Rural & Global Immersion

Each summer, the School of Nursing offers clinical immersion opportunities in the state of Wisconsin and abroad for students between years one and two in the undergraduate nursing program. Summer programs vary by year but typically include a community health clinical immersion in rural Wisconsin and an international community health immersion in either Malawi or Thailand. In addition, the school partners with UW–Madison’s International Academic Programs office to offer a nursing practice research study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland.  For more information, please scroll down.

Immersion Opportunities

Global: Malawi or Thailand

Students learn about nursing care for diverse populations in international settings during this three-week clinical immersion experience in Thailand or Malawi (alternating years). Topics such as epidemiology, environmental health, health promotion, disease prevention and management, and individual, family, and population-centered nursing will be covered. The program usually lasts three weeks, from late May through early June. There is a one-week preparatory session prior to traveling abroad that provides an introduction to global health topics and an overview of community and public health in these international communities. Completion of the summer immersion experiences satisfies N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum.

To apply, go to the International Academic Programs website.  Applications are due Fall semester for the following summer.

Rural: Northern Wisconsin

This long-standing program takes 8–12 nursing students and a faculty instructor up to northern Wisconsin for a three-week clinical immersion in May. Students learn about rural public health systems, the role of a public health nurse, as well as the wide range of programs and issues present in these remote communities. In addition to the three-week summer program, students complete a 1 credit spring preparatory seminar on rural nursing. Completion of the summer immersion experience satisfies N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum.

Research: Dublin, Ireland

This study abroad experience takes place at the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Systems at University College Dublin. Students learn more about evidence-based practice, the nursing research process, and Irish society and culture. Program length varies from two to four weeks in June. Completion of the summer experience satisfies N400 which awards 1-6 elective credits. Students will enroll in N442 for 2 credits in the spring semester of their second year, omitting the weeks of instruction when research-content is delivered.

To apply, go to the International Academic Programs website.

Questions can be directed to the UW–Madison International Academic Programs office.

Respite: Easter Seals Respite Camp

Respite camp provides adults and children with special needs the opportunity to enjoy accessible activities while their caregivers get a much-needed break.  This six-week program will allow students to learn how to work with adults and children with special needs and gain an appreciation for the importance of respite care for caregivers.  Students will work in teams to provide daily cares for campers and support nursing staff as needed.

Other Opportunities

Additional summer international study abroad experiences will be made available through the Center for Global Health, as well as experiences in Wisconsin for students interested in exploring health care delivery in diverse communities and cultures through Wisconsin Express and/or to work with families in Dane County through Joining Forces for Families.


Molly Censky

Position title: Undergraduate Advisor Last Names A-L


Phone: 608-263-1058

1137 Signe Skott Cooper Hall