International Learning Opportunities for Nursing Majors

International Service Learning Notice:

Due to the ever-changing mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all international programming has been temporarily suspended. The School of Nursing remains committed to being a leader in providing nursing students international and domestic opportunities to enhance their understanding of the impact of social determinants on the health of all people. Please check back with us in mid-fall.

Read the University of Louisville's response to COVID-19 here.

International Service Learning Opportunities for Nursing Majors

Below is the list of trips that are held throughout the year.  Note that the School of Nursing faculty currently offer nursing-specific programming in Belize, Croatia, and Ghana.  Nursing students are also welcome to participate in any of the other trips, but would be registering for a course outside of the School of Nursing-for example, Communication, Justice Administration or Psychology.  Please check with the ISLP website for more specifics.  You can also email Dr. Whitney Nash, Associate Dean of Practice and Service for additional questions.

PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN AS INFO CHANGES!!  Not all opportunities/applications are available yet.

International Service Learning Programs (ISLP) through the University of Louisville

Belize - applications are done through  Please check there first for info.

  • Belize - Spring Break

Ghana - applications are done through  Please check there first for info.

  • Ghana - May.

Croatia-applications are done through  Please check there first for info.

  • Croatia - April / May
  • Philippines - is also an ISLP trip but nursing does not have a program there.  You are welcome to apply through another discipline on the same link listed above.

Looking forward to seeing as many students as possible participate in these life-changing experiences!!

Dr. Nash

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q.Can I participate if I am a graduate student (PhD, DNP, MEPN), or in lower division?

A. YES!!  There are several ways to do this.  You can register as an independent study, take NURS 500 as an elective, or take NURS 492 Global Public Health to fulfill an undergraduate program requirement. You may also register with another department that is participating in the particular program/trip you are interested in (i.e. communications, Pan African studies, etc.).


Q.What are the dates and costs for the program?

A. These change each year so it is best to check: for that info.


Q.What is included with the program fee?

A. All travel, meals, excursions and activities are included.  NOTE:  The program fee will show up on your bursar account.  You can use residual from loans, scholarships, grants to pay the balance as long as those funds go on your account directly.  The tuition portion (3 cr hr) shows up on account, but as long as you are FULL-TIME, this will increase your full-time tuition fee.  If you are PART-TIME, you will see an additional 3 credits added to your account.


Q.What is not included with your program fee?

A. Miscellaneous items such as required shots (variable with insurance plans), passport (approx. $90), spending money etc.


Q.How/when can I apply?

A. Generally, applications are available on the ISLP website referenced above in early September.  Decisions are usually made by mid to late October.