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Community & Global Initiatives

The School of Nursing's educational philosophy is to inspire minds, transform lives, and create the future. One way that we accomplish this is by preparing graduates who "Think Globally and Act Locally". Our goal is for our graduates to assume leadership roles in health care as well as to be advocates for quality and safe health care for all populations.

The School of Nursing has instituted several new initiatives, in the spirit of advancing this vision, including; a) a lecture series on community and global issues, b) study abroad opportunities, c) formal collaborations with international universities and colleges to support international student and faculty exchanges, and d) a Visiting Scholar program.


Study Abroad

Old Dominion University encourages all students to consider studying abroad for a summer, semester, or full year as part of their academic experience. Study abroad can enhance any major by challenging students to adapt to a new academic system and to infuse their studies with a global perspective. In addition, the culture and language learning opportunities which are offered by study abroad are unparalleled.

Study abroad opportunities change from year to year. Students interested in a study abroad experience should contact the university Office of Study Abroad below. We invite you to read below about our current study abroad programs and to see all the places we have been.

If you would like to learn about study abroad opportunities for nursing majors, please contact Janice Hawkins at jhawkins@odu.edu.


Munich, Germany

The Office of Study Abroad has collaborated with the ODU Center for Global Health and the International Studies degree program to provide a service learning opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students during the summer semester. Students will be exposed to the migration crisis and will learn about what affected and transformed Europe politically, economically, culturally and socially.


Places We've Been...

Study Abroad Global Health in Ireland
Donegal, Ireland
Nursing Study Abroad in London
London, England
Health Science Study Abroad 2014
Antigua, Guatemala


PMU Exchange

The School of Nursing hosts an annual international exchange program with Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität (PMU) in Salzburg, Austria. Each year, two senior nursing students from PMU are invited to our campus for two weeks while two ODU nursing students visit Salzburg and Linz, Austria for a comparative study of nursing education and health care systems. Faculty and students alike have expressed how this experience has broadened their perspectives on the nursing profession and health care across the globe. For an insider's view of this experience, click on the travel blog button andvisita blog created by ODU nursing students who have participated in this exchange.

Coming Soon: This Spring, the School of Nursing will be begin working with PMU to plan for a two-week study abroad experience for Nurse Anesthesia students in Austria. We will also begin to explore other international opportunities for undergraduate and graduate nursing students alike.


Visiting Scholars

Visiting Global Health Scholars to the School of Nursing have included Dr. Jurgen Osterbrink, Chair and Professor for Nursing Science, Institute of Nursing Science Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität and Dr. Marla Salmon, Professor of Nursing and Global Public Health, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Dr. Osterbrink is internationally recognized for his expertise in non-pharmaceutical management of pain. He shared his expertise with faculty and students during his February 2014 visit to ODU. Dr. Salmon visited the School of Nursing in September of 2015. Her visit created an opportunity for faculty, students and community-based nurses to interact with and learn from someone who has experience at shaping health and health care policy at home and abroad while working with the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the World Health Organization (WHO) among others.