International Nursing in Kenya
Nairobi & Elementaita, Kenya, May 18 - June 3, 2012
This course provides students with a 17-day international academic service learning experience working with the varied cultural backgrounds of the people of Kenya. Students will participate in academic and service learning activities working within the St. Mary’s Mission Hospital community and associated orphanages in Nairobi and Elementaita. Students will provide nursing care, health promotion, and teaching activities at the hospitals, clinics, high schools, and orphanages. The course will include a 2 to 3 day cultural excursion to a safari. Through the provision of service, nursing students will have opportunities to advance their clinical knowledge and skills, cultural competency, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, communication, and professionalism.
For a country of its size, Kenya sure packs a lot in: mountains and deserts, colorful tribal culture, beaches and coral reefs, and some of Africa’s best wildlife attractions. In fact, to say Kenya is Africa in microcosm would not be stretching the point. There are a million different reasons to come here, and picking just one is nigh impossible. Stunning landscapes set the scene, from Kakamega’s rainforests to Indian Ocean beaches by way of Mt Kenya National Park; the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara to searing deserts on the shores of the Jade Sea; with The Rift Valley, home to Hell's Gate National Park, cleaving a massive gash through it all. The people, too, represent a wide cross-section of everything that is contemporary Africa, and everyday life brings together traditional tribes and urban families; ancient customs and modern sensibilities. Swapping the latest political gossip with the switched-on locals is just one more small pleasure that comes with the culture. Exerts about Kenya from Lonely Planet.
This course is taught by Assistant Professor Linda Knecht and Lecturer Eunice Muriu, professors from the Nursing Department
Eligibility & Prerequisites
- Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students are eligible to apply
- Only Nursing majors are eligible to apply
- No GPA minimum
- Additional application forms and an interview are required by faculty site leader.
This is a 3-credit course being offered in the Spring 2012 term. Students are required to register for one of the following courses:
- NUR 381 - International Nursing
The cost of this program is $1,820. This includes
- Travel Visa
- Health Insurance
- Cultural Activities
- Transportation in Kenya
There is a $300 enrollment deposit required at the time of application. Students are required to submit full payment of program fee by March 9, 2012. To determine an estimate of all costs, please click here to download a sample budget form.
NOTE*: Not included in the program fee: Tuition Charges, airfare, passport, immunications
Application deadline: December 16, 2011
50% of program fee: February 17, 2012
Remainder of program fee: March 9, 2012
Cancelations & Refunds
Students who withdraw on or before February 17, 2012 are eligible to receive $200 from the enrollment deposit. Any withdrawals must be done in writing and submitted to the Office of Study Abroad. There will be no refunds after February 17, 2012. Students who withdraw after February 17, 2012 will be responsible for paying the full program fee.
Scholarships are available to eligible students. To learn more and apply, please visit Study Abroad Scholarships.
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* Fees are subject to change due to currency exchange rates