Academic, Cultural
and Clinical Global Settings

Graduate Global Opportunities

Masters Curriculum

Clinical Field Experience Abroad

Several UMSN Masters programs offer opportunities for faculty-led clinical experience abroad as part of the curriculum. Locations have recently included Ghana, Liberia, the Netherlands, Honduras, Uganda and Thailand.

Global Health Concentration

The Global Health Concentration is designed to educate students about global health issues and provide an opportunity for practical field experience. The concentration promotes multidisciplinary prevention over treatment and community-based service over institutional care. Students in any nursing masters program are eligible to add the Global Health Concentration to their degree by completing two additional classes and a substantive overseas internship or service. Serving in the Peace Corps may fulfill this overseas requirement. For more information, please speak to an academic advisor. 


The Office of Global Affairs recommends checking with nursing faculty regularly engaged in global research projects that may coincide with your academic interests as there may be opportunities to integrate work on such projects with a required course or clinical integration. Please visit the Faculty Global Engagement page to learn more about faculty members and their geographic and clinical areas of experience.
The U-M library system has a wealth of online global health resources and a dedicated professional staff to assist faculty and students. For a guided introduction to online databases, please download: Global Health Information Resources.

Special Opportunities

U-M Programs

This NIH-funded program is dedicated to increasing the presence of underrepresented minorities in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Students who are accepted embark on three-month research positions with U-M faculty to international placements where they conduct their research.

U-M Affiliated Programs

This is an 11-month clinical research training program for post-doctorate trainees and doctoral students in the health professions, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center (FIC) in partnership with several NIH Institutes and Centers. The U-M is one of four consortium universities in partnership with this program.

Work, Internships and Service Opportunities

Like research opportunities, internship and service (e.g. volunteer) engagements provide a broad range of opportunities to those graduate students who make a commitment of their time to gain the global experience. These opportunities are available through U-M as well as through a number of other accredited colleges, universities and external organizations.

U-M Programs

The program pairs carefully selected interdisciplinary teams of students with international partners in a variety of fields, including education, non-profit and research. The student groups spend winter term at the School of Information in Ann Arbor building a relationship with their partner and framing and planning a solution for an identified information challenge, then spend 6 to 12 weeks abroad implementing their solution in cooperation with their partner organization. The School of Information covers transportation to the site lodging, and provides support for in-country travel and meals required for project success.
This is a paid internship that covers travel and lodging in addition to a stipend. 
William Davidson Institute (WDI): Global Impact Internships - Housed in the Ross School of Business, the William Davidson Institute offers internships to students from across the University in one of two programs. In the first, students are responsible for setting up the internship, and can then apply to WDI for grants of up to $10,000 to fund their internship. Placements must be located in developing countries and are encouraged to focus on the business of healthcare. The second program consists of internships with organizations with which WDI already has affiliations. These are available on a rolling basis and come with awards of up to $10,000 plus up to $1500 for travel to and from the internship site.

More Resources

The U-M International Center's Education Abroad Office serves as a clearinghouse for information on a broad range of education abroad options (e.g., study, internships, volunteering, etc.).

PAHO Internship and Practicum Program
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) trains young and energetic individuals entering the field of public health and who are interested in providing services to the World Health Organization on a voluntary basis. PAHO interns/volunteers are matched with appropriate technical or administrative programs based on their personal interests and skills. Placements opportunities include PAHO Headquarters in Washington DC, PAHO Country Offices, as well as the Pan American Centers in the North and South America or in the Caribbean region. 

International Career Guidance

The U-M International Career Pathways network hosts events for undergraduates, graduating seniors and graduate students interested in working, interning or volunteering abroad or working in an international career:
  • The International Opportunities Fair provides students the opportunity to meet with and obtain information from organizations and recruiters from around the world

See and Hear More Via YouTube

For those who would like to learn more about global opportunities from the voices of faculty and students, you are encouraged to visit the YouTube channel, MGoAbroad, sponsored by the U-M International Center. Whether you're  thinking about an eventual international career or simply interested hearing student panels discuss their experience during a term abroad, these YouTube videos provide some insights from the voice of the global traveler: MGoAbroad 

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