The School of Nursing is dedicated to advancing scholarship both locally and globally.

The Office of Global Initiatives strives to provide students and faculty the opportunities and funding necessary to enrich their education. By building a global perspective, the School helps prepare current and future nurses for a career serving diverse populations through instructional and cultural exchanges.

Why Go?

In addition to experience life in a foreign country, the reasons for studying abroad are numerous. Most students find that working first-hand in a region outside their comfort zone changes their perspective, not just on what they learn, but who they are. The experience becomes a valuable tool for formulating new plans for care and re-evaluate past practices. This sort of growth leads to better patient care and ultimately to a more fulfilling career.

Simply put, the right study abroad program can change your life.

Global Health Award

Every year the Office of Global Initiatives gives away thousands of dollars via the Global Health Awards to students of all levels interested in pursuing an international perspective on nursing.

The selection process begins with the release of the application in early January and concluding with the official letters of award notification being sent out in the middle of February.  Any student interested in participating in a nursing related program or conference overseas is encouraged to apply.  All applications are judged by members of School of Nursing faculty who take special care to review each student’s program against the department’s goal of increasing global scholarship.  This year award winners are headed to locations as diverse as China and Spain (and everywhere in between).  Students are not limited to where they can go with their awards, however, those who chose to take advantage of the School of Nursing’s partnerships around the globe are given special consideration.  If you are interested in finding out more about the awards, click on the application from this past year located on the side of this page.

When the students return from their experience abroad they then become global health ambassadors and have the opportunity to share their experiences with their classmates and faculty via a series of presentations held throughout the next school year.  The presentations are a great way for others to learn about the impact international travel can have on education and are meant as a bridge for those who might be curious about studying abroad.

Cronenwett Global Health Scholar Award

Named in honor of Dean Emeritus Linda Cronenwett, the Cronenwett Global Health Scholars Fund was established through the Office of Advancement by a donor who wanted to give undergraduate students the opportunity to expand their world view through a global health experience.  When available, the award is given to a student or group of students whose proposed project embody the Office of Global Initiative’s vision of developing a world view that fosters working among diverse populations and creating a world without borders.

This year our winners were selected from among the first group of SON students to participate in our study abroad program in Jonkoping University in Sweden.  If you are interested in finding out more about this award and how to become eligible for it, please contact us at

Other Opportunities

Embark Carolina is a tremendous resource for funding for students, as well as a great place to look for opportunities for international education.

UNC Global has a great list of funding opportunities administered both by the University and from outside sources.  They have separate pages for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Funding Information Portal is another good University site to use to search for funding if you are a graduate student, postdoctoral scholar or faculty member.

The Office of Global Initiatives is always interested in working with School of Nursing faculty interested in pursuing global partnerships and developing formal relationships with universities in other countries. Please contact us and let’s talk about ways we can help you grow nursing scholarship around the globe.

All School of Nursing students should check out the Health and Safety Requirements (HSR) page regarding specific criteria for the travel program for which they are enrolled.  It is the first and most authoritative resource when preparing to study abroad.

The information below will help all others who plan on traveling outside of a program officially scheduled with the University. However, they are also encouraged to check out the HSR site as much of the information and requirements for these students will be the same.

Before going abroad, anyone who is traveling in affiliation with the University must register the trip in the University’s Global Travel Registry.  The purpose of the registry is to assist the University in reaching travelers in case of urgent health and safety concerns by collecting their itineraries and contact information in a secure fashion.  If you are enrolled in a travel program through the Office of Study Abroad or through an administrator at the School of Nursing you are automatically enrolled in the registry.  If you are unsure of your status, please contact Andrew Hunt at

In addition to registering with the Global Travel Registry, all University affiliated travelers must enroll in the international health, evacuation and repatriation program established by the General Administration and administered by HTH Worldwide.  If your program is through the Office of Study Abroad or an administrator at the School of Nursing, you will be automatically pre-enrolled for coverage.

If you aren’t traveling through one of the programs mentioned above, you are encouraged to review your insurance coverage before leaving and consider whether supplemental insurance would be right for you.  All enrollment questions should be sent to Jane Hoernke in Risk Management Services at

Travel warnings and alerts from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are monitored and categorized by the University.  A list of countries with an elevated travel risk, including those with additional travel requirements, can be found here.

Additional travel information and tips can be found by visiting the UNC Global site.