Nursing Semester Study Abroad
The National University of Ireland, Galway and Australian Catholic University at Brisbane
The Nursing Semester Study Abroad Program is open to Fairfield University nursing students who have successfully completed the spring semester of the sophomore year, have an overall GPA of at least 3.0, and are recommended by their faculty advisor and dean. Students must also have a GPA of 3.0 or better in the sciences, with no repeated core science courses. In addition, students must have a minimum average grade of B- (80) in all nursing courses at the midpoint of the fall semester of junior year. Normally, a maximum of 12 students will be permitted to study abroad in any semester.
Full-time undergraduate students enroll in liberal arts, healthcare and professional nursing courses in an international setting in the spring of the junior year. While abroad, students will be required to complete selected ATI subject area tests.
National University of Ireland, Galway
The Galway semester runs from January-May. Upon return, students complete a medication and skills review, enroll in a 6-week medical-surgical summer course on campus from mid-May to mid-July, and continue in the traditional nursing progression with some minor curriculum adjustments. Students are responsible for the cost of the summer course and housing.
Australian Catholic University at Brisbane
Students who select the ACU Brisbane option have a semester running from February-June. Medical-surgical theory and clinical will be part of the required curriculum in Brisbane. In addition, students complete an online module and a competency test, and continue in the traditional nursing progression with some minor curricular adjustments.
A Nursing study abroad program is offered during spring break for full time undergraduates, second degree, and RN-BSN nursing students enrolled in NS 330, Community, Public and Global Health Nursing. Students collaborate with community leaders and social work students from Universidad de Centroamerica (UCA) to address health problems. This experience fulfills the required clinical hours for NS 330. Students need to commit to group meetings prior to and following Spring break. Additional opportunities for Nicaragua travel may be available in winter and summer sessions.
The University offers many intercession and summer programs that offer exceptional learning opportunities beyond the classroom. An overall GPA of 2 .8 is required to study abroad in short-term and summer programs. Students can choose to study in a variety of countries in South or Central America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Middle East, Asia, Africa or Australia