Student and Faculty Opportunities

  • Undergraduate Accredited Courses

    Global Citizenship in Health (NURS 498)
    This course provides students with an opportunity to develop a deeper, more situated understanding of some of the key issues related to the relevance of global citizenship in health: a sense of social justice; environmental, social, economic and political responsibility; agency; inter-relatedness and an appreciation for cultural diversity.

    Nursing in Ghana (NURS 494/495 Nursing Practice VIII)  
    This is a clinical practicum course which provides students with the opportunity to practice within a different geographically context and culturally distinct environment.  The clinical practicum involves 340 hours of practice and each student will work with a preceptor.  For BScN-collaborative program and BScN-bilingual program students, this opportunity occurs in the winter term and are currently offered in Accra, Ghana through the University of Ghana (ten spots per year). 

    Intercultural Exploration of Health and Practice in Italy (INT D 375)
    This course provides a cross cultural interprofessional learning experience that explores the impact of differences in diet, lifestyle, and food security on patient health and practice.  The students also develop an understanding of how education and citizenship influence professional identity and practice. The interdisciplinary course is taught in Italy and admission is restricted to approval by home Faculty. This opportunity takes place in spring term.  

    Global Citizenship: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives (INT D 404)
    This is an introductory course designed to provide students with the opportunity to engage with current literature and experts, as they aim to understand how global citizenship might frame the roles of individuals and communities with which they will interact in increasingly diverse social, economic, and political contexts that are not restricted by geographical or social boundaries. This course is open to all undergraduate students and offered in the Winter Term. This course can be used for elective credit.

    Education Abroad: Global Perspectives (EXT 300)
    Gaining an awareness of one's own cultural perspectives and beliefs enables the development of intercultural understanding and competencies. By focusing on intercultural principles and practices, students engaged in educational and experiential experiences abroad will: explore the concept of culture and cultural variations; develop awareness of how their own culture influences values, beliefs, and actions; gain an understanding of the core intercultural competencies; acquire competencies and skills critical for studying, working, and living globally. Course is delivered asynchronously online and is intended for students participating in an education abroad or study abroad experience.

  • Graduate Accredited Courses

    International & Intercultural Perspectives in Health and Nursing (NURS 686)
    This is a graduate level course that focuses on relationships among health, development, globalization and human resources to reduce health inequities and foster social justice. Emphasis is placed on fostering an appreciation of the meaning of global, epidemiological, demographic, historical, socio-cultural, environmental, economic, and political contexts in relation to the changing pattern in health of populations, the development of nursing and/or other health professions and health services, the impact on delivery and planning of nursing/health care and the nursing/health professions response within the global context.

    Migration and Health in the Canadian Context (NURS 685)
    This is a graduate course that is focused on the critical analysis of issues related to migration and health in the Canadian context. Determinants of health are used as a framework to define relevant topics, explore theoretical perspectives, and incorporate knowledge from a variety of disciplines. Research challenges in conceptualization and implementation of immigrant health projects are explored. The concepts of cultural competence and cultural safety are examined in depth and implications for policy and research are explored.

  • Student International Experiences
    Interested in experiencing global citizenship first-hand? Follow the journey of our Nursing 495 Ghana practicum students via their class blog as they share their past experiences and perspectives.

  • Other Opportunities

    Community Service Learning
    Community Service-Learning (CSL) integrates service-learning into existing courses in diverse subjects and disciplines. CSL provides an opportunity for a student and a professor to collaborate on an accredited course to focus on an area of global or aboriginal interest with a volunteer community service component. For further information contact Dr. Solina Richter.

    Faculty of Nursing Mustard Seed Initiative
    Volunteer to help prepare a meal at The Mustard Seed. Since 2010 the Faculty of Nursing has partnered with the Mustard Seed to help support this organization's evening meal program which provides a hot meal to Edmonton’s low-income and homeless community. For more information regarding potential and upcoming volunteer opportunities please contact the Global Nursing Office.

