University of Wisconsin–Madison

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.


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  • Community Health Clinical Immersion in Rural 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.

    Applications are usually due December 1st.  Access the application here.

  • Community Health Clinical Immersion in Thailand or Malawi

    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 in December 1st.

  • Research for Nursing Practice Study Experience in 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 and students may earn credit in the undergraduate curriculum.

    To apply, go to the International Academic Programs website.

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

  • Additional Opportunities

    Additional summer 2017 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.


Karen Solheim, PhD, RN, FAAN

Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Program Director


Molly Censky

Undergraduate Advisor