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About the program

UBC Okanagan undergraduate Nursing students have the opportunity to work with diverse populations internationally in low- and middle-income countries.  This consolidated practice experience is designed to provide opportunities for students to integrate consolidate and expand on concepts from previous learning. Global health practicum placements include: Ghana and Zambia. This global health practicum is focused on community development, providing students the opportunity to gain insight into global health issues and cultural safety.

Students choosing to participate in this practicum will work in a variety of settings, including: rural and remote community health clinics, government funded health centres, school and university settings, and a number of non-government organizations. 

International practice placements cannot be guaranteed. If circumstances or political situation changes, the experience may be cancelled, or students may be called back from the experience. If this occurred you would complete nursing 430 in Canada and we would do our best to fully refund you of your Program Fee.

 **An info session hosted by Go Global and Nursing Faculty will be held on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 1:00PM in ART 104**

General timeline

The general timeline for this 5-week practice placement is Early March to Mid-April, 2018 (including travel time).  Prior to departure there is one week of mandatory seminars.

Week 1: Preparatory seminars and labs (Kelowna and then approx. 3 days travel time to location)

Week 2-5: Practicum begins. Students will be rotated through various setting throughout the 4 weeks in country and then debrief before coming home.Students may continue with personal travel following completion of the practicum in country.

Practicum should be complete by mid April 2018.

Eligibility and prerequisite

Please review the out of region practice placement guideline. You must meet the out-of-region requirements to be considered for a Global Health placement. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  • Students in good academic standing that have successfully completed Nursing 424.
  • Membership and evidence of participation in the Global Nursing Citizens club
  • GPA above 72%
  • Consistent satisfactory practice in all domains on midterm and final practice evaluations
  • Exemplary attendance record in practice courses
  • No records of unprofessional conduct
  • Proof of current CPR

If you have any questions about eligibility please email Jeanette Vinek from the School of Nursing (

Program fees

Program Fee will be between $2500-$2950. The final fee is dependent on the number of students in the program

NOTE: The program fee will be offset by $1,000 for UBC students qualifying for the Go Global Award (i.e., those students with a 70% average over 24 credits during the 2016-2017 academic year). If you have any pass/fail courses, we will assess your average with advice from your faculty.

INCLUDED in program fee

NOT included in program fee

  • Accommodations
  • Most on-site transportation        
  • Entrance fees*
  • Guest lectures
  • Go Global Fee
  • Flight
  • UBC tuition
  • Meals
  • Health or travel insurance
  • Immunizations (if necessary)
  • Visas (if necessary)
  • Personal spending money for communications, snacks, souvenirs, etc.  

 * Cultural performances, national parks entrance (site specific), and other group activities.


Application deadline

The deadline to apply for the 2017-18 program has passed. Please check back September 2018 for the 2019 offering.


NRSG 430 (3-6) D Nursing Practice VIII: Transitioning to B.S.N. Graduate Part II

Provides opportunities to integrate learning from previous semesters and advance professional nursing practice. Participants will have the opportunity to consolidate learning and advance their clinical decision-making. Practice is designed in collaboration with faculty. B.S.N. Basic students must complete this course for 6 credits, which will require the completion of 200 hours over 6 weeks. R.N. Access students may satisfy up to 6 of these credits through approved electives. Pass/Fail.

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Prerequisite: All of NRSG 412, NRSG 414, NRSG 421, NRSG 422. Students must successfully complete all program requirements prior to enrolling in full-time practicum (R.N. Access students are exempt).

Program dates 

Early March – Mid-April, 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed by November)

Pre-departure Sessions – will be held throughout the fall. Please expect approximately 3 pre-departure sessions


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