Global Graduate Trips: Oaxaca, Mexico & Cuba

The UCLA School of Nursing offers 2nd year MECN and APRN students the opportunity for International public health experiences to Mexico (September) and Cuba (December). The programs are designed to encourage graduate students to learn of the various health systems, and to become involved globally as universal health messengers. Students accepted for the travel will be responsible for the cost for each program (Some SMALL stipends may be available –based on financial needs & required post program work).

Student Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time 2nd year MECN or APRN students in the School of Nursing (SON)-in good academic standing

Faculty Recommendation Form from SON faculty (not clinical liaison, nor Teaching Assistants)

  • Citizen or resident of US, valid, current passport (passport must be in force for at least 6 months post travel)
  • Flexibility, mature & motivated team player, strong interpersonal welcoming skills, seeks global health, diversity, leadership experience, cultural empathy…
  • Beginning fluency in Spanish not necessary, but of benefit
  • Application, cover page, 2 page Essay and Faculty Recommendation Form from SON faculty (faculty should be someone you interact with -beyond a large theory classroom—more info than they can provide) 
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of program faculty, student affairs, others

Application Due Date: Please check back Spring Quarter of 2020

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Maria Elena Ruiz -International Scholarly Activities; &

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Are you interested in a hands-on learning experience in global health?  The UCLA School of Nursing offers nursing students the opportunity to participate in a health experience that extends beyond the U.S. borders to learn first-hand about health education for care providers, issues of public health and patient care access and delivery.

By understanding the geographic, cultural and economic factors that impact health care throughout the world, we believe this unique opportunity will provide our students with the knowledge and cultural competency needed to, in turn, provide care, address disparities and influence health issues in this diverse community where we live and work.

Each experience is unique.  Our faculty work with local organizations and community leaders to provide insights into their country's health care system.  Students will interact with physicians, nurses, patients and residents.

To prepare students for their global experience, the resources listed here will provide pre-travel requirements and guidance for what to expect during travels abroad.