Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Study Abroad

Beginning with the Class of 2024, 4-year BSN students can study abroad for a full semester during either the fall or spring semester of their sophomore year. Interested students should meet with their assigned academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss alterations in their program plan to accommodate their study abroad experience.

In the fall semesters, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing teaches the Global Health Professions program at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center. This program allows 4-year nursing students to study abroad in Rome while taking nursing courses required for their major. Interested students should meet with their assigned academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss course planning. Spaces in the Global Health Professions program are limited; students must apply online to the John Felice Rome Center using the Global Health Professions program application.

Summer and J-Term study abroad programs are available as well. Visit the Study Abroad Office to learn more.

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing offers short term international experiences as follows:


The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing provides students the opportunity to travel to Belize as part of their educational experience. To date, more than 70 B.S.N., M.S.N. and Ph.D. students and faculty have shared in this truly international nursing experience.

The course consists of a didactic component prior to the clinical component which is a two-week field experience in the Corozal District of Belize. This course offers the best of collaborative efforts from both the students and faculty of the School of Nursing and the Corozal Health District. 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. 

The service and care provided is distributed amongst the village schools, clinics and district hospital and includes numerous activities including vision testing and screening for the presence of; lice, hypertension, diabetes and cancer. In addition, donated medications, equipment, journals and textbooks are also provided. Our students have the opportunity to experience first hand another culture, a different model of health care/delivery system and the difference they can make in serving others. Many students have gone on to further their education as nurse practitioners and midwives as a result of this experience while others value the people they met, cared for and learned from. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Judi Jennrich at jjennri@luc.edu.


A two-week long segment of the required Community Health Nursing course (CMAN 380) is offered in England during the Spring Semester of the students' junior year, for two weeks during the month of February. The program is held in the town of Guildford, a 45-minute train trip from London. The theory portion of the course is taught by a Loyola faculty member. Clinical experiences are provided by Virgin Care, a community-based organization that delivers care for the British National Health Service. Community-based clinical experiences consist of work with British community health nurses providing services for the British National Health Service. During the time in Guildford, students are housed in double rooms in a modern hotel, the Guildford Travelodge. The fee for the hotel includes breakfast each day of the week.

Prior to their departure for the England, students will have class and clinical experiences in Chicago. The portion of the course that is taught in the Chicago is offered over a five-week period, with class one day and clinical experiences one day each week.

Because the experience in England ends at the start of Loyola’s Spring Break Week, students have the choice to remain in Europe and travel for one week before returning to Chicago. Students can also choose to spend an additional week in England, enjoying further exploration of Guildford, the surrounding countryside, and, of course, London. The experience provides students with the opportunity to become better acquainted with the people, culture, and health system of the England.

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. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Karen Egenes at kegenes@luc.edu.

John Felice Rome Center

Nursing Ethics Course

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing is offering an exciting opportunity to study in Rome with Australian students from the Catholic University of Australia.  Nursing Ethics, GNUR 361, will be offered in Rome, Italy over the JTerm, roughly the first two weeks in January.  The class will be co-taught by a a faculty member from LUC and a faculty member from CUA.   Students will live, eat,  and take classes at the Catholic University of Australia Rome site, which is on the Janiculum Hill, but a short walk to Trastevere.  The students will take classes, do service projects, attend a Papal audience, and visit museums.  The blend of three continents (North America, Europe and Australia) and four countries (USA, Australia, Italy and Vatican City) makes this a unique study abroad opportunity.