Student Opportunities

Through the Global Guarantee, the university promise that all undergraduates at Carolina can have a global experience.

UNC SON offers several global opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. The school offers several scholarships, including the Cronenwett Global Health Scholars Fund and the Griffin Global Nursing Scholarship both support global experiences for undergraduate students. All students must apply to the Global Initiatives Office to take advantage of these opportunities. Please note the form which can be accessed here is used to both apply for a global opportunity and scholarship support.


Study Abroad Opportunities

Australia + -

 

Chloe Yarbrough, ABSN 2023
2023 Linda R. Cronenwett Award for the Study of Global Health Recipient

The study abroad trip I had the pleasure to be a part of was the UNC School of Nursing Australia study abroad experience. The purpose was to be exposed to another healthcare system and to include another realm of culturally competent care to bring back to our healthcare system in the USA. 

One of the most impactful things that I learned from this experience is to make sure that you are providing culturally competent care to everyone that comes through the door. In Australia, everyone has insurance. Nobody is labeled as homeless, poor, etc. While in America it is apparent, as we put a label on patients who are homeless or do not have insurance. I also learned how to be more resourceful, and to work with what you have.”

Madrid + -

Leticia Ruby Garcia, BSN 2023
2023 Linda R. Cronenwett Award for the Study of Global Health Recipient

“Working alongside nurses at the Hospital Universitario del Sureste provided me with valuable insight into global nursing care. I learned that Spain emphasizes preventative care, which has influenced my approach to promoting wellness and early intervention. This experience broadened my global perspective and deepened my appreciation for diverse healthcare systems and has given me the confidence to provide better and culturally sensitive care to patients, their families, and communities.


Lauren Lorenzi, BSN 2024
2023 Linda R. Cronenwett Award for the Study of Global Health Recipient

One of the most important things that I learned that I will carry with me is that each person has their own unique relationship with their healthcare system. When, how, and why you become a patient is different for each person, even down to the definition of what it means to be a patient. There are pros and cons to every system, but I took note of many things that seemed to work well for patients and providers in Spain, such as better work-life balance for providers and more affordable outpatient care.


 

Alexa Quiroz, BSN 2024
2023 Linda R. Cronenwett Award for the Study of Global Health Recipient

I traveled to Madrid, Spain. The purpose of this study abroad trip was to explore and practice in a foreign healthcare system in order to further enhance ours here in the U.S.

Our system is unsurprisingly very different from theirs in regard to patient-centered care, infection prevention, and overall standard practice. I noticed that our healthcare system is very driven by both the safety and satisfaction of our patients which I value and learned to appreciate a lot more when practicing in Madrid.

Pamplona + -

Olivia Aldridge, BSN 2024
2023 Linda R. Cronenwett Award for the Study of Global Health Recipient

“I learned about the healthcare differences and similarities from students around the world. Many of the things I learned about at UNC are similar to what students from other countries learn. From this experience, I have learned how to provide patient-centered care and recommendations for diabetes, specific to family situations.


Mary Fleming, BSN 2024
2023 Linda R. Cronenwett Award for the Study of Global Health Recipient

This experience taught me a lot about cultural humility. I reflected on my own culture and cultural beliefs while being able to learn about a different culture. I was able to tour the hospital in Pamplona and hear stories from the students about nursing in Spain. It was interesting and insightful to learn about how their system compares to ours in the United States. Having this experience allowed me to appreciate nursing on a larger scale and appreciate the work we do globally.


Kayla McFarland, BSN 2024
2023 Linda R. Cronenwett Award for the Study of Global Health Recipient

I learned a lot about how Spain offers universal health care and how this heavily impacts the outcome of their population’s health in a beneficial way. I also learned the importance of patient-centered care and how involving a patient and their family in their care plan can heavily benefit their goals and outcomes. This experience has impacted me in regard to the language barrier and how hard it was for me to try to communicate due to my lack of Spanish-speaking skills. I realized how important it is to utilize translation services in the hospital so patients can truly understand the care they are receiving if they are not native English speakers.


Haley Turner, BSN 2024
2023 Linda R. Cronenwett Award for the Study of Global Health Recipient

On this trip to Pamplona, Spain, I was offered the opportunity to learn from students from the U.K., Spain, and other U.S. students. We worked together to engage in conversations about ethical and structural situations without global health care.

This trip reinforced the need for cultural competency that was discussed in my courses. I saw firsthand how important it is to consider your patient’s specific needs by talking with the Spanish students about how different their culture is.

Questions?

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