1 credit in NURS 397
25 May – 13 June 2018
$250 + airfare + applicable VCU tuition. Find full details on the Budget Sheet!
Allison Gregory, Assistant Clinical Professor
15 March 2018
The Global Education Office, the VCU School of Nursing and the University of Córdoba, Spain exchange program offers a unique summer study-abroad program especially designed for nursing students. Students who participate gain a global perspective on nursing education and health care systems through an immersion with nursing students and professional nurses in Córdoba, Spain.
Course and credit options
NURS 397, International Comparison of Nursing Education and Clinical Care
Credits: 1 credit: 1 credit clinical/lab (30 clinical/lab hours)
The Education Abroad office will enroll students in the course upon receipt of the registration.
This course focuses on a comparison of the nature of nursing in two countries, the United States (U.S) and Spain. Specifically, the course focuses on comparing and contrasting the health care systems and examining the nursing education systems and nursing student experiences in Spain and the United States. Students from the University of Córdoba will engage in clinical simulations designed to expose them to the high fidelity simulators used in U.S. Schools. Additionally, students from both schools will engage in guided observation of nursing care provided to patients in acute care settings and citizens within community based settings.
Accommodations and meals
- Current VCU School of Nursing student
- Must have completed Sophomore-level nursing courses
- 2.0 GPA
- Conversational Spanish is strongly recommended
- An academic letter of reference is required
Participants will be housed in a student residence on the University of Córdoba campus. All meals are included.
Allison Gregory is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the VCU School of Nursing and the concentration coordinator for the family nurse practitioner program in the Master's program. She also teaches community health nursing clinical in the undergraduate program. She has led two prior groups for the nursing in Cordoba program and facilitates the program from VCU for nursing students who participate in the exchange program. In Cordoba, the program coordinator is Guillermo Molina, PhD, nursing faculty at the University of Cordoba who provides in-country supervision and coordination of course-related activities for the Nursing in Spain exchange.
A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, please consult the State Department's website
Payment of fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. This $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.
Students will receive two separate charges to their student accounts for this program: one charge will reflect the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and application fee) and the other charge is for VCU tuition costs (based on the number and type of credits being taken by the student). These bills will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear by May.
Please note: While these charges may post to the student’s account simultaneously or separately, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.
Withdrawal procedures and financial commitment policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad. Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of or the entire program fee based on the following schedule:
- Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged
- Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged
- Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, please visit the CDC's website
Health Alert: Zika Virus
The CDC has issued a travel alert for countries where the Zika virus is prevalent. Check the CDC’s travel notices
regularly as new countries are being added to this list. Check VCU Student Health
to stay updated as well.
VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Please visit their website
for full details.
Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.