Global Opportunities

Student examining child in clinic in Belize

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing has an active and exciting international presence offering multicultural and international enrichment opportunities.

There are many significant opportunities available internationally, in the United States and in the greater Buffalo-Niagara community that allow students to experience a different cultural environment. Here at the School of Nursing, we value service to our community and offer opportunities to work with multicultural populations in a variety of settings.

Cultural Exchange Options

Semester-Long Experiences

The sequential and compact nature of our prerequisites and upper division curriculum make it difficult for nursing students to participate in an entire semester-long study abroad experience. It is unlikely that you will be able to complete prerequisite courses while abroad and it is not permissible to take upper division nursing courses at another institution.

However, students who plan ahead and stay on track academically have the opportunity to study abroad for an entire semester with guidance from their academic advisor. Students may choose to spend the spring semester of sophomore year abroad. In order to accomplish this, students may need to attend summer school between their freshman and sophomore years. Additionally, students may need to take 1-2 additional courses during regular semesters to complete all requirements. Students interested in exploring this option are asked to work with an academic advisor in the School of Nursing to map out an appropriate curricular plan. Visit the Study Abroad website to learn about semester long abroad opportunities.

  • Many multicultural experiences offered can be done independently.
  • Opportunities available are both credit and non-credit bearing. Many opportunities will be in the form of a service learning experience, where the student volunteers their time with an organization to provide services within the scope of their abilities. Credit bearing opportunities may be either short or longer term, under a variety of auspices.

UB Study Abroad

Summer and Winter Abroad Options

The University’s Study Abroad Office offers an array of summer and winter abroad options for students. Studying abroad over the summer or winter semester break offers students an opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience without interfering with the sequencing of coursework and allows students to stay academically on track.

Planning Ahead

  • For first and second year undergraduates, the best option is a traditional semester abroad. (Some of the opportunities available for upper division nursing students may also be available to lower division pre-nursing undergrads).
  • For upper division, (junior and senior NURSING students) and/or graduate students the best option is to apply for a service learning experience during the winter session enrolling in NSG 437.  
  • Credit bearing courses:  Upper division and/or graduate students who are participating in a global or multicultural study experience (includes both domestic and international), enroll in NSG 437 an on-line or a face to face seminar that will allow students to thoughtfully examine both their experience and their chosen environment.   Web access is a necessity.
  • Start early to plan!  APPLY one semester prior to the semester in which you plan to participate, or as indicated by the deadline of the program of your choice.  (Upper division students or graduate students considering enrolling in NSG 437 discuss with your advisor or course NSG 437 faculty instructor).

UB School of Public Health Office of Global Health Initiatives Seminar Series

The Public Health Seminar is a non-credit bearing seminar series addressing the practice of public health for students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, students in other programs, public health practitioners and community members.

Topics range from chronic and infectious disease to environmental health and emergency preparedness, health education, health care administration and informatics.  

Seminars take place Mondays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 144 Farber Hall (unless otherwise noted).