    Summer Semester in Israel - "Nurses, Nursing and Health Care Around the World"
    This two-week summer semester course for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree and nurses already in master's degree programs is taught at the University of Haifa in Israel. Courses taken during this experience focus on the rapidly changing landscape of health care, where nurses are a crucial part of the global workforce in hospitals, clinics and community settings. Perspectives will include the health care environment at a programmatic, regional, nationwide and global scale. Examples will be drawn from Israel, the United States and several other countries around the world. For more information contact Cheryl Zlotnick.

    Global Health Rounds
    Global Health rounds are orchestrated through the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Events are held every Monday, September through June from 12-1 pm in the Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. The rounds are focused on themes related to the health of the underprivileged, regarding of location. The subject matter ranges from consideration of disease pathologies to the concern of specific vulnerable populations. For more information visit Rounds or contact Dr. Jill Konkin for further information and to sign up to give a round.

    Certificate in Global Citizenship
    This opportunity is currently in development and information will be posted soon. For more information visit Certificate.

    Study Abroad Internship
    If you are looking to gain some global work experience - the study abroad internships may be the route for you!  Internships are available in several different countries including Germany, Tanzania, India and Kenya. For more information please visit Go Abroad, University of Alberta International.

  • Faculty Opportunities

    Supervision of Visiting International Students and Scholars
    Supervise undergraduate students (e.g. students from Brazil who are a part of the Science Without Borders funding program); graduate students (e.g. doctoral students, referred to as sandwich students, who come for approximately six months to experience in an enhanced scholarly environment and have a Canadian experience); and post-doctoral scholars (e.g. scholars; professors at various institutions come to the UofA for six to 12 months to further develop their research program).

    Ghana Student Mentorship
    This opportunity is a result of a long standing partnership with the University of Ghana. The Faculty of Nursing hosts a group of University of Ghana master's of philosophy students (M’Phil) every year during the spring term. The purpose of the program is to provide M’Phil students the opportunity to further develop their thesis proposal development with guidance from a faculty member as well as providing a Canadian experience.  If you are interested in serving as a mentor for a visiting M’Phil student please contact Dr. Solina Richter.

    Become a Member of the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH)
    The Canadian Society for International Health is a non-governmental organization that works nationally and globally to decrease global health inequities and strengthen health systems. For more information about this organization or if you are interested in becoming a member visit CSIH

    Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
    The Canadian Nurses Association is a federation of registered nurses from eleven provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges. The CNA provides a voice for Canadian registered nurses and represents Canadian nursing to other organizations and to governments, nationally and internationally. 

    Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
    The Canadian Public Health Association is the national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada. Members of the CPHA believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions which are necessary to achieve health for all Canadians.

    International Council of Nurses (ICN)
    The International Council of Nurses is a federation of nurses from more than 130 national nurses associations. Governed by nurses, and leading nursing internationally, the ICN works to ensure quality of nursing care for all people, worldwide. 

  • Community and Local Opportunities

    International Week
    International Week is an annual event orchestrated through University of Alberta International (UAI). This event provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to hear about innovative research, projects and communities contributing to a hopeful future. The event includes films, theatre presentations, dance lessons, art making and other interactive exhibits all focused on the improving the human condition.

    Edmonton International Film festival (EIFF)
    The Edmonton International Film Festival is an event that takes place in our city every year in the fall. The EIFF provides an opportunity to experience world class cinema from filmmakers around the globe.

    Heritage Days
    The Heritage Festival is an annual event that takes place during the August long weekend at Hawrelak Park in Edmonton. It is a three-day festival that highlights Canada’s vibrant multicultural heritage. The event features pavilions representing over eighty-five cultures from all over the world.

    Translation
    Tenure track staff, faculty lecturers and graduate students may contact the Global Nursing Office for additional details on support options for the translation of presentations into the language of a destination country.

    Employment Opportunities in Alberta for Internationally Trained Nurses

    Alberta Health Services
    Health Canada
    College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta