International Learning Opportunities for Nursing Majors

International Learning Opportunities for Nursing Majors

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 both Belize and Croatia.  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.

ISLP 2019

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 - March 9th -March 16th 2019 (Spring Break) - $2,595.

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

  • Ghana - May 12th - May 23rd.- $2,975.

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

  • Croatia - April 28th to May 7th - $2,975.
Please schedule appointment or call with your advisor, as these course can count as a required course for your program.

Haiti - applications are done directly through the SON.  You must email Ms. Karin Gates ( and she will forward the application to you.  This is done electronically.

  • Haiti early summer - ON HOLD (check back for more information)

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.When is the best time in my program of study to participate?

A. There are many factors to consider.  This program includes a class that meets the Global Public Health didactic requirement (is a course equivalent).  This course is NURS 500 (3 credit hrs.)  You would then also need to take a 1 credit hr. clinical (N499), typically in your final semester of nursing school.  NOTE:  Completion of NURS 500 and NURS 499 will fulfill the Upper Division requirement of NURS 492.

It is recommended that students consider enrolling in NURS 500 during the Spring semester of Junior 2 or Senior 1 semester. While it is possible to travel during your last semester (for spring graduates), it requires considerable planning ahead of time to keep you on track for May graduation. Students are not eligible to enroll in NURS 500 until they have completed NURS 344 (Community Health Nursing).

First, determine which semester you would be enrolled in during the RING in which you would travel (NURS 500 ISLP is ONLY currently offered in the spring semester). The table below will help you determine your options for enrollment in NURS 500 during the spring semester.

Semester of school during SPRING semester

When should I enroll in NURS 500?

Junior 1 (1st semester in Spring)*


*You plan to apply/accepted for admission this spring


You would need to wait until the next spring, as you would not have met the pre-requisite of Community Health.

Junior 2 (2nd semester in Spring)*


*You were admitted this fall

You should plan to register for NURS 500 for the upcoming spring. You will need to enroll in NURS 499 (1 cr. Clinical) in your Senior 2 semester, or in Senior 1 semester on a space-available basis.


SENIOR 1  (3rd semester in Spring)*


*You were admitted this past spring

You would register for NURS 500 in the spring that you are traveling and then would need to register for NURS 499 (1 cr. Clinical) in your final semester.

SENIOR 2 in spring (you will be graduating in the spring in which you will be traveling).

This requires some planning. You would plan ahead in your junior year to participate in your last semester and would apply to the

program for your last semester.  If you are selected, you would enroll in NURS 500 (3 cr hr) and NURS 499  for your last semester (instead of NURS 492). 

If youparticipate in the Ghana or Croatia, please note that the travel part of thisprogram is in May AFTER graduation.  This is not a problem.  You can stillwalk at graduation, but your degree is conferred after you return and

complete the requirements of the course (2-3 weeks usually).



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 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.