Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

International Opportunities


 Belize is in Central America, a tiny country on the Western edge of the Caribbean Sea, formally known as British Honduras. Belize is located below Mexico, east of Guatemala, and north of Honduras. For nearly twenty-five years undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and students from other universities have participated in this international course of study. This course is offered in the spring semester and consists of a didactic component prior to the two-week clinical experience in the Corozal District of Belize overlapping spring break. Educational experiences include in-services and workshops for health care personnel as well as health education classes conducted for adults/parents/students/children in the villages and schools of the district. Health care provided is distributed amongst the village schools, clinics and district hospital and includes numerous activities such as vision testing and screening for hypertension, diabetes and cancer. Participants have the opportunity to experience another culture, a different model of health care/delivery system and the difference they can make in serving others from another culture. This experience occurs over spring break.  For more information please email Dr. Judith Jennrich at jjennri@luc.edu.


 Rome, Italy’s capital is a cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, are a few of the prominent sites. Loyola University Chicago Rome Center of Liberal Arts offers a unique opportunity for nursing students to study for the fall semester of the sophomore year in one of the most beautiful European cities in the world. Loyola's Rome Center is located approximately two miles from Vatican City, home of St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. Nursing students are able to complete many of their core requirements while at the Rome Center. For more information please email Amy Weatherford at aweatherford@luc.edu .

If nursing students chose not to spend a semester in Rome to study, a second alternative is a ten day educational experience specific to the three credit elective course, Introduction to Spiritual Care offered in the spring semester and  concluding over spring break in Rome, Italy. Participants stay at hotel in Rome located in the Prada District. Course content is experienced through classes offered at the Vatican Museum, Loyola University’s Rome Campus, Borghese Museum and many of the art filled and architecturally significant churches located in Rome. For more information please email Dr. P. Ann Solari-Twadell at psolari@luc.edu.


Since 1989, Loyola University Chicago nursing students have had the opportunity of completing Community Health Nursing (CHN 380) course in England. Through a contractual agreement with the British National Health Service, Surrey Primary Care Trust students make home visits with British District Nurses and Health Visitors, work in local health centers known as "surgeries", and visit community health agencies, such as a pediatric hospice and a rehabilitation center. The students live in Guildford, Surrey for the two weeks they are visiting. Guildford is a town of approximately 160,000 people, located 35 miles southwest of London. The community health nursing experience includes travel to London to visit museums and sites that are significant in the history of nursing and public health. Students who participate in this course are able to experience the British health care delivery system, to gain an understanding of international health-care issues, and to develop international friendships that often endure long beyond their coursework at Loyola. This international study course is offered in the first half of spring semester concluding prior to spring break. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Karen Egenes at kegenes@luc.edu.

Lourdes, France

 Lourdes, France became famous in the 1850s after 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The vision instructed her to build a sanctuary and spread the word of the healing powers of the spring waters. Since then, as many as five million people pilgrimage to Lourdes every year to bathe in the spring waters. Lourdes is today one of the largest Catholic shrines in the world

This service immersion (no credit) provides a sophomore, junior or senior nursing student with the opportunity to serve the sick from around the world who come to Lourdes to participate in the religious ritual of bathing in the healing waters of Lourdes. The focus of this service immersion is spiritual care.

Ten students and one student leader are chosen each year to participate in this unique service opportunity for nursing students. An orientation session is held in October with interviews and acceptance for participation in the service immersion by December. Four preparation sessions are held during spring of the following year with the service immersion occurring in middle to the end of May. For more information please email Dr. P. Ann Solari-Twadell at psolari@luc.edu.