Global Experience Opportunities

Nursing student and instructor play with Haitian baby.

From our backyard here in Buffalo and the United States to nations across the globe, our students grow a passion for providing optimal care that transcends borders. These life-changing immersive experiences empower our students and faculty to advocate for health equity for all people worldwide.

On this page:

Our Goal

We strive to deliver innovative nursing education programs that prepare our graduates to collaboratively lead in global research, education, practice and service opportunities for diverse populations.

Our Values

Here at the School of Nursing, we value service to our community and treasure opportunities to serve multicultural populations in a variety of settings across the globe.

Upcoming Global Experience Opportunities

Haiti Mission Trip

Team from Haiti mission trip.

In 2018, School of Nursing students and faculty worked on an interdisciplinary team with Servants in Fellowship and several Western New York and UB physicians, pharmacists and health care professionals in Galette, Haiti.

The Haiti Global Mission Trip is an interdisciplinary humanitarian trip to provide health care in rural settlements lacking medical care and plagued by poverty. The 2018 team provided care for over 800 people ranging in age from 19 days old to 91 years old.

Dates

March 16-23, 2019

Location

ASB Hospital - Borgne, Haiti

Registration

Closed

Contact

Molli Warunek, Global Initiatives Coordinator
mmo3@buffalo.edu

Haiti mission team member treating a patient's leg wound.

Approximate Expenses

Item Cost
Airfare $1000
Food and Lodging $400
Immigration Entry Fee $10
Transportation - to and from airport $100
In-Country Expenses $250
UB Study Abroad Fees (possibility to change) $250
Total *does not reflect vaccinations and other additional fees $2000

Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education (CHSE) Hope Exercises

Hope program participants.

The Hope program is conducted by the Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education (CHSE) and takes place in Missouri, New York and Florida. These programs run three interdisciplinary disaster/humanitarian exercises throughout the year, giving medical and health care professionals experience in the disaster and emergency preparedness and response field.

Dates/Locations

  • Atlantic Hope: March 7-10 in Fort Pierce, FL
  • New York Hope: August 9-12 in Oriskany, NY
  • Missouri Hope: October 4-6, 2019 in Maryville, MO

Contact/Registration

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please email Joann Sands at jsnyder2@buffalo.edu

Hope participants at bus stop.

Approximate Expenses

Location Cost
Atlantic Hope $120-$175
New York Hope TBA
Missouri Hope $120-$175

*Cost includes: registration, transportation to and from the airport, training materials, exercises, lodging, and all meals (except for lunch and dinner on arrival and dinner day of departure). Participants need to purchase their own airfare.

Remote Area Medical Program (RAM)

RAM participants working with a patient.

The RAM program is a longstanding volunteer opportunity where health care professionals come together and work in a mobile clinic setting. The RAM organization sets up mobile medical centers at fairgrounds, schools and arenas in order to provide the underserved in impoverished areas in the United States with general medical, dental, vision and preventive care and education.

For more information, please visit the RAM homepage.

Date

February 1-3, 2019

Location

Knoxville, TN

Registration

Closed

Contact

Expenses

Students are responsible for their own expenses and transportation.

UB Study Abroad

Semester abroad

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.

Summer/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

First and second year undergraduates

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 undergraduates.)

Upper division (junior and senior) and graduate nursing students

The best option for upper division and graduate nursing students is to apply for a service learning experience during the winter intersession and enroll in NSG 437. 

Students who are participating in a global or multicultural study experience (includes both domestic and international), enroll in NSG 437, an online or a face-to-face seminar (credit-bearing) that will allow students to thoughtfully examine both their experience and their chosen environment. Web access is a necessity.

Plan ahead!

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).

Read about our recent adventures.

Belize: The Unpaved Road to Cultural Consciousness

nursing students walking through town in Belize.

The Nurses Report Blog: Global Experiences

Additional Global Resources and Opportunities at UB