Study Abroad

Complete a clinical rotation in Africa or Latin America. Compare the US healthcare system with Hong Kong’s, Spain’s, or Thailand’s. Learn about community and mental health care in rural India. Or spend a semester at one of our partner institutions in Australia, England, or Israel.

Meeting the needs of a diverse patient population requires nurses who have great cultural knowledge and sensitivity. And there’s an ever-increasing need for nurses who can think globally about emerging public health risks. That’s why we are committed to offering a variety of options for international study.

Both undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to study abroad through Penn Nursing-sponsored semester, short-term, independent study, and internship and fellowship programs. Our semester programs are run in partnership with Penn Abroad, and undergrads can also participate in Penn Summer Abroad programs.

Planning Ahead

If you are interested in study abroad, we suggest you start planning as early as your first year. Placement in Nursing programs is competitive and limited.


  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum Science GPA of 2.0
  • Minimum of a C in NURS 163 and NURS 164 (Integrated Anatomy, Physiology and Physical Assessment I and II)
  • No outstanding incompletes in any courses (Nursing or otherwise)
  • Good academic standing

Schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Services to find out more about program availability and other eligibility requirements.