Study Abroad

Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies is committed to the development of overseas programs that academically complement our majors of study.

This Web site describes below study abroad options for the four academic majors at NHS - Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, International Health, and Nursing.

All students interested in studying abroad should visit Georgetown University's Office of Global Education Web site for additional information on program opportunities, financial aid information, an application form, and application deadlines.


If you have questions about whether or not study abroad is an option for you, make an appointment to meet with your academic advisor.

It is important to know how spending a semester abroad will impact progression in your program of study, so start planning no later than fall semester of your sophomore year.

  • While researching programs, students should consider whether or not a program offers coursework that will allow them to progress in their major requirements towards timely completion of a degree.
  • Most students study abroad either fall or spring semester of their junior year. Which semester will be determined by program requirements, the host university's requirements, and personal preference.
  • Summer programs are a good option for students who are out of sequence or behind in their required curriculum, or are interested in study abroad opportunities that will not advance standing in their program of study.

Options for Majors

Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, and International Health Majors

Students majoring in Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, or International Health may have the option of studying abroad at any Georgetown University-approved. Please visit the university's Office of Global Education Web site further details on program locations.

Options for Nursing Majors

University College Dublin (UCD), located in Dublin, Ireland offers clinical placements and required nursing courses for students interested in studying abroad. 

The Australian Catholic University (ACU), North Sydney campus, is located just across the Harbour Bridge from the city center.  This ACU campus, one of five campuses in Australia,  is a vibrant and supportive environment with friendly staff and students, award winning facilities, and active student associations.

In partnership with Child Family Health International, a UN recognized non profit leader in global health international experiences, students will have the opportunity to travel to South Africa for this immersive opportunity​. Durban, South Africa, the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal Province and the epicenter of Zulu culture, offers the opportunity to care for the most vulnerable who still suffer from the repressive legacy of apartheid and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Students apply to the Department of Professional Nursing Practice and if accepted, are pre-approved by for student exchange in the fall of their junior year and take the following course equivalencies while abroad:

  • NURS-191: Mental Health Nursing (5-Credit Seminar & Clinical)
  • NURS-175: Introduction to Nursing Research (2 Credit Seminar)
  • NURS-181: Care of Adults Lecture/Clinical (5-Credit Seminar & Clinical)

For additional information please visit Georgetown University's Office of Global Education Web site, and see your academic dean no later than fall semester of your sophomore year.

Requirements for Nursing Majors

Requirements may vary by location, but at minimum nursing students' candidacy for study abroad will only be considered for a semester program if the student meets the following criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of a 3.00 or higher.
  • A grade of B or higher in all Nursing courses taken thus far.
  • An average GPA of 3.00 or higher must be achieved in all science courses required for the BSN including Human Biology I, Human Biology II, Biochemistry and Human Functioning, Genomics, and Pathophysiology.

Summer Programs

There are a variety of summer programs available through Overseas Studies that may be available to students as early as the summer following their first year of study.  Please visit Georgetown University's Office of Global Education Web site for further details.  In addition to Georgetown University programs, students may be able to receive credit for a non-Georgetown sponsored program, with the approval of the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Department of Human Science co-sponsors The Translational Health Science Internship with the Office of Global Education.  This unique summer program is available to all Georgetown University students who have completed a minimum of one year of college level Chemistry and one year of college-level "Human Biology" or "Biology."

The Department of International Health co-sponsors a Global Health Summer Program with the Office of Global Education.  The six-credit, four-week program specifically focuses on aspects of global health with relevance to developments in China, in particular on the current issues in disease control and prevention, including emerging diseases and on the evolution of health services in the context of rapid economic development.

Nursing majors have the option of applying to the Danish Institute for Study Abroad Nursing in Northern Europe: Context & Clinical Practice program.  The credit hours from this program will transfer into Georgetown University as elective credit.  For further information on programs, please visit the DiS Web site.