Philippine academic visit: Brief but life-changing

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Abstract

As one way of inculcating international perspectives in its graduates, the University of South Australia includes in its programs various opportunities for students to study abroad. It also encourages incoming short-term exchange and full-program international students. In 2001, the Discipline of Nursing and Rural Health (Whyalla Campus) sent two graduating students to a developing country in Asia, the Philippines, for a twelve-week academic experience. Despite problems causing the visit to be curtailed, much was learned. Participant and organiser insights are described, sharing valuable lessons to inform future plans and ensure better results. What could be regarded as a failed academic visit, nevertheless offered a life-changing opportunity and significant learning outcomes, reinforcing the belief that international academic experiences are extremely worthwhile for students and participating institutions. These experiences provide an important path to cultural understandings, and to personal and professional development.
Original languageEnglish
Article number25
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cross-cultural experience
  • International nursing education
  • Undergraduate nursing program

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