clinical credits for this program. 

Read more about this opportunity on the OIA website: Nursing Experience in Ethiopia


For BSN students in their sophomore or junior year, as well as Graduate Entry, Traditional Master's students and non-nursing majors, we offer service learning in partnership with the Jubilee House Community/Center for Development in Central America (JHC/CDCA) in Nicaragua. This three-credit course includes pre-departure classes delivered in the spring semester and the in-country portion of the course occurs over a 12-day span in early May. Students participate in five days of service learning at JHC/CDCA's clinic Nueva Vida in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua and also travel to Matagalpa and engage in education about traditional medicine, coffee manufacturing, as well as observe in a rural healthcare sponsored by the Ministry of Health. 

Read more about this opportunity on the OIA website: Nursing Experience in Nicaragua


Beautiful and welcoming Oslo, the capital of Norway. This year, our college will offer global opportunities for graduate entry students enrolled in NURSING 6240S Concepts in Community Health Nursing. We will offer the full clinical required experience in a partnership with Lovisenberg Diaconal University College (LDUC), the first school in Norway to offer a nursing degree in 1868. We will have an extraordinary experience partnering with Norweigan nursing students who are also completing their community health clinical. In addition, students will have opportunities to participate in cultural and educational events in this faculty-led opportunity including a project "Oslo by Night," which addresses population-focused care of individuals, families and communities who are disadvantaged or disenfranchised. This global learning experience will be offered May 24 - June 8, 2019. From the fjords, fishing, skiing, Vikings and healthy lifestyles, we will welcome students to the land of the midnight sun. 

United Kingdom

For Midwifery students, we offer a clinical experience in the United Kingdom on the Isle of Jersey, a UK Crown Dependency channel island located between England and France. The spring break elective study abroad program will expose students to the practice of British midwifery within the clinic, hospital and community setting. In partnership with the University of Chester Midwifery educational program on the Isle of Jersey, students are paired with registered midwives throughout the experience. Nurse-midwifery students in their first clinical year are eligible to apply for the two placements. 

Read more about this opportunity on the OIA website: Nursing Experience in the United Kingdom

Preparing for your Experience
Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Office of International Affairs offers a wide range of financial aid for your study abroad program. Please visit their website for a full listing.

Materials to Prepare Before You Apply

Prior to applying for a study abroad program, it’s important that you have these items:

  • Study abroad program term and program ID code. You may obtain this information from the study abroad program information page
  • Your academic program information, which includes your college and major. This can be accessed through your Student Center at In the Academics section, click on "Academic Other" and select "View Academic Information." You will need to include this information in your application
  • Your passport number. If you have not received your passport, or have not yet applied for one, you may still complete the online application, but remember that you may not participate in a study abroad program without a valid passport

Once you have the above items, you'll need to gather the following materials:

How to Apply
  1. Log into Buckeye Link:
  2. Select “OSU Study Abroad Application” from “Self Service” list on the top of the page.
  3. Complete the Study Abroad Application Form
  4. Complete:
  5. Education Abroad Agreement/Release/Authorization Form
  6. Eligibility Questionnaire
  7. Upload or copy and paste your Personal Statement
  8. Sign and Submit
  9. Pay the $150 application fee within 3 days of submitting your application*

For more information please visit:

*The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted to the education abroad program or if you submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health (GISGH) provides graduate and professional students access to interdisciplinary study in global health issues. Students gain specific expertise in the unique challenges of healthcare in the developing world and among immigrant populations both domestically and abroad. 


Students must be enrolled in a College of Nursing graduate program at The Ohio State University. Students must take at least four courses totaling a minimum of 10 credit hours. At least nine credit hours must come from outside the student's home college/program. Credit hours can include work already required as part of the student's degree program.

Required Nursing Courses: 

  • PUBHLTH 6000 - Introduction to Global Health (2 units) 
  • NURSING 5430 - Interdisciplinary Healthcare in the Global Community (2 units) 
  • Prerequisites: N3430 or N6430: Cultural Competence in Healthcare: US and Global Contexts or permission of instructor

Field Experience (Required): 

  • Field experience does not count towards the 10 credit hour requirement.
  • Field experience can be completed through any OIA approved study abroad program.
  • The College of Nursing provides opportunities in Ethiopia, Honduras and Nicaragua. 
Enrollment Process
  1. Complete the online application form and have it signed by your faculty advisor.
  2. Obtain a letter of support from your faculty advisor. 

Once you've completed these steps, please note: 

  • Advisor approval is required and applicants should work closely with their advisor to select courses that best fit their focus and career goals. 
  • Course plans should be completed prior to your application to ensure courses do not conflict with your clinical schedule. 

Students will receive formal recognition of each study on their transcripts upon completion. 

For more information, please visit the Health Sciences Center for Global Health website or contact Dianne Morrison-Beedy at