Information & Opportunities for CUSON Students


The School of Nursing encourages students at all degree levels to develop an understanding of global health issues and of the cultural, economic, and social factors that affect healthcare in the US and abroad.

Many students come with a wealth of experience in other parts of the world. Student-led initiatives for sharing these experiences, invitations to guest lecturers, and organizing topical journal clubs have been important ways to take advantage of the academic environment at Columbia. Our students also participate in the university-wide global health organization Columbia University Partnership for Development (CUPID) and the campus-wide International Health Organization (IHO).

There are opportunities for students to become involved in international initiatives. Doctoral students have the most flexibility if opportunities match career objectives and dissertation topics/practice area. BS and MS students may be involved depending on schedules.

Because of the compact and intense schedule of classes at CUSON, the most suitable time frame for international volunteer opportunities is either in August or over the Christmas/winter break. BS/MS students going to La Clinica de Familia in La Romana, Dominican Republic as part of their Integration experience go in spring semester; masters students typically go in summer. These experiences require permission of the appropriate program director. The Office of Student Affairs notifies students of these upcoming opportunities.

Students engaged in international rotations for clinical practice in other countries must maintain the same ethical standards that exist in the U.S. and must attend a predeparture symposium consisting of practical, cultural, and ethical considerations while studying abroad. Preparation for international practice and research may benefit from opportunities in coursework and individualized learning arrangements to also gain crucial knowledge about health policy, organization of health services, and issues pertaining to global nursing. Some language classes are available on the CUMC campus at varying times. Information about these is available through the Office of Student Services.


Please view the links included here to complete your preparations for going abroad.

It is required that you prepare in advance for taking care of your health while studying abroad. Student Health Services (SHS) offers pre- and post-travel health services.

In order to receive prophylactic medications and immunizations, you must complete the Travel Verification Form at least one month prior to your scheduled departure and have it signed by the person supervising your international experience. Once the form is signed, you should contact Student Health Services to make an appointment for these services.

Additional Resources
Below is the Mailman website for students who are traveling abroad.

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