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 thirty 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.


The School of Nursing offers a unique opportunity for nursing students to study for the fall semester of sophomore year in one of the most beautiful European cities in the world -- through the John Felice Rome Center’s Global Health Professions program. While in Rome, nursing students are able to take nursing courses required for their major as well as Core classes and Italian language coursework.

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'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.

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.

Alternative Study Option: 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, Nursing Ethics offered in the J-Term in conjunction with Australian Catholic University. Participants stay on the Australian Catholic University Campus. Course content is experienced through classes co-taught by faculty from the Niehoff School of Nursing and Australian Catholic University Nursing Program. For more information please email Dr. P. Ann Solari-Twadell at psolari@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. Patricia Stapleton at pstapleton@luc.edu .



Lourdes, France

Group of Loyola Students

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 information 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.